Head Librarian; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp; Los Angeles

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp is a mid-sized law firm with its main office in Los Angeles and branch offices in New York City and Washington DC. The Firm practices business law with an emphasis on Complex Litigation, Intellectual Property & Technology, Immigration, Labor & Employment, Entertainment, Tax, Benefits, Corporate Business Transaction, and Wealth Management. We are seeking a Head Librarian to join our Los Angeles office and lead the firm into the next generation of library service and resources.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

The Head Librarian oversees information services and legal reference, (research and analysis, library Intranet pages), department operations (development and execution of the library, budget, contract negotiation and analysis, space planning ) and staff supervision (hiring , development, evaluation of two staff members).

  • Provides research to attorneys and staff.
  • Assists in location of specific material including but not limited to case law, statutory law, regulations, legislative history, secondary sources, directories, periodicals and business information.
  • Trains attorneys and staff in use of online and print library materials.
  • Conducts online research using multiple resources including but not limited to Lexis, Practical Law, PACER, Intelliconnect, Court Link, Court Wire, Bloomberg BNA.
  • Provides current awareness services on specific subjects as requested by attorneys and staff.
  • Provides direct research service to clients as requested by attorneys.
  • Facilitates orientation of new attorneys and staff into Firm library procedures, services and resources.
  • Maintains ongoing professional development through review of legal and library publications, attending professional association seminars and meetings, receiving regular training from vendors.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master of Library Science preferred; Bachelor’s degree and equivalent work experience are required
  • Thorough understanding of computer-assisted research concepts and demonstrated facility in legal, business and public records research and familiarity with major resources.
  • Working knowledge of the U.S. legal system and related legal materials
  • Understanding of federal and state legislative processes
  • Strong administrative skills such as contract and license negotiation and analysis, budgeting and bookkeeping, library records systems development and management
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Extensive knowledge of legal and non-legal resources
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to use online services
  • Ability to set priorities and lead the team.

Apply:

Send resume with cover letter and salary requirement to staffrecruits@msk.com.

EOE

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