Librarian Russell Kennedy Lawyers Melbourne VIC Full-time, Part-time

We are seeking to appoint an experienced legal librarian to manage the firm’s law library on a part time (minimum 4 days) or full time basis. The successful candidate will have exceptional research skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work with lawyers and business service professionals at all levels.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Technical Competences

  • Directs and monitors the cataloguing of information resources;
  • Liaises with external suppliers and other knowledge management centres to acquire appropriate books, journals etc for reference purposes;
  • Researches and investigates the availability of data for special requests and takes the necessary steps to secure such information;
  • Builds good working relationships with practice teams;
  • Undertakes complex research tasks;
  • Systems management – assists with the development of research and reference products;
  • Designs and delivers library and research training sessions;
  • Orders and processes invoices;
  • In depth understanding of the different information services available to the legal profession;
  • Proficient in the use of the internet and intranet;
  • Good understanding of systems/databases required to undertake role;
  • Maintains an awareness of personal/professional development; and
  • Excellent IT literacy.

Behavioural Competencies

Organisational/Knowledge/Service Delivery

  • Ensures the knowledge management function is positioned to support business goals;
  • Frequent internal contacts;
  • Establishes productive relationships with varied external contacts;
  • Ensures that staff service expectations are met and recommends any improvements; and.
  • Proactive in identifying new resources and library offerings.

Analysis/Problem Solving

  • Expert analytical skills to deal with complex information requests, undertake research and present information.

Planning and Organising

  • Develops detailed plans for own areas of responsibility;
  • Makes a contribution to the development or procedures and processes; and
  • Excellent time management skills.


  • Leads project teams, planning tasks, supervising activities and provides guidance;
  • Takes opportunities to share information and knowledge with peers and team members;
  • Works under minimal supervision (reviews usually focus on impact at the team or projects level); and
  • Plans, organises and leads teams to complete small scale projects.

Skills / Knowledge

  • Experience managing the library function of a Law firm.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Polished proof reading skills.
  • Excellent literacy and communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational and administrative ability.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Word for Windows, knowledge of PowerPoint and internet web skills.Knowledge of FileSite is desirable.

Our Firm and Culture

Russell Kennedy is a commercial law firm with more than 300 people in Melbourne and Sydney. At Russell Kennedy we are committed to providing exceptional legal strategies and solutions to our clients, guided by market-leading expertise across our key sectors of focus.

As part of our team, you’ll receive hands-on experience, quality mentoring and access to valuable learning opportunities. We encourage a professional and committed work ethic, while recognising the importance of an enjoyable working environment and balanced lifestyle. We believe we have a culture where individuals of all backgrounds and abilities feel included and confident in bringing their whole selves to work, and where your talents are fostered, empowering you to contribute to the success of the firm.

At Russell Kennedy, we respect and celebrate the things that make each of us different. The firm is dedicated to creating an environment that is characterised by equal access and respected participation of all groups and individuals. This is regardless of all differences, including culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, age, religion, personal circumstances, physical features, abilities and disabilities, socioeconomics and sexual orientation.

Russell Kennedy is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is certified as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality. The firm supports and promotes a range of initiatives including, the Russell Kennedy Women’s Network and our Diversity and Inclusion committee, with 3 key focuses: Access RK (Accessibility and Disability), Kaleidoscope (Cultural Diversity) and Pride@RK (LGBTIQ+).

Russell Kennedy is committed to attracting and retaining the best talent available. We acknowledge the importance of work-life balance, each candidate has access to flexible work options and workplace adjustments including alternate formats where required. If you require an adjustment during the recruitment process please contact Leanda Nissen on 03 9609 1523 or [email protected] or Carla Viglino on 03 9609 6770 or [email protected].

Further Information

Any questions regarding this vacancy can be directed to Carla Viglino at [email protected] or on 03 9609 6770. For further information or to submit your application for this position please visit the careers page on our website. Please note any offer of employment made by Russell Kennedy Lawyers to the successful candidate will be subject to a police check. We are currently accepting applications from direct applicants only. No agency referrals will be accepted at this stage.