Barnes & Thornburg is seeking an experienced Director of Library Services to join our team. This position can be located in any of our offices. Responsibilities include managing all aspects of reference and technical services for the library, including the training and instruction of efficient research techniques and budget management. This position requires a forward thinking approach to library services and the ability to work collaboratively as part of the team on firm-wide issues and projects.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Designs, implements and oversees firm wide library systems including collection development, acquisitions, reference and research, interlibrary loan, catalog, circulation, password management, serials control and distribution of current information to attorneys.
2. Directs the training of library personnel in computer-assisted legal research, library software and other library services as required by the firm.
3. Prepares budget proposals and makes recommendations to firm management concerning adequate fiscal support levels. Establishes and maintains financial controls over library expenditures. Designs and maintains regular reports concerning library expenses. Reviews and approves library invoices for payment.
4. Evaluates the needs of the library by analyzing trends in the type of materials requested and cases undertaken by the firm. Ensures materials in the library address these needs. Reviews new products and services offered by vendors to determine possible usefulness to the firm. Reviews current subscriptions regularly for possible cancellations and weeding from the collection.
5. Delegates to others in the library various types of legal and business information research in response to requests from attorneys and staff. Compiles bibliographies on assigned topics and locates statutes, regulations, cases and other materials as needed.
6. Downloads and processes the Lexis, Westlaw, Access Indiana, CivicNet, CourtLink, and File & ServeExpress chargebacks for Accounting on a monthly basis. Oversees downloading and processing of Pacer research charges. Develops and maintains reports to monitor these charges and to review computerized research usage to identify training needs and possible changes in the services provided.
7. Oversees the updating of in-house version of current Indiana Environmental Regulations as requested by Environmental Law Department and the distribution on a monthly basis.
8. Assists firm management in space planning and long range planning efforts that involve library collections, staff levels and equipment. Shifts library collections as needed.
9. Meets with vendors and negotiates new and continuing contracts for electronic services to best meet the research needs of the firm.
10. Oversees and provides traditional research and reference services including user orientation to information resources, database searches, and identification of new reference sources of use to legal researchers within the firm. Sets up CourtLink Alerts for business development purposes as requested by attorneys and Marketing Department.
11. Provides research seminars for legal staff members upon request.
12. Markets library services and collections to legal staff. Supervises the development and production of the library newsletter.
13. Maintains active membership and contributes to local and national professional organizations. Serves as a firm and community resource for legal bibliography and law library information.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
1. Knowledge of library systems as normally acquired through a Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA accredited school.
2. At least five years of progressively responsible work experience with legal service organizations in order to gain knowledge of legal bibliography, legal research and law library procedures.
3. Knowledge and familiarity with database searching and using Lexis, Westlaw and other electronic resources for research.
4. Interpersonal and communications skills in order to communicate with a diverse group of attorneys and staff and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact.
5. Managerial and supervisory skills necessary in order to organize, coordinate and supervise a staff of 1 professional and 5 library assistants in a multi-office firm.
6. Work occasionally requires a high level of mental effort and strain when performing essential duties and handling multiple requests in a timely and efficient manner.
7. Ability to operate a variety of standard office equipment including a computer, copier and multifunction device. Must be able to push and pull carts of books, periodicals and packages weighing up to 30 pounds and be able to retrieve and replace objects from shelves of up to 8 feet high.
8. Work occasionally requires more than 40 hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position.
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Barnes & Thornburg LLP is a national, full-service law firm representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial growth companies. With more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg LLP is one of the largest law firms in the country. We are a national full-service firm serving clie...nts in more than 50 dedicated practice and industry areas from 13 offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Delaware, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio and Washington, D.C.