Head of Collection Services Librarian-Howard U School of Law

The Howard University School of Law Library is especially interested in candidates who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We value creativity, collaboration, and solutions-oriented attitudes from members of our team.  We are committed to supporting staff – whether it’s building new skills in unfamiliar areas or mentoring the next generation of law library leaders.  We recognize the inherent value and complexity of each individual and the unique perspective and talents they will bring to the table – in fact, we’re counting on it. 

The Howard University School of Law prides itself on being a uniquely mission-driven institution serving exceptional students from around the world.  The law school campus is in the heart of DC within walking distance of restaurants and shopping, but the campus feels like an oasis thanks to being steps away from Rock Creek Park.  The library is a valued, integrated part of the vibrant Howard University School of Law community; its award-winning building is a bright, restorative space for students and staff alike.

If you’re interested in joining our team, please find more detailed information about the position and application process included below.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Required Qualifications (General)

  • Master’s degree from ALA-accredited library and information science program (or equivalent)
  • Work effectively with a diverse, accomplished community of students, faculty, and staff
  • Commitment to advancing the missions of the law school and library
  • Model positive, solutions-driven responses to challenges; creative problem-solver
  • Excellent communication skills; emotionally intelligent
  • Project management skills (e.g., ability to prioritize, manage deadlines and expectations, make appropriate adjustments, communicate proactively)
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Commitment to growth; desire to excel
  • Strong service orientation
  • Comfortable navigating change and leading others through it
  • Ability to assess services, collect statistics, and prepare reports for internal and external use
  • Willing to alter instructional approach as needed to accommodate student needs (e.g., learning styles, levels of understanding, cultural norms)


Position Description

This position is new to the library and has primary responsibility for providing leadership, innovation, and management in areas of resource sharing, collection maintenance, and library technology initiatives and applications.  It oversees both access and technical services functions for the library Because this position will oversee multiple areas fundamental to the successful operation of the Law Library, the incumbent will coordinate regularly with and report directly to the Associate Director.  Individually, and as a unit head, this position manages, plans, implements, administers, and evaluates key technology-based library systems and services in order to support the research, scholarly, and educational missions and operations of the library and law school.

This position represents the law library on university committees and projects and makes recommendations for the allocation, distribution, and implementation of technology resources and initiatives.  In order to manage the access and technical services teams successfully, knowledge of library systems, workflows, and procedures to provide access to the collection and assist patrons in the use of library resources and services is necessary (e.g., course reserves, stacks maintenance, resource management).

This position will manage the seat reservation system for West Campus in coordination with appropriate departments (e.g., facilities).  Additional responsibilities include effective and timely communication about services and procedures with the Howard University School of Law community – including opening/closing hours and any unexpected changes (e.g., closures).  This position will participate in the virtual reference desk rotation and teach in first-year legal research as part of the required first-year curriculum and on an ad hoc basis as a guest lecturer in upper level courses.

Required Qualifications (Specific)

  • Management experience (NB: this is not restricted to current, sitting library managers in title only.  If you have experience managing students, projects, functions, or taking the lead as a volunteer or professional leader, you may have the relevant skills and experiences that qualify you for this position.)
  • Alma certified or committed to becoming Alma certified within six months of start date
  • Experience drafting, updating, and communicating procedures and policies
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in current and emerging information technologies
  • Ability and commitment to taking the lead on learning new technology applications and best practices in the higher education and library environments
  • Committed to working collaboratively with colleagues on main campus

Preferred Qualifications

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school (or equivalent)
  • Teaching experience
  • Knowledge of a wide range of library and information resources and services, including next- generation library systems, legal research platforms, and other relevant technologies
  • Acquisitions experience
  • Commitment to the law library profession


The law library is currently open with a rotating skeleton crew of staff.  We are temporarily operating reduced hours and days (i.e., no evenings or weekends).  At this time, staff are working on-site for no more than three-week blocks during the semester unless they receive permission from their supervisor for adjustments to their schedule – including working additional days on campus. 

These temporary, pandemic-related staffing and schedule practices are subject to change.  Once pandemic restrictions are lifted, all positions will return to standard in-person coverage.   

How to Apply

Candidates should send a cover letter, diversity statement, resume, and three references to Eileen Santos, Associate Director (esantos@law.howard.edu).  Include the position(s) you are applying for in the subject heading of your email.  To expedite the hiring process, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Applications received by October 30, 2020 will be given priority. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Howard University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status.  Members of historically marginalized groups, including veterans and people with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.

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