Assistant Director for Public Services - Law Library

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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  Please also include the contact information for three professional references. (References will not be contacted prior to consultation with the candidate.)


The University of Michigan Law Library seeks an experienced leader, with a proven record of success, to lead all reference and research services and functions.  The Assistant Director reports to the Director of the Library, will participate in Library management, and ensure excellence in Library public services including reference support, the faculty research service, and instruction and outreach services.  The Assistant Director will also teach Advanced Legal Research on rotation and will help the MLaw Library develop and implement public services meeting patron needs.  The Assistant Director will be an accomplished public services librarian with a track record of successful supervisory and teaching experience.

Who We Are

Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world's leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, and is internationally renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the J.D. and 40 in the LL.M. program. At Michigan Law, we view our commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to our mission as an educational institution, and we seek to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment. We believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge, and we maintain a deep commitment to fostering a diverse community in which all students, staff, and faculty learn and work in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.

With over 1 million volumes, the Law Library has one of the world's premier collections. The Law Library also has one of the world's most comprehensive collections of foreign, comparative, and international law materials. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work


Reporting to the Director of the Law Library, the Assistant Director for Public Services will excercise professional judgment and demonstrate strong critical thinking skills to execute the following responsibilities:

  • Serve as a member of the Law Library’s Management Team advising the Director of the Law Library on management and administration of the Law Library's Public Services Unit.
  • Manage the daily operations of the Llibrary's Public Services unit, including managing the performance of three dual-degreed reference librarians, four staff members, and overseeing the work of 40 student employees.
  • Ensure excellence in the Library's Public Services unit including reference, technology and research instruction, and faculty research and outreach.
  • May teach Advanced Legal Research as part of a rotating team of dual-degreed librarians.
  • Serve on Library and University committees as appropriate.

Required Qualifications*

  • J.D. from ABA accredited law school. 
  • Master’s degree from an A.L.A. accredited school of information or library science. 
  • At least 5 years of experience working in public services in an academic law library.
  • Strong problem-solving and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent supervisory experience in an academic setting.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with a wide range of legal information sources and research
    methods and knowledge of different legal systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends at the reference desk on a rotating basis.

Desired Qualifications*

  • 5 or more years demonstrated experience and excellence in supervising full-time librarians or staff.
  • Licensed t practice law in one or more U.S. states (active or inactive).
  • Ability to work with foreign language materials.
  • Experience teaching for-credit legal research courses at an accredited law school.

Underfill Statement

This position can be filled at either the Senior Associate Librarian or Librarian rank, depending on skills, expertise, knowledge, and previous management experience.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.