Responds to United States legal and legislative reference inquiries from Members of Congress, congressional committees, the White House, federal courts, Government agencies, libraries, the bar, and the general public. Inquiries may be received by phone, in person, in writing, and by electronic means. Locates information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished legal and legislative information sources and electronic databases. Conducts legal and legislative research, and prepares written responses to United States federal and state legal and legislative reference inquiries requiring tailored responses. Writes reports, bibliographies, letters, memos, finding aids, informational brochures, research guides and other written materials. Collects information from a wide variety of sources, both automated and in print or other media. Facilitates services to readers, assesses information, and disseminates it in response to requests. Advises researchers in research methods.
Analyzes and organizes specialized information, and assesses and prioritizes work. Evaluates new or unusual circumstances and develops variations in approach, and/or solutions for incomplete or conflicting information. Clarifies vague requests for legal and legislative information through the use of proper and/or specialized bibliographic and research tools. Meets with clients to evaluate and clarify questions and requirements. Directs users to the proper specialists, resources, or services in the Law Library and other areas of the Library of Congress.
Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and legal trends. Analyzes, organizes, compiles, and disseminates legal and legislative information and materials in various media. May develop expertise in a field of law or legal and/or legislative research methods. Utilizes knowledge of legal and legislative information sources in other Library of Congress service units, and law libraries and research institutions outside the Library of Congress.
Surveys and evaluates print and electronic collections to identify currency issues. Identifies, recommends and solves collection processing issues pertaining to assigned areas / subjects / jurisdictions of the Reading Room collections. Recommends alternative titles to and the removal of titles from assigned portions of the Law Library reference collections. Searches acquisition lists for new titles and other materials in various formats for the Reading Room's collection as requested.
Reviews collections on an ongoing basis and exercises care to ensure collection material is properly handled and kept secure, avoiding loss or damage. Reviews various foreign and domestic sources for information about available materials. Contribute to digital collection developers and management projects, such as web archiving and/or compiling and organizing web-sites based on current public policy issues. Determines permissibility of copying materials based on the preservation needs of materials. Understands current and public policy issues in his/her area of expertise to develop collections anticipating researcher inquiries and demands.
Provides training for junior reference and circulation staff, and legal information technicians. May be assigned to review and/or edit work to provide initial quality control and assistance in the training process. Analyzes training needs and services. Provides instruction to staff and Law Library customers on the content, nature, and use of Law Library print and electronic resources.
Develops personal contacts to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge. Explains information to groups and individuals with varying levels of understanding and/or knowledge of the operations, services, mission, and/or programs of the Library of Congress and the Law Library, as well as law, and legal and legislative research methods. Determined by Law Library priorities and requirements, attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings pertaining to trends and issues in law and law librarianship for professional development. Provides orientations for distinguished visitors and conducts tours, as assigned.
Liaisons and communicates with individuals inside and outside the organization. Professional contacts are with library patrons, supervisors, library staff, other national libraries, library and information networks, information centers, government agency experts, associations, the private sector, and/or research groups. Motivates and influences clients to fully utilize programs and services. Meets with researchers, analyzes questions and requirements; suggests search strategies; and evaluates resources from the general, special and/or reference collections regardless of format.