Head of Technical Services Librarian

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
Head / Assistant Head, Librarian
  • Curriculum
  • Information Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Library
  • Services / Service Management

The Temple University Law Library is currently seeking applications for the position of Head of Technical Services Librarian. The successful candidate will work to provide user-centered services and systems that enhance the discovery and utility of the Law Library collection in all formats. 


The Head of Technical Services Librarian reports to the Director of the Law Library, assisting in budget planning and monitoring the Law Library’s technical services areas. Duties include planning, developing, and coordinating the technical services functions of the Law Library; creating innovative and new workflows; setting written policies in these areas; and supporting professional development opportunities for colleagues. This position manages and participates in the acquisition, cataloging, processing, and maintenance of the Law Library’s tangible, digital, special, and federal depository collections. 


This position also collaborates with the Head of Public Services in collection management and budget planning and contributes to the Law Library’s public services activities.  This includes staffing the library service desk, participating in the evening and weekend desk rotation, supporting faculty research, providing formal and informal instruction in legal research. Performs other duties as assigned.


The Temple Law Library staff is an experienced staff dedicated to a high level of service to the Law School, the University, the Philadelphia legal community, and the public. The Law Library supports the learning and research activities of nearly 700 J.D. and LL.M. students and 60 full-time faculty members. The Beasley School of Law is deeply committed to its longstanding tradition of accessibility and diversity in order to pursue the goals of excellence in higher education and equal justice under the law. Learn more at http://law.temple.edu/library.


Required Education & Experience:

M.L.S. in Library & Information Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution. Demonstrated experience creating new workflows and setting new written policies, and the ability to review and draft effective service policies. Demonstrated experience with collection management and collection maintenance. At least four years of experience working in technical services including knowledge of current cataloging principles and procedures. Supervisory, management, or leadership experience, either formal or informal.


Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated analytical/problem solving skills pertinent to the organization of legal information.

  • Knowledge of serials management.

  • Understanding of budget planning and monitoring in technical services.

  • An awareness of innovations in technical services.

  • Critical evaluative and analytical skills.

  • High attention to detail.

  • Ability to make collection development and collection maintenance decisions.

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, research, teaching, communication, and library technology systems (e.g., Ex Libris Alma, Google Apps for Education, LibGuides).

  • Strong time management and organizational skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and flexibly with and provide services to faculty, students, staff, and a diverse research community.

  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends, as scheduled.

  • Strong teaching skills. 

  • An ability to work both independently and as a team member.



  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited institution.

  • Experience creating metadata.

  • Experience working in an academic law library or similar environment. 

  • A thorough grounding in United States legal resources and research methods.


Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.


Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and. employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.


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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus-Klein Hall

Job: Staff

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Employee Status: Regular