Four Library Positions – Washington, D.C.

Position: Library Technician
Location: Library of Congress – Library of Congress
Salary Range: $53,435.00 to $69,460.00 / Per Year
Closes: Thursday 6/16/2016

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS:

This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines the major technician duties for the functions of acquisitions, cataloging, and serials control. The duties include performing acquisitions searching, placing orders, receiving items, paying invoices, serials check-in, and any other activities needed to support the acquisitions of materials for the library. The duties also include those to support the function of performing cataloging for the library such as shelflisting, record creation, copy cataloging, database maintenance activities, and searching. Often there will be a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which functions are being performed. For example, staff processing and cataloging materials from South America need knowledge of the Spanish language.

Position: Digital Collections Developer

Location: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Washington, DC

Originally posted on the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for an innovative and passionate individual to join our team and inspire citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. With the primary mission of Rescuing the Evidence: building and preserving for posterity the fully accessible collection of record on the Holocaust, the Office of Collections is currently seeking a Digital Collections Developer.

This position is located in the Office of Collections, Digital Collections Division, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The position involves working under the administrative supervision of the Director of Digital Collections to carry out tasks relating to applications software development for the Digital Collections Division of the Office of Collections. The candidate will provide creative, efficient, and elegant technical solutions to inherently complex problems. The growing digital collection comprises tens of millions of image files, tens of thousands of hours of media, hundreds of thousands of descriptions, and about a dozen sources of metadata. It all needs to be preserved and made available forever, and we want to provide better user interfaces to support all of our constituents, both internal users and via the web.

This is a full-time donated position (non-Federal) paid with the Museum’s private funds, with a two year work assignment. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Duties and Responsibilities

Design, develop, and implement tools and systems that relate to processing, identification, and access to the digitized historical assets held by or overseen by the Office of Collections.
Develop software systems to enhance access to Collections materials including digitized archival materials, photographs, and oral histories, historical film, Museum objects, and various databases and sources of metadata. The work consists of software and user interface design for new projects as well as maintenance, modification, and refactoring of existing systems.
Use systems, tools, and approaches such as modern programming tools (e.g. Java, Python, PHP); contemporary MVC (model-view-controller) frameworks as embodied in systems such as Ruby on Rails; JQuery/JavaScript; Linux shell scripting; TDD/BDD (test-driven development, behavior-driven development) and code reviews; and source-code control (e.g. git, GitHub).
Plans and develops methods of operation to effectively work with metadata and uses metadata transformation, search, discovery, and user interfaces for Collections cataloging materials.
Interact frequently with other federal, public, and private institutions dealing with similar subject matter collections, as well as with private individuals both nationally and internationally, survivors of the Holocaust, and other related individuals working in collections.
Develop and deploy open source and commercial software systems such as Blacklight (the Ruby on Rails application), ArchivesSpace (archival cataloging system), and ResourceSpace (a digital asset management system), or similar systems.
Improve maintainability, performance, security, using refactor and update systems, and maintain conformance with the community of users of each system.
Test and monitor systems for proper operation.
Implement test-driven development and/or behavior-driven development systems to ensure proper operation.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

At least two years developing code for production-quality, complex systems to process and enhance access to library, museum, or archival metadata in a professional or educational environment.
Experience with at least one MVC-oriented development frameworks such as Ruby on Rails, Laravel, Django, or similar.
Experience developing and deploying applications using at least two contemporary programming and web development languages such as Ruby, PHP, Python, or server-side and/or client-side JavaScript.
Knowledge of metadata standards of representation and exchange that relate to library or collections systems, such as MARC, EAD, METS, MODS, TEI and other XML or JSON standards or guidelines.
Understanding of software development practices. Experience with refactoring existing installed systems in order to enhance feature sets or upgrade to newer versions. Experience with source code control systems such as git. Experience with test-driven development (TDD) and/or behavior-driven development (BDD). Experience customizing open source software.
Experience with theory and practice of relational databases such as MySQL and/or SQL Server.
Familiarity with the Linux command line and shells (e.g. bash). Experience developing and deploying production systems in a Linux environment.
Familiarity with source code control and collaborative development systems (e.g. git, svn).

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Please include both your resume and cover letter in a single PDF or Word document titled “First Name Last Name”. Salary history may be required during the interview process. For more information about the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, please visit

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. This position is open to all qualified individuals. If you are not a US citizen, you must possess sufficient legal documentation and permission to work in the United States (and provide if requested).

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Position: Archivist, Manuscript Division

Location: Library of Congress – Washington, DC
Salary Range: $53,435.00 to $69,460.00 / Per Year

Originally posted to the UMD iSchool MLS listserv. Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS:

**Job posting extended (closing May 27, 2016)**

The Library of Congress is seeking applications for the position of archivist. There is one vacancy for this position located in the Preparation Section of the Manuscript Division of the Collections and Services Directorate of Library Services. As part of one of the largest manuscript repositories in the United States and in the world, the Preparation Section is key to the Manuscript Division’s mission of preparing for reader use material that encompasses the breadth and chronology of American history, including the papers of presidents, cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, writers, scientists, inventors, business leaders, reformers, and prominent nongovernmental organizations. The incumbent is responsible for the organization and description of manuscript collections and the orderly administration of the complexities of archival functions, including the use of computer technology in relation to those duties. The incumbent works under the general supervision of the Assistant Head of the Preparation Section who prioritizes work and provides advice on policy and technical problems.
The complete job announcement, Number 150297, is available at:

Position Title: Part-Time Library Assistant

Location: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection – Washington, DC
Position Title: Part-Time Library Assistant
Supervisor: Director of the Library
Department: Research Library
Grade: Casual position
Hours: 15 hours per week
Pay Rate: $15 per hour

Originally posted to the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.


Part-time position supporting a variety of functions in a distinguished research library (approximately 225,000 volumes) with world-renowned multi-language, multi-alphabet collections in Byzantine and medieval studies, garden history and landscape architecture, and Pre-Columbian studies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assist Interlibrary Loan Librarian with ILL requests using ILLIAD software: receiving and returning loans, preparing lending and borrowing forms, retrieving materials from the stacks and preparing them for ILL shipment.
Assist Interlibrary Loan Librarian with Scan & Deliver service requests: processing outgoing and incoming requests to verify citations and availability, impose copyright restrictions, retrieve items, and scan articles for digital transmission to requestors.
Shelve books and shelf-read collections.
Bibliographic searching for pre-order purposes.
Other duties assigned as time permits.

The Library Assistant must be able to work 15 hours over three or four days each week. Work schedule is between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Exact schedule is negotiated between the successful applicant and the library director.


Experience using computerized library systems, with ILLIAD experience strongly preferred (specify systems experience in curriculum vitae).
Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
Bachelor’s degree in Art History or humanities.
Graduate coursework in library and information science is strongly preferred.

Language skills

Reading knowledge of foreign languages (specify languages in CV).

Physical Demands

The physical requirements of this position relate primarily to collections shelved in a research library and work done in an office environment. The incumbent should be able to bend, stoop, and reach to retrieve library materials, and be able to push a fully laden truck of books. This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time associated with working at a desk with a computer and monitor.

To Apply

This position remains open until filled. Candidates should submit a detailed curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three references to:

Please use the email subject line “Part-Time Library Assistant.”

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).