Role Definition: Library Director, Law

Reporting to the Associate Chief Librarian (Academic), the Library Director is a member of the User Experience and Student Engagement unit, User Services team, and a contributing member of the Teaching and Learning team.

As a member of User Services, the Library Director holds a strategic responsibility for liaison to the Faculty of Law, including accountability to build connections and strategic relationships; to identify strategic opportunities for collaboration and integration, and to coordinate efforts and foster collaboration across Western Libraries functional units. The Library Director has delegated administrative and supervisory responsibilities for the John & Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library. This includes oversight and collaborative leadership for library collections, services and facilities operations.

The Library Director is also a contributing member to Teaching and Learning, working with this team to develop and implement a library program that supports the curricular, co-curricular, and academic activities of Western teaching faculty and students, particularly for the Faculty of Law. The Library Director collaborates with colleagues across Western Libraries where disciplinary expertise is required to meet user needs.

Duties - User Services

  • Contributes to the development of Western Libraries' strategic and operational plans, aligning these plans with Faculty and University goals.
  • Collaborates with other Western Libraries leaders to set priorities, plan and develop an integrated services model that works across organizational functions.
  • Acts as the primary strategic point of contact between Western Libraries and the Faculty, acting as a strategic leader and initiator between the Faculty and core user functions, connecting Faculty and/or faculty to Western Libraries programs and services that enhance student learning, support teaching excellence and foster recognized research.
  • Acts as the primary strategic point of contact between the Faculty and the Content and Collections Strategies team so the team is enabled to develop and manage content that meets the research, scholarship and instruction needs of the Faculty
  • Reports on Faculty priorities to Senior Leadership Team, Function Heads, other Library Directors, and Disciplinary Coordinators, working with these groups to identify and coordinate opportunities for development.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in other Units where disciplinary expertise may be required to meet user needs.
  • Attends Faculty Council meetings, sharing information about Western Libraries strategic and operational priorities as well as programs and services available to support Faculty and Departmental directions.
  • Keeps abreast of Faculty priorities through Faculty meetings and planning documents.
  • Coordinates various accreditation and/or review processes associated with a Faculty, facilitating the delivery of appropriate written documentation and arranging meetings between reviewers and Library personnel.
  • Participates as a member of the User Services Leadership team, working in a matrix management model with the Head and the User Services Managers on the delivery of a system-wide User Services service model. Includes working together to establish team workloads, provide staff with direction, monitor and evaluate staff performance, and provide coaching as needed.
  • Provides vision and manages an effective Faculty library service location through collaborative planning, leadership, and assessment for a suite of User Services, including Information and Public Service, Document Delivery, Collections Maintenance and Outreach and Events.
  • Manages the day-to-day delivery of front-line services provided through the Faculty library, including direction of on-site staff.
  • Monitors the ongoing maintenance and development of the Library facility to promote a high standard of public cleanliness and safety, and contributing to the development of library spaces that support teaching, learning and research excellence.
  • Represents Western Libraries at campus events and professional meetings and conferences.

Duties - Teaching and Learning

  • Contributes to the development and implementation of an information literacy program plan to support the curricular, co-curricular and academic activities of Western.
  • Collaborates closely with campus stakeholders across the curriculum cycle at the institutional, faculty/departmental and course level to design effective face-to-face, e-learning and blended information literacy learning experiences, including the creation of a variety of learning objects, e.g. lesson plans, rubrics and assignments. Includes the development of programming to support emerging literacies, such as digital literacy.
  • Contributes disciplinary expertise for the teaching and learning context relating to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Medicine & Health, Arts & Humanities, or Social Sciences. Includes using the vocabulary of the subject/discipline and understanding related research methods.
  • Delivers a variety of information literacy learning experiences for face-to-face, e-learning and blended learning environments.
  • Understands and effectively applies different types of teaching theories and pedagogies, understanding and supporting multiple learning styles and preferences.
  • Develops and administers appropriate assessment measures to evaluate student learning.
  • Identifies, evaluates and recommends teaching and learning technologies to support student learning.
  • Iterates existing and future projects in response to assessment in order to improve user outcomes.
  • Collaborates with Western Libraries colleagues in the development and delivery of services that support information literacy skills acquisition, including the provision of reference service or research consultations.
  • Collaborates with the User Experience Librarian: Student Engagement & Outreach, on developing and delivering information literacy programming that supports the best student experience.
  • Collaborates with Western Libraries colleagues and Western partners to develop effective campus learning spaces.
  • Organizes and delivers professional development for librarians and library staff across Western Libraries in pedagogy and teaching skills to create stronger teachers and improve student learning.