Two Librarian Positions – Washington, D.C.

Position: Metadata Librarian
Location: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Research Center – Washington, DC

Originally posted on the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Research Center seeks a dynamic, energetic, knowledgeable and self-motivated librarian to specialize in the creation, analysis and maintenance of metadata. Incumbent will employ independent, critical thinking, embrace change and seek out new opportunities for innovation and improvement to arrive at new solutions to both new and traditional information management challenges.

The Metadata Librarian is responsible for collecting, preserving, and presenting digital information in all formats, crating and applying metadata schemas and indexing to institutional data repositories, bibliographic and archival databases and collections. This includes metadata application, creating and applying controlled vocabularies, authority and quality control, and other duties associated with the creation and maintenance of item- and collection-level data for a variety of print and digital content and materials.

This position requires a firm and broad conceptual understanding of metadata principles and the ability to apply and adapt them to existing and emerging media in a variety of encoding formats. Incumbent will be current with the community of practice for metadata and discovery and play a leading role in developing and implementing metadata strategies for the organization. This position will also provide leadership for data services and resource discovery through the application of metadata and intellectual access activities. In addition, the Metadata Librarian will participate in the management of e-resources and assist with the expansion of online collections and new digital initiatives. Success in this position will require a dedication to content quality assurance to foster discovery, especially through capitalizing on the advantages offered by new technologies. Reports to the Manager, Research Center.


Provides expert metadata consulting services for enterprise projects.
Plays a leading role in creation of metadata for enterprise content architecture including development of controlled vocabularies and taxonomies.
Applies metadata for a wide range of formats, including serials, non-print materials, and e-resources, using current and emerging metadata schemas, principles and practices such as MARC, XML, RDA, Library of Congress classification and Dublin Core.
Employs emerging metadata schemas to link content across multiple data repositories, and improve search optimization and discoverability of internal and external data.
Provides input into the planning, implementation, and support of enterprise data management.
Assures the quality of metadata records for enterprise data management systems and the OCLC Discovery system.
Administers OCLC Discovery system to ensure reliable access to subscription-based information and research resources.
Administers the OCLC Iliad interlibrary lending management system upgrades and provides interlibrary loan services.
Determines current and future library automation requirements, recommends solutions and changes.
Maintains Research Center websites.
Engages in regular professional development through research, publications, presentations and participation in regional and national associations as part of the continuing commitment to bring best practices and innovative services to the National Academies.
Related duties as required and special projects as assigned.


Ability to solve problems of appreciable variety and complexity; Ability to undertake tasks broad in nature, requiring ingenuity, and originality and serve as a resource to others in the resolution of problems and issues; Ability to operate independently, and exercise appreciable latitude for independent judgment, discretion, and action; Ability to work successfully in a team environment; Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other departments through effective communication; Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.


MLS from an accredited program or 2+ years equivalent experience in relevant field.
Proven experience and knowledge of cross-walking metadata between standard formats
Proven experience and knowledge of content management systems.
Demonstrated knowledge of metadata schemas (XML, RDF, RDA, MARC, Library of Congress classification and Dublin Core).
Knowledge of, and experience in applying electronic, traditional and emerging metadata standards (AACR2R, Library of Congress classification and subjects, MARC formats) and familiarity with RDA.
Experience in an automated environment using OCLC WorldShare Management Discovery System or similar Discovery system.
Experience using OCLC Iliad or similar automated interlibrary services system
Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with ability to communicate complex information effectively.
Demonstrated excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities.
Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team-based environment.
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects.
Ability to operate, maintain and evaluate data management systems.
Ability to learn specialized library software and hardware applications.

Salary: Competitive

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Position: Data and Publications Librarian (Learning & Knowledge Mgmt Specialist/ Senior Associate)
Location: IDB – Washington, DC

Originally posted on the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

Established in 1959, the IDB is today the main source of multilateral financing for economic, social and institutional development in LAC. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice and technical assistance to the public and private sectors of its borrowing member countries.

The Bank’s Knowledge and Learning Sector (KNL) part of the Vice-Presidency of Sectors and Knowledge (VPS) is currently looking for a Learning and Knowledge Management Specialist/Senior Associate).

KNL is responsible for disseminating knowledge, both internally and externally; for establishing the institutional learning agenda; and delivering activities for staff and counterparts. KNL promotes an approved institutional knowledge and learning strategy to improve conditions for the acquisition, creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge needed for the effectiveness of Bank operations.

Within KNL, the Felipe Herrera Library (FHL) designs and delivers client-oriented information products and services for its internal audience of IDB researchers and technical specialists. Among those products, the open data portal “Numbers for Development” and the institutional repository of publications (back end of the IDB’s publication website) constitute library’s flagship projects. This position contributes advanced understanding and technical knowledge of IDB’s sectoral data curation and visualization, as well as publication processes and dissemination of knowledge products. The ideal candidate will have a combination of interpersonal and technical skills that will contribute to the library stewardship on the curation and dissemination of IDB’s both data and publications.

Key Accountabilities

The Felipe Herrera Library seeks a collaborative, energetic, innovative and service-oriented data and publications librarian to join its established team of information professionals. The successful candidate work on the following areas:

Data management: Provide advanced technical knowledge in the design and execution of a Bank-wide data management program in support of sectoral data curation and accessibility. Duties include:

In collaboration with sectoral departments and management, establishing and updating quality control procedures for sectoral data, based on ongoing research on data management trends as well as own knowledge of quantitative research methods

Analyzing and continuously updating existing technologies for data storage, curation and dissemination, including metadata curation and data exchange practices

Support the development of workflows and metadata required for quantitative data handling and dissemination

Data visualization: Provide input into the development of innovative ways of visualizing quantitative data using storytelling and other tools for communication effectiveness

Continuously research and provide solutions in relation to visualizing quantitative data effectively, both for specialized audiences and the layman

Use innovative and traditional visualization techniques to analyze and communicate data in the context of the IDB’s strategic priorities for socio-economic development in the Region

Publications management: Contribute to the development of state-of-the-art digital publishing approaches

Conduct research and analysis on the design of effective strategies for visibility of publications in digital spaces (the web, mobile devices, etc)

Collaborate with library colleagues in developing user-oriented and innovative publishing processes and solutions

Discovery and Dissemination: Support the discovery and dissemination of both data and publications generated by IDB sectoral experts, using best practices in the industry.

Work as a team with sector and/or embedded librarians, and the dissemination and semantic ontology team, to identify, upload in platforms, and aggressively disseminate IDB’s sectoral data and publications to external audiences

Coordinate the design and execution of metric evaluation systems (such as Google Scholar citations or Altmetric) in order to assess the impact of knowledge dissemination strategies

Specialized sectoral services: Provide subject librarian services for clients in the department of the Research (RES) and also for the Vice-Presidency of Countries (VPC)

Continuously engage RES and VPC clients in library products, making sure client needs as well as management expectations are met

Disseminate cutting-edge external knowledge to RES and VPC sector specialists and economists using FHL information resources subscriptions and other library knowledge discovery tools

Provide customized training on the use of library tools and platforms, as well as awareness and compliance with IDB’s publications and data policies

Perform other duties as assigned.


Education: Master’s Degree in areas related to Information Sciences, Computer Sciences, Library Sciences, or similar. A second degree in a data-oriented social science discipline (such as economics or statistics) is a definite asset, although equivalent years of work and/or comparable expertise will be considered.

Experience: A minimum of four (4) years of data preservation, curation and dissemination, (including content description and representation, metadata standards and workflows) for both socio-economic indicators sets and other datasets, preferable in library, information centers or applied-research oriented settings. Demonstrated subject knowledge in quantitative methods as employed in the social sciences and economic fields. Understanding of issues related to scholarly publishing.
Languages: Fluent in English and Spanish. Portuguese and French command is a plus.

Other skills:

Experience with tools for managing digital assets for both data and publications, preferably DSpace and Socrata.

Experience with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, R, Python and Java.

Experience on the use of data visualization tools such as Tableau, PowerBI, Google Public Data Explorer, and d3.js

Experience using statistical software such as Stata, SPSS or RStudio.

Advanced proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, etc.).

Awareness of recent data-related trends such as big data and predictive analytics. Openness to explore and catalyze said trends whenever relevant to IDB knowledge work.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and/or facilitate workflow

Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.

Technical Competencies

1. Information Retrieval & Dissemination
Manages operation of information resources in a manner that is customer focused and efficient and targeted on growth areas of IDB which require increased knowledge and resources
2. Content Management
Acts strategically and economically when acquiring and managing content resources to fulfill user knowledge requirements
3. Learning & Knowledge Management Systems, Technologies & Platforms
Designs, maintains, evaluates and improves learning and knowledge management systems, technologies and platforms to provide users and producers with a rich and continual flow of content
4. Learning & Knowledge Management Methodologies & Interventions
Develops or adapts methodologies and interventions to acquire and exchange knowledge across IDB and with its clients.
5. Measurement, Evaluation & Learning Impact
Creates and implements measurement and evaluation strategies to maximize the impact of learning and contribute to client decision-making and results
6. Interdisciplinary Knowledge & Institutional Perspective
Gains enterprise-wide understanding of IDB operations and knowledge requirements
7. Delivery & Facilitation of Learning
Demonstrates outstanding presentation and facilitation skills in the delivery of training, seminars and other learning interventions
Core Competencies

1. Collaboration, Teamwork and Inclusion:
Works cooperatively with others independent of background (e.g., gender, ethnic origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, background, perspective) or organizational role, and takes a team-based and inclusive approach to projects and decision making.
2. Innovation and Creativity:
Develops imaginative ideas and solutions through creativity, experimentation and critical thinking
3. Communication and Influence:
Communicates effectively and leverages relationships and strategies to influence others.
4. Client Focus:
Understands client needs and provides services that meet their expectations for quality and performance; meets the Bank’s expectations for ethical behavior.
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