Associate Director for Collection Development – University of MN Twin Cities

Associate Director for Collection Development

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Twin Cities

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Full/Part Time




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Acad Prof and Admin

About the Job


The University of Minnesota Law Library invites applications for the position of Associate Director for Collection Development. The Associate Director provides leadership in defining the scope and content of one of the preeminent legal research collections in the United States. The significant depth and breadth of the Library’s collection supports the research and curricular needs of faculty and students at one of the nation’s top public law schools. Building upon historical strengths, the Library maintains extensive holdings in US., foreign, comparative, and international law, including a particularly rich human rights law collection. In addition to managing all aspects of collection development, the Associate Director for Collection Development oversees the Library’s technical services operations and is a member of the Library’s senior administrative team.

The Associate Director for Collection Development reports to the Director of the Law Library. Professional librarians are hired under the University of Minnesota Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) employee classification system, which may lead to promotion and continuous appointment based on successful fulfillment of library duties, published scholarship, and professional participation.


Duties include:

  • Overseeing all aspects of collection development, including selection and weeding, collection evaluation and analysis, acquisitions budget management, license negotiation, and publisher and vendor relations.
  • Working closely with faculty to keep abreast of evolving scholarly interests and curricular developments.
  • Overseeing technical services operations, and directly supervising the Head of Cataloging and the Acquisitions Department Manager.
  • Serving as a member of the library’s management team and participating in strategic planning and policy development.
  • Preparing financial and statistical reports.
  • Providing leadership in planning collection management projects.
  • Facilitating collaboration between the Law Library and University Libraries with regard to collection development and technical services workflows and special projects.
  • Serving as the library’s Federal Depository Library Program coordinator.
  • Representing the Law Library at the campus, regional, and national levels.
  • Engaging in research and scholarship relevant to law librarianship, legal education, or substantive legal subjects.
  • Participating in professional service activities.


Required Qualifications

  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited graduate school.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and evolving collection development practices and issues, technical services processes and procedures, legal publishing, legal research resources, and legal education.
  • Significant experience with and knowledge of law library print and electronic research collections.
  • Five years of increasing administrative responsibility in an academic law library.
  • Five years of supervisory experience in an academic law library.
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated strong service philosophy.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Effective analytical and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute actively to the law library profession through both scholarly productivity and participation in professional activities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school or equivalent strongly preferred.
  • Experience with budget management.
  • Experience with foreign, comparative, and international law collections.
  • Experience with the Alma integrated library system.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.  

This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).



Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package.

Preference will be given to applications received by October 10.



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About the U of M


The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.