August 5, 2011
Opening: Director of the Law Library, University of Detroit Mercy
The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law invites applications for the position of Director of the Kresge Law Library. The Director is a member of the Law School tenure-track faculty and reports directly to the Dean of the Law School.
About the Law School. The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is a Catholic, urban law school that seeks to provide an excellent and dynamic legal education through a curriculum that integrates theory, doctrine, and practice; requires experiential learning; and emphasizes ethics and service to others. The School’s goal is to produce practice-ready graduates who will make a substantial contribution to the legal profession. The School has 36 full-time faculty, 65 adjunct faculty, and 572 full-time students and 155 part-time students. Located in the heart of Detroit, the School has both day and evening divisions. The School participates in a dual J.D. degree program with the University of Windsor in Ontario, which is located near the Law School across the Detroit River.
About the Kresge Law Library. The Law Library contains over 430,000 volumes and volume equivalents. It subscribes to most of the major legal databases, which are largely represented in the Library’s online catalog’s more than half a million records. The Library’s facilities have recently been renovated and remodeled. Although the Law Library is administered as part of the Law School, the Library staff works collaboratively with the University Libraries in areas of mutual interest.
Qualifications. Applicants must hold both a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and an M.L.S. or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited library or information science program. Applicants should have at least five years of management experience in a law library, including the development of a library collection, the organization of legal information resources, and the supervision of library personnel. Applicants should have an understanding of the rapidly evolving information environment and a record of active engagement in scholarship and professional activities. Teaching experience in a law school environment is also desirable, since the Director will be expected to teach courses and to coordinate the Library’s resources and programs with the School’s innovative curriculum.
Compensation. The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Deadline. Applications no later than August 23. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a list of three confidential references who are familiar with the applicant’s professional work. Applications should be sent to Prof. Gary Maveal, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee via email to mavealgm(at)udmercy.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private University, the University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University’s mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.