Position: Administrative Librarian (Assistant Director and Senior Specialist)
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $135,468 – $203,700
Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a senior manager to serve as the Assistant Director for its Knowledge Services Group.
This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.
This position serves as head of the Knowledge Services Group (KSG), a major CRS research division. In this capacity, and reporting directly to the Director of CRS, the Assistant Director leads, plans, directs and evaluates the delivery of information research and reference activities of the KSG, and ensures that it is of the highest quality and consistently meets the Service’s standards of objectivity, nonpartisanship, timeliness, authoritativeness; and confidentiality.
The Assistant Director oversees implementation of general reference services and research support activities in CRS such as the management of institutional knowledge, instruction in the use of information tools, maintenance of authoritative research materials, and development of knowledge bases. This includes demonstrating personal intellectual leadership in monitoring congressional needs for information research across a broad spectrum of policy areas, and assures the availability of the intellectual capacity needed to meet the current and changing needs of the United States Congress at a sustained level of excellence.
The Assistant Director also serves as one of the chief advisors to the Director, counseling the Director on all aspects of the research management and operations of CRS and recommending specific policies and procedures for improving the Service’s overall quality, efficiency, and effectiveness. The Assistant Director serves as a member of the Director’s senior management team and serves as a principal CRS representative to Members, committees, and officers of the United States Congress.
Major duties of this position include:
- Counsels the Director and Deputy Director on all aspects of the administration and operations of the Congressional Research Service. Has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs or operations. Is responsible for the formulation and administration of policies affecting the Service beginning, at the highest level, with advice and counsel to the Director and Deputy Director in implementing a strategic vision and successfully meeting the CRS mission. Monitors immediate and longer term needs of CRS for information resource support in its policy making activities.
- Oversees implementation of the research agenda, including approaches, frameworks, and methodologies for addressing policy and legislative issues within the KSG’s areas of responsibility. Continually assesses the overall performance of information research delivery and information resource management practices and systems in meeting needs of the Congress and the priorities, goals and policies of CRS for meeting those needs.
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including Members of Congress and their staff, Library of Congress and CRS management, executive departments and agencies, professional organizations and universities.
- Performs the human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Communicates work standards and expectations to supervisors and staff and holds them accountable to those standards.
Position: Research & Knowledge Analyst
Location: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.
Skadden is seeking a Research & Knowledge Analyst to join our Research & Knowledge Services team in the Washington, D.C. office. As a member of Skadden’s professional staff, the Research & Knowledge Analyst will play an integral role in helping the firm provide high-quality service to clients.
The Research & Knowledge Analyst is responsible for researching and providing information, analysis and expertise to attorneys and professional staff in all practice areas of the firm. Analyzes legal, corporate and general resources and communicates findings in a clear and concise manner. Coordinates current awareness and new business alert services. Works with Knowledge Strategy Counsel to develop and maintain selected practice area databases and websites. Helps plan and implement department outreach, training and orientation programs. Assists with the evaluation and recommendation of new information resources. Ensures continuity of Research & Knowledge Services operations during manager absences.
- Supports research and Knowledge Management (KM) initiatives for firm attorneys and professional staff across the globe, incorporating new technology.
- Performs cost efficient ready reference and in-depth research on legal, corporate and other topics using online and print resources.
- Uses question and answer skills to conduct effective reference interviews.
- Distills research results into clear and concise reports of findings.
- Creates and maintains new business alert services that identify matters of interest to attorneys, as well as existing and potential clients.
- Creates and maintains current awareness alert services.
- Works independently and with the Knowledge Strategy (KS) team and selected practice areas to choose, collect, organize, maintain, and update content for practice area websites and databases.
- Provides attorneys with access to and encourages the effective use of internal and external knowledge resources.
- Disseminates knowledge resources via firm-wide intranet and databases to attorneys.
- Collaborates with practice group leaders and other attorneys to design effective KS websites and databases.
- Establishes relationships with attorneys to promote awareness of KS initiatives and to solicit their participation.
- Assists with evaluating new and updated versions of information resources, both online and print sources, and recommends beneficial information sources for the firm.
- Uses workflow software for the distribution and recording of research and KM requests.
- Ensures continuity of Research & Knowledge Services operations during manager absences.
- Develops information network within and outside the firm.
- Monitors email on firm-issued mobile devices while out of the office and during off hours and coordinates with professional staff in the Washington, DC and other offices to complete pending requests.
- Assists other Research & Knowledge Services professional staff members when needed.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Expertise in using computer-based research tools including but not limited to: Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, Intelligize, Practical Law, Fastcase, PLI, Capital IQ, Deal Point Data, CCH Cheetah, etc.
- Broad and thorough knowledge of legal, business and financial information sources.
- Current awareness of knowledge and information technology developments.
- Advanced knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems.
- Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational and planning skills.
- Proven ability in using web page editors.
- Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs.
Master’s Degree in Library Science or an equivalent combination of education and directly related experience.
Minimum of two years research experience in a law firm or corporate library.
Skadden is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Disability/Vet/other protected categories). For more information, please visit Skadden.com/careers.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that all newly-hired personnel in the United States must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their first day of employment.
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Position: Law Librarian – Onsite, Washington, DC
Location: Zimmerman Associates Inc.
Salary: $50,000 – $55,000
Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.
ZAI has an immediate need for a Law Librarian for our project located in Washington, DC. The qualified candidate will be responsible for ensuring all obligations of the project are met within the established deadlines. Must have legal reference and research experience. Experience in presentations and teaching the library users how to use the research resources such as the different legal databases.
Responsibilities (Specific law librarian competencies in the following areas):
- Reference and Research Services, including knowledge of methodologies for identification and use of sources for legal research.
- Expertise in the use and finding of legal and technical information. Ability to teach library users how to identify and use sources for legal research. Specifically: The Legal System: Ability to locate pertinent legal materials and recognize their relative importance to the user.
- Collection Management, including ability to make decisions regarding the identification, selection, and acquisition of the legal and non-legal resources needed by organizations. Knowledge of subject-specific selection tools and of acquisition procedures is essential.
- Knowledge of varied formats of print and electronic creation, storage, and retrieval of legal materials that are created, stored, and retrieved in full-text electronic databases, including systems of national and state case law as well as statutory and regulatory materials published in full-text in online systems.
- Library Management, including strategic planning, marketing strategies, productivity, and innovation. Also, user account management.
- Working knowledge of the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of United States federal and state governments. Knowledge of the legislative process and the materials that form the legislative history of statutes.
- Outreach and Programming (experience with planning events, outreach campaigns, intern recruitment, liaising with key internal stakeholders and subject matter experts).
- Thorough understanding of the processes by which law is created, including common law, precedent, statutes, regulations, and constitutions.
- Must have a working knowledge of legal vocabulary and terminology, including legal abbreviations and citation systems.
- Master’s degree in library science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
- One year of professional law librarian work experience .
- Minimum/General Experience: Areas of general professional librarian competencies include the following: Reference and Research Services; and Collection Management.
- Knowledge of the literature of the law, including primary and secondary sources, accompanying finding tools, and adjunct publications in all media formats (Print, full- text legal databases and microforms). Law and Ethics: Appropriately uses and disseminates legal information. Understands the legal complexities that affect access to and use of information, including copyright, PII and sensitive data.
- Familiarity with and understanding of legal requirements and ethical considerations of both the legal profession and librarianship.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office products to include Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
- Knowledge and experience in areas; research and development; database management; Web design and content management; library product evaluation; and independent research and project collaboration.
- Experience with legal research platforms (Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, HeinOnline, ProQuest Congressional Suite, Congress.gov, Govinfo.gov, etc.)
- Microsoft Office Products should include Teams as well as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
- Strong interpersonal and skills with the ability to lead and work as part of a team.
- This position supports a Federal Government Contract and the successful candidate will need to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to meet eligibility requirements.
ZAI is an equal opportunity employer. In compliance with Federal and State Equal Opportunity Laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity) , national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, veterans status or any other legally protected status.
Position: Sr. Business & Legal Research Analyst
Location: Venable LLP
Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.
Venable LLP has an opening for a Senior Business and Legal Research Analyst to provide expert in-depth research on a wide variety of business, legal, regulatory, tax, corporate and general matters, using electronic and print resources.
We welcome applicants in the New York, NY, Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC markets.
The ideal candidate will be responsible for…
- Providing high-level legal, regulatory, legislative, tax, corporate, and general domestic and international research and reference services to attorneys, legal assistants, clients, and administrative staff. Effectively researching and writing summaries of research results.
- Maintaining research proficiency across a wide spectrum of business, legal, legislative, analytics and docket resources in over 200 rapidly-changing databases including Lexis, Westlaw, Wolters Kluwer Cheetah, LexMachina, Bloomberg/B-Law, Pacer, CNS, CourtLink, Capital IQ, OCLC, Intelligize, TLO, Checkpoint, and others.
- Developing curriculum and teaching classes on business and legal research strategies and resources effective for legal and administrative staff.
- Evaluating diverse information sources for currency, reliability, relevance and cost-effectiveness, and selects the optimal resources for particular research requests.
- Setting up legal, regulatory, docket, news, business alerts across dozens of platforms to meet the attorneys’ and clients’ information needs.
- Providing ‘just in time” guidance to attorneys and legal assistants seeking to select resources and develop effective strategies.
- Participate in trials, demos, purchasing decisions, and testing new applications and upgrades to existing products.
- Contribute to the development of department’s communication materials including cost-effective use guides, bibliographies, pathfinders and research tip sheets.
The successful candidate will demonstrate…
- Master’s degree in Library Science/Information Science; J.D. a plus.
- 5+ years of experience in a law firm, corporation, or investment banking library performing high stakes, complex research in a deadline driven environment.
- Expert-level business, legal, legislative, regulatory, corporate, tax and general research and reference skills.
- Extensive database knowledge and skills (Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg/B-Law, Pacer, Cheetah, OCLC, Intelligize, Accurint, CourtLink, Lex Machina, Gavelytics Capital IQ, Checkpoint, etc.).
- Proven ability to teach individuals and small groups in formal and informal settings.
- Ability to understand and utilize legal analytics products to provide lawyer with strategic insights on judges, outside counsel, courts and controversies and outcomes in litigation.
- Understanding of the legal profession, including a basic knowledge of litigation and transactional practices.
- Venable holds certain guiding principles central to its hiring and employee development processes. We value integrity, collaboration, professionalism, hard work, and client service at every level. Interested in adding your voice to Venable? We would love to hear from you.