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FLSA Status:      Exempt                               Reports to:   Senior Research Services Manager

Department:        IS – Research Services       Schedule:       Full-time, Monday-Friday

Location:             Boston



Position Summary:

Cooley Information Services (IS) embraces a culture of customer service excellence and all members of the department are expected to move this agenda forward. To that end, the Senior Research Service Librarian is expected to recognize that the Cooley IS department is a service organization first and foremost and will be evaluated on this requirement equal in importance to the technical or operational responsibilities outlined later in this document.

Works independently as a member of a firmwide research team that responds to requests from attorneys, paralegals and staff, to perform wide-ranging research on legal and business issues necessary for client legal services, business development, and Firm administration.  Senior Research Services Librarians are responsible for all aspects of analyzing the research request, identifying the best sources of information, conducting the research, and reporting the results of research projects.  Senior Research Services Librarians provide reference services and training in the use of information resources to partners and employees of the Firm.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Responding to requests firmwide as a member of the Research Services team, provide research expertise and service at all levels of inquiry complexity.
  • Use independent judgment to identify issue, analyze research strategy and determine best information sources to provide accurate, valid, cost effective and timely research.
  • Analyze and synthesize results for presentation to the requesting user, ensuring that research meets stated and anticipated needs.
  • Proactively and independently responsible for balancing workload by monitoring incoming requests, assessing time constraints, estimating research time needed.
  • Work collaboratively with peers as needed in responding to research requests.
  • Conduct current awareness monitoring for longitudinal requests from attorneys and staff, using judgment to establish queries and sources, analyzing the results to determine and provide information of value to attorneys and administrative staff.
  • Independently determine appropriate outside sources and make arrangements for timely and cost effective retrieval/borrowing.
  • In conjunction with Resource Management & Access team, participate in the identification, development, evaluation, and implementation of technological advancements in research or research aids; Test new software, resources, etc. evaluating value to the Firm.
  • Contribute ideas/suggestions for information/knowledge development and improvement and promote resource/knowledge sharing within the Firm.
  • Develop training programs on research sources and legal research techniques and strategies for partners and staff individually or in groups.
  • Market research services and current awareness tools through orientations and promotional efforts in cooperation with members of the Research Services team.
  • Continue to develop skills, knowledge and ability to improve processes and procedures and to keep updated on trends and developments in the industry.
  • Timely and accurate entry of time.
  • All other duties as assigned or required.


Skills & Experience:



  • Masters of Library Science or J.D.
  • At least 5 years of research experience in assigned or related field.
  • Ability to create research strategies including innovative strategies.
  • Extensive knowledge of library research tools using diverse and changing applications.
  • Strong analytical and research skills with the ability to analyze problems logically and methodically and to absorb and synthesize large amounts of information into practical intelligence.
  • Ability to independently assess client needs and to develop responsive solutions.
  • Extensive knowledge of a variety of legal and non-legal databases.
  • After orientation at Cooley LLP, exhibit proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Outlook, DTE, Adobe Acrobat, FileSurf and other Firm applications.
  • Ability to work extended and/or weekend hours, as required.


  • Master’s degree in a subject useful to the business is desirable.

Success Factors:

  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple competing tasks and demands, provide high levels of customer service and maintain a professional demeanor under stress.
  • Organizational skills sufficient to prioritize work and complete assignments accurately, either independently or as part of a team, under pressure of competing deadlines and with frequent interruptions, working from one’s own initiative and/or following direction, policies, or procedures.
  • Strong verbal, writing, and interpersonal skills with the ability to act as a resource for, provide customer service in a courteous manner to, and work effectively with diverse groups of people at various levels within the organization.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in handling confidential materials and matters.
  • Ability to identify customer needs.
  • Flexibility to assume other job responsibilities within the department as necessary.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Team player with the ability to work in a culture of team work and cooperation.
  • Ability to keep current with new developments, master new technologies, and adapt to change.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment.

Reporting to this position:

  • No direct reports



Physical Demands & Work Environment:  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical Demands:

  • Access, input & retrieve information from a computer to produce typed copy, free of errors, without the assistance of another person.
  • Willingness and capacity to come and go from the workstation, repeatedly throughout the day as is necessary, to perform various responsibilities.
  • Capacity to communicate and enunciate adequately, in person or via telephone, in a manner which can be understood by those with whom the employee is speaking.
  • Capability of dialing or otherwise using a telephone to place calls.
  • Frequent keyboard duties.
  • Capacity to pick up, leaf through and read books, files and other materials.
  • Ability to read without the assistance of a screen reading/speech synthesizer/Braille printer or alternative device due to extreme variations in the forms of reading materials received and used by the Firm.
  • Willingness and capacity to sit/stand for minimum periods of one hour at a time to prepare work.
  • Capacity to reach forward to a high of 48 inches, to a low of 15 inches, to the side 54 inches and to the low side 9 inches above the floor.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to load discs and to change settings, devices, fixtures, etc., on various equipment used in and around a law firm.
  • Ability to make/retrieve copies from various copy and fax machines.


Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to various components of an office environment such as florescent lighting, pollen, dust, recycled air, VDTs, semi-enclosed areas, central heating and air conditioning and office noise.

John Butsch
Senior Research Services Manager
Cooley LLP
Washington DC
(202) 728-7133

Posted 7/18/17


Part Time Reference Law Librarian

AccuFile, Inc., a professional Library services firm, is seeking a forward thinking, flexible and experienced, part-time Law Librarian. This is a great opportunity for someone seeking ongoing library work on a part-time basis!!!

The ideal candidate will have the ability to work both onsite in the Andover area, as well as provide on-call librarian coverage within the Greater Boston Area when needed.  Additional hours working virtual reference one morning/week is also available for the right candidate!

Responsibilities include:  all aspects of managing the law library including legal research and reference assistance.

  • Working knowledge of principles and procedures of professional library work.
  • Provide skilled legal and non-legal research using traditional and electronic
  • Library operational functions to include reconciling and processing vendor invoices, inter-library loan duties, checking in library material in firm’s ILS.
  • Ability to deliver superior service to all internal and external customers and communicate effectively.
  • MLS required.
  • Law library experience preferred.

Salary:  TBD – based upon education and related experience.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter and resume

to Karen Gatteny at

Posted 5/31/2017


Legal Research Librarian – Suffolk Law School

The Moakley Law Library invites applications from qualified individuals to consider for the Legal Research Librarian position.  The Legal Research Librarians play essential roles in planning and implementing the law school’s legal research curriculum. Legal Research Librarians support the law school’s faculty and students in their research endeavors, teach stand-alone research classes, partner with Legal Practice Skills (LPS) faculty to teach legal research in the 1L (First Year) curriculum, and provide assistance to patrons at the reference desk.

Primary/Principal Responsibilities:

25% Teach legal research to law students through stand-alone classes, the 1L LPS program, and presentations to upper-level electives by faculty invitation
25% Provide research assistance, training, and reference support to law school students, alumni, and members of the bar
20% Provide research support and training to law school faculty and serve as research liaison to assigned faculty members
10% Assist students, faculty, and staff in using subscription databases; participate in trials of new subscription resources
10% Additional duties as assigned, such as maintaining and updating the library’s website and student writing portal; managing the law school’s subscriptions to SSRN, ExpressO, and Scholastica; putting together the semi-annual Faculty Newsletter; or working with Suffolk journals to collect and archive author publication agreements
5% Assist with collection development
5% Develop and implement new library services and programs as well as other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science or equivalent (JD degree is strongly preferred)
  • Demonstrated relevant work experience
  • Strong computer skills and web skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to providing the highest level of customer service and responsiveness
  • Emotional and cultural intelligence with proven ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and handle difficult situations
  • Must be creative and proactive

This position will work during a full-time, University standard schedule Monday through Friday and the work schedule will include at least one evening per week until 7:00 pm and occasional weeknights and weekends for instruction and special events as needed.

Apply on the website: Job Posting

Posted 5/26/2017


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