Acquisitions/Government Documents Librarian

Acquisitions/Government Documents Librarian

Department:Judicial Branch

Agency:Supreme Court of the United States

Job Announcement Number:SCOTUS-1243990-LIB


$52,146.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 27, 2014 to Friday, November 14, 2014




Full Time – Excepted Service Permanent



1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map





Not Applicable




This position is a full-time position in the Library at the Supreme Court of the United States, in Washington, DC.

Closing Date: Friday, November 14, 2014, 11:59 PM




  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Meet experience requirements (See Qualifications and Evaluations)
  • Security background check


Under the supervision of the Assistant Librarian for Technical Services and Special Collections, this section head plans and establishes policies and procedures for the procurement and payment of all library materials for the Library, Chambers and Court Offices.  Plans and establishes policies and procedures for the efficient management of all government documents received through the Library’s participation in the Federal Depository Library Program and through the Library’s direct deposit arrangements with the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress. Reviews the preparation of all new and renewal monograph and serial orders in the Court’s Oracle based acquisitions system.  Fulfills numerous rush purchase requests expeditiously.  Coordinates with the Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian to ensure efficient processing of all looseleaf materials. Participates on the Library’s Collection Development Committee and interacts and corresponds with vendors regarding purchases and the payment process.  Maintains appropriate task area records, including monthly statistics, to facilitate the management of assignments.  Coordinates with Library staff to automate Library processes, improve workflow and ensure that all work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.  Supervises the Acquisitions/Government Documents Technician and the Acquisitions Assistant (Budget Analyst), as well as a part-time contract filing worker.


A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school is required.   Three to four years of law library experience with a minimum of two years of professional experience in a technical services environment required. Demonstrated experience with Oracle based financial systems required. Broad knowledge and understanding of general library acquisitions practices, procedures, and policies and how they interrelate in the library environment required. Detailed knowledge of library acquisitions and accounting procedures, using manual and electronic sources, required; experience with the acquisition of legal materials preferred.  Knowledge of Government Printing Office depository program and of FDLP processing using manual and electronic sources required. Supervisory experience required. Experience with OCLC and with Innovative and/or other ILS systems preferred.

Employment is subject to the successful completion of a security background check.


We will review and assess your application package in comparison with the posted qualifications for the position. 


Working for the Supreme Court of the United States offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  Additional benefits include flexible spending accounts, long term care insurance, and the SmartTrip transit subsidy.


Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.   See


To apply for this position, you must submit a completed occupational questionaire (see below).

You must also complete, print and sign the OF-306 form, then upload it along with your resume and cover letter. These three documents are required and must be received by the closing date, Friday, November 14, 2014 in order to be considered. Please submit only these required documents.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID 1243990.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 14, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



The following documents are required:

  1. Completion of the on-line Questionnaire
  2. OF-306
  3. A resume
  4. A cover letter


Personnel Office
Phone: (202)479-3404

Agency Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Office of Budget and Personnel
One First Street NE
Washington, DC


Upon submission, you will receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application.  Please be advised that your application will not be considered complete unless all of the required documents have been received. 

All applicants will be notified once a selection has been made.




The Librarian manages and plans overall library operations in the local office. This position provides research, reference, and training assistance to library patrons. The Librarian is responsible for acquisitions, accounting and serials and preparation and monitoring of library budget. The Librarian develops and maintains expertise in the use of a wide variety of legal, business and practice-related resources in multiple formats with increasing emphasis on digital media.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provides research and reference services including, but not limited to, locating information and answering reference questions utilizing all available materials, including print and electronic resources.
• Develops and maintains expertise in the use of a wide variety of legal, business and practice-related resources in multiple formats with increasing emphasis on digital media
• Provides library orientation and education in print and electronic resources to library patrons.
• Evaluates, selects and orders library materials including print and electronic resources to achieve desired support in a legal environment, and considers factors such as availability of resource in other Bryan Cave office libraries when making these decisions.
• Provides research support locally as well as Firmwide as needed.
• Actively participates in teleconferences with BC librarians and attends Firm wide library conferences as scheduled.
• Prepares and monitors library budget.
• Monitors appropriate billing of online services to the extent possible.
• Records and reports research projects and time using DTE and reference request databases in a manner that meets deadlines and assists the Firm in cost recovery
• Pays invoices using Firm and L&RS systems and checks in and routes local serials.
• Performs duties as assigned.

Essential Job Specifications/Qualifications:
• Familiarity with library database system(s).
• Demonstrated ability to do research manually and in a variety of on-line databases including Westlaw, Lexis, CCH, BBNA and other legal and non-legal services.
• General knowledge of legal publications and law library set up
• Clear, concise and effective verbal, written and presentation communication skills.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with both lawyers and Firm personnel.
• Flexibility and adaptability to new, challenging situations and changing work environment.
• Proven business and customer service orientation.
NOTE: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
• Masters Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school.
• Experience in law library. Law firm library experience strongly preferred.
• Budgetary experience a plus.


For more info or to apply, please go to and click on Opportunities and Professional Staff.


Reference Librarian

We are seeking a Reference Librarian to join our Washington, DC office. Responsibilities include: assisting attorneys and staff with reference and research, including interlibrary loan and document retrieval. The position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills. The position is responsible for coordinating and participating in online training, including but not limited to: LEXIS, WESTLAW, WESTLAW Business, PACER, RIA Checkpoint,, National Journal online and DIALOG. The Reference Librarian is expected to provide legal, business, financial and bibliographic information to attorneys and staff. The Reference Librarian also assists with the evaluation and selection of library materials and resources. In addition, the position is also responsible for providing technical services assistance, including but not limited to: cataloging, serial maintenance, acquisitions and vendor negotiations. The Reference Librarian reports directly to the DC Library Manager. The A&B Library staff works as a team, therefore, research requests and projects may be assigned from any of the 8 offices in the United States. A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or 2 years of relevant library experience; extensive knowledge of online and print legal materials; awareness of current trends in legal research, library automation and library instructional programs. Experience with SYDNEY a plus. Qualified candidates should visit our Career section of our website at and apply on-line. The statements contained in this position description are not necessarily all-inclusive, additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned and requirements may vary from time to time. Alston + Bird is not currently accepting resumes from agencies for this position. If you are a recruiter, search firm, or employment agency, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral or a candidate even if Alston + Bird hires the candidate.


Please apply through the website at


Circuit Librarian at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Position Overview

The Circuit Librarian is a statutory officer of the court, and member of the court’s senior staff, responsible for the administration of the library program and related services. The Federal Circuit Library serves the judges and all court personnel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Office of Special Masters…

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of the legal system of the United States and the Federal court system, including the roles and functions of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts, and the Federal Judicial Center;

Extensive knowledge of legal and non-legal research resources and a high level of expertise in conducting advanced research using BloombergLaw, HeinOnline, LexisNexis, ProQuest Congressional, Westlaw, and other resources;

Ability to develop, evaluate and justify managerial, financial, strategic, operational and longrange plans for the library within the court’s overall goals, and a comprehensive understanding of library operations and related automated systems, such as SirsiDynix…


To qualify for the position of Circuit Librarian, candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program. A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is preferred….

For more, and to apply, see the complete announcement at the following link: