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Director, Law Library and Assistant, Associate or Professor of Law

Position Deleted on 1/01/2014. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Cleveland, OH
Faculty - Law and Legal Studies
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
Job Duties:
The Law Library Director is responsible for all aspects of law library administration, including the selection and retention of staff; collection development; library services, budget administration and policy planning. In addition, the Director oversees information technology in the College of Law including desktop, classroom, website and server support. In the future, we expect the technology portfolio to include some oversight of online learning. As a member of the Law Faculty, the Director will have the opportunity to teach and to participate in faculty governance of the law school. Scholarly production appropriate to the position is expected. The Director reports directly to the Dean of the College of Law.

Minimum Qualifications:
JD degree from an ABA approved law school, and an MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution. Demonstrated experience and success in law library administration. A strong professional record in teaching and scholarship or the promise of achievement in these areas, as is appropriate to an academic law librarian. Experience in providing leadership in the provision of information technology. Leadership, interpersonal skills, and professional knowledge necessary to meet the responsibilities of the position. A strong commitment to achieving excellence in satisfying the research and informational needs of faculty, students and other library patrons, such as practicing lawyers, alumni and the general public.

Preferred Qualifications:
A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience as a law librarian. Demonstrated service to the law library profession in a leadership capacity.

Special Notes:
Built in 1997, the Cleveland State University Law Library is a state of the art building. At over 84,000 square feet, it is the largest law library space in Ohio, and thirteenth among the largest academic law libraries in the United States. The collection contains more than a half million volumes and volume equivalents. Bloomberg Law, Lexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline and the OhioLINK system are among the electronic resources available. The Law Library is a selective U.S. Government Document Depository.

In September 2012, the Law Library received a donation from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor of all the materials in the Prosecutor's Office related to the Sam Sheppard trials. This famous murder case from 1954 captured national and international media attention. After being found guilty in the first trial, Sheppard was re-tried in 1966 and acquitted. In 2000, his estate sued the State of Ohio for wrongful imprisonment and lost. The donated files were collected for the 2000 case and include many materials from both the original case and the retrial. The Law Library is beginning a project to digitize these materials and make them available for scholarly and academic use. This is the first major digital preservation project undertaken by the Law Library.

C|M|LAW embraces the use of technology to improve library operations and student learning. In addition to providing digital information and online research resources, technology is fully integrated into all C|M|LAW classrooms and the law school continues to explore new ways to apply technology, such as in the emerging field of online learning.

The Director leads a staff of 18.5 full-time employees in supporting the educational and research missions of the College of Law. The College of Law has a faculty of approximately 40 full-time professors and serves a student body of approximately 500. The College of Law has both full-time and part-time divisions.

Cleveland State University is one of the leading academic institutions in Northeast Ohio with an 85-acre campus containing more than 40 buildings for teaching, research, housing, administration, and recreation. The University's $500-plus million campus master plan is changing the face of both campus and downtown Cleveland while creating a vibrant living and learning community in the heart of the city. The campus is located in downtown Cleveland in close proximity to the city's robust cultural offerings including the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, the newly renovated Cleveland Art Museum and the second largest theater district in the nation. Whether living downtown or in the elegant suburbs, Cleveland residents enjoy a low cost of living coupled with access to the amenities of a world-class city.

This is a full-time, tenure-track position.

The hiring for this position is contingent on maintaining existing levels of funding from the State.
Cleveland State University is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, disabled veteran, or Vietnam era or other protected veteran status, and to equal access in education and employment.
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