February 16, 2012
Opening: Deputy Director, Univ. of Maryland Thurgood Marshall Law Library
The University of Maryland Thurgood Marshall Law Library seeks to fill the position of Deputy Director of the Law Library
The University of Maryland campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Ravens Stadium, and the Inner Harbor with many of the city's top attractions. The Thurgood Marshall Law Library has a full-time staff of twenty-six including twelve professional librarians and occupies attractive space in a relatively new law school building. In addition to a strong core of basic services, the library has taken innovative approaches in several areas. These include implementing one of the first institutional repositories in law schools, developing an extensive library fellows program to assist faculty in all stages of the scholarship process, assigning librarians to courses, assuming a leadership role in advising student journals, digitizing collections, and other forward-thinking activities.
Job Summary: Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Library and Technology, this position will assist with administrative responsibilities, including budget preparation, long- and short-term planning, personnel supervision, facilities management and technology initiatives; oversee all library services including research services, technical services, access services, collection development, reference, academic technology and the library's instructional program, and coordinate interdepartmental activities within the law library; teach legal research and participate in reference, research and the library's faculty liaison program. The Deputy Director assumes responsibility for policy, service and operations matters specific to the library in the absence of the Assistant Dean.
Essential Responsibilities include:
- In a collaborative environment, provide vision, oversight and leadership for the next generation of library services.
- Coordinate and participate in delivery of faculty and student services across all library departments.
- Teach in the library's instructional program.
- Lead or participate in substantial library procurements such as large vendor contracts or significant equipment purchases.
- Assist with identification of library funding needs and work with the school's institutional advancement staff to identify potential funding sources.
- Work closely with the law school's technology staff to implement new and emerging library applications and knowledge systems.
- Represent the library at faculty programs, on law school committees, at student events and in other appropriate campus-wide and system-wide activities.
Minimum Qualifications include:
- An M.L.S. and J.D. from accredited programs
- Minimum five years of progressively responsible law library experience, including at least three years of managing and developing staff
- Minimum three years of experience providing user services or managing user service operations in an academic or research library
Preferred Qualifications include:
- experience in library technical and bibliographic services
- teaching experience, especially teaching legal research
- at least three years of experience supervising professional librarians
- experience with information technology or library systems beyond knowledge of LEXIS, WESTLAW, OCLC and office software
- record of working across departments (i.e., information technology, technical services, collection development, scholarly communication) to create effective service models
- record of innovation as evidenced in scholarship, teaching methods and library services
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate effectively, both in written and verbal form
- Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with members and affiliates of the law school community
- Strong managerial skills, including project management and performance evaluation
- Strategic and analytical thinking skills with an ability to solve problems and make decisions
- Ability to prioritize ongoing and new projects
Salary and Benefits:
- Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package.
- The position is a 12-month library faculty appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for permanent status and promotion within established timeframes.
Availability: The position will be available April 2, 2012.
To Apply: Interested applicants should submit electronically a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references to: LAW-HR(at)law.umaryland.edu, with subject line Deputy Library Director, or mail to:
Mary Alice Hohing
Director, Administration & Operations
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
Deadline: Preference will be given to candidates who apply by March 2, 2012.
The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.