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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Library Director, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (NY)

Library Director, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP – NY

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP seeks The Director, Library Services to be responsible for the development and implementation of library strategies, policies and procedures for delivering services, providing legal information recources, training on systems and procedures, and maintaining a welcoming environment in support of the mission and goals of the Firm’s library services.  This role provides leadership and management of the Acquisitions, Reference and Technical Services team.


  • Implement, evaluate, and develop strategic plans in support of the Firm’s goals and objectives
  • Evaluate, develop and implement policies and procedures ensuring infomation resources are responsive to client needs and in alignment with the Firm’s policies
  • Direct, and coordinate work flow, monitor duties and responsibilites, establish goals and supervise day-to-day activities of Library personnel
  • Evaulate and select tools for organizing the Library’s content and materials, including library automation systems and database
  • Recruit, develop and manage library personnel; conduct annual performance evaluations
  • Develop programs, manuals and guides for training library team and clients in the use of the library resources, new technology, aquiring and circulating resources and compliance
  • Partner with directors, administrative departments and Information Technology on efficient deliverables of centralized services
  • Direct and control expenditures, prepare, and analyze reports and reconcile departmental budget
  • Select and renew resources for responding to requests for information with a particular focus on resource format, content and accessibility
  • Negotiate renewal contracts and service agreements
  • Plan and evaluate space and facility needs
  • Plan and conduct staff meetings, identify potential service needs and assess questions of redundancy, technical compatibility, current processes and new products
  • Survey the market and stay informed of the latest trends and “best practices” in the industry; improve knowledge of automated technologies and evaluate new products and services
  • Perform related work as required

Required Skills

  • 8 plus years relevant experience; minimum 5 years of managerial or adminstrative experience
  • Experience using automated library systems and providing services in a networked law library
  • Knowledge of computers, the internet and commercially available library software
  • Knowledge of legal research rescources including Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Law, Lex Machina, Thomson One, Hoover’s, D&B, and the various SEC filings search
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form
  • Ability to assess needs, assign priorities, set goals and objectives, develop strategies, evaulate outcomes and make recommendations
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work activities and work independently in a high pressure environment
  • Strong problem solving and interpersonal skills, with ability to resolve issues effectively and confidentially and bring projects to completion
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships across all levels of the organization
  • Ability to think analytically and to develop new revised systems, procedures and work flow
  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment
  • Ability to make administrative decisions, interpret polices, supervise and counsel staff
  • Demonstrated experience effectively directing, organizing, staffing, budgeting, and evaulating library operation

Preferred Skills

  • Demonstrated interest in professional development through attending workshops and conferences

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS)

Preferred Education

  • MLS degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited school preferred
  • Knowledge using Westlaw, Lexis, the Internet and other electronic resources for legal and non-legal research


To Apply:  Qualified and interested candidates must submit a resume with cover letter, including salary requirements by applying directly to this posting.  If available, also attach your resume in MS Word format

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