Manager of Library Services Farella Braun + Martel LLP – San Francisco, CA

Full Job Description

Farella Braun + Martel LLP has an excellent opportunity for an experienced law librarian, or for a senior research librarian looking to assume full responsibility for running a law firm library, as our Manager of Library Services. The ideal candidate will have 3 or more years of law library experience, some supervisory experience, as well as excellent research, mentoring and communication skills. An ALA Accredited MLS or MLIS is required. This position may be a hybrid position working remotely and in our offices, as needed.

The Opportunity: Manager of Library Services

The Manager of Library Services will provide library management, supervision and mentoring to the library staff and research to the firm’s 125 attorneys. This position manages all areas of library operations and activities in the firm, both in the main office in San Francisco and the branch office in St. Helena. The Manager of Library Services develops and maintains a collection of resources, electronic where possible, to support the information needs of attorneys and staff in providing superior legal services.

This position is based in San Francisco, CA but may be a hybrid position working remotely and in our offices, as needed.

The Day-to-Day:

  • Provides reference and research for attorneys and staff in a wide variety of practice areas using both print and online resources.
  • Oversees Reference Librarian ensuring that the best resources for the question or project are consulted.
  • Manages library and office print collections and continually explores the best options and resources for our practice areas within the parameters of budget and space.
  • Provides orientation and on-going training. Promotes resources and manages information available on firm intranet.
  • Peruses daily reports from court monitoring services for actions filed against clients and actions filed in certain practice areas, such as employment or intellectual property, notifying an attorney, Industry Group or Practice Area of items of interest.
  • Manages library finances, including annual budgeting, acquisitions and invoice payments.
  • Negotiates vendor contracts and associated cost recovery for these services. Troubleshoots technical problems with the major services.
  • Cultivates relationships with other librarians in the area by attending regular meetings, joining and actively participating in the local and national law librarians’ associations. Attends seminars and education workshops and events.
  • Arranges filing service.
  • Other duties, tasks or projects that may present themselves or may be assigned.


  • ALA accredited or MLS, MLIS degree required.
  • 3 or more years of law library experience. Law firm, supervisory and management experience preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of legal research tools and ability to teach others.
  • Knowledge of California laws and court system required.
  • Strong computer and technology skills, especially in Microsoft Office applications and library automation software; expertise in searching the Internet; familiarity with informational online services, both legal and nonlegal.
  • Strong commitment to service.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to collaborate with attorneys and all firm staff.
  • Strong management aptitude.
  • High level of initiative and problem solving ability showing creativity and sound analysis and business judgment.
  • Ability to prioritize and work efficiently under pressure.
  • Ability to travel to our St. Helena office occasionally.

To apply, please send cover letter/email and resume.


What We Provide:

Farella supports all the members of our Farella family in achieving both personal satisfaction and professional accomplishment. Farella provides competitive salary and excellent benefits including comprehensive, medical, dental, vision, generous PTO, educational reimbursement and charitable contribution matching.

At Farella, we recognize that the contributions, individuality and diversity of all of our professionals are key to the firm’s success and meeting the needs of our clients. And like our clients, we value attributes such as enthusiasm, character, and high ethical standards. In fact, these are core qualities in all the individuals who come to work with us—and in all those with whom you will work! The longevity of those in all positions at the firm speaks to the warm, collegial, professional and rewarding environment at the firm. Farella has for many years been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times / Silicon Valley Business Journal, and placing #1 in our size category in 2021. We ranked the #4 Best Midsize Law Firm to Work For in the United States by Vault.

Who We Are:

Farella Braun + Martel is a leading Northern California law firm representing corporate and private clients in sophisticated business transactions and complex commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Clients seek our imaginative legal solutions and the dynamism and intellectual creativity of our lawyers. We are headquartered in San Francisco and maintain an office in the Napa Valley that is focused on the wine industry.

Farella’s commitment to supporting the industries of Northern California and our entrepreneurial responsiveness to the regional demands, have driven our growth and evolution. Nimbleness and opportunistic management have propelled our success through 60 years. From trial prowess in high-stakes litigation to utility-scale renewable energy project development and complex transactional expertise, Farella’s clients rely on and appreciate our fierce focus on client service and high quality work. Farella has successfully fused the quality, experience and resources of large firms with the relationship, flexibility and personal attention associated with a mid-sized firm.

Commitment to Diversity, Equality + Inclusion

We strive to ensure that everyone working at Farella feels like they belong. To that end, our recruiting, retention and practice development programs welcome, support and promote the interests of women, families and people of all ethnicities and sexual orientations. At Farella, we are committed to diversity, both as an ethical ideal and as a business imperative.


Farella has received industry and peer recognition equal to any firm in the country. Our attorneys include fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American College of Appellate Lawyers, American College of Environmental Lawyers, American College of Coverage Counsel, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and American College of Investment Counsel. Farella has been named among Law360’s California Powerhouses, featured on the National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List.

Green Business

In 2006, Farella was the first major law firm in San Francisco to obtain certification as a green business by the San Francisco Green Business Program, recognizing the firm for meeting the program’s stringent environmental standards. We received our fourth Green Business certification in 2020.

Farella is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, change of sex or transgender status, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

Farella is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Type: Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Supplemental Pay:

  • Bonus pay

COVID-19 considerations:
Teleworking is still encouraged unless essential. Vaccination is required for all employees and visitors going to the office. Full precautions are taken for masking, social distancing, etc.


  • Master’s (Preferred)


  • Legal research: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location: One location