Research and E-Services Librarian

Reporting to the Director, Library and Information Services, the Research & E-Services Librarian supports the Firm’s lawyers and staff with reference and current awareness services and builds agile, web based collections. The role involves direct and ongoing contact with the firm’s lawyers, law clerks, students and staff. 

This full-time position with a collegial and collaborative team in one of the country’s leading law firm libraries will be located in our Toronto office.

At [Law Firm], success means having:

  • Excellent critical thinking, judgment and decision-making skills
  • Excellent communication, diplomatic and organizational skills
  • Confidence and comfort in dealing with professionals – lawyers and law students
  • A demonstrated ability to efficiently handle competing and/or shifting priorities
  • An ability to focus on detail and accuracy as well as highly developed customer service acumen
  • Committed to ongoing professional development
  • A team player who is proactive and takes initiative
  • An ability to maintain confidentiality of information.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide in-depth, specialized and complex legal and business research services for our lawyers, law clerks, students and staff by negotiating queries, utilizing print and electronic information resources and presenting legal and business information
  • Expertly access both print and electronic resources, including our own collection, Quicklaw, Lexis Advance, WestlawNext Canada, Capital IQ, Pitchbook and DisclosureNet
  • Manage Onelog, our electronic resources management system, to ensure compliance with publisher contracts and licenses, as well as distribution to appropriate users
  • Evaluate and recommend key resources and online research services for the collection based on our industry and practice areas with an agenda to focus on agile, electronic resource access whenever possible
  • Develop and maintain the library’s print and digital collection development and distribution policy
  • Review the current collection for relevancy and usage and ensure that the renewal process maximizes budget savings and value for usage
  • Promote digital resource use and develop promotional materials
  • Coordinate the roll out of online platforms including password management, communication of resources and training opportunities to users
  • Maintain special updates for particular practice groups and oversee the ongoing maintenance and design of the library’s intranet and KM resources
  • Assist lawyers and students in using the collection and electronic resources and provide ad hoc learning opportunities in our new, soon to be launched, knowledge collaboration space
  • Work as part of a team in preparing content for the Library’s electronic legislation newsletter and daily current awareness alerts
  • Possess a keen interest in new tools and technology related to law (AI and machine learning) and participate in evaluating or helping to create tools with our Innovation team.

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Information Studies or equivalent studies
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience working in a professional services firm. The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in a private law firm library or legal library services environment.
  • Excellent working knowledge of core legal materials and resources and familiarity with the law, legal systems, and legal processes of Canada, the United States and Commonwealth jurisdictions
  • Knowledge of content aggregation platforms such as Manzama and Lexis Newsdesk and electronic resources management software such as Onelog and Research Monitor
  • Familiarity with Inmagic Genie, DBTextWorks and WebPublisher software or similar integrated library systems
  • Familiarity with SharePoint, WordPress or similar content management systems
  • Familiarity with Excel, Venngage, Tableau, Qlik Sense or similar tools for presenting and combining data in interesting visualized ways
  • Strong project management skills
  • Basic coding experience or willingness to learn highly desired
  • Bilingualism (English and French) would be considered an asset.


This role reports to the Director, Library and Information Services.