Two Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Reference Librarian
Location: Venable LLP, Washington, DC

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

Venable LLP is seeking a Reference Librarian to assist with the daily operations of our Washington, DC reference desk.  This person will be responsible for conducting research, responding to research requests, and delivering in-house training and outreach to legal staff.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for… 

•Sharing responsibilities for Reference Desk operations to ensure operations meet the needs of all library patrons.

•Providing assistance at the Reference Desk; responding to information requests, locating cases, searching databases such as LEXIS and WESTLAW, and requesting interlibrary loans.

•Conducting research interviews with patrons and recommending appropriate firm materials from the library collection.

•Tracking all reference transactions in Integrated Library System.

 The successful candidate will demonstrate…

•Master of Library Science ,equivalent degree or equivalent research experience

•The ability to conduct legal research, including experience using online and print resources to conduct research.  3-5 years experience doing research required.

•Working knowledge of library research databases. Intellectual Property research experience  strongly preferred

•The ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple competing tasks.

If you have a can-do attitude and are looking to be part of a highly motivated team of individuals that are naturally ambitious and driven, we’d love to hear from you. Apply today!

Part-Time Temporary Reference Librarian
Location: Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Washington, DC

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

Sheppard Mullin has an immediate opening for a Part-time Temporary Reference Librarian located in our Washington, DC office. This role is responsible for undertaking reference and some research services for all attorneys and staff and will utilize all relevant information and knowledge resources available to the firm. This is a part-time temporary position lasting about 6-8 weeks, with possible longer term considerations.


  • Quickly respond to research and reference requests from all firm personnel.
  • Conduct inter-library loan and document retrieval as needed.  Research to identify appropriate reference materials, books, journals, other services available from external libraries and 3rd party vendors, using online library catalogs to assist inter-library loan and document delivery efforts.
  • Perform other activities/projects as required to assist the firm-wide team of information professionals.
  • Ability to work between the hours of 8:00am and 12:00 noon M-F.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Master’s degree in information and library studies, or a related field is desired.
  • 2-3 years of professional library experience in a law firm, corporate, government, or other professional services environment strongly preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills with online legal research tools; Experience with legal, business, and IP related research tools (Westlaw, Derwent Innovation, Docket Navigator, Monitor Suite, etc.) preferred but not required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (at least one (1) year)
  • Ability to succeed in both collaborative and independent situations.
  • Strong time management skills

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