Associate Director/Director for Administrative Services and Lecturer-in-Law
Cornell University Law Library
February 6, 2018
Ithaca, New York
Full Time - Experienced
MLS/MLIS & JD
The Associate Director/Director for Administrative Services and Lecturer-in-Law is responsible for strategic planning, policy, and management, including direct oversight of special collections and the Access Services Department. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Library Services, the Associate Director/Director for Administrative Services and Lecturer-in-Law serves on the law library administrative committee and supervises two professional librarians and several support staff. The position will be filled at the academic rank of Associate Librarian. Advancement occurs through the CUL promotion process.
Administration: As a member of the Law Library Administrative Committee, plays a leading role in strategic planning for the Law Library. Working together with the Director for Collections and Operations, assists with planning, implementation, evaluation, and monitoring of Law Library programs and services. Builds and supports Law Library relations with the Law School, the University, other university libraries, library consortia, and professional organizations. Supervises the work of the Law Library Administrative Assistant.
Special Collections: Manages and preserves a wide variety of rare books, archival materials, and other special collections within the library. Leads digitization efforts and organizes exhibits in library’s rare book room. Works with Director for Collections and Operations on acquisition of rare materials.
Reference, Instruction, and Research: As Lecturer-in-Law, teaches for-credit research courses in the Law School curriculum and serves as liaison to individual faculty members and various law school programs. Depending on experience, interest, and opportunity, may assist with Legal Research Clinic.
Access Services and Outreach: Oversees and supervises the work of the Access Services and Outreach Librarian and the operations of the Law Library Access Services Department. Plays an active role in public relations activities of the Law Library.
Technology Initiatives: Supervises and works in close cooperation with the Head of Technology Initiatives.
Institutional and Professional Service: Serves on and chairs Cornell University Library committees and special task forces. Participates in national and regional professional organizations, activities, and committees.
Requirements: M.L.I.S. or equivalent graduate degree; J.D. from A.B.A.-accredited school or foreign equivalent; minimum of five years of professional experience in an academic law library with increasing levels of responsibility; minimum of three years of experience in a supervisory capacity in a library; demonstrated experience in developing projects and seeing them through to completion. Experience with and knowledge of rare books and special collections. Knowledge of legal research strategies and resources; strong service orientation; demonstrable teaching skills; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment which emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library research and faculty services; creativity and adaptability in the face of competing priorities; demonstrated service to the law librarian profession through professional organizations.
Preferred: Knowledge of a foreign language.
Application Process: Please apply here Applications will be reviewed as received and the position is available July 1, 2018. Start date is negotiable.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive.
Internal Number: WDR-00013754
About Cornell University Law Library
Cornell University is located in scenic Ithaca on a hill above Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The city and University offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The Law School has approximately 611 JD students, 111 LLM students, including students in the new Masters of Law program in Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship at Cornell Tech in New York City, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year and 59 permanent faculty, and is the home of the Legal Information Institute. The Law Library houses an outstanding collection of print and digital resources and supports the use of new technologies and a tradition of excellent services. The Law Library instruction program includes a Legal Research Clinic, for-credit advanced legal research courses, and first-year J.D. and international graduate student legal research. The Law Library additionally partners in collaborative initiatives such as LawArXiv and the Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI). Professionals and support staff work closely with the Law School and the University Library. The Law Library is part of the Cornell University Library (CUL) system.