January 20, 2011
Opening: Head of Reference and Teaching Department, Univ. of Iowa Law Library
Employer Information: The University of Iowa Law Library is part of the University of Iowa Law School. The University of Iowa Law School, founded in 1865, is the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. It is located in Iowa City, Iowa, and is one of eleven colleges of The University of Iowa. The Law School has a student population of about 600 students in its JD program and about 15 in its LLM program, and has a faculty of about 45. According to the most recent ABA figures, the Law Library collection of information resources contains the second largest number of separately cataloged on-site accessible different titles in all formats, and the second largest collection of volumes/volume equivalents, among all academic law libraries. The collection is very strong both in American Law and Foreign, Comparative, and International Law. The Law Library has a staff of 32 FTE, including 8 librarians with both library and law degrees. For more information about the law library visit the website. See also information about the University of Iowa.
Responsibilities: The Head of the Reference and Teaching Department will work collaboratively with eight other law and library trained reference librarians and will lead, coordinate, supervise, and participate in all of the work of the Department. The Head will ascertain and seek to support faculty and student research, support the teaching and effective use of electronic and hard copy information resources, and supervise the training of student research assistants. This position will schedule the reference desk; plan, implement, evaluate, and supervise programs to increase and improve all kinds of reference, legal research, and teaching services; and supervise the development, creation, and maintenance of web-based instructional materials. The successful candidate will meet regularly with all persons supervised by the Head of Reference and Teaching; conduct annual performance reviews of the time of all personnel assigned to the Reference and Teaching Department; compile monthly and annual statistical reports of activities in the Department; personally perform reference, teaching, and some training functions, as well as some of the other services rendered by the Department; and perform other duties as assigned. The Reference and Teaching Department is part of the Public Services Division, and its Head will meet regularly with both the Head of Public Services and the Executive Law Librarian.
Qualifications and Experience: Candidates should have substantial reference experience in a comprehensive academic research law library, extensive knowledge of current information technologies and publishing formats, database and Internet searching proficiencies, and a mastery of legal research sources and techniques in all media. Successful experience in teaching legal research methods is necessary. Excellent communications and organizational skills, dedication to the timely accomplishment of Department objectives, a strong commitment to high quality service and innovation, proven ability to successfully manage a group of professionals, a proactive orientation, and a demonstrated capacity to contribute to and lead in a cooperative and collegial environment are essential. A masters degree in library science and a law degree from accredited institutions are required.
Salary: Salary dependant on qualifications and experience.
Applications: Please apply online via JOBS@UIOWA (http://jobs.uiow.eud/)/ One must register on the site before beginning the application process. Once registered, click on “Search for Jobs” and check the box next to “Librarians/Library Science” then “Enter.” This position is Requisition #58931.
The University of Iowa is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.