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Circuit Law Librarian – Northeast
Pay Grade: Grade 17
Starting Pay: $73,753.54
Departmental Mission Statement: The Court Services and Law Libraries Department is responsible for providing key court services to support the administration of justice and advance access to justice in the Trial Court. These services include the Court Service Centers, the Trial Court Law Libraries, and the Judicial Response System.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TRIAL COURT LAW LIBRARIES:
The Trial Court Law Library System provides timely, efficient access to current and historical law-related information in an impartial and respectful manner to anyone in need of legal information.
Notes: This circuit position requires travel and entails working in multiple locations, including the Lowell, Essex, and Middlesex Law Libraries, and will be based in the Lawrence Law Library.
This position is designated as a union position and is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement with O.P.E.I.U., Local 6.
Position Summary: Working within the Trial Court Law Libraries, the Circuit Law Librarian – Northeast performs professional library duties over a defined geographic area in the following areas: legal research and reference, cataloging, interlibrary loan, bibliographic services and acquisitions. Assists Head Law Librarians in library operation; and may perform specific functions for the Trial Court Law Library system such invoice processing, collection development and maintaining a federal depository collection; performs related work as required.
Supervision Received: Work is performed primarily under the direction of the Director of Court Services and Law Libraries and Manager of Law Libraries, or their designee, and is evaluated for professional soundness and conformity to policy.
Duties: • Provides reference and information services to the clientele by responding to questions either in person or by telephone, locating and retrieving materials and assisting in legal research, by developing a comprehensive knowledge of legal bibliography and general reference sources.
• Utilizes full knowledge of electronic databases and interlibrary sources, both legal and non-legal, to assist clientele in retrieving information needed.
• Instructs library users in the use of library materials and equipment.
• Adapts professional principles of cataloging, classification and indexing to the various components of the library’s collection.
• Manages and maintains automated cataloging and classification through a national database.
• Works with other librarians on system-wide projects.
• Performs necessary tasks for assuring security, proper protection, care and presentation of library’ materials, and presentation of library’ materials.
• In the absence of the Head Law Librarian, maintains the day-to-day library operations; and
• Performs related duties as required.
Job Competencies: All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following areas:
Ethics and Values: Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Trial Court and Trial Court Law Libraries as demonstrated in the American Association of Law Libraries.
Mission: Understands, upholds, and communicates the missions of the Trial Court and the Trial Court Law Libraries.
Applied Knowledge: Demonstrates the core competencies and specialized competencies in the areas of library management; reference, research and client services; information technology; collection development, cataloging and teaching as outlined in the AALL Competencies of Law Librarianship.
Customer Service: Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner towards both Trial Court employees and the public whether in person, on the telephone or in an electronic environment.
Commitment to Diversity: Promotes an environment of diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
Continuous Learning: Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development and actively pursues continuing education.
Minimum Requirements: Minimum Requirements: These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for a position of Circuit Law Librarian:
• Master’s Degree in Library Science or Law Degree from an accredited library school and 1 full year of full-time experience in a professional capacity in a law library; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered for meeting the minimum qualifications.
• Preferred Qualifications: MLS, MLIS, or JD and some library and legal research experience;
• Knowledge of theory, principles and practices of library science and law library administration, including current methods and procedures in such areas as collection development, cataloging and legal research and reference;
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively and respectfully with people;
• Ability to work with judges, attorneys, court personnel;
• Ability to use computer applications such as MS Office spreadsheets, text editing and publisher programs;
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written form;
• Ability to reach with hands and arms, bend, crouch, lift materials weighing up to 30 pounds, and climb stairs; and
• Ability to travel within the Commonwealth and work at other Trial Court Law Library locations when necessary.
eResources Coordinator & Licensing Specialist, Harvard Library
The Harvard Library is currently seeking applications for eResources Coordinator & Licensing Specialist, Harvard Library. Please share with candidates you think may be interested!
As a member of the E-Resources Unit, the incumbent will focus on negotiating and developing licenses to support emerging needs, and manage electronic resource collections sponsored by multiple departments. This position also provides advice and consultation for library staff negotiating licenses in individual libraries across Harvard, and provides financial oversight for e-resource acquisitions, valued at approximately $8.1 million. They will actively work across departmental lines in an environment where collaboration, innovative thinking, customer service, fostering an inclusive environment, and creative problem solving are all highly valued.
The position will be based on our campus in Cambridge, MA, however there may be the opportunity for a flexible or hybrid work model compliant with Harvard University work policies.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by May 8, 2023. To learn more or to apply please visit Harvard Careers:
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Salary Range (Grade 57): https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges Typically, a new hire can expect a starting salary somewhere in the lower part of the range. The amount will vary based on the position and the candidate’s relevant experience.
Legal Information Specialist – Robinson & Cole
Robinson & Cole LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm, is seeking a full-time highly skilled Legal Information Specialist. The Legal Information Specialist is a member of a team supporting the Information Resource Center (IRC). This role includes the following responsibilities and tasks: conducting legal research, assisting in the day-to-day operations of the department, as well as developing, implementing, and supporting legal research technology. This full-time position is based in Hartford Connecticut, Stamford Connecticut or New York City, with some travel to other offices.
- Conduct in-depth legal research on requests covering all practice areas of the firm using electronic and print sources.
- Maintain information resources both online and in print. This responsibility may include evaluating, maintaining, and sharing these resources.
- Help maintain the IRC intranet and other technology tools.
- Assist in training IRC clients in the use of technology.
- Order materials and maintain invoice and subscription records for the budget process.
- Handle occasional large-scale research projects involving multiple vendors, staff members and resources.
- Assist in maintenance of physical library, including retrieval and in-office delivery of books.
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- Operational Excellence – Strives for operational excellence; adopts best practices and lessons learned from within and outside the organization. Integrates efficiencies and principles of continuous improvement within sphere of influence. Continuously strives to improve service, work process, and deliver value added solutions.
- Client/Customer Focus – Strong service orientation. Looks for ways to increase client service and satisfaction and provide value beyond expectations.
- Decision Making – Can quickly diagnose a problem and bring appropriate resources forward. Makes sound and timely decisions, considers risks, benefits, alternatives, stakeholder perspectives, organizational impact, and alignment to overall goals. Evaluates and weighs alternatives before acting; includes appropriate people in the decision-making process.
- Detail Oriented – Achieve thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved. Demonstrate commitment to quality; produce accurate, thorough work in a timely manner. Provide accurate, consistent information in a useable form. Follow policies and procedures.
Experience working in an information management and/or library setting. Demonstrates excellent communication, writing and organizational skills, and working knowledge of Microsoft and other standard office technology applications.
A graduate degree in library or information science preferred, or the equivalent experience in legal information services settings, or the equivalent in experience and knowledge of legal information systems and research.
To be considered for this position, click HERE to apply.
Sr. Research and Reference Specialist – Wilmer Hale
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WilmerHale is a leading, full-service international law firm with 1,000 lawyers located throughout 12 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Our lawyers work at the intersection of government, technology, and business, and we remain committed to our guiding principles of providing quality, excellent legal and client services; developing diversity among our lawyers and staff and cultivating an environment that promotes an ambitious spirit, collaboration, and collegiality by drawing on the extraordinary talents and dynamic experience of our lawyers. Our goal is to reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities in which we practice.
Provides expert research and reference assistance in support of the various legal and administrative departments throughout the firm. Assists in regular outreach to the practice by providing training, consultative support, and informational updates in the areas of print and electronic research. Works with Director and Managers on IS Library and Research Services projects.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Works with the Manager, Research & Reference Services to design, deliver and evolve a robust, value-added research function to the Firm.
- Provides expert research and reference assistance to attorneys in all practice areas in a timely and effective manner using various print and electronic resources. Where applicable, provides in-depth analysis and summarization of results. Bills time to client/matters as appropriate.
- Provides consultative research and reference support advising lawyers on the optimal strategy and source selection to obtain most authoritative and cost-effective results. Bills time to client/matters as appropriate.
- Provides consultative research support advising lawyers on the optimal strategy and approach to research analysis.
- Provides expert reference assistance to support the functions of the various administrative departments of the firm including, but not limited to, Business Development and New Business/Conflicts.
- Assists in the development of new research and reference offerings and outreach, including but not limited to, bulletins, department and practice group presentations, and direct client services.
- Mentors and trains more junior staff to provide expert research and reference support.
- Provides reference desk coverage as assigned and follows internal procedures for the handling of requests as set by the Director and Research & Reference Services Manager.
- Maintains expert working knowledge of the library collections, online database resources, interlibrary loan availability, document delivery, and other resources as appropriate. Demonstrates an expert level of proficiency in primary database usage, search strategy and syntax, and licensing restrictions.
- Participates in resource evaluation projects including pilots of new services, comparisons of resources, and preparation of related evaluative memos.
- Assigned to focus on particular areas of the practice, administrative departments, subject or topic areas as required by the Research & Reference Services Manager, to meet the needs of the Firm.
- Works with Research & Reference Services Manager to assist in the preparation of and/or delivery of relevant orientation and training programs. Assist in the gathering of materials and drafting or editing of handouts to support the program.
- Works with Research & Reference Services Manager to support the development and maintenance of intranet reference collections. Assists with link checking, collection development, and integration of subject-specific resources into larger firm portal.
- Assists Technical Services Manager in developing both the paper and electronic resources collections. Aids Manager in the evaluation of new and existing research tools and makes recommendations for purchase, renewal, or resources.
- Works with Director, and Managers on departmental projects and initiatives as requested.
- Contributes to the firm’s Service Excellence initiative to consistently improve its image internally and externally. Displays professionalism, quality service and a “can do” attitude to internal members/departments of the firm as well as external clients and vendors via electronic and print correspondence, over the telephone and in-person.
Your Qualifications/What You Will Bring
- Expert knowledge of print and digital legal and business resources and research techniques. Advanced knowledge of legal and business electronic resources and databases, and in research and retrieval strategies. Expertise in legislative, statutory and regulatory research, particularly in preparation of legislative and regulatory histories, highly desirable.
- Ability to work quickly, and with great attention to detail.
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- MLS, MLIS, J.D., or equivalent required.
- 5 years of reference and research experience required.
- Experience in a large law firm or comparable environment, preferred.
Upon joining the firm new hires will go through our onboarding program and be paired with a staff mentor to help them acclimate to the firm. Additionally, there will be opportunities for new employees to take advantage of training and development, public service, and diversity and inclusion programs.
WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.
Legal Information Librarian – Boston College
The Legal Information Librarian participates as a member of the Teaching & Research (T&R) team. T&R plays an essential role in providing research instruction and support to Boston College Law School students, faculty, and staff. Legal Information Librarians teach popular for-credit legal research courses and offer additional instruction to ensure students have the necessary skills to be successful legal practitioners. The Legal Information Librarian also provides individualized support for faculty scholarship and classroom instruction. T&R operates as a self-managed team that promotes an atmosphere of teamwork, strategic action, respect, integrity, self-directed work, collegiality, and excellence.
- Teach legal research to law students through for-credit research courses, guest lectures in other law school courses, and library-sponsored research workshops
- Provide research and reference support to the Boston College Law School community.
- Serve as liaison to assigned faculty members providing support for scholarship.
- Contribute to the development of new library services and programs.
- Engage in outreach activities to promote engagement within the law school community.
- Identify and evaluate new resources as well as participate in collection development decisions.
- Serve on library, law school, and other relevant committees.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Department: 056601 – Law Library
Position: 00007479 – Legal Information Librarian
Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $76,300 to $95,350; salary commensurate with relevant experience.
- J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
- M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited institution.
- Experience conducting legal research and providing reference support.
- Experience teaching legal research courses or providing research training.
- Demonstrated success working as part of a team to solve problems, learn new skills, and support each other’s work.
- Interest in curriculum development, teaching, and assessment.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent time management skills.
- Commitment to providing a high level of customer service.
- A demonstrated ability to work flexibly with faculty, students, staff, and a diverse community.
- A commitment to an inclusive learning environment.
- Coverage of one evening shift may be required during the academic year.
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