As I may have mentioned before, I’ve been working on a county law library project lately. One of the details of that project is looking for a new County Law Library Director for Harris County Texas.

Here’s the job description and contact information for the Director’s Job:

Position:               Director of Harris County Law Library
Salary:             Depending on experience and qualifications. Includes standard Harris County employee  benefits.
Closing Date:       Open until filled
                              To ensure consideration, submit resume by September 15, 2011
Harris County Law Library:  The Director of the Harris County Law Library is responsible for the administration of the Harris County Law Library which is located at 1019 Congress in downtown Houston, Texas. It serves the judges, attorneys, and litigants of Harris County, Texas. Harris County is the third largest county in the United States. The Law Library has a current staff of eight, and a current annual budget of about $1.5 million. It is a division of the Harris County Attorney’s Office, which provides general oversight and interaction with other county departments including the Budget Office and Commissioners Court. The Director is a practice group level manager in the Office of the County Attorney, participates in County Attorney manager meetings, and reports to the Chief of Staff for the County Attorney.
Duties:  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing the overall operation of the Harris County Law Library, long-range strategic planning, budget development and implementation, acquisition of legal subscriptions and new technologies, supervision of the library staff, and management of the day-to-day operations of the Law Library.
The Director will be expected to:
  • Develop and facilitate relationships between relevant stakeholders, including government officials, other law libraries, and local bar associations;
  • Maintain a modern, high quality library that serves both lawyers and non-lawyers with a proper balance between electronic and non-electronic resources;
  • Publicize and promote the Law Library;
  • Oversee training programs for the public, including lawyers and non-lawyers.
Qualifications:  Applicants should have a Masters Degree in Information or Library Science from an ALA accredited graduate school and a J.D. Degree from an ABA accredited law school. Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, a customer-service orientation, and strong people-skills in interacting both with patrons and staff are essential to be successful on the job.
Application Procedure: Please submit your resume via email to:
Robert W. Soard
Chief of Staff/ Executive Assistant County Attorney
Office of Vince Ryan
Harris County Attorney
1019 Congress, 15th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: (713) 755-3489
Fax: (713) 755-1553