Head of Research and Instructional Services
The University of Alabama School of Law’s Bounds Law Library seeks collaborative, dynamic, and service-orientated candidates for the Head of Research and Instructional Services librarian position. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Legal Information Services, the successful candidate will be instrumental in coordinating and expanding the law library’s research and instructional service initiatives.
Department Summary: Position requires a collaborative, dynamic, and service-orientated candidates for the Head of Research and Instructional Services librarian position. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Legal Information Services, the successful candidate will be instrumental in coordinating and expanding the law library’s research and instructional service initiatives. Responsibilities will include promptly responding to faculty research requests, coordinating and managing complex research projects, supervision of one professional reference librarian, and participating in and managing the library’s reference rotation schedule. This position will be an active participant and take a lead role in the law library’s instructional initiatives, including creating and maintaining content for the first-year legal research program, coordinating the creation and maintenance of online research guides and tutorials, and proposing and participating in formal and informal instructional opportunities. This position will also work collaboratively with the Associate Dean and others to recommend and establish library policies and services, participate in collection development, and other duties and tasks essential to the law library’s mission.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from an ABA approved law school and a master’s degree (M.L.S., M.S. in L.S., etc.) from an ALA approved library science program. At least three (3) years of public service library, archival, or instructional technology experience.
Skills and Knowledge: Substantial knowledge and proficiency with legal research resources, tools, and technologies. Demonstrated experience coordinating and managing complex research projects. Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and oral and written communication skills, including evidence of strong teaching and presentation skills. Strong commitment to service and dedication to supporting faculty scholarship and student learning. Ability to work individually and collaboratively in a diverse academic environment. Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and meet deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of successful management and supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Knowledge and experience related to instructional tools and technologies, including learning management systems, educational standards, and learning technologies. Evidence of facility relevant instructional technologies, such as experience administering learning management systems or audio/visual recording and editing equipment and software. Demonstrated experience and familiarity with legal scholarly communication.
The University of Alabama is an equal-opportunity employer (EOE) including an EOE of protected vets and individuals with disabilities.