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Law Library Director
Company: Texas A&M University School of Law
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Job Schedule: Full-time
Published In: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Published On: 01/29/2019

Position Summary

 

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for the position of Director of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library.  Texas A&M University, the second largest university in the United States, is a tier-one research institution, a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and a member of the American Association of Universities. Texas A&M’s central campus is located in the city of College Station, though the School of Law is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, a vibrant and rapidly expanding city renowned for its arts community and culture. The Fort Worth/Dallas area ranks among the most diverse metropolitan areas in the United States, offering a low cost of living, a strong and diverse economy, and access to myriad world-class restaurants, entertainment options, and outdoor activities. 

Since integrating with Texas A&M five years ago, the law school has sustained remarkable upward growth. The law school seeks to recruit an experienced, dynamic, and innovative leader who can successfully lead the library in supporting and contributing to the school’s incredible trajectory in terms of curricular innovations, cutting edge faculty scholarship, and state-of-the-art programming initiatives.

The law library’s mission is to be an active and responsive force in support of the law school as it fulfills its mission of providing excellence in legal education, emphasizing foremost the educational, teaching, scholarship, research, and service needs of the law school’s faculty, students, and staff.  The Dee J. Kelly Law Library supports the curricular and scholarly activities of the Law School’s 63-person faculty, its administrative staff, and 578 law students (453 J.D. students and 125 graduate students). The Dee J. Kelly Law Library staff consists of twelve professionals and an annual operating budget in excess of $ 1.2 million.

Qualifications

 

Applicants must have a J.D. degree and a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program.  The candidate must have significant law library administrative experience, be committed to service, and demonstrate strong leadership, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.  Experience teaching legal research skills, and researching Texas law specifically, is preferred but not required. Experience or training with current and emerging technologies that impact libraries, education, and law practice is also preferred.

 

The successful candidate will be expected to promote a positive work environment, fostering collaborative and collegial work relationships to get the most from a dynamic mixture of young, very promising professionals intermixed with some very experienced professionals. The next leader will be expected to think strategically, to innovate, and to successfully move the law library progressively forward in the rapidly changing environment of academic law libraries.

Salary/Benefits/Rank:

Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position may be hired as either long-term contract, tenured, or tenure-track, depending on candidate’s qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include a health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax. Funding is available for professional travel and development activities.

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. The School of Law welcomes applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will enhance the rich diversity of its academic community and is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, students, applicants for employment or admission, and the public, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Candidates must have a a J.D. degree and a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program.  Preference will be given to those with demonstrated outstanding librarian achievement and strong leadership skills. The position may be hired as a tenured or tenure-track position, or a contract position (non-tenure track), depending on the circumstances.  Successful candidates applying for a tenured or tenure-track position will be expected to engage in librarianship, scholarship, and service.  Successful candidates applying for a long-term contract position will be expected to engage in librarianship and service.  The law school invites applications for tenure track positions at the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, or tenured positions at the level of Associate Professor or Professor.  The law school also invites applications for non-tenure track positions at the level of Instructional Assistant Professor, Instructional Associate Professor, or Instructional Proessor.  Rank as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor (if hired as tenured or tenure-track position), or as an Instructional Assistant Professor, Instructional Associate Professor, or Instructional Professor (if hired as a non-tenure position, with possibility of long-term contract), will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

Application:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the expectation of initial interviews being conducted starting the week of February 4, 2019.  Applicants may email a résumé and cover letter to Professor Wayne Barnes, Chair of the Library Search  Committee, at wbarnes@law.tamu.edu, or send their materials to Professor Barnes at Texas A&M University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6509


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