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Latham & Watkins -Research Librarian

Research Librarian

Latham & Watkins is looking for a Research Librarian to add to their Chicago office and global research team.

To apply directly, please click here.

The Research Librarian is responsible for providing research services involving legal, business, and general information sources to attorneys, paralegals and staff using a variety of print and electronic  research tools.  He or she also performs other functions regarding library operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

“Essential duties” are those that an individual must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation.

  1. Conducts domestic and international legal and non-legal research utilizing appropriate print and electronic research tools and directs Library users to appropriate sources.
  2. Reviews diverse sources of information for currency, reliability, relevance, and cost effectiveness, then chooses the best sources for answering research requests.
  3. Compiles and organizes information obtained in research projects into a coherent, focused collection, accompanied by explanatory notes, if relevant, so that the material is readily understandable to the user.
  4. Monitors legal, business and news sources for current developments in practice areas, for clients and industries; compiles results into a concise publication for distribution to relevant groups.
  5. Provides training in print and electronic resources and research skills in a variety of settings and using diverse media.
  6. Provides orientation regarding library procedures and uses for new personnel.
  7. Maintains awareness of current developments in electronic and print research tools relevant to the Firm’s practice areas; summarizes developments and disseminates using a variety of tools to relevant groups.
  8. Maintains familiarity with library operational functions, such as serials check-in and routing, print and electronic materials processing, acquisitions, loose-leaf filing and invoice processing.
  9. Interfaces with other law firms, agencies, libraries and organizations; represents the firm in a professional manner.
  10. Completes special projects on various issues as assigned.
  1. Promotes effective work practices, works as a team member, and shows respect for co-workers.

Position Specifications


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master’s Library Science (MLS) or Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies  is preferred.
  • A Master’s degree in another specialty may be considered in lieu of the MLS or Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies.

Work Experience

  •  A minimum of three (3) years research experience in a law firm library may be substituted for the Master’s degree or Postgraduate Diploma.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of print and electronic legal and non-legal research resources.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to organize collections of materials and information.
  • Well developed and professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with people at all organizational levels of the firm.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work as a team player.  Capable of collaborating with research staff in their own and other offices and drawing on the individual skills of the members of the research team to complete all aspects of an assignment.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with the appropriate discretion.
  • Ability to manage time well, prioritize effectively, and handle multiple deadlines.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in PC applications, including MS Office, Adobe and SharePoint and other applications

Physical Demands

  • Light lifting of books and other library materials is required.

Working Conditions

All Latham & Watkins positions are in a typical indoor office environment.

The statements contained in this position description are not necessarily all-inclusive; additional duties may be assigned and requirements may vary from time to time, and from location to location.

To apply directly, please click here.

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