Assistant Director of the Westminster Law Library – Sturm College of Law University of Denver

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Denver Law) is a national leader in experiential legal education, a recognized innovator in legal pedagogy, and the home of multiple nationally-recognized programs and centers, including a top-10 program in legal research and writing. Denver Law has a strong commitment to supporting faculty research, to training highly skilled and professionally aware lawyers, and to exposing students to the range of legal technologies relevant to modern-day practice.

Position Summary

This position reports to the Law Library Director and oversees the public services of the Westminster Law Library, including supervision and development of the law library’s services and staff members in reference, research, instruction, and access services. This position also assists in the management of the law library’s day-to-day operations as part of a three-person library management team, along with the Director and the Head of Technical Services, which includes key areas such as strategic planning, assessment, communication, personnel development, technological needs, and resource allocation. This position assumes overall responsibility for the law library in the absence of the Director and is a faculty position in the University Libraries series.

Essential Functions

Plan, develop, coordinate, oversee, and participate in the delivery of the law library’s publicservices, including reference, research, instruction, and access services. This includes regular reevaluation of policies, procedures, workflows, and the overall effectiveness of such services.

Participate in the law library’s management team, along with the Director and the Head of Technical Services, which manages the law library’s day-to-day operations.

Supervise the law library’s full-time professional staff in public services, which currently consists of 5 professional librarians. Provide vision, oversight, and leadership during this time of great change for library services.

Manage the law library’s hiring, training, development, and oversight of student and other hourly workers in public services roles.

Oversee and participate in the law library’s Certificate in Legal Research (CLR) program, an optional legal research training program reflected on student transcripts.

Teach a law school course, preferably in the area of advanced or specialized legal research.

Participate on the law library’s collection development team and engage in regular evaluation of the law library’s collection priorities.

Work closely with the law school’s information technology staff to implement new and emerging library applications, knowledge systems, and other relevant technologies.

Engage in regular law library marketing and outreach with an eye toward possible partnerships within the larger university and the local legal community.

Assist with identification of library funding needs and ideas for creative funding sources.

Serve on law school, University Libraries, and other relevant committees.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The following skills are critical to success in this position:

Supervisory skills or demonstrated potential for rapid growth into such skills.

Strong analytical/problem solving skills.

The ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships both inside and outside the law library.

A strong customer service orientation.

Effective oral and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills in both oneon-one and group settings.

Knowledge of a wide range of library and information resources and services, including nextgeneration library systems, legal research platforms, and other relevant technologies.

Demonstrated ability to work flexibly with faculty, students, staff, and a diverse research community.

Knowledge of professional librarianship concepts, principles, and practices and a commitment to staying abreast of new developments.

Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

The ability to work evenings and/or weekends, as necessary.

Required Education and Qualifications

MLS (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution.

JD (or equivalent) from an ABA-accredited law school.

Minimum of 3 years of substantial experience working in public services in a law library.

Preferred Education and Qualifications :
Supervisory experience.

Teaching experience with demonstrated success in the classroom.

Work Schedule


Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Tues d ay, October 17, 2017

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. If you have questions regarding this position please contact Jessica Lovan at [email protected]

Please include the following documents with your application:

Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Required Skills

Required Experience