Research Services Librarian, Perkins Coie LLP

This position will provide support for a very busy reference desk. Duties will include research and attorney outreach, as well as management of time billing entries and cost recovery. Additional tasks supporting Collection & Digital Services or Knowledge Management may be assigned. We operate in a centralized environment to increase consistency and efficiency, while providing the same level of excellent service to attorneys and staff in all offices. The reference librarian must have excellent customer service skills with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with stakeholders, including attorneys and firm leadership. The ability to handle multiple complex research projects with minimal supervision, attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills are required.

Essential Functions: These essential functions are primary job duties that incumbents must be able to perform unassisted or with some reasonable accommodation.

Research & Analysis:

Has general knowledge of legal and business research processes and resources. Understands the legal system.

Performs entry level research with minimal supervision yet knows when to ask for help. Independently meets deadlines. Identifies and applies the most effective resources. Analyzes information and integrates relevant findings into work product.

Provides summary of research results strategy. Uses an appropriate format to create a response that is targeted, thorough, and grammatically correct.

Offers expertise and input regarding the selection, use and implementation of online research services.

Training & Outreach:

Provides training in a variety of settings and using diverse media. May also support direct outreach to attorneys or practice groups.

Utilizes current and developing technologies to aid in the delivery of information.

Solicits and incorporates feedback.

Management & Business Acumen:

Formulates personal and professional development goals.

Understands the needs and preferences of customers.

Follows firm guidelines on credit card usage and using the appropriate general ledger codes.

Participates as an active team member of departmental projects as assigned, fulfilling all project requirements.

This position may require travel.
Required Skills:
Ability to express self effectively, both orally and in writing.  Ability to establish effective working relationships throughout operational groups. Thorough familiarity with legal and non-legal sources of reference information.  Ability to perform computer-assisted legal research using standard research databases. Thorough knowledge of available resources for outside information including courts, government agencies and trade associations.  Working knowledge of common office tools, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Education & Experience:
Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program, including coursework or significant experience with legal bibliography. A minimum of one year of professional library work experience is preferred.


About Us

  • Perkins Coie understands your career is about choices, not trade-offs. We have been named one of the country’s “100 Best Places to Work For” by Fortune for nearly two decades. Our attorneys have broad and diverse backgrounds both within and outside the practice of law. By focusing on outstanding client service, superior legal work and generous pro bono and community involvement opportunities, we’re dedicated to providing an atmosphere that encourages you to pursue your definition of success–both inside and outside the office.

     We believe that diversity of thought and experience will enrich our dynamic work atmosphere. We have created a company culture that is based on collaboration, devotion to serving our clients and mutual respect. New employees are integrated into the firm through our extensive orientation, new user training and mentorship programs. We are committed to a fair and equitable workplace where each person is a valued member of the team.

    Perkins Coie is highly rated for the quality of its client service. This strength stems from two key factors: a strong emphasis on service that starts at the top of the firm and permeates throughout, and an extremely collegial culture that emphasizes collaboration in support of client needs.

    Perkins Coie is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity,  disability or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities and termination.
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