That is my official title, as an intern at a major law firm in Seattle, WA. Today, my first day involved basic training on computer programs and operations. This training is catered for all employees. Specific library training begins tomorrow.
So what does one do as a freelance library clerk in a law firm? Generally, serve the lawyers who are serving clients. Lawyers need all sorts of legal materials, articles, case law, legislative history, etc. It is the library’s job to obtain, collect, organize, catalog, and provide access to these varied materials. Much of this material is online but locked up in databases that can only be accessed through contracts, contracts that are negotiated by and maintained by librarians. Lawyers e-mail or come into the library with questions and needs and it is our obligation to find materials for their cases. My focus will be on reference work, interlibrary loan and document delivery, how to look up court documents, and the actual cataloging and acquisition of varied resources. All of which is tremendously gripping.
And if that doesn’t make you think “how cool is that”, then I leave you with a photo of where I work (the tallest building):