Head of Research and Instructional Services, Robert Crown Law Library

California, United States
05 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Code: 1783
Job Grade: I

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

Stanford Law School seeks applications for the position of Head of Research & Instructional Services in the Robert Crown Law Library. 

Stanford Law School, on the campus of one of the world’s leading research universities, offers unmatched opportunities. We are known for our collegial culture, intimate and egalitarian. In this close-knit community, collaboration and the open exchange of ideas are essential to life and learning. Students, faculty, staff, alumni — all support and inspire each other to explore, excel and contribute to the world through law. At SLS, we are driven by a passion for new ideas and a commitment to transformative solutions. 

Working under the supervision of the Library Director, the Head of Research & Instructional Services provides leadership and vision for coordination of premier-level reference and instructional services. Innovative librarians who are interested in joining an outstanding team supporting world-class research and teaching are encouraged to apply. 

The Head of Research & Instructional Services manages the Reference Department comprised of a large team of librarians and staff who provide an array of research and instructional services for the Stanford Law School community. The position oversees and develops new departmental service programs, library marketing & outreach, publications, and other patron services to support and promote the law library, including reference & research services and interlibrary loan services to Stanford Law students, faculty, staff, and the wider University community. The position also teaches legal research courses at the law school, including, but not limited to, courses in Advanced Legal Research, and will spearhead proposals to continue expanding our instructional outreach, particularly into SLS clinics and policy labs. As a senior member of the law library’s management team, the Head of Research & Instructional Services participates in management and goal-setting for the law library, providing information, advice, and consultation to library administration related to reference department operations. 

Stanford law librarians are encouraged to seek and supported to pursue opportunities for professional growth and education evolvement, both here in the education-rich Bay Area and nationally.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Both a JD and Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies; 
  • Advanced knowledge of legal research sources and sophisticated skills with using research materials in all formats; 
  • Demonstrated ability teaching within a formal classroom setting, litigating in court, or presenting in another learning environment;
  • Five years of experience in academic law libraries and capacity to work at a high level of responsibility or a combination of education and relevant experience. Successful supervisory experience is strongly preferred; legal practice and/or teaching experience are also strongly preferred. 
  • Extensive knowledge of relevant aspects of library operations including understanding of contemporary library practices, trends, and emerging technologies;
  • A very strong service ethic, and the ability to blend harmoniously with colleagues and the law school and university communities;
  • An aptitude for and interest in project planning and management, as well as excellent organizational, time-management, and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both collaboratively and independently, within a highly collegial environment;
  • A commitment to continuous service improvement and innovation; 
  • An agile and curious mind, along with a healthy sense of humor and a spirit of idealism about our chosen profession.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

We invite you to apply online via the Stanford jobs website http://jobs.stanford.edu (Reference job number 80820). To be considered, please submit your résumé, a one-page cover letter, and a list of professional references along with your online application.