Open Position: Associate Librarian for Administration

Lillian Goldman Law Library Reading Room
May 20, 2016


Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School

Yale University 

Please apply at: 

STARS Req No. 37813BR

Position Focus: 

The Associate Librarian for Administration reports directly to the Law Librarian and together with other members of Executive Committee (the Associate Librarian for Collections & Access, Associate Librarian for Technical Services, and Associate Librarian for Reference & Instructional Services) strategically leads the Law Library as a vital center for research and teaching within the Law School, the University, and for an international community of scholars. The management team collaboratively develops and implements Law Library policies, procedures, structure, and strategies for delivering services and resources to the YLS community and beyond. This position requires the exercise of professional judgment, teamwork, cultural competence, and a clear understanding of the Law Library’s vision, mission, and role.   

The Associate Law Librarian for Administration oversees and supervises the operations of the Law Library’s administrative office, which includes two support staff. Manages administrative services in consultation with the Law Librarian and in her absence. Plays a leading role in budget, space, and emergency planning for the Law Library. Monitors the administrative budget and makes spending decisions. Supports and advises supervisors on issues relating to the Law Library’s human resources including goal setting, performance review, promotion, merit, professional development, discipline, and union relations. Chairs search committees. Coordinates Law Library committees and participates in many committees ex officio. Assists with planning and monitoring Law Library programs and services, including evaluation and articulation of quality library services through data collection, analysis, assessment, and reporting. Leads the compilation of data for the ABA, ARL, USN&WR, and ALLStAR Benchmarking reports, and possibly others. 

Maintains an understanding of trends and developments in legal publishing and information technology and contributes this expertise to strategic planning for the future growth and development of the Law Library. Supports the Law Library’s relations with the Law School, the University and University Libraries, library consortia, and professional organizations. Actively participates in the life of the law school and the university, and is professionally active. May also have teaching, service, scholarship, and other administrative responsibilities.

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Required Education and Experience: 

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree. 

J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school. 

At least 5 years progressively responsible experience, two of which involve supervising staff.

Required Skills and Abilities: 

1.  Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a law library. Demonstrated commitment to the vital role libraries play in supporting legal scholarship. Demonstrated understanding of current trends in academic law schools and law libraries. 

2.  Demonstrated ability to lead people with emotional intelligence, cultural competence, positive attitude, and organizational loyalty. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to give and receive feedback, consult appropriately, and make independent decisions. 

3.  Demonstrated ability to supervise staff at all levels; superior supervisory skills with demonstrated ability to problem solved and diplomatically and successfully manage difficult conversations and situations. Demonstrated ability setting goals, managing performance, and developing professionals.  

4. Demonstrated ability to manage large projects. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Demonstrated ability to prioritize, work on various projects simultaneously, and manage many interruptions throughout the day. Strong work ethic; self-motivated.

5.  Demonstrated ability to budget, plan, collect and analyze data, including surveys. Demonstrated ability to engage law school faculty and students with the library. Demonstrated ability and desire to continue to grow and develop as a leader in the profession of academic law librarianship.

Preferred Education, Experience, Skills: 

Three or more years supervising professional and support staff; experience with a unionized work force

Two or more years overseeing and administering a budget using enterprise financial systems

Five or more years working in a variety of roles in an academic law library that serves patrons who are actively engaged in research and scholarship

Teaching experience

Comfort with and interest in technology

Working knowledge of a foreign language


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