Seven Positions – Washington, D.C. and Northern VA

Job Title: Coordinator, Collections
Office: Office of Teaching and Learning, District of Columbia Public Schools – Washington, DC
Salary Range: 1-4 / $62,264 – $68,255

Originally posted to the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

Position Overview

The mission of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is to deliver high-quality instructional resources, enhance classroom practice and scale effective programs to increase DCPS student achievement and prepare all students for success in college, career, and life.OTL spans four core competency areas:

Professional learning;
Enrichments and interventions; and
Formative assessment.

Team members support school-based staff in implementing DCPS’s existing academic programs while simultaneously working to rethink and redesign school programming, academic and curricular resources and educator professional development.

The Educational Technology & Library Programs division is responsible for creating and implementing the district’s vision to support schools and content areas in technology integration, blended learning initiatives, and library programs. The use of technology in the classroom and school libraries are a high priority for the Chancellor and are integral to achieving the goals set forth in A Capital Commitment. DCPS believes in the power of technology and digital resources to personalize and accelerate student learning in all content areas. The goal of technology use in DCPS is to provide students with high quality educational experiences which increase technology literacy and personalize and accelerate student learning. Integrated experiences must allow for collaboration, creativity, and development of critical thinking skills to better prepare students for college and career. School library programs that are staffed by credentialed school library media specialists have a high impact on student achievement, literacy development, and college and career readiness. By working with classroom teachers, school libraries become a powerful part of the full educational program. This team works together to support each content team in achieving schools’ academic goals.

The Coordinator, Collections functions as a liaison between DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC Public Library (DCPL), assisting with collection, development, and management for all DCPS school libraries, including overseeing the purchasing and receipt of materials for DCPS libraries. Working with DCPS and DCPL staff, the Coordinator develops and implements the procedures to negotiate vendor contracts, conveys cataloging specifications, places, and receives orders, establishes purchase orders, pays invoices, and maintains quality control for the materials selected for DCPS libraries. The Coordinator, helps to design and facilitate methods to organize and track individual school needs, procures vendor-generated selection lists and creates individualized selection lists, and solves related problems. The Coordinator, Collections stays current on trends in the publishing and educational arenas to ensure that each library collection is aligned with curriculum standards and school needs. The Coordinator, coordinates communication between DCPS and DCPL related to collection analysis, purchasing, and any issues that arise.

The Coordinator, Collections will report to the Specialist, Library Media Specialist.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

Develops policies, procedures, and plans for each school library’s collection development and purchasing in conjunction with DCPS and DCPL staff.
Communicates regularly with DCPS school library media specialists to develop and coordinate responsive, cost effective, and efficient methods to select collections that are aligned with curriculum standards and school needs.
Employs online tools to assess individual school library needs, share vendor-generated and individualized order lists, and collect suggestions.
Participates in interagency committees, visits schools, and develops intentional strategies to develop buy-in for new practices and inspire trust, collaboration, and positive relationships between DCPS and DCPL staff.
Has knowledge of and communicates school needs, coordinates orders, and tracks the allocation spending for library materials.
Attends meetings to share information and keeps abreast of DCPL collection practices and DCPS needs, applying changes to workflow as needed. Keeps supervisor informed of issues in a timely fashion; recommends changes as appropriate.
Facilitates collections-related professional development for and information exchanges between DCPS and DCPL through workshops, newsletters, or other opportunities.
Seeks out and recommends best practices from national models of school-public library collaboration and shared collection development.
Evaluates the processes and policies regularly, adapting to new tasks or revised expectations as necessary.
Assists with the development of a business plan and pilot for Phase 2 of shared tech services; phase 2 includes: selection, ordering and delivery of DCPL materials to DCPS schools for use in classrooms; delivering items students and teachers order to school locations; sharing a collections operations and distributions center with schools.
Stays abreast of children’s and teen books, authors, and relevant issues and trends in the field including knowledge of practices, trends, tools, and vendors associated with library materials.


Bachelor’s degree and two to four years of related work experience.
Master’s degree preferred.
Master’s of Library Science preferred.
Previous experience as a school library media specialist preferred including strong knowledge of collection development in school settings, ability to collect and analyze bibliographic, narrative, financial, and statistical data.
Must be detail oriented, self-motivated, and task-focused, with attention to accuracy and the ability to track multiple demands in fast-paced environments in various locations, including DCPS central office, schools, and DCPL technical services.
Facility with platforms and services that enable management of workflow and documents, i.e., SharePoint, Dropbox, procurement systems, etc., as well as library collection management systems, i.e., SirsiDynix’s Workflows, Follett’s Destiny.

Personal Qualities of Top Candidates

Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.
Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.
Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed workplans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.

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Position: Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Residency
Location: Folger Shakespeare Library – Washington, DC

Originally posted to the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

The Folger Shakespeare Library (Folger) invites applications for the Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Residency. The Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Residency (“Seiler Residency” for short) is a nine-month term-limited position for new library professionals made possible by the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund and hosted at the Folger. This Residency runs from September 2016 through June 2017.

The 2016/17 Seiler Resident will work hands-on with 17th-century printed books while being actively trained and mentored by Folger librarians. The focus of the residency will be on rare book cataloging, but the Seiler Resident will also have the opportunity to work directly with acquisitions staff, curators, and other professionals in order to gain a thorough and practical understanding of rare materials librarianship. Specific activities will be tailored to match the Seiler Resident’s individual interests and needs, with the understanding that these may change over the nine months as the resident develops professionally. The Seiler Resident will be an integral part of the Folger staff, participating in departmental meetings, attending talks, and contributing to the collegial environment on a professional level in order to gain genuine career-oriented experience. Additional information about the residency and potential projects is available on Folgerpedia.

Interested applicants are required to submit a cover letter and CV, and must have received a master’s degree within the 18 months prior to application from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Familiarity with key people and events from early modern British culture is required. Our ideal candidate will have a background (or coursework) in the field of rare books or descriptive bibliography, and bibliographic knowledge of Latin. Ability to carefully handle fragile materials is necessary. Applicants must have strong computer and organizational skills, the ability to work well within a team environment, the ability to follow technical instructions, and a meticulous attention to detail. Knowledge of basic technical processing/cataloging functions and services to include cataloging standards such as RDA, and MARC21 as well as the use of OCLC Connexion preferred. Knowledge of DCRM(B) a plus. Working knowledge of Voyager desired. Experience cataloging for a research library environment a plus. This is a full time, 35 hours per week, residency with salary and benefits. Applications are due by June 30, 2016.

Position: Eastern European Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian
Location: Georgetown University – Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available at ALA Joblist:

Eastern European Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian

Reporting directly to the Head of Collections, Research and Instruction the Eastern European Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian will develop and manage research collections that that will support the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and other subject areas as assigned. Duties include but are not limited to:

Fostering the development and expansion of research and instruction activities to meet the information needs and support the research and curricular goals of the assigned liaison department(s). Actual assignments, beyond CERES, will be made based on the needs of the University Library based on the successful candidate’s experience and interests.

Working directly with students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, researchers, other University staff and administrators, University alumni, and members of the public.

Position: Library Technician
Location: Library of Congress – Washington, D.C.
Salary Range: $39,311.00 to $51,102.00 / Per Year
Closes: Monday 5/23/2016

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS:

This position is located in the Technical Services Section of Prints & Photographs Division, Library Services, which acquires, organizes, describes, preserves, and makes available for research use a wide variety of original and historical visual materials in both physical and digital formats.

The incumbent works alone or with a team to prepare collections for service. This processing work involves archival arrangement, bibliographic description, inventory control, and collections management tasks such as recognizing different visual formats, sorting and labeling, foldering and boxing, performing digital reformatting and quality review, and entering pertinent information into inventory databases and library catalogs according to standard procedures.

Position: Library Technician (Collections Care Technician)
Location: Library of Congress – Washington, D.C.
Salary Range: $35,265.00 to $45,844.00 / Per Year
Closes: Tuesday 5/17/2016

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS:

The incumbent houses collections-level materials by hand using protective enclosures such as folders, envelopes, sleeves, folders, or polyester encapsulations. Uses an automated box-making system to construct custom-fitted enclosures for Library materials from the special collections. Safely rehouses materials in appropriate protective enclosures.

Performs basic repairs to collection materials, dry cleaning, and repairing paper using heat-set tissue or Japanese paper. Humidifies and flattens materials as appropriate and selects appropriate housing. Conducts treatment in a production environment by batching similar treatments.

Equipment used may include board shears, book presses, computers, mounting press, tacking irons, ultrasonic or heat-welding equipment, box-making machine, fume hood, spray equipment for deacidification, or other conservation equipment.

Develops and maintains a good working knowledge of computer operations and of designated computer software packages for word processing, database management, and statistical compilations.

Participates on Library committees and/or task forces and contributes to the Library-wide disaster preparedness and response efforts.

Under minimal supervision, prepares various simple, routine written materials in support of the unit or office, such as treatment reports and supply forms. Prepares and/or drafts general correspondence in accord with established policies and procedures, and in accord with specific instructions from the supervisor.

Position: Library Technician NF-03

Location: Army Installation Management Command – Fort Myer, VA
Salary Range: $33,392.00 to $41,740.00 / Per Year
Closes: Monday 5/9/2016

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS:

Responsible for or performs a wide variety of public service duties: circulation, reference/reader?s advisory, database searching, collection maintenance, programming, marketing, displays/publicity, interlibrary loans, reserves; and/or a wide variety of technical service duties: cataloging/copy cataloging, ordering/receiving/processing/accounting for and de-acquisitioning of library materials, shelf inventories; and/or a wide variety of systems application and maintenance which may include standard office software, basic Integrated Library System and PC management. Performs selected administrative management duties to include ensuring internal controls are in place in public services and/or technical services. May manage a branch library or serve as a lead departmental library technician. Trains others in the performance of library technician duties.

Incumbent may perform physical exertion such as long periods of standing, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, pushing of loaded trucks; and recurring lifting of heavy items such as boxes of books or journals.

Jeanette E. Zielinski
Phone: (703)545-4503

Position: Associate Taxonomist
Location: CEB – Arlington, VA

Originally posted to the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.


The Associate Taxonomist supports the maintenance of the enterprise taxonomies, automated categorization system, and enterprise search engine.

Key Responsibilities

Supports Corporate Taxonomist in the development and maintenance of the firm’s taxonomies, including reviewing of content for possible gaps in coverage, identifying new terms, synonyms, and term relationships
Creates categorization rules for new taxonomy terms as well as maintains and improves categorization rules for existing terms
Performs regular tests of the automated categorization system to evaluate and improve the relevancy of the categorization rules
Evaluates search performance as well as the relevancy of search results using a quality assurance scorecard to identify areas for improvement
Monitors search usage logs and enhance search relevancy through management of search dictionaries
Generates analytical reports on categorization, search, and related user behavior
Provides stakeholders guidance on taxonomy and search, as well as explains decisions made by taxonomy team
Researches and explores innovations and best practices in discipline. Recommends and leads implementation of improvements


Master’s degree in library or information science
1 to 2 years of experience in taxonomy /controlled vocabulary development, search engine optimization, or auto-categorization
Understanding of taxonomy management and standards
Familiarity with content management systems, XML, or tagging of text content
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
Experience with SAS text miner, auto-categorization tools a plus
Good analytical and problem-solving skills
Excellent English language skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (e.g.Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

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