Head of Public Services, Leigh H. Taylor Law Library

The Head of Public Services works under the supervision of the Director of the Law Library and participates in strategic long-term planning for the library, and develops, implements, and assesses new instructional and outreach activities. Within the library, the Head of Public Services Librarian oversees the day-to-day operations of the library, providing leadership and managing the reference librarians, support staff, and student workers who provide reference, circulation, access, and interlibrary loan services to library patrons. The Head of Public Services provides high-quality library research and information services to faculty, students, and alumni.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Director of the Law Library to carry out the mission and duties of the Law Library in compliance with ABA and AALS library standards;
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Law Library;
  • Primary supervisor of reference librarians and circulation staff;
  • Hiring and managing student workers in the Law Library;
  • Teaching first-year and upper-division research classes;
  • Teaching guest lectures in doctrinal or seminar classes or other school groups; and
  • Serving as a member of faculty and other committees as appointed;
  • Staffing the reference desk, including some weekend and evening shifts;
  • Participating in collection development;
  • Provides staffing coverage at the circulation desk, if needed;
  • Participating in library projects, including the archives;
  • Actively engages in professional organizations such as the Southern California Association of Law Libraries and the American Association of Law Libraries.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited institution;
  • M.L.S. degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution;
  • Minimum five (5) years of public service experience, preferably in an academic law library, including a demonstrable history of supervisory duties or potential for rapid growth into supervisory duties;
  • Minimum four (4) years experience teaching legal research in an academic setting;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to foster effective working relationships with faculty, students, staff, and alumni; and
  • A proven track record of active engagement in scholarship, teaching, and/or professional service.

Preferred Qualifications

  • State or Federal practice experience.
  • Some experience with collection development and/or technical library services.

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest, a detailed CV listing qualifications and experience, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references. Email application materials to jobs10@swlaw.edu . Review of applications will begin immediately, and an interview at the AALL Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, may be possible.