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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

F/T - Reference Librarian - Latham and Watkins (NYC)

Reference Librarian
Latham & Watkins
New York City 

Latham & Watkins, a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world, is currently seeking a Reference Librarian to join our winning team, located in New York. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation and collaboration.

The Reference Librarian will receive a generous total compensation package. Bonuses are awarded in recognition of individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham’s comprehensive benefit program including healthcare, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401k plan, and more! In addition, employees receive 10 paid holidays per year, and a PTO program that accrues 23 days during the first year of employment and grows with tenure.

As a Reference Librarian at Latham, you will provide reference services involving legal, business, and general information sources to attorneys, paralegals, and staff using a variety of databases and research tools while accomplishing these and other critical functions:

  • Conducts domestic and international legal and non-legal research utilizing appropriate database and research tools and directs Attorneys to appropriate sources.
  • Participates in creating and managing library digital collections and promotes access to online materials.
  • Reviews diverse sources of information for currency, reliability, relevance, and cost effectiveness, then chooses the best sources for answering research requests.
  • Compiles and organizes information obtained in research projects into a coherent, focused collection of information, accompanied by explanatory notes if relevant, so that the material is readily understandable to the user.
  • Maintains familiarity with the library’s own information resources, in particular its catalog, circulation, acquisitions, and routing systems.
  • Maintains awareness of current developments on legal news and information services, specifically with developments regarding Lexis, Westlaw, the Internet, business databases, and specialty databases relevant to the office’s practice areas.
  • Performs cite-checking: analyzes and verifies legal citations in memoranda and pleadings using Lexis or Westlaw, and the Blue Book or other citation authority.
  • Performs other library administrative and technical services tasks as needed.
As a Reference Librarian, you will be expected to apply your organizational and communication skills while displaying a positive, high-energy attitude. The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science with a minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience as a research or corporate librarian. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of digital legal and database research systems and print reference sources in legal and business areas. Well-developed and professional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with people at all organizational levels of the firm. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by clicking the Apply Now link.

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