The University of Chicago: The University of Chicago Library
Apr 29, 2019
As part of the University of Chicago Library System, the D'Angelo Law Library supports the educational and research needs of the Law School and University communities. Reporting to the Director of the D’Angelo Law Library, the Associate Director for User Services is responsible for all aspects of the User Services Department’s operations including personnel, access, circulation and reference services, programs for faculty and students, instruction and outreach, policy, planning, marketing and assessment. This position oversees a forward-thinking and engaged department with 4 professional librarians, 4 full-time clerical staff, and 8 to 10 student employees in delivering exceptional user-focused services. The Associate Director directly supervises the Head, Instruction and Outreach, the Scholarship and Data Librarian, the Research Services Librarian, and the Head of Access Services. This position participates in the collegial process of University Library-wide planning for user services, serving as an interpreter and advocate for Law School faculty and students. The Associate Director supports the Director in the overall management of the D’Angelo Law Library, in establishing priorities and planning for future directions. This position demonstrates initiative, leadership, vision, supervisory skills and the ability to adapt to dynamic change as academic law libraries evolve.
Oversee the daily operations, activities and staff of the D’Angelo User Services Department. Establish goals, objectives, procedures and policies. Plan for space, budget, equipment and personnel needs. Determine D’Angelo’s hours and access policies and maintain facilities and equipment in coordination with the Director, the Law School, and University Library. Gather statistics and create reports. Ensure a supportive, creative and forward-thinking work environment. Establish and encourage communication to improve the quality and effectiveness of user services. Keep the D'Angelo Law Library Director abreast of developments in the department.
Manage D’Angelo’s reference, circulation and access services. Direct and participate in research support for faculty and students. Oversee D’Angelo’s instruction and outreach programs. Design and teach legal research classes. Coordinate and conduct assessment of D’Angelo user services programs and participate in broader assessment efforts. Manage communication and marketing of D’Angelo’s programs, collections and services. Administer the creation and maintenance of content on the D’Angelo website.
Participate in the development and assessment of D’Angelo’s print and digital collections. Oversee the shelving and maintenance of D’Angelo’s print collections, assess growth and plan for future space needs. Oversee the acquisition of texts and maintenance of D’Angelo’s course reserves collection. With the Director, D’Angelo and Law School colleagues, manage the content and development of the digital repository, Chicago Unbound.
Serve on various teams and committees. Participate in and lead projects and initiatives. Represent D’Angelo on University Library System and Law School groups, in local, regional and national law library associations, consortia, and other collaborative groups. Attend conferences, workshops, and classes to maintain knowledge of developments in law school education, law libraries, and legal publishing.
JD from an ABA accredited law school.
MLS or graduate library degree from an ALA accredited library school.
Substantial supervisory experience in an academic law library with increasing managerial responsibilities. Substantial experience providing user services in an academic law library including reference, faculty and student services, access services and circulation.
Demonstrated knowledge of legal information sources, techniques and strategies for legal research databases, current and emerging developments in law libraries, legal scholarship, and law publications.
Experience teaching and designing curriculum for legal research instruction.
Experience with collection development in an academic law library.
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, and to collaborate and work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to be innovative, flexible, adaptable and comfortable with change.
Evidence of self-motivation, initiative and intellectual curiosity, a strong user service philosophy, and the commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.
Working knowledge of academic law library systems and software. Ability to adopt emerging technologies and to keep apprised of new standards and innovations.
Knowledge of foreign languages.
Knowledge of and experience working with relational databases.
Experience with library space planning and collection space management.
Experience with project management.
Knowledge of and experience working in college or university libraries.
The Search Committee will evaluate a candidate’s application in order to determine their ability to interact respectfully and effectively in oral and written communication with diverse constituencies including faculty, students, colleagues, and community members, to work with library users and colleagues individually and in groups, to perform complex problem solving and decision making, to plan, prioritize, and coordinate projects, and to engage in ongoing professional development and learning.
To Apply: Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and reference contact information online through the University of Chicago's Academic Recruiting website: apply.interfolio.com/62507. Review of applications will begin after May30, 2019. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.
Salary and Benefits: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off.
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About University of Chicago, D'Angelo Law Library
As part of the University of Chicago Library, the D'Angelo Law Library supports the educational and research needs of the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Chicago community.