Law Librarian (a director-level position)

Position Summary:

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP seeks a Law Librarian to lead the Firm into the next generation of library service and resources.

The Firm is in the AmLaw 200 and has held the top spot on the AmLaw A-list for four of the last six years. The library supports 190 attorneys and 220 staff members in two offices in litigation and transactional practice areas with a balance of print and electronic resources and extraordinary service.

The successful candidate will be practically innovative to inspire and guide the Firm in transition toward a greater reliance on electronic resources and will be adept in supporting attorneys and staff at every level with new tools and techniques.

The Law Librarian oversees information services (competitive intelligence and legal reference, research and analysis, library intranet pages), department operations (development and execution of the library budget, contract negotiation and analysis, space planning) and staff supervision (hiring, development, evaluation of three staff members). The Library is responsible for continuing legal education recordkeeping and program coordination and conducts or facilitates attorney and staff training in research-related skills. The Library facilitates federal court admissions and e-filing registration. The Law Librarian works with peer administrative directors to develop and deliver on firm initiatives.

Educational Requirements and Experience

Master’s degree in library science or information studies from an American Library Association accredited program or comparable degree.

Coursework, internship or significant continuing education in special library management.

Desired Skills and Qualifications with Related Responsibilities

Innovative thinking and creativity informed by:

  • a minimum of five years of professional, administrative experience in law or other special libraries;
  • deep knowledge of legal bibliography and facility in research techniques for legal, scientific, business and public records information; and
  • ongoing attention to legal industry news, innovative research technologies, information services literature and vendor developments.

Excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills to lead a department that:

  •  distills and delivers effective business intelligence, thorough research reports and accurate reference answers;
  • provides appropriate referrals and guidance for attorney and staff research and cite-checking;
  • develops and implements solutions in anticipation of and response to attorney and staff information and technology needs;
  • delivers effective training for attorneys and staff in research and related functions at point of need and in organized instruction;
  •  balances electronic and print collections for optimal resource access in the office and remote locations;
  • assesses and implements new research and related tools, apps, and devices;
  • budgets funds, resources and time for maximum impact;
  • monitors library expenses, acquisitions and deliveries;
  • maintains continuing legal education records, provide access to up-to-date status reports and monitor compliance;
  • negotiates and manages library contracts and licenses; and
  • designs and appoints the library physical space and intranet space for optimum user experience.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office and other common computer applications to:

  • support clear, efficient delivery of services and work product;
  • facilitate assessment and development of integrated library and related systems; and
  • resolve research and technical problems.

Strong leadership skills to:

  • supervise the library staff, oversee training and promote development; and
  • engage administrative peers in initiating and delivering on interdepartmental and Firm initiatives responsive to legal industry, business and economic developments.

The Law Librarian is resident in the Los Angeles Office. Occasional travel to the San Francisco office and for continuing education is expected. The position may require work in the evening and on weekends.

The Law Librarian must be capable of meeting physical demands such as moving about the library and the office, sitting for extended periods of time, writing, typing, reading, speaking, hearing, and visual observation.

This position reports to the Executive Director. It is exempt and the benefits package and salary are competitive.

For consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to Human Resources at jobapplication@mto.com or Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, 355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 3500, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is an equal opportunity employer.