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Director of Research Services and Systems

Company: Stinson Co
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:


The Director of Research Systems & Services has Firm-wide responsibility for the coordination of library and information services. The incumbent will research, evaluate, and implement new technologies to enhance and extend library services in innovative, user-centered, client-centered, and cost-effective ways and will provide leadership and management for research, technical services and systems operations. Responsibilities include acquisition management and collection development, budget development and invoicing, integrated library system operations, copyright and license compliance, research and research services management.

Required Education & Experience

  • Masters of Library Science or Information Studies from an accredited university required.
  • 3 years of experience in a law firm, academic or research law library.
  • Five years of law library management experience.
  • Experience with an electronic resource management system.
  • Experience with an integrated library system or a discovery system.
  • Understanding of Knowledge Management concepts and best practices.
  • Extensive experience with legal research platforms such as Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law and Pacer.
  • Experience with an electronic resource management system.
  • Familiarity with metadata standards; and best practices in digital library projects.
  • Ability to effectively manage staff in geographically separated office locations.
  • Have the ability to be discreet, maintain confidential information, and use sound judgment. Preferred Education & Experience
    • Law Firm experience preferred.
    • Large law firm experience a plus.
    • JD preferred. Essential Functions

      Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Management (60%)
        • Manages the operations and activities of library and knowledge support services and personnel Firm-wide.
        • Manages the Firm-wide delivery of research services for billable and non-billable research.
        • Assures adequate print and digital resources for specific subject areas key to the Firm's practice divisions, as well as business and industry resources.
        • Sets strategic direction for the units and plan, organize, manage and evaluate workflows, services and problem solving methods.
        • Manages personnel processes for the area, including evaluation of training needs and provision of appropriate training programs.
        • Manages the administration and development of acquisitions, cataloging, serials, interlibrary loan and other electronic resources
        • Development (20%)
          • Develop and implement a knowledge support services program.
          • Develop and implement a taxonomy system to aid information search and retrieval Firm-wide.
          • Integrate the taxonomy system into the Firm's various document management systems and search utilities.
          • Develop and implement a strategic cost recovery and digital resource management system.
          • Research (10%)
            • Serves as an additional research librarian, participating in liaison and outreach, instruction, research, and collection development as needed.
            • Schedule and conduct training on research methodology for attorneys, paralegals, and summer associates.
            • Budget Management (10%)
              • Prepare and implement an annual budget for all Firm libraries.
              • Review and revise vendor contracts, as needed.
              • Manage and approve invoices for all Firm library purchases. Competencies
                • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
                • Self-motivated with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
                • Highly professional with a strong customer service orientation, commitment to meeting deadlines, and ability to multitask in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
                • Strong professional, independent thinking skills with strength in problem solving and the ability to offer constructive opinions and creative solutions.
                • A team player who motivates and educates other team members.
                • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the position.
                • Ability to successfully manage direct report(s), including performance evaluation, goal-setting, employee development and problem-solving.

                  Supervisory Responsibility

                  This position includes supervisory responsibilities.


                  Travel as needed.

                  Work Environment & Physical Demands

                  This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. While performing the responsibilities of the position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the person in this position will encounter. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work in a professional, fast paced office environment that may require additional hours to complete work.

                  These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. If an employee is unable to perform the essential functions of the position, Stinson LLP will evaluate whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to enable the employee to perform the described essential functions of the position. Generally, due to the nature of this office position, while performing the responsibilities of the position, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.

                  AAP/EEO Statement

                  Stinson LLP is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran, disabled and other diverse candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.

                  Stinson LLP is a federal contractor. Information gathered through applicant Voluntary Self-Identification will be used periodically with various government agencies for statistical reporting and to measure the effectiveness of our Affirmative Action and EEO outreach efforts. All information is requested on a voluntary basis and will be kept confidential. We will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

                  Applicants with a disability that are in need of an accommodation to complete the Stinson LLP application process should contact Human Resources at 316.268.7962 or email Talent@stinson.com.

                  By submitting this application, you certify the information provided is true to the best of your knowledge and belief. You understand that being untruthful in response to any of the answers provided within this application or any of the attached documents may lead to your termination in the event you are employed. If employed, you will be required to provide documentation showing you are legally authorized to work in the United States. We conduct criminal background checks of all individuals offered employment

                  Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

                  The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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