Research and Reference Specialist

LAC Group is seeking a permanent Research & Reference Specialist to provide expert research and reference assistance for our client, a well-respected international law firm.   This position is located in Washington, DC and assists staff with research and reference request in a variety of legal and financial areas. RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide expert research and reference assistance to attorneys in all practice areas in a timely and effective manner using various print and electronic resources;
  • Provide expert reference assistance to support the functions of the various administrative departments of the firm including, but not limited to, Business Development and New Business/Conflicts;
  • Perform monitoring of news, dockets, and legislative and regulatory changes. Assist in preparation of updates, newsletters and other communications;
  • Maintain expert working knowledge of the library collections, online database resources, interlibrary loan availability, document delivery, and other resources as appropriate;
  • Participate in resource evaluation projects including pilots of new services, comparisons of resources, and preparation of related evaluative memos;
  • Support the maintenance of intranet reference collections by performing regular link checking and data collection/input to facilitate integration of subject-specific resources into larger firm portal.


  • Masters of Library Information Science (MLS/MLIS) or JD is required;
  • 3 years of reference/research experience in a legal or corporate environment;
  • Previous experience working in a large law firm is a plus;
  • Experience with Corporate/Securities research is strongly preferred;
  • Expert knowledge of print and digital legal and business resources and research techniques;
  • Advanced knowledge of legal and business electronic resources and databases, and in research and retrieval strategies;
  • Ability to work quickly, and with great attention to detail;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Excellent organizational skills.

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LAC Group is seeking an experienced Cataloger for a full-time position located in Silver Spring, Maryland. This position is full-time, and the term of the contract is 1-year. The candidate selected will receive benefits and salaries commensurate of experience level. LAC Group projects require supporting a full range of cataloging tasks including: copy cataloging, original cataloging, catalog maintenance duties, withdrawals, maintain records for electronic publications, analytics, assigning call numbers, etc. All applicants must have an MLS or MLIS from an accredited library school as well as 2 or more years of cataloging experience. Experience with AACR2 and MARC Records is required and any RDA experience is preferred. Experience using OCLC and Sirsi Dynix or comparable ILS is required. All applicants must have demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging national cataloging standards, including MARC, AACR2 and historic book cataloging principles. He/she must be able to perform original/copy cataloging of books, journals, maps and agency publications. Please send a full resume including both technical skills and past experience for consideration.


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Law Librarian

A vacancy announcement for a Law Librarian (GS-1410-11) has been posted on USAJOBS. The vacancy number is #150003. The application deadline is Friday, February 6, 2015. Additional details are available at: .  Please share the announcement with anyone you feel might be interested in the position. Questions should be addressed to the Library of Congress Employment Office at (202) 707-5627


Research Services Librarian

Research Services Librarian – Georgetown University Law Library

Georgetown University Law Library is seeking applications for the position of Research Services Librarian, based in the E.B. Williams Law Library.

Located in the nation’s capital and within walking distance of the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court, Georgetown University Law Center and its faculty are known for the strength of scholarship and quality of instruction, having among the largest faculty body in the nation.  We’re often recognized for our exceptionally talented and diverse student body. The law library consists of the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library and the John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library. Focused on service, excellence, and innovation, it is among the largest academic law libraries.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Library Research Services, this position participates in the planning, development, implementation, and administration of the library’s research services, which support the research needs of the law center, focusing on the individual scholarly and educational pursuits of the law faculty, administration, and student body.

In this capacity, the Research Services Librarian participates in managing and training the Research Services Student Assistants. The Research Services Librarian also participates in the research and reference activities in the library, including service at the reference desk, customized research consultations with students, and participation in our faculty liaison program.


M.L.S. or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited library school; 1 to 3 years of professional library experience; some reference experience; knowledge of legal systems and resources; excellent oral and written communication skills.


J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or significant law library experience.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To apply for this position, please submit applications via the Georgetown University Human Resources Joblist web site using Job Number 20141711.  Address applications to Associate Librarian for Electronic Resources & Services, and include a cover letter, a current resume, and the names and contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


Information Technology Librarian

Provost’s Office

Information Technology Librarian
Albert S. Cook Library

The Albert S. Cook Library invites applications for a permanent status track Librarian to lead the library’s information technology operations, head the Library IT Department, and participate in library decision-making as a member of the Library Management Council.

MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution. Minimum 3 years post-MLS professional library experience, including experience in library information technology, library instruction, and web development. Background in computer science, information science or information systems required. Demonstrated knowledge of library operations software and systems; experience in developing and implementing web and database applications; knowledge or experience with web client and server applications, databases, web programming environments, HTML, CSS, XML, PHP, and scripting languages; knowledge of or experience working with integrated library systems and the application of technology to improve library operations. Experience with library discovery tools and knowledge or experience with Drupal preferred. Experience working with library APIs desirable. Demonstrated knowledge of standards, information technology best practices, and issues in academic libraries. Experience working with library API’s desirable. Demonstrated ability to plan, manage and oversee complex projects with diverse technological needs. Evidence of innovation in implementing emerging information technologies in libraries. Proven ability to manage in a highly collaborative environment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Evidence of commitment to professional development and scholarship. For more information about the position, visit

Direct and oversee Library’s information technology resources, services, and infrastructure including hardware and applications to support library operations and library users.

The principle responsibilities of the Information Technology Librarian are:
• Planning, development and evaluation of the Library’s information technology infrastructure, operations and services in collaboration with other Library departments, the campus Office of Technology Services, and the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium.
• Management, training, and development of Library Information Technology staff.
• Planning and oversight of Library technology budget and expenditures.
• Investigation, development, and implementation of library information technology, such as discovery tools, integrated library systems, resource sharing and mobile applications.
• Leadership of library web initiatives and development.
• Development and implementation of technology applications for research, information literacy instruction, and resource access.
• Teaching course-integrated information literacy classes.
• Serving as liaison to faculty in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.
• Providing technology training for library employees and university faculty.
• As Head of the Library Information Technology Department and member of the Library Management Council, participate in strategic planning and resource deployment decisions for the entire library.

Towson University librarians are expected to progress successfully along the promotion and permanent status track and participate fully as members of the library faculty. Appointment will be made at the rank of Librarian I or II, depending on qualifications.

Towson University:
Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 18,000 undergraduates and approaching 4,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:
Preference given to applications received by January 31, 2015. Position is open until filled. Please submit a cover letter addressing the position requirements, resume and contact information for at least three professional references. Transcripts will be requested of final candidates. Submit application materials to:

Diane Cascella
Information Technology Librarian Search
Albert S. Cook Library
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

Electronic applications are encouraged and should be submitted to

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Please be sure to visit to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is: LIB-N-2844.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.






Manager of Research and Competitive Intelligence

Dechert LLP is hiring a Manager of Research and Competitive Intelligence. This position can be based in either our Philadelphia or Washington, DC office.

About the Firm

Dechert is a global specialist law firm with 900 lawyers in 27 offices. Focused on sectors with the greatest complexities and highest regulatory demands, we deliver practical commercial insight and judgment to our clients’ most important matters. Nothing stands in the way of giving clients the best of the firm’s entrepreneurial energy and seamless collaboration in a way that is distinctively Dechert.

Job Description          

The Manager of Research and Competitive Intelligence focuses on overall management of the research process within the department and partners with other departments to ensure optimal workflow.  


Hire, direct, manage, and evaluate Research Analysts.  Conduct research for attorneys, paralegals and other staff members at the firm. Manage research operations and set priorities among library research activities, including large scale projects. In consultation with the Director of Research Services, set and enforce reference service policies; Manage the request tracking software and run reports as needed.

Pricing and Project Management Partnership

Develop and manage the working relationship between the Library and Research Services department and the Pricing and Project Management department by creating opportunities for strategic partnerships.  Review current and past matters to ensure that staffing if appropriate and goals are being met. Review current and past matters as needed to analyze cost spend. Manage Research Services staffing for project management initiatives. 

Knowledge Management

Collaborate with practice groups on assessing KM needs and creating solutions. Create strategies to promote KM adoption and education. Integrate Knowledge Management practices into overall research process.

Competitive Intelligence

Oversee the competitive intelligence team and activities. Partner with Marketing to set research goals. Attend. Marketing meetings to cross-sell department services and learn about business development opportunities. Participate in resource development for CI.

Current Awareness

Develop and oversee a current awareness program that services the legal and non-legal staff.


Works with the Research Services Leadership Team to move the department toward strategic goals. Participates in professional associations. Strives to fulfill department mission and to adhere to department and Firm rules at all times. Practices and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation. Performs any and all other duties as are necessary for the efficient functioning of the team. Other duties as assigned. Occasional travel to other Firm offices.

Requirements: Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree required. Minimum five years of reference experience in a law firm setting providing research and competitive intelligence. Prior supervisory experience preferred. Knowledge of Law Library Management. Knowledge of Law Library systems. Knowledge of the Firm’s Policies and Procedures. Knowledge of legal, business and medical print and electronic information sources and research methods. Electronic research proficiency and analytical ability. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills. Knowledge of acquisitions processes and procedures. Aptitude for detail and accuracy. Ability to manage a team of professionals. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively. Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment. Proficiency with Excel.


Alanna D. White

Director of Research Services

Dechert LLP

1900 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

+1 202 261 3328 Direct

+1 202 261 3333 Fax