Library Assistant

By IS Lab January 28, 2021

LAC Group

Job Description

LAC Group seeks a bright and dynamic Library Assistant for a full-time position located in Washington, D.C. The Library Assistant is responsible for performing various duties in support of the research and library services function for our client, a top consulting firm. This is an excellent position for a new graduate or someone looking to build upon and grow skills in the areas of research and library services. This is a full-time, benefitted position with the possibility to eventually work directly for the client. Due to COVID-19 concerns, this position is currently a remote role, but will return to work from the office once it has been decided it is safe to return.

Job Responsibilities

  • Promptly responds to routine research requests, including requests for academic articles, legal cases and dockets, analyst reports, and company financials, using Bloomberg, Capital IQ, S&P Global Market Intelligence, LexisNexis, Westlaw, and other databases.
  • Under supervision of Sr. Manager, orders books and articles as needed
  • Works with research teammates and/or client services staff to complete research assignments to support requests that range from brief to extensive
  • Helps organize library materials. Catalogs books using Library of Congress cataloging.
  • Keeps bookshelves organized and maintains book check out and return system. Locates missing books
  • Indexes articles and book chapters using SharePoint database (eLibrary)
  • Manages passwords. Maintains spreadsheet of users and passwords. Contacts database vendors to add and deletes users
  • Tracks usage. Collects and organizes information on questions asked (FreshService) and databases used. Supports Sr. Manager in creation of an annual report
  • Assists with budget preparation and cost tracking
  • Supports Sr. Manager of Library Services in meetings and trainings; takes and organizes notes. Tracks follow-up
  • Prepares and organizes clear, concise, and logically written emails and memos in response to requests
  • Conducts copyright review using the Copyright Clearance Center resource
  • Supports citation management: puts resources in correct citations formats
  • Under Sr. Manager’s supervision, assists Client Services as needed to review documents. Extracts and synthesizes information from documents
  • Reports to work on a regular basis and is available for occasional after-hours emergency calls and projects.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Understanding of Library of Congress call number system
  • Experience working in a library, professional services firm, or a law firm is a plus
  • Prior experience performing research using tools such as Bloomberg, Capital IQ, LexisNexis, Global Market Intelligence, Westlaw and other relative databases
  • Ability to follow directions and ask appropriate questions for clarification
  • Ability to handle short deadlines, work well under pressure, and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Interest in developing research skills
  • Must be thorough and detail-oriented
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, including writing skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to function well in a dynamic client services environment
  • Ability to comprehend complex assignments with guidance
  • Ability to be resourceful and creative in approaching work-related challenges
  • Must be able to work well independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff.

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