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Research Librarian - Latham & Watkins

 

Latham & Watkins is currently seeking a Research Librarian to join our team in Washington, D.C. The Research Librarian is responsible for providing research services involving legal, business, and general information sources to attorneys, paralegals and staff. Your responsibilities include:

 

· Conducting domestic and international legal and non-legal research utilizing appropriate print and electronic research tools

· Reviewing diverse sources of information for currency, reliability, relevance, and cost effectiveness

· Compiling and organizing information obtained in research projects into a coherent, focused collection

· Monitoring legal, business and news sources for current developments in practice areas, for clients and industries; compiling results into a concise publication for distribution to relevant groups

· Maintaining awareness of current developments on legal news and information services

· Performing cite-checking: analyzing and verifying legal citations in memoranda and pleadings using Lexis or Westlaw, and the Blue Book or other citation authority

 

A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) is preferred, or a master’s degree in another specialty may be considered in lieu of the MLS. A minimum of three (3) years of research experience in a law firm library may be substituted for the master’s degree.

 Qualified candidates are encouraged to click this Apply Now link.

 

 

 

Associate Director - University of the District of Columbia Law Library

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE JOB:

The Associate Director reports to the Associate Dean for Law Library and IT Services and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the law library.  The incumbent uses independent judgment and demonstrates expertise in the field by recommending policies, procedures, and systems reflecting professional criteria.  The Associate Director is responsible for ensuring that the resources allocated to the unit will reflect an efficient level of service.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:                                                       

  1. Oversees the day-to-day operations of the law library.
  2. Plans, develops, coordinates, oversees, and participates in the delivery of the law library’s public services, including reference, research, instruction, and access services.
  3. Supervises and evaluates all employees under his/her administrative supervision.
  4. Provides vision, oversight, and leadership of public services in the law library, including regular assessment of policies, procedures, and workflows related to the effective delivery of library services and makes recommendations based on those assessments.
  5. Manages the law library’s hiring, training, and oversight of student and other hourly workers in public services roles.
  6. Teaches in the law school’s first-year legal research curriculum with the potential to also teach advanced legal research courses.
  7. Assists in the development of the law library’s budget.
  8. Participates on the law library’s collection development team and engages in regular evaluation of the law library’s collection priorities.
  9. Develops performance standards for resource utilization and service based on established professional criteria.
  10. Prepares reports of the law library’s public services.
  11. Develops strategies for staff development and implements steps to accomplish them.
  12. Reviews personnel matters and recommends actions in accordance with established policies.
  13. Assists with identification of library funding needs and ideas for creative funding sources, including grants for which the law library may be eligible.
  14. Assists with the planning of facilities to accommodate services and collections.
  15. Performs reference duties as required, possibly including evening and weekend reference shifts.
  16. Oversees faculty research support.
  17. Promotes the services of the law library throughout the academic community and among cooperating institutions.
  18. Engages in outreach with an eye toward possible partnerships within the larger university and the local legal community.
  19. Serves on law school and university-wide committees and task forces as appointed.

OTHER DUTIES:

  1. Performs other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Minimum of 3 years of professional experience working in public services in academic law libraries, including a demonstrable history of supervisory duties or potential for rapid growth into supervisory duties.
  2. MLS (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution.
  3. JD (or equivalent) from an ABA-accredited law school.
  4. Experience teaching legal research in law schools, including effective curriculum design, implementation, delivery, and assessment.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:      

  • Knowledge of the mission, organization and programs of the University of the District of Columbia and the David A. Clarke School of Law and Library.
  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills.
  • A strong customer service orientation.
  • Advanced knowledge of public services functions required of an academic law library.
  • Basic understanding of Technical Services.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and methodology of law library management and services.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships both inside and outside the law library.
  • Knowledge of university and law school rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of library and information resources and services, including next-generation library systems, legal research platforms, instructional technology, and other relevant technologies.
  • Knowledge of contemporary concepts and practices in law librarianship and commitment to engagement in professional development in an ever-evolving profession.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the diversity of service needs of a large urban institution of higher learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work flexibly with faculty, students, staff, and a diverse research community.
  • Ability to effect maximum growth and development using available resources.
  • Ability to conduct training sessions and to implement staff development activities.
  • Ability to provide advice and to evaluate the performance of subordinate personnel.
  • Ability to make decisions when confronted with emergencies and changing needs in accordance with professional standards and policies.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

Applications are accepted through the university's job site and will be reviewed as they are received. Interviews are anticipated to begin mid to late June. Questions about the position may be directed to Carla Wale, Associate Dean for Law Library & IT Services, [email protected] 

 

 

Research Analyst - LibSource

 

LibSource, an LAC Group company, is seeking an experienced Research Analyst to work virtually providing weekend coverage to our clients.  All research and communication will be performed online and by phone, using both paid databases and open sources. The Research Analyst will work with other analysts to complete research requests in a timely, professional, and cost effective manner. Research will be delivered directly to clients using a virtual reference desk platform.
 
This is a part-time virtual position that will cover approximately 6 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday.  
 
RESPONSIBILITIES

  • ·         Perform legal, corporate, business development and other research for LaaS clients using both paid databases (Westlaw, Lexis, Avention, etc.) and open sources (web searches, government databases, phone research, etc.)
  • ·         Communicate progress and research findings directly to client clearly and concisely
  • ·         Work with clients to clarify research objectives when necessary and provide follow-up on research requests
  • ·         Maintain current understanding of research methods and tools, including databases
  • ·         Keep Deputy Director apprised of research activities, client concerns, and issues that arise in the course of research
  • ·         Work with other Research Analysts to provide seamless service to clients even when working on complex and long-term projects
  • ·         Provide training and updates to research team regarding ongoing client projects
  • ·         On occasion, manage small research teams to accomplish more complex research objectives for clients
  • ·         Manage database access and other resources used for research
  • ·         Other duties as the arise according to client requests 


QUALIFICATIONS

  • ·         3-5 years experience as a researcher in a law firm library, preferably with some business development research experience
  • ·         MLS or JD preferred, though work experience or a similar or related degree may take the place of MLS/JD 
  • ·         Advanced legal research skills including but not limited to docket and case law research (both state and federal), secondary sources, and practice guidance
  • ·         Experience with corporate and business development research including gathering information from diverse sources (annual reports, SEC filings, Secretary of State records, case law, patent and trademark applications and records, lobbying activity, etc.)
  • ·         Extensive experience with Lexis and Westlaw (preferably LexisAdvance and WestlawNext) and ability to quickly learn and navigate other databases including but not limited to Monitor Suite, Avention, Capital IQ, Intelligize and Practical Law.
  • ·         Experience with open source research beyond search engine use, including government and non-profit databases, think tanks and academic sources. Must be comfortable calling and emailing sources for information.
  • ·         Exceptional client service skills, particularly via written communication
  • ·         Current experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)

 

 To apply, please visit: https://goo.gl/pY88rf

 

 

Reference and Instructional Services Librarian - George Mason University Law Library

 

The George Mason University Law Library invites applicants only for the position of Reference and Instructional Services Librarian located on the Arlington campus. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide reference services to faculty, students, staff, and alumni including general staffing of the reference desk and supervision of part-time reference librarians;
  • Plan, organize, and provide legal research instruction to law students; and
  • Serve as a library liaison to law faculty, participate in collection development, and perform other duties as assigned.

Duties:

  • Plan, manage, and provide legal research instruction to law students:
    • Plan, organize, and provide legal research lectures and hands-on instruction in the first-year Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis (LRWA) program in coordination with the other librarians and the LRWA faculty; prepare teaching materials, tutorials, and student exercises; and attend LRWA and Writing Fellow classes;
    • Assist with First-Year Orientation, including preparation of materials for the orientation packet and legal research instruction during Orientation;
    • Coordinate with the Reference and Outreach Services Librarian to ensure satisfactory planning and provision of instruction in the second-year LRWA program;
    • In coordination with the other law librarians and the Scholarly Writing faculty, ensure satisfactory planning and provision of legal research instruction and assistance to students enrolled in Scholarly Writing;
    • Plan, provide, and promote other research classes for law students.
  • Provide legal research services to faculty, students, staff, and alumni.
    • Coordinate reference office coverage with other librarians to ensure that assistance is available during posted hours;
    • Provide reference services to faculty, students, staff, and alumni by telephone, e-mail, and in person;
    • Develop and maintain both print and web-based guides to legal research;
    • Provide tours to faculty, staff, students, and visitors;
    • Make sure that reference statistics are collected and posted on the library’s intranet; and
    • Supervise, and evaluate part-time reference librarians.
  • Provide liaison support to law school faculty, including training in the use of print and electronic resources, preparation of bibliographies, and facilitation of interlibrary and document delivery.
  • Serve on the Collection Development Committee with other librarians to evaluate, update, and implement collection development policies and identify titles for selection, cancellation, and weeding.
  • Other professional activities:
    • Attend professional meetings and conferences; and
    • Participate in Mason committee meetings and work with Mason libraries and librarians, as applicable.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school, and Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Substantial knowledge of legal bibliography and legal research techniques in both print and electronic formats;
  • Reference experience as well as teaching experience in a law library (academic, government, private);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
  • Strong service orientation, and the ability to interact positively with law faculty, students, alumni, and colleagues.

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA723z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/42876; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter addressed to Search Committee, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Equity Statement: 

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

 

Law Librarian - Firm Advice

 

Firm Advice is conducting a search for a Law Librarian on behalf of a fantastic non-profit that has been a long-term client of Firm Advice. This organization offers intellectually stimulating work and wonderful colleagues as well as work-life balance and excellent benefits. The librarian will execute all aspects of the law library’s functions, including maintaining, ordering, and circulating the library’s print and electronic resources, and will conduct and assist attorneys and other staff members in legal and factual research. The librarian will also have corporate duties, including publishing and distributing brochures, reviewing and arranging for the publishing of content on websites, maintaining historical corporate data and work product, and responding to public inquiries. The librarian will report to the General Counsel.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Masters in Librarianship or Information Science or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution;
  • 2 plus years of relevant experience in a law library, preferably at a law firm or corporate legal department;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs.
  • 2 plus years’ experience with the practical application of creating, accessing, and managing information including databases, integrated library systems, client-server applications, software, and electronic information resources;
  • Substantial knowledge of legal research databases and web-based subscription services.

 

To apply, contact Mary B. Winter, President and General Counsel, Firm Advice at  [email protected] .

 
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