Deputy Director
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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The deputy director provides leadership in planning, coordinating and managing Law Library services, programs and collections to support the Law School’s education and research missions. The position is a key member of the library senior leadership and assists and advises the administrative team on issues regarding the Law Library, including budget administration; collection development; facilities planning; personnel management; policies and procedures; and technology needs. The deputy director has responsibility for teaching in the law school curriculum as well as providing faculty and staff instruction. In addition, the position oversees the development of the Law Library’s website. The position supervises the management team in the execution of the library’s strategic plan and management of the day-to-day library operations. The deputy director also represents the Law School and University by providing leadership and service in local, state, regional and national professional organizations.


  • Assists and advises the director, in collaboration with key leadership, on budget, personnel, collection development, facilities, policies and procedures, technology needs and short term and long term planning issues.
  • Confers with the director to develop objectives, strategies and plans for addressing library issues, to develop library services, to coordinate projects and to coordinate Law Library space planning efforts, including use of space for offices; public use; computer labs; and collection access and storage.
  • Assures delivery of quality services to Law faculty and students, University faculty and students and other library users through establishment of policies, procedures and guides and by diplomatic handling of conflicts and problems.
  • Coordinates with other campus library administrators on campus concerning University-wide library services and issues.
  • Represents the Law Library through service on various University, law school, and faculty committees.
  • Works closely with the library leadership team and law school finance office to ensure accurate allocation, reporting and planning of Law Library funding.
  • Provides leadership in evaluating existing services and in developing new services.
  • Conducts appropriate original research, including research of substantive legal issues and library-focused research. Consults as necessary with colleagues on a local, regional and national basis. May publish articles in law reviews and in library science literature. May present at professional conferences. Plans, prepares and delivers presentations to local area librarians and attorneys and assists in coordinating local programs.
  • Consults with and counsels faculty and students in devising research strategies and identifying and using appropriate research materials in all formats. Advises and instructs students on law review and law journals concerning research and citation issues. Provides and coordinates training and instruction to Law Library staff in various aspects of conducting legal research. Provides training for Law School staff concerning library services.
  • Consults with and advises librarians, faculty, and staff concerning challenging reference and research questions.
  • Maintains knowledge of copyright issues and works with library staff to develop procedures for complying with copyright requirements, including those applicable to electronic media.
  • Devises and identifies means for gathering appropriate service and management statistics. Maintains awareness of resource sharing and document delivery opportunities and developments. Maintains awareness of relevant developments and professional issues through review of professional literature and attendance at professional conferences and workshops.
  • Oversees and directs the development and maintenance of the Law Library website. Coordinates with the Law School webmaster concerning the Law Library’s needs with regard to the Internet and Intranet.
  • Consults with, advises and directs staff concerning the development of electronic reserves.
  • Maintains awareness of updates and changes in University’s automated library system, and communicates those changes to staff.
  • Assists Law School Administration and the University Office of General Counsel in investigating alleged violations of the Law School honor code.


    Perform other duties as assigned.


    Department: Frequent contact with library director, the dean, the faculty and staff of the law school.

    University: Regular (daily or weekly) contact with other university students, faculty, and professional staff of other campus libraries. Moderate contact with the associate provost and university librarian, the general counsel’s office, and other non-library related departments.

    External: Regular contact with publishers and other content providers. Moderate contact with law alumni and other members of the practicing bar. Occasional contact with members of the legal and/or librarianship communities.

    Students: Frequent contact with law students and law student employees.


    Directly supervise two professional staff. Indirectly supervise the work of additional professional librarians and support staff positions. Indirectly supervise students, interns, and temporary employees. Supervise overall library operations in the director’s absence.


    Experience: Ten years as a professional librarian, with increasing supervisory experience, required. Experience using automated library systems and providing services in a networked academic law library is required. Experience in selecting legal materials and in making collection decisions is required. Experience teaching legal research is preferred. Experience using multimedia to support teaching is preferred.

    Education/Licensing: Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited school required. J.D. degree from ABA accredited law school.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret the most complex documents, including legal documents.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise considerable independent judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to function effectively in a team environment and to work effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to assess needs, assign priorities, set goals and objectives, develop strategies, evaluate outcomes and make recommendations.
  • Ability to translate directives into plans for action, to coordinate with others, to schedule projects and maintain follow-up to completion, to address unanticipated problems and to bring projects to completion.
  • Ability to initiate appropriate organizational change.
  • Ability to make sound and informed decisions; to perceive the impact and implications of decisions; and to commit to action, even in uncertain circumstances.
  • Ability to motivate and guide others toward goal accomplishment and to coach, mentor and counsel staff.
  • Ability to negotiate and to advocate a position in seeking mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Ability to deal effectively and sensitively with confidential and difficult personnel matters.
  • Ability to mediate difficult situations.
  • Strong skills in using Westlaw, Lexis, the Internet and other electronic resources for legal and non-legal research.
  • Strong knowledge of legal resources and legal research strategies.
  • Strong knowledge of and familiarity with Anglo-American law library collections and government documents.


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