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Senior Researcher, LibGig, Palo Alto, CA

LibGig is seeking an experienced Senior Researcher to provide expert research and reference assistance in support of the various legal and administrative departments for a prestigious law firm's Palo Alto, CA office.  In addition to providing research, this role assists in regular outreach to the practice by providing training, consultative support, and informational updates in the areas of print and electronic research as well as facilitates the collection development and management of all west coast libraries.


  • Provides expert research and reference assistance to attorneys in all practice areas in a timely and effective manner using various print and digital resources. Where applicable, provides in-depth analysis and summarization of results. Bills time to client/matters as appropriate;
  • Provides consultative research and reference support advising lawyers on the optimal strategy and source selection to obtain most authoritative and cost-effective results;
  • Provides expert reference assistance to support the functions of the various administrative departments of the firm including, but not limited to, Business Development and New Business/Conflicts;
  • Assists in the development of new research and reference offerings and outreach, including but not limited to, bulletins, department and practice group presentations, and direct client services;
  • Mentors and trains more junior staff to provide expert research and reference support;
  • Maintains expert working knowledge of the library collections, online database resources, interlibrary loan availability, document delivery, and other resources as appropriate;
  • Demonstrates an expert level of proficiency in primary database usage, search strategy and syntax, and licensing restrictions;
  • Participates in resource evaluation projects including pilots of new services, comparisons of resources, and preparation of related evaluative memos;
  • Assist in the preparation of and/or delivery of relevant orientation and training programs. Assist in the gathering of materials and drafting or editing of handouts to support the program;
  • Support the development and maintenance of intranet reference collections. Assists with link checking, collection development, and integration of subject-specific resources into larger firm portal;
  • Responsible for the maintenance of west coast libraries; collection development and management.


  • BA/BS required;
  • JD, MLS or MLIS required;
  • 5-10 years of reference and research experience required;
  • Experience in a large law firm or comparable environment, preferred;
  • Expert knowledge of print and digital legal and business resources and research techniques;
  • Advanced knowledge of legal and business electronic resources and databases, and in research and retrieval strategies;
  • Expertise in legislative, statutory and regulatory research, particularly in preparation of legislative and regulatory histories, highly desirable;
  • Ability to work quickly, and with great attention to detail;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Excellent customer service skills.

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