Two Library Positions – Washington, D.C.

Position: Digitization Librarian
Location: Washington, DC

Originally posted on UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

Corestaff Services is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Digitization Librarian for a one year assignment on a government contract. The position is located at a Museum Library in Washington, DC.

The Library requires the Librarian to manage a project to digitize approximately 600 rare books, thereby providing preservation and access of these materials. The physical digitization is performed by an outside vendor. A successful pilot project with the vendor has been completed, and a Librarian is being sought to move forward with full-scale implementation.


Working with Library staff to determine publications to be included in the project based on established criteria, and to designate publications to be included in each shipment to the vendor performing the scanning.
Retrieving and returning rare books from/to their designated storage.
Assessing each item on the basis of condition; documenting condition issues; referring items for review and treatment by Conservation staff as needed.
Reviewing condition of materials upon return from the vendor; documenting and reporting condition issues; rehousing.
Tracking location/status of items throughout the project using the Library’s ILS (Voyager), the Library’s tracking spreadsheet, and/or other tools.
Editing metadata from ILS to vendor format; transferring metadata to vendor.
Packing/unpacking materials; exercising best practices in handling rare, fragile library materials.
Coordinating materials pick up and delivery with vendor.
Performing quality control on digital files and metadata returned from the vendor.
Updating MARC records to include links to the digital surrogates.
Coordinating digital asset management with the Digital Collections staff.
Providing instructions and feedback to the vendor as needed.
Training and reviewing other staff as needed.
Documenting workflow and procedures.
Reporting progress and issues to the Library Director or designee on a regular basis.
Performing other digitization-related duties and routine library functions as assigned.


MLIS and at least one year of experience or equivalent knowledge and experience (at least three years)
Experience inputting data into an ILS
Experience handling, assessing condition, housing and packing rare and fragile materials
Experience conducting and/or managing a digitization project
Knowledge of professionally accepted principles, techniques, and methods of library science
Excellent organizational skills; attention to detail
Reading knowledge of at least one European language and/or Hebrew or Yiddish
Knowledge of the history of the Holocaust and related subject matter.

This is a full time position for one year with an hourly pay of $26.20 and benefits, including ten paid federal holidays, paid vacation, paid sick leave, ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant subsidized health insurance and a company sponsored 401(k) plan.

Corestaff Services, is a nationwide professional staffing services firm, specializing in administrative/clerical, information technology and engineering, library/records management and human resources placement.

Corestaff Services is an Equal Opportunity Employment Employer. People from racial minority groups, veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration email your resume to

Job Title: Library Technician/Collections Care Technician
Department: Legislative Branch
Agency: Library of Congress
Salary Range: $35,265.00 to $45,844.00 / Per Year
Open Period: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 to Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Duty Locations: Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS:

This position is located in the Preservation Directorate of Library Services and can be used in Collections Conservation Section of the Binding and Collections Care Division and in any section of the Conservation Division. To assure long-term access to collections, the Library regularly labels, binds, repairs and provides custom protective enclosures for new acquisitions, at-risk materials, and fragile and damaged media in all formats. The incumbent works under the direction of the Head, Collections Care Section, performs repairs, and constructs housing and protective enclosures for the Library’s collections.