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Schiff Hardin LLP – Research and Interlibrary Loan Librarian

Position Description

We are seeking a Research and Interlibrary Loan Librarian to provide research services involving legal, business, and general information sources to attorneys, paralegals and staff using a variety of print and electronic research tools. Reporting to the Administrative & Sr. Research Librarian, primary responsibilities will include:

Consulting with attorneys and paralegals on research requests; identifying relevant materials from Library collection, materials available from other libraries, materials/services from the internet, vendors (document retrieval services, commercial research services, and independent information brokers), and databases; outlining alternatives and estimating costs; insuring that projects are completed as requested, on schedule, and within cost parameters;

Participating in the Virtual Reference Desk coverage handling incoming email and telephone requests from all offices; maintaining expertise in search methodology on the Internet, Lexis, Westlaw and other databases used by the Research Librarians; participating in regular training by vendor representatives;

Performing online research in all online sources of legal and business information including the internet, ProQuest Dialog, Lexis, Westlaw, CCH Cheetah and others;

Serving as the primary point of contact for interlibrary loans, including obtaining and delivering medical and technical articles from online sources or through document delivery services; collecting and maintaining statistics for document delivery / interlibrary loan operation on a monthly basis;

Maintaining familiarity with and performing library administrative tasks, such as processing books for the catalog, processing library mail for distribution to attorneys, shelving books and periodicals, and filing loose-leaf services and periodicals;

Performing parent company searches on business entities and compiling enhanced due diligence reports (NCIs) on new clients as part of the New Business Intake Process;

Assisting with business development research in an overflow capacity;

Attending professional meetings and seminars for law librarians and business information specialists; keeping abreast of new developments in information management and information resources, especially with regard to methods of improving Library operations and services to attorneys.


The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in Library Science Degree and 1 – 3 years’ experience in a law firm / similar environment. Advanced computer skills are required, along with the desire to constantly improve those skills.  Excellent communication skills, both in person and on the telephone are imperative.  Individual must use good judgment and be flexible enough to handle a variety of requests in a timely and courteous manner.  Individual must be cooperative and self-motivated.  Position requires the use of manual and computer sources to answer questions.  Use of the Library collection requires the ability to access materials on high and low shelves and in storage cabinets.  Job requires occasional trips to other libraries in the city to do research.

The above descriptions are not intended to be an “all-inclusive list” of the duties and responsibilities of the position described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the position.

Applicants are to apply directly online through the Firm’s web site: https://www.schiffhardin.com/

Schiff Hardin is committed to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace. We maintain a policy of considering all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, citizenship status, order of protection status, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, source of income, military or veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Vets/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.



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