Duke University, School of Law

Position ID:Duke-Law-LAWLIBDIR [#18341, LawLibDir]
Position Title: Director, Goodson Law Library, Duke School of Law
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2021/04/19 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/03/22, listed until 2021/04/19)
Position Description:    

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Duke Law School
Director of the Goodson Law Library

Duke School of Law is seeking an innovative, dynamic leader to serve as director of the Goodson Law Library. The Law Library staff, services, and collections support the instructional and research needs of Duke Law School, a hub for legal education, research, and scholarship in the heart of the Research Triangle (an area anchored by major research universities). Duke Law School has long been in the vanguard with respect to information access and the support of research and knowledge. For example, Duke Law leads efforts to develop guidelines to advance the development of the public domain (including the 2009 Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship, as well as recently establishing a taskforce to address current challenges). In addition, Duke was one of the first law schools to include among its resources empirical research specialists. This, along with the integration of its library teaching staff with the larger faculty, supports a strong commitment to providing exceptional faculty services, creative and innovative legal research instruction, and resources supporting empirical research and other cutting-edge developments.

The Goodson Law Library at Duke Law is renowned for its immersion in scholarly publications, showcased by the Law School Scholarship Repository, its close relationship with student-edited journals, and its dedicated efforts to advance and promote faculty scholarship. The Library staff demonstrate a commitment to exceptional teamwork and collaboration within the Library, the Law School, and among the other campus libraries. The director will benefit from the expertise of this well-organized and high performing, world class team that includes skilled individuals supporting all areas of library operations. The Library collection is enhanced through multiple collaborations in collection development and resource sharing, such as the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

As a core member of the Law School’s senior management team and member of the faculty, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the future of this vibrant and thriving organization by leading the library’s efforts focused on:

  • strategic planning for the library, including setting priorities for information and bibliographic services, collection development, empirical research services, personnel management, and budgeting;
  • evaluating, selecting, and incorporating evolving research technologies and resources;
  • fostering the culture of teamwork among the departments at the Law School, other libraries on campus, and research centers at Duke University;
  • promoting a safe, comfortable and congenial learning and research environment for our very collegial and diverse student community;
  • cultivating relationships and collaborations with other law libraries; - engaging stakeholders in decisions impacting library services and operations;
  • supervising, motivating, and developing a high performing staff of 20+ FTE;
  • collaborating with faculty to shape the curriculum and pedagogy in light of emerging opportunities and challenges; and
  • communicating with both internal and external audiences (public relations).

The director will report to the Dean of the Law School and will hold a faculty appointment commensurate with his/her qualifications.


Required Education
Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from an ALA accredited school or other equivalent advanced degree.

Required Experience
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience with demonstrated progressive responsibility in an academic law library or related setting.
  • Demonstrated excellence in managerial or supervisory experience.
  • Active engagement with scholarship and the legal profession.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Established record of research and scholarly writing.
An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity with innovative and emerging legal research methods including the application of social science research methods to law, advances in legal technology and artificial intelligence tools, and the use of quantitative datasets.
  • Ability to foster effective working relationships with faculty, students, and staff.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Law Library’s work, activities, and services.
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovation, creativity, and excellence.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
210 Science Drive
Suite 1015, Duke Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708-0362

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