Reference Librarian position D.C.

Washington, D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, a premier international law firm, is seeking a Reference Librarian.  The Reference Librarian researches and provides legal, corporate, and general information to attorneys and support staff in all practice areas of the Firm using print and online resources.  Also responsible for participating in training and orientation sessions for all staff as needed as well as evaluating and recommending new information resources. Strong customer service orientation, attention to detail and the ability to work well under pressure are essential.



Provides reference and research assistance to Firm personnel using print and electronic sources.

Handles all legislative history research for the DC Office library.

Ensures accurate and timely responses to requests for departmental services.

Shares responsibility for staffing the library reference station.

Uses question and answer skills to conduct effective reference interviews.

Borrows inter-library loan books, periodicals, reports, etc., as needed.  Fulfills loan requests from other libraries.

Educates attorneys and legal assistants about resources in the library.

Recommends new and beneficial information sources.

Contributes to development and organization of information materials in library.

Keeps attorneys aware of new developments in their practice areas.

Assists Head Librarian with administrative tasks including processing invoices, book returns to vendors, etc.

Collaborates with Head Librarian to recommend continuous quality improvements and/or enhancements to department operating efficiency.

Demonstrates effective interpersonal and written and oral communication skills to facilitate effective working relationships with assigned staff, attorneys, and clients.

Participates in ongoing training and development to ensure current knowledge of Firm policies and practices as well as research services and methods.




Master’s degree in Library/Information Science.

Minimum of three years reference experience in a law firm or corporate law library.

In-depth knowledge and expertise with legal and business reference sources, both print and electronic, including LexisNexis, Westlaw and HeinOnline.

Knowledge of federal legislative process and expertise with federal legislative history research.

Familiarity with inter-library loan procedures.

Working knowledge of integrated library systems.

Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.

Knowledge of or ability to learn Firm operations, policies, and procedures and the ability to execute the same.



Status: Full-Time; Exempt

Hours: Monday – Friday  10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Competitive compensation and benefits package.  EEO.


Please submit resume with cover letter to for consideration.