Seven Positions: Washington DC & Virginia

Position: Law Library Reference Librarian
Location: U.S. Court Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Recruiter: West 4th Strategy LLC), Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the LinkedIn.

ROLE
We need a Law Library Reference Librarian to work at the U.S. Court Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Staff the reference desk, answer telephone and email inquiries
  • Assist in instructing library patrons with one-on-one training
  • Help coordinate classroom training
  • Help prepare resources for Court staff and judges
  • Prepare a written weekly list of completed reference questions to the Library Director.
  • Prepare a written summary of other projects completed during the week

BACKGROUND

  • Must have real-world experience with law library reference work and legal research
  • Familiarity with basic primary and secondary print legal resources in the field of Federal law
  • Knowledge of specialized legal subjects, including patent, government contract, and tax
  • Familiarity with Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law online legal resources
  • Detail oriented and excellent organizational skills
  • Customer service and strong communication skills
  • Able to work independently as well as with a team
  • Capable of delivering completed reference requests in pdf format by e-mail
  • Familiarity with MS Office and MS Outlook

EDUCATION

  • Master’s in library science degree OR Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited law school

LOCATION

  • Washington D.C 20439

West 4th Strategy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, pregnancy, political affiliation, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.           

Other Considerations: This position is W-2 only; no Corp-to-Corp or 1099 candidates. Relocation will not be offered. Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation. Individual’s primary workstation is located in an office area. The noise level in this environment is low to moderate. Regularly required to sit for extended periods up to 80% of the time; frequently required to move about to access file cabinets and use office equipment such as PC, copier, fax, telephone, cell phone, etc. Occasionally required to reach overhead, bend, and lift objects of up to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the use of computer monitor screens up to 80% of the time.

Position: Research Analyst
Location: Nixon Peabody LLP, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the LLSDC Jobline.

Job Description:
The Research Analyst will assist in due diligence and background investigations on entities and individuals relating to litigation matters, prospective business transactions, or third party relationships. A career at Nixon Peabody is the opportunity to do work that matters. It’s the chance to use your knowledge to shape what’s ahead. To share, to innovate, to learn at a firm that taps the power of collective thinking. We’ve created a dynamic, energizing environment that promotes success for our clients and each other. We offer fast growth, connectedness and training in business as well as law. And our rigorous standards assure you are part of a diverse team of top talent at every turn.
At Nixon Peabody, our priority is to attract, retain and promote talented individuals who have an array of racial, ethnic, social, economic, religious, professional, personal, and other backgrounds. Therefore, we encourage talented individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. If you’re someone who’s looking toward the future, we’d love to hear from you.

Location: Boston; Chicago; New York City; Rochester; San Francisco; or Washington, DC

To Apply: Please create an application for Job ID 2846 (Research Analyst) at our website: www.nixonpeabody.com/careers

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct thorough background searches using electronic databases such as Lexis, Westlaw, Courtlink and Accurint, public records websites, Pacer, Edgar, and other sources to locate relevant information on designated individuals and companies.
  • Analyze material to identify relevant data points and connect findings among multiple parties and companies.
  • Maintain strict privacy and confidentiality requirements regarding research targets and findings.
  • Assist in training other Library staff on investigative research techniques.
  • Provide presentations to attorneys to increase awareness of Library investigative capabilities.
  • Handle a high volume of research requests from attorneys in multiple offices and practice areas.
  • Gather, filter and present a summary of research findings to attorneys and management to facilitate decision making and business planning.
  • As part of the firm-wide Library & Research Services Team, collaborate and coordinate with library staff in other geographies to provide seamless research service for attorneys.
  • Participate in expanding and/or improving research and information services, procedures and practices and other Library & Research Services special projects as requested.
  • Remain current in research techniques and available resources relevant to providing high quality research and information services. Continue professional development through various firm and association sponsored activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Job Requirements:

  • 4-7 years of professional experience in a legal, corporate or professional services setting conducting investigative research using both print and online resources.
  • Master of Library Science or Bachelor’s degree with investigative focus required.
  • Combination of education in a research-intensive field with relevant work experience will be considered.
  • Experience with legal and business investigative research processes and resources.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills to be able to identify relevant information.
  • Ability to look beyond the obvious, being inquisitive and diligent.
  • Proficient at filtering large amounts of data and summarizing information into relevant findings.
  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines, completing tasks in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Capable of working in a fast paced environment under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated commitment to being a proactive service provider and providing service in a professional and confidential manner.
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented and organized with the ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent technology skills.

Nixon Peabody LLP is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer: Disability / Female / Gender Identity / Minority / Sexual Orientation / Veteran. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Position: Research Analyst
Location: Morrison & Foerster LLP, Based in any of the U.S. offices

Full vacancy announcement is available on the LLSDC Jobline.

Morrison & Foerster LLP, an Am Law 50 law firm with 17 offices worldwide, has an opening for a Research Analyst within our Research Services Department. This role can be based in any of our U.S. offices.

The Opportunity

Join the Research Services team of a billion dollar global law firm in a dynamic fast-paced Research Analyst role. The Research Analyst works as part of a firmwide team to provide research expertise for business development efforts and client work. This individual monitors and identifies information sources and data to identify potential opportunities and presents research findings clearly and concisely. The Analyst also participates on firmwide project teams.

  1. As part of the firmwide research team, provide research expertise to support the firm’s practice areas and business development efforts, including research related to markets, industries, and competitors.
  2. Retrieve, package, and present information in response to requests from attorneys and colleagues in research function as well as other departments in the Firm.
  3. Handle a high volume of routine research requests including document retrieval requests, requests to mine websites and other sources, and requests to populate spreadsheets with specified data.
  4. Create current awareness tools, newsletters, and alerts for ongoing monitoring of clients, industries, and events.
  5. Demonstrate strong writing skills and the ability to distill and present research work product in a concise, professional manner.

Ideal Candidate

  1. Strong background in research focusing on a variety of corporate practices and transactions preferred.
  2. Bachelor’s degree required plus a minimum of two years related experience or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science or equivalent degree such as a J.D., M.B.A., or other advanced degree is a plus.
  3. Knowledge of the legal materials and databases used to support the Firm’s practice areas and research needs for client work and for business development efforts.
  4. Demonstrate strong research skills and a deep understanding of research strategies.

Who We Are

At Morrison & Foerster, our culture is defined by our deeds. We’re passionate about what we do. We’re equally passionate about how we do it. We resist hierarchies and operate within a model of respect – for our colleagues, their ideas, and the differences that make us stronger. We encourage you to learn more about who we are(http://www.mofo.com/), and what we do(http://www.mofo.com/practices).

Should you find you’re ready to do the best work of your life, we encourage you to let us know!

Morrison & Foerster is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran or military status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, domestic partner status, and other categories protected by applicable laws, or in retaliation for opposition to any practices forbidden under this policy.

Position: Research Services Librarian
Location: The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Research Services Librarian serves the public by providing access to the non-circulating collections of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., by staffing library orientations and research programs, and by responding to in-person, phone, email and letter queries. S/he reports to the Library & Collections Director.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Research Services Librarian provides reference services in the Kiplinger Research Library as well as through remote library services. In collaboration with the Library & Collections Director, s/he develops and implements special collections library procedures that support the preservation of and access to historic collections in all formats. The Research Services Librarian manages day-to-day activities in the Kiplinger Research Library, working with the volunteer corps to provide access to collections representing local life in the nation’s capital.

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS

The Research Services Librarian will be a detail-oriented and organized information professional who is enthusiastic about working with novice and skilled researchers alike. S/he will have a passion for sharing the culture, history, and diversity of the city with patrons of all backgrounds and interests.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working self-directed and taking initiative, using exceptional organizational and communication skills in the daily operations of the Kiplinger Research Library. S/he will be an effective collaborator with all levels of staff, volunteers, donors, members, patrons, and the general public. S/he will enjoy learning as well as teaching, and show patience and tact. S/he will demonstrate creativity, flexibility, a positive attitude, and poise in a busy setting serving patrons and staff with high expectations.

DUTIES 

The Research Services Librarian

  • Welcomes, registers, and assists library patrons according to outlined procedures.
  • Answers researcher queries and reference questions in person, and via phone, email, and mail, using professional techniques for analyzing questions and searching resources within the library, including all Special Collections formats and electronic resources.
  • Monitors the behavior and conduct of library patrons and ensures that library procedures are followed, especially in regards to the security and preservation of library and archival materials.
  • Instructs patrons in the use of all manner of library resources.
  • Pulls and re-shelves requested photographs, books, manuscripts, maps, vertical files and other collections materials; fulfills copy orders.
  • Responsible for day-to-day management of reference volunteers and interns, overseeing reference services work and long-term projects
  • Manages orders for image reproduction; conducts permissions research for publication requests; and manages paperwork and data entry for library services transactions.
  • Develops content for and teaches library orientations and related programs for various audiences.
  • Manages paperwork and data entry for library services transactions.
  • Collects user information and statistics, and identifies ways to improve the research experience for library patrons.
  • Works with staff and interns to advance the Society’s social media presence according to established guidelines to regularly promote the library and collections.
  • Helps preserve collections by handling materials according to preservation guidelines.
  • Opens and closes the Kiplinger Research Library on researcher days, prepares the Library for other events and programs.
  • Carries out other tasks as assigned to contribute to the success of the Historical Society and the operations of the DC History Center.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters in Library Science from a graduate library school accredited by the American Library Association strongly preferred; or related graduate degree with experience in special collections libraries and archival theory and practice
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills required
  • Comfort with public speaking and instruction required
  • Demonstrated ability to work self-directed yet with a collaborative style required
  • Excellent reference skills and ability to relate to patrons of all ages required
  • Ability to climb ladders, bend and stoop to access and move collection enclosures and lift archival boxes weighing up to 40 lbs.
  • Skill in all typical computer applications and equipment (MS Office) required; understanding of new and emerging technologies expected
  • Demonstrated willingness to train and supervise volunteers required
  • Strong organizational talents required
  • Demonstrated experience with local history collections, and with D.C. history specifically desired

SCHEDULING

The Research Services Librarian currently works Monday-Friday, generally 9-5, with flexibility for weekend and evening hours as required for programming and other operations of the DC History Center.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Starting salary $52,000 – $60,000 based on experience. Benefits include medical, 403(b), and Metro SmartBenefits. Central downtown location easily accessible by all Metro lines.

APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES

Applicants must submit a letter of interest and resume, including salary history or requirement. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

Position: Reference Librarian
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $59,534 to $77,396 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Reference and Reader Services Section of Rare Book and Special Collections Division. The incumbent of this position serves as the reference librarian for the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room, and is under the general direction of the Head the Section.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The position description number is 138120.

Responsibilities
Provides reference services to individual researchers and groups where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews in person or over the telephone, or from written requests, and the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are readily accessible, i.e., found within the Library’s collection or can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures. Responds orally or in writing to inquiries related to assigned field of responsibility.

Provides in-person, telephone reference service, and on-line reference service in the Rare Book Reading Room. Searches standard databases where the information is relatively stable, such as for bibliographic citations of a general nature. Clarifies vague requests for materials through the use of proper bibliographic tools. Verifies correct bibliographic citation for requested items. Seeks assistance for locating materials that are not readily accessible. Develops knowledge of resources in other agencies or institutions in order to provide informed referrals. Assists patrons with specialized collections, using knowledge of these collections, subject matter, and the patrons who require them.

Examines publications, electronic resources, and trends in topics related to a specialized field. Develops knowledge of collections for use in performing research tasks. Assists in preparing research guides and finding aids on specific topics of recognized client interest using standard search strategies and describing research methodologies. Assists senior librarians in revising or updating research materials, and collection development activities including searches, and completing claim and order forms.

Monitors the condition of collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards and specifications. Brings deteriorating items and those with special needs to the attention of division management. Orients users and explains procedures and regulations governing use and handling of materials in the collection.

Coordinates the acquisition of items that are of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Reviews a variety of brochures, catalogs, journals, and other sources of items for possible acquisition in order to develop collections in areas of subject specialization. Consults acquisition policies to determine whether items are appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify out-of scope materials.

Maintains liaison with recommending officers and subject specialists to coordinate acquisition of material. Provides proper purchasing information and correct bibliographic identification to dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, exchange partners, etc.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of rare book and special collections librarianship.**
  • Ability to provide reference and research services in a rare book and special collections environment, including interpretation of collections and outreach.**
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage rare and valuable library collections.**
  • Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, or other information technologies.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Reference Librarian (Hispanic Division)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $59,534 to $77,396 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
The divisions in General and International Collections are the Library’s primary gateway to the collections and reference services dealing with the non-English speaking world. Reference Librarians in these divisions provide assistance to researchers in the culture, history, literature, politics, political structure, economies, humanities, and social sciences of these countries and regions.

The position description number for this position is 12535.

Responsibilities
Uses integrated library systems and technologies to perform library functions, including reference services and acquisitions.

Monitors collection content and reviews a variety of sources in multiple languages, writing systems, and formats to develop and curate collections in areas of linguistic and geographic responsibility.

Provides onsite and/or electronic reference to individual researchers and groups.

Provides onsite and/or electronic instruction to individual researchers and groups.

Assists in preparing research guides and finding aids on specific topics of recognized interest using best practices.

Assists in preparing programming and products on specific topics of recognized interest using best practices.

Orients library visitors and explains collections and procedures for using and handling materials.

Identifies, evaluates and provides authoritative resources, data, statistics, and information.

Evaluates publications and electronic resources for content coverage and trends.

Consults acquisition policies to determine whether items are appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, or other type of acquisition.

Monitors collection content and usage to ensure preservation and access.

Maintains liaison with acquisitions and cataloging staff to determine the quality and usefulness of collection materials.

Assists in developing strategies for the organization and service of materials, collaborating with colleagues to enable appropriate storage, preservation, cataloging and engagement.

Develops knowledge of resources in other agencies or institutions to provide informed referrals.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

  • Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, or other information technologies.**
  • Ability to develop and manage library collections.**
  • Ability to provide reference outreach services.**
  • Knowledge of the languages and cultures of Latin America and/or Spain.**
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Digital Librarian 
Location: Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, Alexandria, VA
Salary: $59,534 to $93,638 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG). The incumbent of this position will work within the Office of Mission Support Team (MST), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Information Governance Division (IGD).

As a Digital Librarian, GS-1410-09/11 target 13, your typical work assignments may include the following:

Responsibilities

  • Develops or applies techniques for automating information description, classification, and extraction (e.g. auto-classification and auto-categorization).
  • Builds, revises and enforces auto-classification policies and taxonomies.
  • Searches, collects, and preserves information using automated record keeping tools, systems, and technologies in response to complex requests that include sensitive information and classified materials.
  • Evaluates the design and usability of information to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the OIG information life cycle and organization, navigation and find-ability of information.
  • Analyzes and synthesizes information to provide insights and advice to leaders to support business decisions.
  • Identifies sources and strategy for content capture, identifies issues associated with sharing content across and outside the agency.

Travel Required
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.