Assistant/Associate Director for Empirical Research and Data Support Services

Posted to IASSIST on: 2019-03-13

Employer: Goodson Law Library at Duke

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Reporting to the Associate Dean of Information Services and Technology, the newly-created position of Assistant/Associate Director for Empirical Research and Data Support Services leads the work of the law library’s empirical research support services and data services, including cataloging, processing, and maintenance of library resources in all formats. The AD for Empirical Research and Data Support Services is a vital member of the Law Library leadership team, directly supervising two professional staff members, participating in shaping library policy and strategic management, and assisting with the planning, evaluation, and monitoring of quality Law Library programs and services.

The position may be filled at the academic rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian, depending upon the candidate’s experience.


Data Support and Empirical Research Services: Leads the library’s efforts in providing consultative and active support to Law School faculty and students in research projects requiring statistical and data analysis, data manipulation, and visualization.  In keeping with the Law Library’s commitment to open access initiatives, exposes and makes discoverable digital content and resources.  Maintains an understanding of trends and developments in data services and information technology and contributes this expertise to planning for the future growth and development of the Law Library.  Collaborates with the Law School Academic Technologies department and others to coordinate the management of Law faculty empirical datasets and database projects. Supervises the work of the Empirical Research Analyst and works closely with the Technology and Research Services Librarian in providing data visualization and geospatial analytic services to faculty and students.

Management of Resource Discovery: Oversees the work of the Digital Resources Librarian, who is responsible for original and copy cataloging of materials in all formats, metadata creation, data scraping, and database maintenance, and supervises a team of staff members and student interns.

Working closely with the Law School Academic Technologies department, the AD for Empirical Research and Data Services may develop and manage special projects to facilitate resource discovery and highlight collections, including digitization and database implementation projects.

Reference, Instruction, and Research:  Provides support to Law School faculty members and collaborators on empirical research and data services projects. Develops and teaches law school specialized workshops and training. Depending upon qualifications of successful candidate, may be appointed to the Law School non-tenure track adjunct faculty at the rank of Lecturing Fellow and develop/teach for-credit research courses, and/or participate in the library’s faculty liaison librarian program.

Requirements:  M.L.I.S. or other advanced-level degree; knowledge of and interest in empirical research methods; knowledge of and interest in new and emerging technologies;  demonstrated experience in developing projects and seeing them through to completion; strong service orientation; demonstrable teaching/training skills; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to lead and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment which emphasizes customer service and delivery of stellar library services; creativity and adaptability in the face of competing priorities; demonstrated service to the legal information profession through professional contributions and engagement.

Preferred:  J.D. from ABA-accredited school or non-U.S. equivalent; three to five years of increasingly responsible experience working in an academic and/or law library; interest or experience in grant writing and collaboration with outside entities to further the open and public interest mission of the law school; experience or familiarity working with integrated library systems, reporting tools, and library-related computer standards.  The library is part of the university ILS, which is scheduled to move to the FOLIO open source library services platform in 2020.

Archived on: 2020-01-02