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  • 07 Oct 2015 2:45 PM | Anonymous member

    Briggs and Morgan Job Opening

    Manager of Research Services


    Responsible for managing all aspects of Research Services including attorney research training, staff supervision and development, budget management, collection development, legal research, space planning, vendor relations, evaluation of traditional and online resources, client and competitor awareness, library technical services and procedures.


    Job Responsibilities:

    -         Provide sophisticated in-depth legal and non-legal research, using print and online resources, to support the practices of the firm.

    ·         Provide quick-answer reference services and current awareness services to attorneys, paralegals and staff.

    ·         Design and deliver training in online and print resources to attorneys and paralegals; coordinate with vendors/trainers and attorneys for specialized online training sessions.

    ·         Manage library orientation for new attorneys and paralegals, including Summer Associates.

    ·         Formulate policies and procedures that insure the effective and balanced delivery of library services and resources to all firm personnel.

    ·         Establish collection development and retention policies for all library products, including the acquisition of print and non-print resources.  Monitor and approve print and electronic resource expenses.

    ·         Evaluate potential research products and emerging information technologies; oversee the selection and implementation to support the delivery of library services and products.

    ·         Serve as primary liaison with vendors; negotiates appropriate pricing strategies and contracts for terms that will benefit the firm; maintains vendor relationships.     

    ·         Partner with Marketing Department to provide competitive intelligence/company information on clients or potential clients.

    ·         Hire, supervise, evaluate and develop library personnel.

    ·         Prepare an annual budget; monitor research costs and recovery; prepare reports; oversee coding and processing of Research Services invoices and reconciliation of statements; review reports for budget variances and prepare justifications when necessary.  Approve and process invoices and purchase requests. 

    ·         Enforce copyright compliance policy and modify when necessary to meet current legal specifications.

    ·         Maintain a proficiency in research techniques and perform research services.  Provide back-up for library staff positions as necessary.


    ·         Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited institution.

    ·         A  minimum of six years of progressively responsible library experience, including experience in a supervisory or leadership role.

    ·         Knowledge of library administration to effectively manage library functions and personnel for optimum operation.

    ·         Experience in a mid to large- size law firm is preferred.

    ·         Significant experience searching Westlaw, CCH, RIA, D&B, Accurint, internet, public records and other databases to competently research in the firm’s practice areas; strong problem-solving and analytical skills need to gather information and determine appropriate research approach.

    ·         Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to lead people and projects, and the ability to deal effectively with differing opinions and personalities.

    ·         Possess strong service orientation, ability to work independently, multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

    ·         Proficient skill level in computer applications (Microsoft WORD, Excel, Power Point, SharePoint Portal).

    About Briggs and Morgan

    • Briggs and Morgan Professional Association, is a trusted name in business law and litigation services.  The firm has more than 150 attorneys committed to providing superior client service and sound legal counsel to clients nationwide.  For more information, visit



    Ellen Drasin

    Director of Human Resources

    Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

    2200 IDS Center

    80 South 8th Street

    Minneapolis, MN 55402


  • 08 Sep 2015 1:37 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello Colleagues,

    Thomson Reuters is sponsoring a table at the Unsung Heroes luncheon on Thursday, September 10.  In honor of the three Government librarians being honored for their service, we would like to provide some seats at our table to the first Government librarians who are able to commit to attending, at no cost to you.  Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you would like to attend and if so, if you have any dietary restrictions.  I need to submit our list of table participants by the end of the day today.  (Sorry for the late notice, I didn't know one had to post via the web site rather than Outlook.)

    Thank you and I hope you can join us!


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    Lori Hedstrom

    National Manager, Librarian Relations

    Thomson Reuters

    Phone: 651 687-5891

    Cell: 651 233-0507

  • 14 Aug 2015 2:34 PM | Anonymous member

    Hennepin County Law Library (HCLL) is seeking a Senior Department Administrator to implement the new strategic plan and provide visionary leadership that ensures the delivery of library services in a manner that will effectively meet patron needs and ensure efficient library operations. The Senior Department Administrator reports to the Hennepin County Library Director.

    The HCLL mission states: "In support of access to justice, the Hennepin County Law Library ensures access to the body of law and legal materials for all."

  • 23 Apr 2015 8:33 AM | Anonymous member

    Research Librarian

    Great opportunity for an experienced Research Librarian to join a prominent, 150+ lawyer law firm headquartered in downtown Minneapolis.  This position provides reference and research services, cataloging and print collection maintenance.


    ·                     Provides sophisticated in-depth legal and non-legal research using print and online resources to support the practices of the firm.

    ·                     Manages library catalog for print and online resources.  Catalogs new materials, maintains and updates library online catalog in EOS.

    ·                     Demonstrates and maintains knowledge of automated research resources and systems (Westlaw, Lexis, Internet, etc.).

    ·                     Initiates/assists in the purchase and renewal of new library materials (assesses needs; makes recommendations).

    ·                     Develops and maintains a general knowledge of outside public and private collections and coordinates requests via the interlibrary loan network.

    ·                     Provides quick answer reference services and current awareness services to all firm employees.

    ·                     Assists in maintaining and updating the EOS library management system and the Sharepoint library portal page.

    ·                     Manages passwords for library systems; administers password lists.

    ·                     Contributes to department's strategic planning and policy formulation.

    ·                     Maintains firm history collection. Determines criteria for acceptance of incoming materials.  Develops system for cataloguing existing history collection and its catalog records.

    ·                     Assists with planning of future library space needs. Maintains, shifts and discards physical shelf collections.

    ·                     Manages the Library in the Research Services Manager's absence, performing manager's responsibilities.


    ·                     BA Degree or equivalent in Library Science.

    ·                     Five years Library reference experience. Law firm experience strongly preferred.

    ·                     Cataloging experience and knowledge of EOS system preferred.

    ·                     Proficient skill level in computer applications necessary to recommend and implement new software and systems.

    ·                     Experience searching online databases, preferably legal and business specific (Westlaw, Lexus, CCH, RIA, etc). 

    ·                     Strong problem solving and analytical skills needed to gather information and determine appropriate research approach.

    ·                     Possess strong service orientation, ability to work independently, multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.

    ·                     Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

    ·                     Must be able to work with confidential issues in a professional manner.

    Please submit resume and salary requirements to

    About Briggs and Morgan

    Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, is a trusted name in business law and litigation services. With offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, the firm has more than 150 lawyers committed to providing superior client service and sound legal counsel to clients nationwide. Briggs and Morgan ranks among The NLJ 250 as one of the nation’s largest firms and has received numerous accolades, including recognition by Corporate Counsel and top clients as a “Go-To Law Firm®” in the areas of litigation, corporate transactions, corporate governance, and labor and employment. The firm and its attorneys have also been selected for publication in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. Briggs is a founding member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, and serves as the exclusive member firm for Minnesota. For more information, visit


  • 16 Apr 2015 2:26 PM | Deleted user

    MALL's Spring Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 20th at the University of Minnesota Law School.  Enjoy breakfast, keynotes, educational sessions, lunch, history lessons, and cake. 

    Registrations forms and more formal details to follow soon.

    Contact Todd Fenton with questions 612.626.4236 or

  • 13 Apr 2015 11:05 AM | Anonymous member

    This sounds like a fun adventure with a freedom of information twist: The Night Library, Mill Ruins Park, June 13/14.

  • 13 Apr 2015 11:01 AM | Anonymous member

    Read this great Q&A about the Library with former MALL member Brenda Wolfe: 

    Three Qs: County's Law library is a valuable asset for legal DIY-ers

  • 25 Feb 2015 10:19 AM | Anonymous member

    MALL will hold its winter education and business meeting on Wednesday, March 25, at the Minnesota State Law Library, Room G25, Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in St. Paul. Anne Rogers of Cargill will speak to us about ways that knowledge management has become part of the mission of today's libraries. Watch for more details and registration materials.

  • 13 Feb 2015 1:10 PM | Anonymous member

    This news will impact our MALL community, as two of our local law schools become one: ‘A bold move’: Mitchell and Hamline to merge.

  • 19 Dec 2014 4:29 PM | Anonymous member

    Janelle Beitz has another great article on the RIPS Law Librarian blog. This time she looks at creative ways to foster communication with law school students. Those folks at William Mitchell are leading the pack again, this time with some "high touch" touches in an increasingly virtual world.

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