Three Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Manager, Research and Business & Competitive Intelligence (All Offices)
Location: Any city with a Ballard office, including District of Columbia, Ballard Spahr

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

The Research and Intelligence Center of Ballard Spahr is looking for a Manager to lead in the development, implementation and delivery of research and business & competitive intelligence services to attorneys and others firm wide. The Manager, Research and Business & Competitive Intelligence Services will work collaboratively with RIC staff, attorneys, paralegals and department administrators to promote, assess and continuously improve these services.

Under the direction of the Director, the Research and Business & Competitive Intelligence Manager will work as part of the management team, which includes the Senior Operations Manager, the Senior Manager, Knowledge Sharing & Training Services, the Manager, Information Access Services and the Manager, Knowledge Sharing & Training Services.

The selected individual will develop research as well as business & competitive intelligence service goals and objectives that align with the firm’s strategic plan; meet with department and practice group leaders to foster communication and continuously align with their strategic initiatives; supervise the Lead Research Analyst and Lead Business & Competitive Intelligence Analyst; prepare budget recommendations for research and business & competitive intelligence services; review, evaluate and recommend research and business & competitive intelligence resources and promote the use of research and business & competitive intelligence services firm wide.

This position can be located in any city with a Ballard office, including Philadelphia, New York, Minneapolis, District of Columbia and other locations in the U.S.

Knowledge of library technologies for communication, research intake, knowledge sharing and resource management; advanced knowledge of Quest for research intake is a plus; strong writing skills and ability to present ideas and communicate complex information clearly and concisely; strong interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels of firm personnel and diverse groups of people and demonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively under pressure while managing multiple priorities and deadlines.

The ideal candidate will have a Masters in Library Science or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited school is required and five or more years of experience as a leader in a fast paced professional environment with law firm experience strongly preferred. A JD or other relevant advanced degree may be substituted along with substantial experience.

Experience must include managing research and business & competitive intelligence services, including, but not limited to, supervising staff, assessing and improving workflows and collaborating with other department leaders to accomplish the goals and objectives of the RIC department. A thorough knowledge of research methodologies as well as resources for all media types in the areas of law relevant to the firm’s practice, and proficiency with major legal and business databases and a proven primary and secondary research skills with the ability to analyze and synthesize large amounts of data into actionable information or practical intelligence.

Ballard Spahr is not accepting resumes from search firms for this position.

Ballard Spahr LLP offers excellent compensation, a comprehensive benefits package and a generous paid time off program is offered. For immediate consideration, please visit our career page and submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary requirements online.

Ballard Spahr is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a culturally diverse environment. The firm encourages applications from a diverse pool of candidates, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, handicap or disability, citizenship, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, transgender status, sex stereotyping, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or any other category protected by applicable law.

Position: Library Technician (Special Collections Support)
Location: Collection Services Division within the Global Legal Collection Directorate in the Law Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Collection Services Division within the Global Legal Collection Directorate in the Law Library of Congress, which has custody of legal serials and monographs. It is a hybrid position that combines the major technician duties of cataloging, serials control and acquisitions.

Creates and revises initial bibliographic control records (IBCRs) for a variety of materials and formats in an automated cataloging environment. Completes routine authority work; consults with librarians for more complex headings, and refers problems to librarians. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Performs content designation on newly created and updated bibliographic records. Performs database maintenance including modifications, updates, and corrections. Resolves routine problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process promptly and independently, involving librarians or the section head on only more difficult problems.

Receives and accessions one or more special category materials. Retrieves material for reclassification, cataloging or reassignment from various locations. Logs materials into and out of the workflow. Distributes material to the correct location, shelf, or individual staff member. Handles returns from the bindery, conservation or the Rare Book Cataloging Team (RBCT). Inventories new material and older material never before inventoried. Files loose-leaf materials when necessary. Performs end-stage processing for materials; creates labels for materials. Routes processed materials to the correct locations in the Law Library. Works to resolve bibliographic problems raised during shelf-list conversions, pin & linking activities and physical inventories of the collection. Follows a substantial number of pertinent instructions concerning the recognition and comparison of dates, authors, titles, etc.

Communicates with a wide variety of patrons by telephone, letter or electronic means regarding routine and non-routine questions on services to publishers and other specialized library services. Assists public patrons in finding material. Provides complex technical information in clear, straightforward language. Provides referrals to library and non-library services such Copyright, Cataloging in Publication (CIP), U.S. Postal Service (USPS), etc. based on an extensive knowledge of these services and the differences among them. Determines the best way to formulate requests, and select and present information.

Efficiently searches online databases such as OCLC or integrated library systems, to locate records to use for copy cataloging, or to identify duplicate records of previously processed records. Searches names, uniforms titles, series, and subject access points on bibliographic records to verify their existence in the appropriate Library authority files. Performs special searches of various online catalogs to locate and/or verify bibliographic data for acquisitions functions. At times, incumbent will also have need to consult various print resources such as shelf-lists, National Union Catalog (NUC) volumes, etc. to complete searches begun using online tools. Completes complex manual and computerized searches in multiple systems to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole.

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Chief, Asian and Middle Eastern Division)
Location: Asian and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $134,789 to $164,200 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Chief of the Asian and Middle Eastern Division works under the general direction of the Director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, and is responsible for the administrative management and technical direction of the Division. The Chief is responsible for the general acquisitions and cataloging of materials from Asia and the Middle East and some cataloging and/or processing of materials from the Nairobi, Cairo, Jakarta, Islamabad, and New Delhi Overseas Offices.

The Supervisory Librarian supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-14 level. Performs the human resource management functions relative to the Division. Establishes performance expectations and clearly communicates them to staff. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates staff on organizational performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Takes personnel actions ~ as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to staff members and subordinate managers related to work and policy matters. Effects disciplinary measures. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Ensures staff at all levels are trained in and fully comply with safety regulations.

Has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of the Division. Primarily responsible for the direction and management of the Division to efficiently achieve specified goals and objectives. Evaluates current and proposed programs and operations, develops new programs, and recommends actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects as appropriate.

Recommends the various allotments necessary for the effective expenditure of funds appropriated for the building of the Library’s collections for his/her area of the world. Has overall responsibility for ensuring continuous controls are maintained over expenditures within approved allotments, and of appropriated, gift, and trust funds, etc. Authorizes encumbrances against these allotments at the beginning of the fiscal year, adjusting as necessary throughout the year. Recommends and justifies changes in the approved allotments as circumstances require in his/her geographic region.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including Members of Congress and their staffs, other legislative and executive agencies, executives ~ of major publishers and vendors, and distinguished members of the public. Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with Library management and officials, government agencies, and other institutions with related interests, to advance the programs and objectives of the Library.

Provides a major leadership role in the development of acquisition and bibliographic access standards, policies, practices, programs, and guidelines with a nation-wide impact. Also provides a major leadership role in the development of training, cooperative cataloging, and cataloging distribution policies and practices. Reviews and approves official documents on cataloging (e.g., texts published in the Library’s Cataloging Service Bulletin and manuals of cataloging that may be needed or produced in any unit of the Library). Recommends and advises on changes to national and international standards affecting bibliographic access (e.g., Resource Description and Access (RDA), and the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data).