Manager, Research Librarian*

Reference # MRL_-_07-26-18
Open Date July 26, 2018
Close Date August 24, 2018
Location Calgary; Vancouver

Purpose of Role

The Manager, Research Librarian conducts in-depth research that supports client work, ultimately providing added value to legal professionals and their clients; and is responsible for providing training in legal research skills and resources. As a member of the Library Research Team, the Manager, Research Librarian works in collaboration with other members of the team in building national best practices for each of these functions and participates in initiatives to help further the Library model. In addition, the Manager, Research Librarian plays a role in managing the regional library by carrying out specifically regional responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of this role are:


  • Perform in-depth and complex research to support client and firm work synthesizing results for efficient and effective use by lawyers and other staff
  • Log research requests and research solutions in the Library’s research tracking and knowledge base system

Training Programs

  • Train lawyers and students on research methods, techniques, and preferred digital resources
  • In collaboration with the research team, create and maintain digitized training materials
  • Maintain and update library content and pages on the Firm intranet

Library Research Team

  • Build service delivery best practices, including using new technologies
  • Evaluate new digital resources to enhance user experience
  • In collaboration with the Library Alerts Team, create and deliver current awareness and legislative and regulatory alert services to practice groups, client teams and other groups in the Firm

Knowledge and Innovation

  • Provide subject matter expertise to support Knowledge & Innovation initiatives
  • Lead the evaluation of library and workflow solutions


  • Provide leadership, day-to-day support and guidance to the Library team in the regional office
  • Collaborate with functional leaders to manage regional team

Key Competencies Required

  • Minimum of 3-5 years in a law firm library setting (required)
  • Masters degree in Library and Information Studies, or equivalent business experience
  • Proficient with leading edge research and information technologies (required)
  • Proficient with digital library concept
  • Management experience, preferred
  • Advisory collection and procurement experience, preferred
  • Skilled at enacting
  • Highly-developed interpersonal, communication, organizational and time-management skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with people at all levels
  • Highly-developed analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong customer service orientation


If you have an interest in this position or know of someone who may be suitable, please forward a current resume to Brittany Cheyne at (Calgary office) and Bria Taker at (Vancouver office) by August 24, 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Everyone at BLG is required to carry out the duties of their role while upholding the important principles of our respectful workplace policies, and treating everyone with respect, regardless of position. At BLG, valuing diversity and inclusion is key to a respectful workplace.

BLG is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse candidates, including people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

* Please note that relatives of current BLG employees and Partners are not eligible for consideration.

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