Cornell University, Law School

Position ID:Cornell-Law School-LAWLIBD [#11238, WDR-00015076]
Position Title: Edward Cornell Law Librarian
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Law
Appl Deadline:2018/07/13 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2018/05/31, finished 2019/02/10, listed until 2018/07/13)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Cornell University seeks an experienced and innovative academic leader to serve as director of its Law Library. The director provides strategic vision, fiscal stewardship, operational management, and ensures outstanding service to faculty and students in the Law School. In order to support the teaching, research, and outreach mission, the director builds collaborative relationships across the Law School, within the Cornell University Library system, and throughout the profession. The director works closely with the Dean and Vice Dean of the Law School, the Cornell University Library administration, and the Law faculty to understand the current and anticipated needs of the community. Within the Law Library, the director leads a dynamic team of service-oriented librarians and support staff to develop a compelling and cohesive vision for the Law Library.

The director is responsible for the following:
  • Setting the strategic directions for the Law Library.
  • Overseeing a staff of 20.5 FTE, the Law Library, and an extensive collection of print and digital materials.
  • Overseeing a robust instructional program, including advanced legal research courses and a clinic.
  • Developing collaborative relationships with the faculty, particularly in areas related to information services.
  • Participating in the University Library’s management teams and contributing substantively to its strategic initiatives.
  • Providing leadership and working collaboratively with staff in Alumni Affairs and Development to identify and cultivate relationships with donors and alumni of the Law School. 
As a member of the Law School faculty, the director has a unique opportunity to develop services that support the evolving curriculum and align Law Library programs to enhance and promote faculty scholarship. The director reports jointly to the Dean of the Law School and the University Librarian.

Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and work successfully with a team of staff within a law school setting. Excellent communication skills, compelling vision, and the ability to foster effective working relationships with faculty, students, staff, and donors. The successful candidate should have at least five years of increasingly responsible management and leadership experience in a law library, an understanding of trends related to a rapidly evolving information environment, and a record of active engagement in scholarship and the profession. A J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited institution and an M.L.S. degree or equivalent are required.

Competitive in salary, rank, professional development support, and benefits. Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions.

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

Application Procedure:
Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until July 13, 2018. Initial interviews can be conducted at the Annual AALL Conference, July 14-17, in Baltimore, MD.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

For More Information:
For general inquiries about this position, please contact Liz Flint, Director of Human Resources, Cornell Law School, at For additional information or confidential inquiries, please contact the chair of the Law Library Director Search Committee, Jens Ohlin, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, at

Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year JD program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for about 90 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has 41 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has pre-eminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.

The Law Library houses rich and extensive print and digital collections, and promotes an engaging work environment that supports the use of new technologies and a tradition of excellent services. The Law Library instruction program includes a clinic managed by the Library (the Legal Research Clinic), for-credit advanced legal research courses, and first-year J. D. and international graduate student legal research. The Law Library additionally partners in open access collaborative initiatives such as LawArXiv and Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI). Professionals and support staff work closely with the Law School and the University Library. The Law Library is part of the Cornell University Library (CUL) system.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus opening on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City. We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including: employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, flexible work options.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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Further Info:
Cornell Law School
G58A Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853

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