Sr. Research and Reference Specialist

Location: Palo Alto
Job Type: Permanent
Job Ref: 17423

Job Description

Our client, an incredibly prestigious, global law firm with strengths in litigation and many other practice areas, is searching for a Senior Research and Reference Specialist for its Palo Alto office. The firm offers very competitive salaries and benefits, and the chance to learn from and be a part of a truly elite team. 


  • Provide research and reference assistance to attorneys and advise attorneys on optimal research strategies.

  • Maintain expert knowledge of the library collections, online database resources, interlibrary loan availability, document delivery, and other resources.

  • Mentor and train junior staff.

  • Provide reference desk coverage. 

  • Serve as a liaison to a particular practice group, developing expertise in the relevant area.

  • Help develop and maintain intranet reference collections, including checking links, developing collections, and integrating subject-specific resources into the larger firm portal.

  • Assist in developing both the paper and digital resources collections.

  • Evaluate new and existing research tools and make appropriate recommendations.

  • Manage and maintain the West Coast libraries and provide relevant training to new attorneys and staff. 


  • JD, MLS or MLIS.
  • 5-10 years of reference and research experience.
  • Expert knowledge of print and digital legal and business resources and research techniques.
  • Experience in a large law firm or comparable environment preferred.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any interest in the position or any questions.

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