Associate Dean of Library Services and Director of the Law Library

Cincinnati, Ohio
Mar 12, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Deans, Other Executive Administration
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Cincinnati College of Law invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean of Library Services and Director of the Robert S. Marx Law Library. As an integral part of the College of Law, the Library helps prepare law students for legal practice and supports faculty scholarship and teaching. It has six professional librarians, one library assistant, and an educational technology specialist. The Robert S. Marx Law Library has an annual budget of $1.4 million and supports the curricular and scholarly activities of 36 full-time faculty, 31 administrative staff, and 361 law students. The Associate Dean and Library Director reports directly to the Dean of the College of Law.

The fourth oldest continually operating law school in the nation, Cincinnati Law is committed to maintaining a robust and collegial learning environment that blends theory and practice in programs and clinics that include the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights; the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice; Ohio’s only Innocence Project; the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice; the Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry; the Corporate Law Center; the Center for Practice; the Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic; the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic; the Indigent Defense Clinic; the Patent and Trademark Clinic; the Sixth Circuit Clinic; and our Help Center for the Hamilton County Municipal Court. To learn more about the College and its history, visit



The Associate Dean of Library Services and Director of the Law Library is responsible for the overall administration and operations of the Law Library. In particular, the Associate Dean:

  • Provides a strong vision for the role of an academic law library in meeting the demands of a changing legal education environment and concomitant changes in legal practice
  • Carries out the objectives of the Library consistent with the goals of the College of Law
  • Promotes communication and teamwork while undertaking supervisory functions of hiring, performance review, and professional development pursuant to University of Cincinnati policies and collective bargaining agreements
  • Develops and implements strategic plans
  • Creates and maintains print and digital collections appropriate to the mission of the College of Law
  • Develops and manages budgets, with the Dean and Director of Business Affairs
  • Oversees the delivery of educational technology services, including support of classrooms
  • Supports faculty scholarship and teaching
  • Oversees the College’s institutional repository Assists faculty and administration in developing courses and programming to build student capacity in technology and its use in the practice of law
  • Teaches advanced legal research and other courses
  • Actively participates in the governance of the College of Law
  • Works closely with the University’s Dean and University Librarian, and serves on the university-wide Library Directors’ Council and multiple University committees
  • Plays a leading role in final selection of library components and the logistics of moving into the new College of Law building (expected in 2022)
  • Monitors library programs and services in compliance with the accreditation standards of the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools
  • Works collaboratively with staff, faculty, and students, and with partners across the University, in library consortia, and in professional organizations -Engages in research and scholarship as duties permit, and contributes through service at the institutional and professional levels
  • Actively participates, contributes, and promotes university-wide all-jurisdiction libraries collaboration



  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
  • M.L.S. or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Considerable experience in law library administration, including management of financial resources, development of budget proposals, and preparation of reports
  • Ability to bring vision, strategic thinking, innovation, and coherent planning to the library
  • Experience supervising and mentoring librarians and staff
  • Strong supervisory, communication, and leadership skills
  • Record of successful classroom teaching
  • Familiarity with relevant legal information technologies, including legal research systems, case management systems, and other legal information tools relevant to contemporary legal practice
  • Experience in working with digital and information technologies in the academic and law library environment
  • Interest in and ability to contribute to the profession via research and service



An understanding of the nature of work performed within a collective bargaining agreement; Familiarity working with SAP software or similar higher education financial management systems.



Interested applicants should apply online at and search requisition #36382. Please attach a curriculum vitae and a cover letter addressing your qualifications. Applications will be accepted and the position will remain open until filled. Nominations, referrals, and questions about the position may be sent confidentially to Professor Jacob Katz Cogan, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]


The University of Cincinnati, a premier urban research university, which traces its origins to 1819, is classified as an R1–Highest Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. In addition to being named a “green university” by Princeton Review, UC has been named one of the world’s most beautiful campuses by Forbes and Delta Sky magazines. Learn more at


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The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.