Associate Dean for Library Services, Director of the Law Library, Professor of Legal Research

  • Yeshiva University
  • New York, NY
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Law & Criminal Justice Deans & Directors

Job Description

Associate Dean for Library Services, Director of the Law Library, Professor of Legal Research

Job No: 496327
Work Type: Faculty Full-time
Department: University Libraries
Location: Brookdale Center, 55 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY
Categories: Legal, Library

Position Summary:

Provides the vision and organizational ability to ensure that the law library supports the mission and needs of the law school community. Oversees all law library services to ensure the highest levels of service to students and faculty. Works collaboratively with faculty and administrative colleagues to enhance the educational and scholarly reputation of the law school. Works with the Director of Legal Writing to develop and implement training and curriculum teaching legal research skills.

Position Responsibilities:

Administrative and Institutional Duties

Oversees the operations of the law library, including the audio visual, educational technology, and media services department. Ensures the law library is staffed, organized, and managed in an efficient, productive manner. Encourages and models collaborative management and collegial communication. Directly manages professional staff and an administrative assistant.

Develops and oversees professional development for library staff. Oversees plan for cross-training librarians and staff to ensure business continuity. Encourages and supports training, especially around technology, communication, and project management.

Stewards departmental resources. Develops and implements the law library budget. Works closely with the Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration on plans and budgets for classroom technology and library facilities. Serves on committees related to classroom technology and facilities planning, as appropriate.

Oversees and implements plans for the law library facility to ensure that library space and collections enhance the pedagogical and scholarly objectives of the law school.

Serves on the law school dean's senior leadership team. Builds relationships with colleagues around the law school, university, and with external groups, as needed or requested, to enhance the work and reputation of the community. Acts as primary contact between the law school and other colleges in Universities in the New York area. Represents the law library and the law school to internal and external groups at events such as orientations, admitted students' days, board meetings, and graduation.

Serves as a member of the Cardozo Law School Editorial Board, or, with the consent of the law school dean, designates a direct report to do so.

Provides annual statistics and creates reports for the Dean, the faculty, and other institutional audiences, as requested. Requests, analyzes, and acts on regular feedback from the Cardozo community, especially faculty and students.

Collection Development and the Institutional Repository

Maintains and develops the collection development policy for the law library to ensure a collection of print and digital resources that support the educational and scholarly needs of the law school. Oversees the maintenance and access to the collection. Works with other university librarians on shared digital collections.

Oversees the institutional repository, with an emphasis on the digital collection and digitization projects, to preserve and make accessible the history of the law school. Creates and implements a plan for the non-digital resources. Fosters relationships with the University Archives and Institutional Advancement to seek collaborations and funding for unique collections, especially related to Justice Cardozo and institutional milestones. Actively maintains relations with external organizations and libraries to promote collaborative collection development and preservation.

Establishes a statistics collection and evaluation system for the most effective deployment of resources.

Stays informed on change impacting libraries, from services to technologies. Regularly meets with vendors to improve services and access to information. Works with external organizations, including serving on committees, to enhance the reputation of the law school.

Reference, Research, and Scholarly Services

Ensures an outstanding, broadly conceived approach to research and scholarly services, keeping in mind faculty, students, staff, and departmental needs. Regularly evaluates services and resource deployment.

Develops and implements additional services to assist faculty in the creation of scholarship, from books and articles to editorials and podcasts, and scholarly profiles.

Creates, implements and manages the 1L Legal Research training program in collaboration with the Lawyering and Legal Writing department. Develops and implements additional services to assist students and enhance their educational experience from 1L legal writing and research memos to journal work and research papers.

Oversees all outreach activities and works with law school departments to align services to larger institutional priorities.

Audio/Visual, Educational Technology, and Media Services Department

Oversees audio/visual services department to ensure high quality support of classroom instruction, meetings, and events taking place at the law school.

Oversees classroom technology upgrades and works with the Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration as well as the University Information and Technology Services department on responsive design and sustainable planning.

With input from and in collaboration with the Associate Director of Audiovisual Services

and Media Services Specialist and other Law School staff and faculty, envisions and develops a plan for media services spaces and support, from creating a media room to supporting media opportunities, like podcasts.

Faculty Appointment and Instructional Activities

As a member of the faculty, attends and participates in faculty meetings and events. Serves on law school and university committees, as assigned.

Experience & Educational Background:
  • J.D from an ABA accredited law school and M.L.S. (or equivalent) required
  • Substantial experience in academic law libraries and in library administration preferred
  • Bar membership, either active or inactive, preferred
Skills & Competencies:
  • Excellent record of service within law libraries
  • Superior organizational, planning and administrative skills including the ability to work effectively on the broad picture as well as on the detail level
  • Outstanding interpersonal oral and written communication skills. Aptitude and orientation towards collaborative leadership
  • Clear vision for and understanding of the law library's role in legal education
  • Strong understanding of legal publishing and the role of the law library in supporting faculty scholarship in all of its forms
  • Ability to:
    • manage a complex organization, including strategic planning, budget and financial management, supervisory skills
    • Multi-task and maintain professionalism and collegiality
    • Work and lead in an atmosphere of collaboration and teamwork
    • Supervise, mentor, and develop staff
Application Instructions:

Resume and cover letter required

About Us:

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is a leader in legal education, located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The law school is renowned for its program in intellectual property, which includes the FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law. Cardozo Law has a long tradition of public advocacy and is the birthplace of the Innocence Project and the home of our Center for Rights and Justice. Cardozo offers a world-class faculty and encourages creative thinking and innovation in the legal profession. Cardozo provides students with a strong foundation in legal theory combined with practical hands-on experience in a variety of areas including criminal law, civil rights law, and business law. The school prides itself on creating a vibrant and warm community for faculty, staff and students.

A division of Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans. The law school is a secular institution within a religious university and welcomes people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual identities.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Yeshiva University is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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