Associate Director for Library Services; Chapman University School of Law; Orange

Chapman University, located in the historic town of Orange in southern California, provides a stunning setting for the School of Law, ranked among the top ten law schools for “Best Quality of Life” by the Princeton Review since 2005. The Rinker Law Library is undergoing a significant transformation in operations, resources, programs, and services in order to better meet the needs of students and faculty.

The Associate Director for Library Services is a new position, and will play a crucial role in establishing and shaping the direction of the Rinker Law Library with the full support of university, law school, and law library administration. This position will work closely with the Library Director to develop, implement, and promote new and innovative programs and services to expand legal research instruction, enhance access to information resources, and support faculty teaching and scholarship. The Associate Director supervises and collaborates with librarians and staff to:

  • Provide reference and research services
  • Teach legal research in a variety of settings, including the first year Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing curriculum and Advanced Legal Research
  • Create research and instructional tools
  • Develop policies and procedures to ensure consistently outstanding service
  • Promote library resources and services to the law school community

The ideal candidate will possess a thorough understanding of the legal education environment, the law library’s role in preparing students for the practice of law, and the range of programs and services libraries can offer; a desire to engage in continual evaluation and improvement, and towards that end, enthusiastically embrace change and uncertainty; the ability to work independently as well as with others, prioritize and manage multiple projects from creation to completion; and a sense of humor.

Requirements: MLIS and JD degrees from accredited programs; 5+ years of experience in an academic law library with a history of increasing responsibility; teaching experience; knowledge of legal information sources, research methodologies, and related technologies; strong managerial, problem-solving, project management, attention to detail, communication, and writing skills.

Compensation: Salary is extremely competitive and Chapman offers a generous benefits package.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Professor Linda Kawaguchi, Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation Library Director, at

Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted at the AALL Annual Meeting.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer.

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