Three Positions- Washington, DC

Position: Associate Director, Law Library
Location: University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, Washington, DC
Salary: $73,134.12 – $92,754.59

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE JOB:

The Associate Director reports to the Associate Dean for Law Library and IT Services and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the law library.  The incumbent uses independent judgment and demonstrates expertise in the field by recommending policies, procedures, and systems reflecting professional criteria.  The Associate Director is responsible for ensuring that the resources allocated to the unit will reflect an efficient level of service.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Oversees the day-to-day operations of the law library.
  2. Plans, develops, coordinates, oversees, and participates in the delivery of the law library’s public services, including reference, research, instruction, and access services.
  3. Supervises and evaluates all employees under his/her administrative supervision.
  4. Provides vision, oversight, and leadership of public services in the law library, including regular assessment of policies, procedures, and workflows related to the effective delivery of library services and makes recommendations based on those assessments.
  5. Manages the law library’s hiring, training, and oversight of student and other hourly workers in public services roles.
  6. Teaches in the law school’s first-year legal research curriculum with the potential to also teach advanced legal research courses.
  7. Assists in the development of the law library’s budget.
  8. Participate on the law library’s collection development team and engage in regular evaluation of the law library’s collection priorities.
  9. Develops performance standards for resource utilization and service based on established professional criteria.
  10. Prepares reports of the law library’s public services.
  11. Develops strategies for staff development and implements steps to accomplish them.
  12. Reviews personnel matters and recommends actions in accordance with established policies.
  13. Assists with identification of library funding needs and ideas for creative funding sources, including grants for which the law library may be eligible.
  14. Assists with the planning of facilities to accommodate services and collections.
  15. Performs reference duties as required, possibly including evening and weekend reference shifts.
  16. Oversees faculty research support.
  17. Promotes the services of the law library throughout the academic community and among cooperating institutions.
  18. Engages in outreach with an eye toward possible partnerships within the larger university and the local legal community.
  19. Serves on law school and university-wide committees and task forces as appointed.

Position: Research Librarian
Location: Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Job Description

Latham & Watkins, a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world, is currently seeking a Research Librarian to join our winning team, located in Washington, D.C. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation and collaboration.

The full-time/regular Research Librarian will receive a generous total compensation package. Bonuses are awarded in recognition of individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham’s comprehensive benefit program including healthcare, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401k plan, and more! In addition, employees receive 10 paid holidays per year, and a PTO program that accrues 23 days during the first year of employment and grows with tenure.

The Research Librarian is responsible for providing research services involving legal, business, and general information sources to attorneys, paralegals and staff using a variety of print and electronic research tools. He or she also performs other functions regarding library operations. You responsibilities will include these and other critical functions:

  • Conducting domestic and international legal and non-legal research utilizing appropriate print and electronic research tools and directs Library users to appropriate sources.
  • Reviewing diverse sources of information for currency, reliability, relevance, and cost effectiveness, then choosing the best sources for answering research requests
  • Compiling and organizing information obtained in research projects into a coherent, focused collection, accompanied by explanatory notes, if relevant, so that the material is readily understandable to the user
  • Monitoring legal, business and news sources for current developments in practice areas, for clients and industries; compiling results into a concise publication for distribution to relevant groups.
  • Providing training in print and electronic resources and research skills in a variety of settings and using diverse media
  • Providing orientation regarding library procedures and uses for new personnel
  • Maintaining awareness of current developments on legal news and information services, including the Internet and e-resources relevant to the Firm’s practice areas. May also monitor law journals and newsletters and compile bulletins of legal developments for attorney.
  • Performing cite-checking: analyzing and verifying legal citations in memoranda and pleadings using Lexis or Westlaw, and the Blue Book or other citation authority.
  • Maintaining familiarity with and performing library administrative tasks, such as processing books for the catalog, processing library mail for distribution to attorneys, shelving books and periodicals, filing loose-leaf services and periodicals, processing bills for payment, and maintaining collections of specialty materials Interfacing with other law firms, agencies, libraries and organizations; representing the firm in a professional manner.
  • Completing special projects on various issues as assigned
  • Promoting effective work practices, working as a team member, and showing respect for co-workers

Position: Research and Instruction Librarian
Location: The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Position Summary: The Research and Instruction Librarian is responsible for participating as a resource selector in collection
development; providing reference and research assistance and instruction to users; and serving as liaison to assigned
departments and schools. As appropriate, the Librarian collaborates and partners with campus groups and outside groups,
such as the Washington Research Library Consortium.

Essential Responsibilities Include: Participates as a subject specialist and generalist in the provision of reference and
research assistance to users, including in-person consultations and email. Provides individual and group library instruction,
both in general and in subject-specific settings. Actively engages in committee work and/or develops partnerships with campus,
community, and library groups in those instances where there is a shared mission to provide access and market information
resources. Works in tandem with colleagues to develop and expand new library initiatives, including the promotion of new
models of scholarly communications, most particularly with graduate students and faculty. Monitors scholarly publishing trends
and their impact on information and library services to students and faculty. Participates as a collection development and
collection assessment resource and library liaison for designated disciplines. Develops and updates subject-specific LibGuides
and other instructional materials to improve access to and use of the library collections. Collaborates with colleagues across
library units to explore new and flexible models for: engaging users and communities; delivering information services; and
targeting and personalizing services for our diverse users. Participates as a professional member in the University Library
System in shared collegial decision making and planning; participates in committees and ad hoc projects; contributes to the
library profession and engages in professional development activities; participates in and contributes to professional
organizations and publications.

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