Merchant & Gould

07 Jul 2014 8:11 AM | Anonymous member


Position:          Research Services Librarian

Office:            M


Reports to:    Library Manager  

Summary of position: 

Under general supervision and according to established policies and procedures, responsible for providing complex Intellectual Property and other legal research for attorneys and clients using online and print resources, analyzing, synthesizing, and presenting information.  The librarian will also support the Marketing Department by performing marketing research services.  Observes confidentiality of client and firm matters.


1.         Provide customized research services in the area of Intellectual Property law practice.

2.         Provide business and industry background research for attorneys, clients and the firm.

a.  patent and trademark portfolios

b.  personnel intel

c.  IP Monitor Reports

d.  competitor intelligence

3.         Handle investigative research to locate witnesses and expert witnesses and perform skip-tracing searches.

4.         Assist attorneys and paralegals with legal research using print, online and subscription products.

5.         Perform cataloging, shared document delivery and filing tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

          B.A. degree in Informational Management or advanced degree in Library Science desired.

              Five years of research experience and law firm experience strongly preferred.

           Knowledge of research tools such as Lexis, Lexis Advance, Hoovers, ProQuest, PACER, Accurint, Courtlink, CCH Intelliconnect, Thomson Innovation, Orbit, TotalPatent, Saegis, WestMonitor.

           Understanding of library policies and procedures in order to maintain on-site operations as well as utilize the resources of local libraries.

           Strong interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills in order to communicate and follow instructions effectively from a diverse group of attorneys and staff and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact.

           Work occasionally requires a high level of mental effort and strain when     answering a high volume of requests for information and performing other essential duties.

           Ability to retrieve and distribute print volumes, push and pull carts of books or      packages weighing up to 20 pounds and ability to retrieve and replace objects from shelves of up to 8 feet high.

           Work may occasionally require more than 37.5  hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position.

              Regular attendance at work.

Working Conditions:

1.     Normal office/library environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, temperature and the like.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.

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