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Research & Library Manager

Research & Library Manager

Latham & Watkins Job Location: California Date Created: 10-07-2020

Latham & Watkins, a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world, is currently seeking a Research & Library Manager to join our winning team, located in San Diego, Los Angeles, or Orange County. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation and collaboration. As the global outbreak of COVID-19 continues to unfold, Latham has taken precautions to help protect our people, clients, and the communities where we live and work. This includes a temporary shift to remote working for the majority of our lawyers and staff. The Research & Library Manager will likely start remotely while the firm continues to evaluate the situation. The Research & Library Manager will receive a generous total compensation package. Bonuses are awarded in recognition of individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham's comprehensive benefit program including healthcare, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401k plan, and more! In addition, employees receive 10 paid holidays per year, and a PTO program that accrues 23 days during the first year of employment and grows with tenure. The Research & Library Manager is responsible for research services and library operations in the four office locations in Southern California - Century City, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego – (the “SoCal offices”).  The Research & Library Manager supervises and develops all department staff located in the SoCal offices.  Major responsibilities include oversight of research services, oversight of department orientation and resource awareness sessions for attorneys and staff, oversight of expenses, supporting the procurement of research resources, preparation of the budget, and the oversight of research & library space.  He or she implements global policy and will help formulate local policy as required, while accomplishing these and other critical functions:
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the Research & Library department in the SoCal offices and the department personnel in those offices.
  • Supervising and contributing to research services, including managing workflow, project assignment, selection of resources, delivery of results, and follow-up with requestors to ensure excellent quality control.
  • Supervising and contributing to the monitoring of legal, business and news sources for current developments in practice areas, for clients and industries. Proactively uses monitoring as a vehicle for outreach to the practice groups.
  • Supervising and developing the Research & Library staff. Providing regular feedback and generates formal performance evaluations as required.
  • Making recommendations to the HR department in selecting, coaching, counseling, and disciplining department employees. Coordinating incoming and exiting personnel procedures.  Making recommendations with respect to employee terminations
  • Leading in developing and presenting orientation and awareness sessions for attorneys and staff in the full range of research resources. Proactively promoting the use of Research & Library services in the region.
  • Liaising with the Strategic Research & Analysis team, Knowledge Management Lawyers, and Litigation Services in the region to ensure integrated approaches to research skills training and orientation of new attorneys and staff, and the appropriate escalation of research requests to the most appropriate specialist.
  • Working with other Research & Library managers and/or supervisors on department initiatives and leads projects as assigned.
  • Supervising Research & Library operations in the SoCal offices, such as check-in procedures, book processing, and loose-leaf filing.
  • Managing the library’s physical space in the SoCal offices to the minimum needed for effective collection and attorney research needs. Organizing the print and electronic collection in accordance with firm-approved classification schemes.
  • Authorizing expenditures, reviewing vendor accounts, and correcting problem accounts. Working with local office and Global management to procure electronic and print resources, prepare annual budget and periodic variance reports.
  • Interpreting and implementing global policies and procedures in the local setting, and as required formulating local policies and procedures, and developing short and long-term goals.
  • Coordinating with other areas / departments of the firm where overlap exists to develop efficient procedures / communications to streamline processes and satisfy various department needs.
  • Completing special projects and ad-hoc requests regarding various issues as needed.
  • Promoting effective work practices, working as a team member, and showing respect for co-workers.
  As an Research & Library Manager, you will be expected to apply your organizational and communication skills while displaying a positive, high-energy attitude. The successful Manager will have superior professional interpersonal skills; the ability to interact with diplomacy and tact with people at all organizational levels of the firm; the ability to work as a team player; the ability to resolve conflicts among staff and with attorneys regarding library operations; the ability to review work of others to ensure compliance and accuracy; superior communication skills, both written and verbal; a demonstrated ability to think creatively and provide strategic support to senior management; the ability to conduct effective training for attorneys and staff; the ability to use independent judgment and discretion when making decisions; the ability to manage time well, prioritize effectively, and handle multiple deadlines. Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with the appropriate discretion; superior knowledge of legal and business databases and research sources.  The manager should be capable of collaborating with all department staff and, together with department management, providing leadership for common goals and projects. A Bachelor’s is required; a Master’s of Library and Information Management or Masters of Library Science (MLS) or Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies is preferred.  A minimum of five (5) years of research experience in a law firm or other professional service entity is required.  Relevant supervisory experience is preferred. Experience with legal research systems, such as Lexis, Westlaw, Capital IQ, Bloomberg, DealLogic is preferred. Please apply using the appropriate link below: Los Angeles: https://lathamwatkins-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=3571 Orange County: https://lathamwatkins-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=3570 San Diego: https://lathamwatkins-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=3572 Latham & Watkins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity, equal opportunity and sustainability enables Latham & Watkins to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to create one of the world's leading law firms.   Latham & Watkins LLP will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO)​.  Please click the link below to review the Ordinance.   Please click here to review your rights under U.S. employment laws.

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