Assistant Law Librarian for Collection Services

About Roger Williams University:

Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today’s employers demand. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving University College based in Providence as well as Rhode Island’s only law school.

Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.

Mission of Roger Williams University School of Law
The mission of RWU Law is to prepare students for success in the public and private sectors and to promote social justice and the rule of law through engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship. In support of that mission, we strive to:

  • Provide an excellent legal education that is focused on the development of students’ analytical, ethical, and other practice skills through the exploration of legal doctrine, policy, history and theory, including the relationship between law and social inequality.
  • Provide students guided opportunities to provide pro bono legal assistance to unrepresented individuals and organizations.
  • Attract and retain a student body, faculty, and staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences, especially those historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
  • Produce meaningful legal scholarship that provides analysis, insights, or information to lawyers, judges, legislators, policy-makers, scholars, journalists, and the public-at-large.
  • Provide service to the legal profession and the wider community.

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Assistant Dean, the Assistant Law Librarian, Collection Services is responsible for overseeing the collection services operations of the law library: print and digital acquisitions, archives, collection development and maintenance, cataloging & metadata, digital resources management, the institutional repository, preservation, processing, and serials. As part of the management team, provides service centered vision, leadership, and planning for collection services. As part of the research and instruction team, provides legal reference, research, and instruction.

Collection Services

  • Develop and implement goals, policies, and efficient workflows for collection services. Regularly analyze and review collection services workflows in light of other library workflows.
  • Coordinate and participate in acquisitions of library systems and materials, including invoice processing, budget management, and budget analysis.
  • Manage, train, and supervise collection services and other relevant staff in all aspects of acquisitions, invoice payment and reconciliation, and the integration of acquisitions with cataloging workflows.
  • Oversee collection development and maintenance, including evaluating the collection for growth, deaccession, and organization. Use a range of tools and publications to stay informed about new legal resources, formats, best practices, and services.
  • Recommend cost-effective selections or cancellations in accordance with the collection development policy.
  • Review gift offers and make recommendations to the Assistant Dean as to their value to the collection; acknowledge accepted gift offers on the library’s behalf. Collaborate with key University library staff to share information about campus resources.
  • Oversee digital resources management, including trials, marketing, branding, and implementation with University Information Technology. Provide ongoing assessment via user reports, patron, and librarian feedback. Manage onsite and proxy access to digital resources.  Troubleshoot access problems reported by library patrons.
  • Review and negotiate license agreements for subscription orders according to library guidelines for licensing terms; collaborate with the Assistant Dean and University general counsel to obtain University purchasing approval; administer and interpret new and existing licenses; maintain a distributable database of license terms.
  • Manage the School of Law section of the University digital repository.
  • Develop policies and procedures governing submission of content for digital publication in conjunction with the Assistant Dean.
  • Supervise staff handling copyright permissions, uploads, and content description.
  • Coordinate with vendors to secure previously digitized content; add metadata and subject headings to describe content; and coordinate with the University librarians to create new collections within the repository.
  • Serve as the library’s liaison with legal information and library systems vendors for purchases, claims, billing, customer service, training, and technical support.
  • Manage and perform, as needed, original and copy cataloging; obtain, manage, and update cataloging records from multiple vendors; provide authority control of headings and thorough testing of links in bibliographic records.
  • Participate in the joint administration of the integrated library system with the Associate Law Librarian, including oversight of initiatives to enhance discovery of library resources.
  • Keep abreast of technology developments in library collection services and makes recommendations to the Assistant Dean regarding implementation of new technology.

Reference and Access Services Functions

  • Provide legal reference and research support to law library patrons. As needed, assist in the delivery of access services in the absence of research services librarians.
  • Participate in the preparation and delivery of legal research instruction, including formal and informal educational sessions, workshops, and classes.
  • Provide liaison services to assigned faculty members.
  • Provide expertise to faculty and students regarding scholarly communications and copyright-related research needs.

Administrative Functions

  • Collaborate with the University library and library consortia on collection services matters.
  • Work with all Library team members to implement the library strategic plan and the goals and objectives of the School of Law.
  • Prepare reports, statistics, and data analysis with recommendations as required.
  • Manage projects and participate as a team member in Law and University library projects.
  • Participate in discussions and decision-making regarding library programs, services, operations, facilities, and policies.
  • Participate in professional organizations and engages in service and/or scholarly activities at the local, regional, and/or national level.


Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education or equivalent.
JD degree from an ABA accredited law school, or an equivalent from a foreign law school.
Previous experience or job skills that demonstrate knowledge of types and uses of legal materials and experience with bibliographic access to legal information.
Minimum of two years’ experience in a law, research, or academic library.
Two years demonstrated supervisory experience.
Demonstrated knowledge or experience with bibliographic networks such as OCLC, cataloging and metadata standards, integrated library systems, and digital resources management.
Strong service orientation.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to interact with students, faculty, visitors, and staff.
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
Advanced computer skills, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
Available to work evening and weekend hours, as required.

Additional Information:

As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region and create access to higher education and career success.

The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.

Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.

For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit:

Salaries for new hires at Roger Williams University usually fall between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range.

Minimum         25th               Midpoint         75th              Maximum

$65,210          $72,401          $79,593         86,783          $93,975