Reference Librarian

Job Locations US-GA-Atlanta | US-NC-Charlotte | US-DC | US-NY | US-NC-Raleigh
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/19/2021 3:47 PM)
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General Summary

*Position will be office based once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.


COVID-19: Vaccination Requirement:  One of the essential functions of this position is the ability to work on-site at one or more of Alston & Bird’s offices.  Effective August 30, 2021, Alston & Bird requires all employees who access our offices to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.  By submitting your resume for consideration, you acknowledge that you will comply with A&B’s vaccination and office access policies.  Any questions about A&B’s vaccination requirement should be directed to Trevor Barker.


Professional position that provides both legal and non-legal research and reference assistance to all attorneys and staff for client-generated projects and Firm projects.  Firm projects include, but are not limited to, marketing research, seminar development, pro-bono work, preparation of published material, and professional development.

Essential Duties

  • Conducts research projects as requested by attorneys and staff
  • Provides research consultation to attorneys and staff
  • Assists in location of specific material including but not limited to case law, statutory law, regulations, legislative history, secondary sources, directories, periodicals and business information
  • Trains attorneys and staff in use of library materials and databases
  • Conducts online research using multiple resources including but not limited to Lexis, Westlaw, Intelligize, Checkpoint, StateNet, Manzama, WKCheetah, Bloomberg Government, and National Journal online
  • Provides current awareness services on specific subjects as requested by attorneys and staff
  • Provides direct research service to clients as requested by attorneys
  • Facilitates the indoctrination of new attorneys and staff and summer associates into Firm library procedures, services and resources
  • Provides special training and library assistance to summer associates
  • Undertakes specific projects as directed by the Director of Library Services. (Examples: annual updating of all Georgia county zoning laws; developing a library brochure, producing the library monthly newsletter; evaluating a new product; etc.)
  • Maintains ongoing professional development through review of legal and library publications, attending professional association seminars and meetings, receiving regular training from vendors
  • Promotes library public relations by maintaining a professional, service-oriented attitude and by keeping current on the needs and trends of the Firm
  • Operates independently and as a team as the needs demand
  • Operates with the advice and consultation of the Director of Library Services
  • Responsible to all library users including attorneys, staff and library colleagues

Skills Needed to be Successful



  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Extensive knowledge of legal and non-legal resources.
  • Ability to set priorities and make appropriate judgments.
  • Ability to work under pressure.


  • A Master of Library Science from an ALA accredited school or a Master’s degree in a relevant area or equivalent degree, such as Business or JD.
  • An undergraduate degree in Business, Finance, Science or Healthcare.
  • 2+ years of experience in legal and/or business research in the library or research group at a law firm, corporate or professional services firm. Legislative monitoring experience a plus.
  • Solid knowledge of standard legal and/or business research resources such as Lexis, Westlaw, D&B, Bloomberg, Intelligize, Lex Machina, etc.
  • Proficiency in the MS Office suite, including Excel and Power Point.

Physical Effort

  • Repetitive motions‑substantial movements of the wrists, hands and/or fingers
  • Crouching, kneeling, standing, climbing, stooping, walking, pushing, pulling and lifting
  • Talking‑expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken word
  • Ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately
  • Hearing‑ability to receive detailed information through oral communication
  • Sitting most of the time

Additional Information

Alston & Bird LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the bases of any status protected under federal, state, or local law. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in relation to our recruiting, hiring, and promoting practices. 


The statements contained in this position description are not necessarily all-inclusive, additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned and requirements may vary from time to time. 


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Professional business references and a background check will be required for all final applicants selected for a position.


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