Monday, April 7, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Position announcement: Legal Librarian/Online Research Technician

Goldberg Segalla, a dynamic and rapidly growing law firm with a national and international practice, seeks a Legal Librarian/Online Research Technician in its Buffalo office. 

Job Description: 
  • Managing the operations of the law library, including monitoring book purchases and allocating, organizing and disseminating legal resources. 
  • Conducting in-depth research in wide range of areas including practice-specific areas of law, business intelligence, public records, legislative history, medical and news/media. 
  • Training lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants and others on the use of Internet-based legal research programs such as Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, and emerging electronic resources such as Google Scholar, electronic journals, on-line court dockets and legislative materials. 
  • Conducting periodic reviews of new and existing electronic resources with an eye toward improved service and research efficiencies. 
  • Promoting library services and resources to other offices 
  • Coordinating technical services and troubleshooting technical issues. 
  • Performing various cataloging procedures for all types of library resources. 
  • Supervising and evaluating the work of file clerks, office services and other staff.
  • MLS or MLIS from an accredited library school preferred 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in an academic or law library 
  • Extensive experience with various technical services and software platforms is highly preferred 
  • Ability to handle pressure, interruptions, and multiple projects with frequently changing priorities and deadlines 
  • Ability to perform legal research, in-depth knowledge of legal terminology and principles 
  • Exceptional organization, writing and communication skills 
  • Interact professionally with clients, attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, all other staff, and other representatives outside of the firm 
  • Positive attitude!! 
This position offers a very competitive salary, bonuses, and a full benefits package. Qualified applicants should email their resume with salary history and requirements to Heather Pudlewski at

We look to hire only those people who are excellent at what they do and are dedicated to the highest standards of client service, quality representation, and team-spiritedness -- the core tenets of our Best Practices philosophy. Our novel approach to the law firm environment helped earn us top-tier placement in employer surveys numerous times, including 2013 rankings among the 20 Best Companies to Work for in New York State (the only law firm to make the list) and as the Best Place to Work among large employers in Western New York by Business First . Our commitment to diversity within our firm and to promoting it in the greater legal community has been recognized by organizations such as the New York State Bar Association and the national Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Position announcement: Access and Research Services Librarian, Cornell Law Library

Cornell Law Library ( has posted for the position of Access and Research Services Librarian.

Cornell University is located in scenic Ithaca on a hill above Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The town and University offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The Law School has approximately 600 J.D. students, 84 LL.M. students, 18 J.S.D. students, 57 full-time faculty, and is the home of the Legal Information Institute. The Law Library promotes a challenging environment which supports the use of new technologies with a tradition of excellent services. Professionals and support staff work closely with the Law School and the University Library. The Law Library is part of the Cornell University Library (CUL) system, and advancement is through the CUL promotion process.

Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Access Services, the Access and Research Services Librarian is responsible for:
  • Managing the daily operations of the Access Services Department, including circulation, reserves, document delivery, and stacks;
  • Maintaining an active presence at the circulation desk;
  • Ensuring a high level of public service by developing, implementing, interpreting, and enforcing policies and procedures;
  • Supervising Access Services staff, including monitoring and approving time worked, conducting performance evaluations, and coordinating and maintaining departmental communications and cohesion;
  • Addressing and resolving complex situations with library patrons;
  • Supervising the recruiting, hiring, training, and scheduling of student workers;
  • Working closely with other Law Library departments including Reference, Information Management and Collection Development;
  • Serving as an active member of the Cornell University Library access services committee including representing the interests of the Law Library Access Services Department and coordinating policies and procedures between the units;
  • Performing research and reference services;
  • Serving as a liaison to Law School faculty;
  • Depending upon qualifications, teaching legal research courses as needed;
  • Participating in library planning committees and task forces and engaging in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities;
  • Fulfilling additional responsibilities as assigned. 
This position may require some evening or weekend hours.

Requirements: M.L.I.S. or equivalent graduate degree from ALA accredited institution; two years’ experience in an academic or law library access services department or related experience; strong service orientation; strong organization skills and attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse individuals at all levels of a complex organization; ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment which emphasizes excellent customer service and delivery of exemplary library reference and research services.

Preferred: J.D. from ABA accredited institution; management or supervisory experience; knowledge of legal materials and research strategies; teaching experience.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive. Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.

Application: To apply for this position go to: , search under the job category of Librarians, select job posting 23468 and follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references. Position is available July 1, 2014; however, the start date is negotiable. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the posting will close on April 21, 2014.

For more information: contact Amy Emerson, Assistant Director for Access Services, 607-255-5441,

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We’re an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

PACERPro: Service Offers a Better Way to Search Federal Court Records Than PACER

Please see a link to Robert Ambrogi's "Ambrogi on Tech" column from the ABA Journal:

I've been using PACERPro recently. I like the ability to move from court to court easily.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Comparative Constitutions Project

I read about this web site on BeSpacific, one of my favorite librarian-written current awareness services (

Description copied and pasted from

The World's Constitutions to Read, Search and Compare
“New constitutions are written every year. The people who write these important documents need to read and analyze texts from other places. Constitute offers access to the world’s constitutions that users can systematically compare them across a broad set of topics — using a modern, clean interface.]
HOW TO USE CONSTITUTE? Constitute allows you to interact with the world’s constitutions in a few different ways.
  • Quickly find relevant passages. The Comparative Constitutions Project has tagged passages of each constitution with a topic — e.g., “right to privacy” or “equality regardless of gender” — so you can quickly find relevant excerpts on a particular subject, no matter how they are worded. You can browse the 300+ topics in the expandable drawer on the left of the page, or see suggested topics while typing in the search bar (which also lets you perform free-text queries).
  • Filter searches. Want to view results for a specific region or time period? You can limit your search by country or by date using the buttons under the search bar.
  • Save for further analysis. To download or print excerpts from multiple constitutions, click the “pin” button next to each expanded passage you want to save. You can then view and download your pinned excerpts in the drawer on the right.”