Reference and Research Librarian/Team Lead (Federal Library) – Washington, D.C.

Position: Reference and Research Librarian/Team Lead 
Location: Cadence Group (Federal Library) – Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available at SLA Career Center


Management, Reference, and Research

  • Serve as Team Lead for team of federal contractors that includes Attorney-Librarians and Technicians.
  • Initiate collection development projects to curate a collection that contains the most appropriate resources, both electronic and physical, to support patron research requirements of the Library.
  • Participate in a variety of special projects that require working knowledge of library systems technology, databases, software, as well as operating policies and procedures.
  • Provide legal and legislative reference services utilizing technically complex resources and specialized finding aids.
  • Legal research and reference: Expertise in finding legal resources and government documents from a wide variety of electronic resources, including Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and HeinOnline. Equally proficient with print resources, like West’s Key Number System. Highly proficient at locating information from free government resources, like GPO FDsys,, and regulatory agency websites.
  • Expert witness vetting and finding: Create comprehensive and highly detailed expert witness vetting reports of friendly and adverse witnesses for Justice Department litigation. Vettings include in-depth analysis of background reports, legal proceedings, expert witness depositions and trial testimonies, Daubert motions, author publications, professional licenses, news searches, and web and social media research.
  • Public records: Track down hard-to-locate assets. Routinely conduct searches on state databases, commercial resources, and social media to locate information on individuals.
  • Company research: Compiles thorough investigative profiles of companies, organizations, and executives, focusing on assets, incorporation, and parent company/subsidiary relationships. Major projects include the in-depth comparative company and asset research of many dozens of corporations.
  • Legislative histories: Perform complex legal research and legislative analysis of both current and historical legal topics for the following divisions: Civil Appellate, Office of Legal Counsel, National Security Division, United States Attorney’s Office, Environmental Division, Civil Rights and many others.
  • Locates information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished sources and electronic databases.
    Assist in selecting and maintaining library collections (legal and non-legal), in print and electronic formats.
  • Collaborates with division attorneys, economists, paralegals, statisticians, research assistants, law interns, and field office staffs. Provides research services for the National Security Division, Office of the Solicitor General, and Office of the Attorney General.
  • Searches for, identifies, and vets expert witnesses. Performs legal, public records and industry research in the medical and scientific arenas.
    Staffing the Reference Desk 3 days per week in 2 to 3 hour shifts
    Responding to inquiries made face-to-face, by telephone, or by virtual means


  • Participate in the development and delivery of instructional classes, both in person and online, to teach skills in analyzing topics, developing effective research strategies, and analyzing information to select the most appropriate sources for research.
  • Provide presentations, training, and education.
  • Assist with the development of tutorials and web guides to build discovery tools to support effective research.
  • Engages in daily and weekly one-on-one training through research consultations.
  • Design and conduct specialized training programs and briefings; and identify the need for, develop, and deliver training and informational presentations for attorneys, paralegals, interns, and staff.
  • Build partnerships with different divisions to provide class development assistance, and conduct research to identify and obtain learning materials to support course content and design.


  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Proficient at finding both print and electronic resources
  • Supervisory or Team Lead experience
  • Ability to clearly communicate with attorneys, economists, library techs, paralegals, statisticians, law interns, field office staff, research assistants
  • Solid research skills; knowledge of complex resources and special finding aids
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience fulfilling library reference and research requests
  • Good track record of meeting deadlines
  • ALA-Accredited Masters Degree in Library Science