The Librarian manages and plans overall library operations in the local office. This position provides research, reference, and training assistance to library patrons. The Librarian is responsible for acquisitions, accounting and serials and preparation and monitoring of library budget. The Librarian develops and maintains expertise in the use of a wide variety of legal, business and practice-related resources in multiple formats with increasing emphasis on digital media.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provides research and reference services including, but not limited to, locating information and answering reference questions utilizing all available materials, including print and electronic resources.
• Develops and maintains expertise in the use of a wide variety of legal, business and practice-related resources in multiple formats with increasing emphasis on digital media
• Provides library orientation and education in print and electronic resources to library patrons.
• Evaluates, selects and orders library materials including print and electronic resources to achieve desired support in a legal environment, and considers factors such as availability of resource in other Bryan Cave office libraries when making these decisions.
• Provides research support locally as well as Firmwide as needed.
• Actively participates in teleconferences with BC librarians and attends Firm wide library conferences as scheduled.
• Prepares and monitors library budget.
• Monitors appropriate billing of online services to the extent possible.
• Records and reports research projects and time using DTE and reference request databases in a manner that meets deadlines and assists the Firm in cost recovery
• Pays invoices using Firm and L&RS systems and checks in and routes local serials.
• Performs duties as assigned.

Essential Job Specifications/Qualifications:
• Familiarity with library database system(s).
• Demonstrated ability to do research manually and in a variety of on-line databases including Westlaw, Lexis, CCH, BBNA and other legal and non-legal services.
• General knowledge of legal publications and law library set up
• Clear, concise and effective verbal, written and presentation communication skills.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with both lawyers and Firm personnel.
• Flexibility and adaptability to new, challenging situations and changing work environment.
• Proven business and customer service orientation.
NOTE: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
• Masters Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school.
• Experience in law library. Law firm library experience strongly preferred.
• Budgetary experience a plus.


For more info or to apply, please go to and click on Opportunities and Professional Staff.


Reference Librarian

We are seeking a Reference Librarian to join our Washington, DC office. Responsibilities include: assisting attorneys and staff with reference and research, including interlibrary loan and document retrieval. The position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills. The position is responsible for coordinating and participating in online training, including but not limited to: LEXIS, WESTLAW, WESTLAW Business, PACER, RIA Checkpoint,, National Journal online and DIALOG. The Reference Librarian is expected to provide legal, business, financial and bibliographic information to attorneys and staff. The Reference Librarian also assists with the evaluation and selection of library materials and resources. In addition, the position is also responsible for providing technical services assistance, including but not limited to: cataloging, serial maintenance, acquisitions and vendor negotiations. The Reference Librarian reports directly to the DC Library Manager. The A&B Library staff works as a team, therefore, research requests and projects may be assigned from any of the 8 offices in the United States. A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or 2 years of relevant library experience; extensive knowledge of online and print legal materials; awareness of current trends in legal research, library automation and library instructional programs. Experience with SYDNEY a plus. Qualified candidates should visit our Career section of our website at and apply on-line. The statements contained in this position description are not necessarily all-inclusive, additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned and requirements may vary from time to time. Alston + Bird is not currently accepting resumes from agencies for this position. If you are a recruiter, search firm, or employment agency, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral or a candidate even if Alston + Bird hires the candidate.


Please apply through the website at


Circuit Librarian at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Position Overview

The Circuit Librarian is a statutory officer of the court, and member of the court’s senior staff, responsible for the administration of the library program and related services. The Federal Circuit Library serves the judges and all court personnel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Office of Special Masters…

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of the legal system of the United States and the Federal court system, including the roles and functions of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts, and the Federal Judicial Center;

Extensive knowledge of legal and non-legal research resources and a high level of expertise in conducting advanced research using BloombergLaw, HeinOnline, LexisNexis, ProQuest Congressional, Westlaw, and other resources;

Ability to develop, evaluate and justify managerial, financial, strategic, operational and longrange plans for the library within the court’s overall goals, and a comprehensive understanding of library operations and related automated systems, such as SirsiDynix…


To qualify for the position of Circuit Librarian, candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program. A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is preferred….

For more, and to apply, see the complete announcement at the following link:

Research Librarian

The Washington DC office of Finnegan, one of the world’s leading and largest intellectual property law firms, is seeking a Research Librarian to join our dynamic library services department. This individual will report to the Manager of Library Services and support the research needs of the Washington DC office as well as the firm’s regional offices. This position can reside in the firm’s Washington D.C., Boston, Massachusetts, or Atlanta, Georgia office.

Responsibilities include: providing extensive legal, business, IP and general research assistance, delivering legal, scientific and other documents, initiating and monitoring alerts from various databases, providing client development research support, participating in special projects as assigned by the Manager of Library Services and providing training to attorneys and other staff.

Successful candidates must have three or more years of relevant experience in a law library or corporate setting; MLS degree, or other advanced degree strongly preferred, knowledge of computer systems in general, ability to meet deadlines and manage a diverse workload in a fast-paced environment, and ability to work independently or as part of a team.  Working knowledge of legal and business databases such as Lexis/LexisAdvance, Westlaw/WestlawNext, ProQuest Dialog, CourtLink and Hoover’s; intellectual property and/or scientific research experience preferred.

The firm offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to:

Robin McKinney
Staff Recruiting Manager
901 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413
Fax: 202.408.4400


Reference/Business & Finance Librarian

The George Washington University Law School, Jacob Burns Law Library, located in Washington, DC, seeks a qualified librarian for its reference/business & finance librarian position to begin as early as January 2, 2015. The librarian in this position will provide research and reference services to members of the GW Law community and other library patrons. Basic qualifications for this position are an ALA-accredited MLS (or equivalent) or completion of degree requirements by December 31, 2014, and an ABA-accredited JD (or equivalent) or completion of degree requirements by December 31, 2014. Review of applications will begin November 7, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. For complete information and to apply for this position, please view the posting at this link: Please upload a resume, cover letter, and include contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.   Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening. The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.