The Head of Digital Initiatives and Legal Research Instructor reports to the Associate Director for Library Services.
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.
Identifies, evaluates, and implements current and emerging technologies and applications for delivery and improvement of library services;
Tracks trends in library and legal practice technologies;
Maintains the technical aspects of the Law Library's digital faculty scholarship, journal, and archive platforms;
Works with the Law Library Director and Associate Directors to create policy and procedures pertaining to the Law Library Digital Repository;
Performs complex administrative and web management functions in the Innovative Interfaces system;
Works closely with Falvey Library to manage and coordinate the integration between the Innovative Interfaces library system and the VuFind discovery layer;
Manages and coordinates library technology projects as assigned.
Designs, prepares, and teaches a maximum of two courses in the Law School curriculum per academic year: either two sections in the first-year legal research program or two sections of the advanced legal research class. Conducts student assessment.
Guest lectures in the advanced legal research class, clinics, and other Law School courses.
Participates in the Law School Professional Development program by serving as an academic advisor to assigned law students.
Serves as a library liaison to provide direct, personalized library services to assigned faculty, including but not limited to conducting legal research, training student Research Assistants, identifying new resources, and maintaining current awareness services;
Serves as a library liaison to the University informational technologies department;
Provides research consultations to students, faculty, staff, and visitors via in-person meetings, email, and phone;
Creates and updates electronic Research Guides, tutorials, and instructional videos to support the Law School curriculum;
Serves actively in Law Library and Law School committees as well as professional organizations at national, regional, section, and local levels in order to contribute to the profession, grow professionally, and stay abreast of current law library trends;
Collaborates with Falvey Library to enhance Law Library services and collections.
In consultation with The Law School Director of Communication and Marketing, coordinates Law School edits and updates made by the Administrative Assistant for the Law Library;
Designs and maintains the Law Library website.
Serves the Chair of the Law Library Public Relations Committee;
Administers the budget of the Public Relations Committee.
Serves as back-up to the Head of Staff Development in managing access to Law Library online resources.
J.D. from an ABA accredited institution and an M.L.I.S. from an ALA accredited institution;
3+ years’ experience as a professional law librarian with experience in library legal research instruction, electronic services, and emerging technologies;
Demonstrated experience in providing reference and instructional services in an academic law library;
Knowledge of legal education and pedagogy;
Substantial knowledge of legal research databases and web-based subscription services;
Demonstrated experience developing tutorials or other research/instructional tools
Familiarity with current awareness resources and trends in information technology, instructional technology, and public services;
Experience using course management systems and online collaborative productivity tools;
Ability to communicate technology concepts, benefits, drawbacks, and procedures to stakeholders;
Familiarity with standard practices in web development, user experience design, and web accessibility;
Experience with collaborative web development, including proficiency with HTML and CSS, familiarity with web content management systems, and understanding of content workflows;
Demonstrated ability in creating and managing institutional repositories;
Familiarity with relational databases;
Experience with configuration and maintenance of Integrated Library Systems;
Experience in selecting, vetting, and implementing new technology solutions to fulfill stakeholder needs;
Strong customer service orientation;
Ability to work as a responsible and contributing team member;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Ability to interact and work productively with a variety of people;
Strong diagnostic skills, problem solving skills, and project management skills;
Ability to create a supportive, productive, effective, and efficient work environment;
Commitment to diversity and inclusion;
Intellectual curiosity and initiative.
Internal Number: 20192335S
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