University of St. Thomas

Director - Schoenecker Law Library

Nov 04, 2016
Mar 11, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for the Director of the Schoenecker Law Library position within the School of Law.

The Director of the Schoenecker Law Library is responsible for providing the vision, passion, and leadership essential to meeting the library’s goals, including the highest quality service commitment in support of the scholarly research needs of the law school community. The Director is responsible for all aspects of library strategic planning and administration.  


Essential Functions (Frequency %)

1. Provides oversight, direction, administration, and leadership of the law library.  Develops innovative and strategic library and special collections.  Develops policies and procedures related to the use of the Law Library.  Develops and manages the budget.  Provides supervision and work direction to library staff. (35%)

2. Leads strategic planning and assessment of library services. Evaluates current programs and services provided by the Library to assess how well each program and service is meeting the needs of the Law School as well as accreditation standards.  Collaborates with the Dean and faculty of the Law School to develop and implement additional programs and services to continue to meet the Law School’s needs and priorities. (35%)

3. Researches trends in the field of library science and academic technology.  Implements and oversees the execution of technology solutions to support the Law Library.  (15%)

4. Provides instruction in reference, research, and information literacy skills to law students. (10%)

5. Serves on College and University committees.  Actively participates in national and regional professional organizations. (5%)


Schoenecker Law Library:

Comprising four floors and the majority of one wing of the School of Law, the Schoenecker Law Library serves as the intellectual heart of the law school. With a title count of almost 900,000 and a staff of 8 (five librarians and three paraprofessionals), the Schoenecker Law Library provides excellent support and scholarly research services to the School of Law’s faculty and 400 students. The Schoenecker Law Library is one of four libraries at St. Thomas.  St. Thomas is part of CLIC (Cooperative Libraries in Consortium) along with five other private university libraries in the Twin Cities. To learn more, see the Schoenecker Law Library website.

The Law School and Its Culture:

Founded in 1999, the University of St. Thomas School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school in downtown Minneapolis offering an innovative curriculum that emphasizes professional formation and the education of the whole person.  The School of Law has received many accolades; in 2015-16 alone, these included: #1 for externships (National Jurist), #2 for practical training (National Jurist), #3 for quality of life (Princeton Review), #7 for best professors (Princeton Review), and #35 for clinical training (US News).

The School of Law’s success is attributable in large part to its unique mission. As a Catholic law school, the School of Law has a special focus on ethics and professionalism, drawing from the wisdom of both faith and law. We strive to help all of our students develop the professional and ethical values that are vital to long-term success in our profession, enabling them to become lawyers who lead their communities by serving them. As a small law school, the School of Law offers an inclusive, close-knit community in which students and faculty have extensive contact with one another. As an urban law school with a social justice emphasis, the School of Law is deeply involved in the surrounding community through its unique mentor program, its public service requirement, and its inter-professional clinic.

The School of Law also features a strong scholarly culture, with a faculty that ranks among the top 40 law schools for scholarly impact, based on criteria established by University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter.  Last year alone, our 22 tenured faculty members published, or had accepted for publication, 13 books from some of the top academic publishers, along with more than 50 law review articles and book chapters. The faculty includes eight professors each of whose work has been downloaded by other scholars more than 5,000 times on SSRN. 

The School of Law is part of the larger University of St. Thomas. Established in 1885, the University is Minnesota’s largest private university with an enrollment of 10,000 students studying in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs. It has campuses in both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area has been consistently voted one of the best places to live in the nation based on its easily accessible parks and recreational spaces, its robust food scene, its arts and music culture, and its transportation system.

To learn more about the University of St. Thomas Law School, please visit our website.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications: Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited institution, a juris doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school plus seven years of progressive experience in law library administration to include managing staff. An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

This search is open to candidates seeking either a tenured/tenure-track position or a non-tenured faculty position. 


Knowledge of: Principles and practices related to legal research.  Advanced knowledge of legal research sources and sophisticated skills with using print and electronic materials.  Working knowledge of integrated library systems.  Computer applications related to the work to include Microsoft Office.  Understanding of online databases, cataloging rules, and content management systems. 

Skills: Strong communication, presentation and teaching skills. Strong organizational skills. Excellent problem solving skills. Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills. 

Abilities:  The ability to read, analyze, and interpret common research output.  The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.  work effectively and collaboratively with an array of stakeholder communities within and external to the University of St. Thomas; and contribute to the greater good of the university as a whole. 

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas (UST), Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website.  If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at UST”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information. 

UST is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Instructions to Candidates:

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

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