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Nixon Peabody – Firmwide Research Librarian

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Job Description:We are seeking an experienced Firmwide Research Librarian to conduct comprehensive legal research on complex fact patterns and legal issues.

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.

Office:         San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Rochester, New York City, Boston, or Washington D.C.


  • Provide in-depth legal and business research services to attorneys and staff in a wide variety of practice areas using both print and online resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle complex litigation research, including finding cases and secondary materials related to specific fact patterns in a wide variety of jurisdictions.
  • Gather, analyze, synthesize and present a summary of relevant, well targeted research findings to attorneys and staff to facilitate decision making and business planning.
  • As part of the Library & Research Services Team, collaborate and coordinate with library staff in other geographies to provide seamless research service for attorneys in all firm locations. In particular, focus on providing backup during times of Library staff absences in other offices so as to maintain adequate coverage.
  • Assist with managing workflow across all offices to insure balanced workload, coordination and prioritization of requests to meet attorneys, staff and client needs.
  • Actively engages in innovation and Library outreach, training and orientation programs. Present research training programs for attorneys and staff through a variety of formats including in person sessions at attorney meetings and web enabled training.
  • Establish relationships with attorneys to improve, expand and market the range of available information sources and services.
  • Take part in special projects as requested by the Director of Library & Research Services, including evaluation of new information resources.
  • Continue professional development through various firm and association sponsored activities.

Job Requirements:

  • Masters of Library Science required.
  • 3-5 years professional library related experience in a legal setting conducting in-depth research.
  • Superior knowledge of complex research in multiple practice areas and jurisdictions.
  • Solid proficiency in the use of both print and online resources.
  • Highly developed analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Proven ability to be well organized, work quickly with great attention to detail, and prioritize and manage multiple time sensitive and diverse projects.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing superior quality client service.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and collaboratively within and across departments and with all levels of personnel and to succeed in a teamwork environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including advanced presentation skills.

Nixon Peabody 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.

Posted 1/16/2019


Goulston Storrs – Competitive Intelligence Analyst


Reporting to the Manager of Research Services, and working as a member of the Knowledge Services team, the Competitive Intelligence (CI) Analyst 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. The CI Analyst participates in the firm’s educational initiatives by providing training, orientation and consultative services and proactively monitors the legal industry and contributes ideas and solutions to further the goals of Knowledge Services and the firm.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Provides business development and competitive intelligence research in support of the firm’s marketing and client development work.
  • Provides expert research services for the firm’s attorneys and staff in a timely, accurate, and efficient manner.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of all research and knowledge resources; develops and maintains proficiency using electronic resources and databases in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • In conjunction with the Manager of Research Services, implements and maintains news, litigation, and current awareness monitoring.
  • Develops training programs and materials on research sources and legal research techniques and strategies.
  • In conjunction with the Knowledge Services team, participates in the identification, development, evaluation, and implementation of research and intelligence resources.
  • Markets research services and current awareness tools through orientations and promotional efforts in cooperation with members of the Knowledge Services team.
  • Continues to develop skills, knowledge and ability to improve processes and procedures and to keep updated on trends and developments in the industry.
  • All other duties as assigned or required.

Core Competencies and Qualifications

  • 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 patron needs and to develop responsive solutions.
  • Ability to prioritize work, multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work collegially in a fast-paced, intellectually stimulating team environment with a strong commitment to service.
  • Expertise in utilizing various legal and business electronic platforms such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, PACER, CCH Cheetah, among others.
  • After orientation, exhibit proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Outlook, NetDocs, and other firm applications and software.


  • 3-5 years legal research experience / legal knowledge management in a law firm, law school or professional services setting.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.  MS in Library Science, MS in Information Science, or JD preferred.

Goulston & Storrs provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, handicap, disability or veteran status in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. In addition, Goulston & Storrs complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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Posted 1/9/2019


State Library of Massachusetts – Head of Reference and Information Service

The State Library of Massachusetts seeks an innovative and collaborative Head of Reference and Information Services to provide leadership and strategic direction for the Reference and information Services Department. Oversee the planning, developing and implementing the departmental goals; manage day to day operation and staff supervision; coordinate outreach initiatives; manage print and digital collections; and lead library-wide projects. Collaborate and partner with area institutions. Participate in the Library management team.

An ALA-accredited library master’s degree, at least five years of supervisory/administrative experience; knowledge of reference resources in law, government documents, and legislative research; demonstrated understanding of current trends and issues in providing a high caliber of library resources and services; and strong interpersonal skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. The Head of Reference and Information Resources reports to the State Librarian.

Provide leadership and strategic direction of the library’s reference and information services department.
Engage staff in collaborative planning and delivery of user-centered services and outreach efforts.
Coordinate initiatives that transform collection strategies to include digital and print resources.
Coordinate the creation, maintenance and management of digital and born digital collections.
Lead initiatives and coordinate library-wide projects.
Participate in a team based environment as required to facilitate improving, evaluating, and promoting overall resources and service initiatives.
Develop metrics for successes and analyze trends to continually evaluate services and their impact.
Formulate, revise, and implement policies, best practices, and procedures necessary to support a wide variety of information delivery services.
Work creatively, collaboratively and effectively to promote a team based environment and manage multiple tasks concurrently.
Assist in the identification and writing of grant proposals to fund new library initiatives.
Work collaboratively with the Library Management Team to implement policies and initiatives; set priorities; and project management.
Perform other related duties as assigned or required to meet library goals and objectives.

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Position is open until filled.


Posted 1/4/2019


Ropes & Gray – Technical Services Librarian


Working independently and under the direction of the Manager of Library Services, this position substantively contributes to the Library’s Technical Services/Electronic Services team in the core areas of acquisitions, financial recordkeeping, collection management, cost control and reporting, contract negotiation, cataloging, and resource access.  Will expertly utilize all facets and functions of the integrated library system and address any problems with the system with the appropriate internal and external personnel.


  • Manage vendor relationships for both print and electronic resources; place and track orders and record receipts; coordinate desk copy program, with support from Technical Services staff;  assist in formulating annual desk copy policies; contact users for information on billable expenditures; track expenditures for budgeting purposes; resolve issues with vendors, including returns and refunds.
  • Review vendor proposals and participate in contract negotiations. Make recommendations for proposal terms in keeping with the needs of the firm’s users and cost-control efforts.
  • Collaborate with research staff and management on collection management. Lead collection management projects in all domestic and international offices. Using expert knowledge of collection management principles and the firm’s stakeholders, make recommendations for improvements to organization and development.
  • Collaborate with electronic services staff and management on cataloging and resource access and arrangement on the InfoNet and mobile devices. Lead cataloging projects; maintain records. Using expert knowledge of cataloging and arrangement principles and of the firm’s user populations, make recommendations for cataloging and access improvements.
  • Make recommendations and contribute to decisions regarding cost control and cost recovery, including balancing collections and carrying out cancellations and returns and making recommendations to procedures to improve cost recovery.
  • Train Technical Services library staff on cataloging, acquisitions, and collection management. Write documentation on procedures, including instructions for staff.
  • Assist the Research Services team with reference and research appropriate to skill level.
  • To meet the financial reporting needs of administration, prepare expenditure reports and financial predictions.
  • Obtain documents through interlibrary loan and from document suppliers.
  • Perform administrative duties, including regular activity reports and billing research time.


  • M.L.S. from ALA-accredited library school required.
  • Minimum five years of law library experience required.  Minimum three years of law firm library experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in collection management and resource arrangement, acquisitions, and cataloging.
  • Demonstrated expertise in creating, using, and reporting collection, acquisitions, and cataloging data in automated library systems.


  • Ability to keep up with new materials, changes in resources and techniques, and shifts in information demands; resourcefulness in obtaining needed materials and information.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills; willingness and ability to actively contribute to project teams, as well as work alone; expected to interact frequently with attorneys, vendors, and staff.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time well.
  • Commitment to providing high-quality library service to a large group of demanding users in a fast-paced business environment.
  • Must be team-oriented and able to share information, goals, opportunities, successes and failures with the appropriate parties.
  • Ability to plan, organize and carry out multiple related activities.
  • Ability to work in a multi-office environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally and educationally diverse environment.
  • Must pay attention to details and have the ability to follow up and follow through.


Normal office environment.  Incumbent is expected to work the hours necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.

Posted 11/7/2018


Northeastern University

Senior Law Librarian

Requisition Number: STFR004937

Division/College: School of Law

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


The Law Library is a center of legal research teaching at the law school. It provides crucial resources and training to faculty, staff and students. The four Senior Law Librarians are critical to the strategic planning, development and implementation of the Law School’s educational mission. Each Senior Law Librarian’s major areas of responsibility are 1) faculty research support; 2) project management; 3) teaching and legal research instruction; 4) team management; and 5) management and operations. Each Senior Law Librarian shares the first four duties and spends thirty percent of their time on the fifth area: management and operation of a department head level specialty. The four specialties are Collection Development, User Services, Law Practice and Scholarship & Publishing Services. This opening is for the Law Practice specialty.

Under the shared faculty research support responsibility, these librarians work with faculty and administrators to support and promote faculty teaching, scholarship, and publication, including providing research assistance and training RAs and TAs. Under the shared teaching and legal research instruction responsibility, each librarian teaches upper level research courses; provides coaching and training at the InfoDesk for drop in and email research assistance Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 p.m.; and provides custom research support to students in the first year Legal Skills in Social Context program that serves clients in an innovative law office structure. The team also works closely with faculty, law school departments, clinics, institutes and centers to support community members in research, digital, and information literacy. The librarians work with the Assistant Dean for the Center for Co-op and Career Development, the Director of the Academic Success Program, the Assistant Dean and Director of Bar Admission Programs, and the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in planning and supporting student research, digital, and information literacy and to produce graduates who are reflective and well-prepared to embark upon a career of life-long learning. The Law Library provides a wide range of professional development services to assist students and recent graduates in their efforts to master experiential research skills including staffing the Library’s for-credit course offerings and other teaching and instruction; presenting informational programs and workshops; developing and offering research information online; fielding research questions and training during co-op placements; prepare for co-op appointments; and providing research assistance, coaching, and tutoring to students.

Each Senior Law Librarian manages several department-head level functions in their specialty. The Law Library has a team management structure, where the dedicated team of attorney librarians and professional staff is charged with sharing strategic legal research, digital, and information literacy skills with faculty, staff, administrators and students. In the area of management and operations for Law Practice, this Senior Law Librarian will investigate legal research in various practice settings and keep up to date on the latest trends and technologies; plan how to adjust and develop the research curriculum to prepare students for practice; investigate law practice technologies and workflow management and participate in law school community planning to better prepare students; work closely with the co-op and career office to better support students and new graduates; train other staff and faculty in these areas; and periodically review the collection and make recommendations to strengthen it based on faculty and student interests.


Candidates must have completed a J.D. degree from an accredited law school. In addition, a Master of Library or Information Science degree or substantial progress toward this degree is preferred, but we will train the right candidate. Three to five years of professional law library experience is particularly desirable, although we will train the right candidate. Teaching experience is also a plus. Given the law practice focus, some law practice experience as an attorney or law firm librarian is a plus, but not required. Since this management and operations specialty needs to be developed, an ability to investigate, create relationships with lawyers and librarians in practice, and to create recommendations and support structures at the law school are all important. We need a creator, not just a maintainer. The candidate must enjoy interacting with students, faculty and staff and possess excellent public services skills. Excellent research, reference, writing, and bibliographic skills are required. Word-processing, e-mail, basic web publishing, and basic Excel skills are also required. We need a responsible, motivated, creative team player who is also able to work independently. You must enjoy completing a variety of tasks. Some evening and weekend hours are required.

Additional Information:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

Posted 10/23/2018


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