Librarian - AccessLex Institute

Job Summary: 

The Librarian is a member of the Research Programs department in the Center for Legal Education Excellence and provides analytical support for the Company’s research and data initiatives. The position plays a key role in: a) contributing to the development and output of research and data tools that advance the Company’s strategic goals and mission of increasing access, affordability and the value of legal education, and b) providing research counsel and support to internal colleagues, grantees, and external stakeholders. 

Responsibilities and Duties: 

  • Serve as curator and key point of contact for the AccessLex Resource Collection (ARC) [], an online repository of articles and resources most relevant to the Company’s strategic objectives. These duties include:
    • Identifying and soliciting content for the ARC
    • Evaluating submissions using standard rubric and enlisting review from content experts, as needed
    • Optimize organizational efficiency of ARC records by establishing consistent, standardized use of relevant and intuitive keyword structures
    • Draft and review abstracts for articles and other materials housed in the ARC
    • Regularly review and update ARC records to ensure accuracy of copy, content and record URL links
    • Support grant programs manager with ensuring proper loading of grantee research papers
  • Assist with research for internally produced reports, briefs, white papers, academic articles, including the drafting of literature reviews
  • Edit and provide citation support for internally produced reports, briefs, white papers, and academic articles
  • Assist with placement of academic articles in journals
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Requirements: 

  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) – To succeed in the Librarian position, candidates should possess the following KSAs:
      • Commitment to the mission of AccessLex
      • Advanced knowledge of library science, particularly pertaining to electronic        resources
      • Superior attention to detail and organizational skills
      • High level of intellectual curiosity
      • Excellent critical thinking skills
      • Self-starter; takes initiative to adapt and modify tasks to accomplish larger goals
      • Public speaking and presentation skills
      • Data visualization and graphic design skills
      • Knowledge of legal and higher education data sources, data definitions and limitations
      • Working knowledge of statistical methods and research design
      • Familiarity with a range of scholarly citation styles, including Bluebook
    • BACKGROUND EXPERIENCES. The  following are required unless otherwise noted:
  • Master of Library Science degree or its equivalent required; law degree preferred (a bachelor’s degree and three years’ of direct work experience can substitute for the master’s degree requirement)
  • Experience curating electronic resources required
  • Experience working in an academic library strongly preferred                               

Organizational Competencies: These competencies need to be demonstrated by everyone in AccessLex Institute. 

  • Quality/Compliance: Achieving a standard of excellence with our work processes and outcomes, honoring AccessLex policies and requirements
  • Customer focus: Striving for high customer satisfaction, going out of our way to be helpful and pleasant to both internal and external customers
  • Communication: Balancing listening and talking, speaking and writing clearly and accurately, influencing others, keeping others informed
  • Teamwork focus: Being helpful, respectful, approachable and team oriented, building strong working relationships and a positive work environment
  • Initiative: Taking ownership of our work, doing what is needed without being asked, following through
  • Efficiency: Planning ahead, managing time well, being on time, being cost conscious, thinking of better ways to do things
  • Coachability: Being receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embracing continuous improvement
  • People management (for those with direct reports): Setting clear expectations, reviewing progress, providing feedback and guidance, holding people accountable
  • Intellectual Curiosity: Having the desire to invest time and energy into learning more about a person, place, thing or concept. Utilizing what is learned to recommend and/or implement process improvements

 Position Type / Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time, exempt position located in Washington, DC. The incumbent is expected to be present and accessible for at least 40 hours per week, subject to approved leave time, travel and other absences as described in the Employee Handbook or as otherwise agreed by the Company. The Company’s standard hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Working Conditions:  

This position will be located in Washington, DC. The position will perform required duties mainly in an office environment.

Working Condition

Not Required


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 Less than 25 lbs




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