The Law School invites applications for a full-time Director position in the law library, beginning as soon as the position can be filled. We seek an experienced, visionary leader who can shape and execute strategies for the future development of the law library – combining traditional resources with innovative information technologies.
The Director of Law Library and Information Resources is a year-round faculty position, with an initial three-year appointment and subsequent eligibility for appointment to a five-year renewable contract.
Suffolk University Law Library is part of a large and vibrant private law school in Boston, with over 90 full time faculty and approximately 150 adjunct professors serving over 1,500 day and evening students. The Law School’s innovative Legal Practice Skills Program for first year law students is ranked 5th in the country for 2014. Academic concentrations in areas of both traditional and emerging fields include Business Law and Financial Services, Health and Biomedical Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Labor and Employment Law, Trial and Appellate Advocacy, and Legal Technology and Innovation. The Law School’s clinical program, ranked in the U.S News Top 25 for six years, offers students opportunities in 13 areas of focus, and students have access to numerous internship experiences.
The Law School occupies a state-of-the-art building located near Boston Common in the heart of the city. The Law School’s legal technology program, including its Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation, recently ranked among the top 13 in the United States.
The Law Library occupies the top floors of the law school building, is fully wired and uses the Innovative Interfaces Incorporated automated library system. The Law Library currently has a full-time staff of 16, including 6 professional librarians. The Academic Technology group has a staff of 9, comprising Student Computer Law and Services, Technical Services, Instructional Technology, and Web Services. The Law Library and Academic Technology staffs are service-oriented and vigorously participate in the educational life of the Law School.
The Director of Law Library and Information Resources is responsible for the direction and oversight of the John Joseph Moakley Law Library and the Academic Technology Department of Suffolk University Law School.
This position involves integrating the two functions into a cohesive organization to ensure active collaboration, leverage strengths, and promote communication. The Director of Law Library and Information Resources will oversee the Law Library administration, including: the selection, management, and development of staff; collection development; library services; budget administration; and policy and space planning. In addition, the Director works closely with the Director of Academic Technology to oversee academic technology and related services in the Law School including web-based, desktop, and classroom and computing laboratory resources.
- J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school.
- Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution.
- Demonstrated, progressive, and successful experience in law library administration; as well as significant experience successfully managing a staff.
- Evident passion for incorporating academic technology and social media into instructional, research, and collaborative training and activities. Experience developing, or assisting others in developing, online courses preferred.
- Experience leading and managing academic technology staff or projects.
- Ability to attract, retain, and develop a forward-looking team of library and academic technology staff.
- Demonstrated ability to bring vision, strategic thinking, and coherent planning as a leader and manager in academic organizations.
- Strong commitment to supporting the research and scholarly needs of the faculty, students, and Suffolk University Law School community.
- Strong communication, teaching and presentation skills.
- Ability to build relationships and partnerships at all levels of the University, Law School, and the larger academic and legal communities.
To learn more about the Law Library, see http://www.suffolk.edu/law/library.php; for Academic Technology, see http://www.suffolk.edu/law/acadtech
Application Procedure: Apply online and include your cover letter, résumé and a list of three references with contact information.
Questions about the position may be sent to the Chair of the Search Committee: Renée M. Landers, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Health and Biomedical Law Concentration rlanders @suffolk.edu A review of applications will begin on December 20, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews with the Search Committee will begin the week of January 6, 2014 via Skype or in person.