Five Library Positions – Washington, D.C.

Position: Manager of Library Services
Location: Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses – Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available at ALA Joblist:

Manager of Library Services

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), an innovative, dynamic, professional nursing membership organization, seeks an experienced seasoned health sciences librarian to manage the association’s library, archives and to provide AWHONN staff, members, and the public with research services and resources that support AWHONN’s mission and goals. Strong knowledge and research skills in health sciences or related sector, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and a Master’s degree in library science are required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Review and update the Library and Archives’ policies and procedures to reflect current and standardized practices in information services. Utilize state of the art information delivery methods to provide research services and updates in obstetric, neonatal, and women’s health nursing.

Perform comprehensive literature searches in PubMed, and the CINAHL database for AWHONN staff and science teams.

Arrange, describe, and provide access to the archives of the organization.

Perform collection development and maintenance services to provide staff with current information, via hardcopy and electronic resources. Monitor journal and database subscriptions ordered through EBSCO and other vendors.

Utilize RDA protocols and Library of Congress subject headings/call numbers to catalog library acquisitions. .

Check-in journals, distribute eTOCs, and provide document delivery and ILL services as requested.

Develop and maintain topical vertical files.

Position: Two Positions

Location: Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception – Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcements available at ALA Joblist:

Assistant Librarian for Technical Services

This is a professional position that reports to the Director of the Library of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. The Assistant Librarian for Technical Services performs descriptive and subject cataloging, and classification of both original and copy cataloging, requiring the exercise of independent professional judgment. This is a salaried, full-time position with benefits.

Salary is comparable to the position for a non-profit Roman Catholic graduate college with a student population of 110. This position will open August 1, 2016.

Circulation Services Librarian

This is a professional position which reports to the Librarian of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (PFIC). The Circulation Services Librarian is responsible for duties associated with circulation, reference, reserves, support services, security, search of bibliographic data and periodical materials. This is a salaried, full-time position with benefits. Salary is comparable to the position for a non-profit Roman Catholic graduate college with a student population of 110. This position will open August 1, 2016.

Qualifications should include an MLS, a love for books, an interest in Catholic academic research and information technologies, flexibility, and friendliness. This position requires the ability to perform pre-cataloging tasks within one or more specific languages, to lift up to 40 lbs., and to use a stepstool to reach high shelves.

Position: Senior Associate, Systems Librarian

Location: The Pew Charitable Trusts – Washington D.C.

Originally posted on the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

Job description

Research Services:

The role of Pew’s Research Services unit is to connect Pew staff to information resources that will help them to work effectively to accomplish Pew’s mission. Research Services (RS) is responsible for understanding the needs of the organization for data—external and internal, current and historical. RS uses the various information resources and tools to create customized research, such as literature reviews, news scans and background pieces. The RS group includes staff skilled in research support. The unit also oversees Pew’s library and its archive of historical information and is a team of five, with staff in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Position Overview:

The Senior Associate, Systems Librarian is a key position with responsibility for providing high-quality, robust systems that facilitate search, discovery, and delivery of library services and resources to the entire organization. The Senior Associate, Systems Librarian is well-versed in library systems and works collaboratively with other departments to support the discoverability of library resources in both the physical and digital realms. This position contributes to the ongoing improvement, extension, and integration of the library’s various systems and increasingly sophisticated search tools, including the library system, knowledge repository, and other digital platforms in support of staff learning, research and scholarship. This position is based in Washington, DC, and will report to the Director, Research Services.


Administer existing internal library systems and external databases, including login management and the set up and maintenance of e-subscriptions.
Monitors the market regarding implementation of new and emerging library applications and knowledge systems such as next generation library catalogs, aggregated discovery tools, research and collaboration systems, instructional technology, digital archives, and simulation and presentation tools.
Works with staff to assess user needs and expectations on a regular basis to insure they have access to information systems needed to effectively do their work, as well as the ongoing development of search, discovery, and delivery services. Works with RS staff to employ formal usability testing and data analysis to assess the effectiveness of services and technologies.
Works closely with Associate, Research Librarian (Digital) and staff to deploy and configure systems to fully leverage the potential of metadata derived from disparate sources in order to locate digital resources.
Works with Pew’s Information Technology department to support RS’ online systems, such as Pew’s library and archive catalog, online databases and digital resources housed in our intranet.
Performs other duties related to library systems as needed to accomplish RS’ goals.
Represents RS on internal technology-related committees, task forces and work groups.
Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as general knowledge of current trends in library and information technology.


Bachelor’s degree required.
A minimum of four years of applicable work experience required, the majority of which should be with library systems.
Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear effective fashion for both general and targeted audiences.
Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue. Ability to work autonomously and independently, yet in a cooperative spirit.
Demonstrated research skills.
An ability to work with both internal stakeholders and outside contractors.


We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.


It is anticipated that the Senior Associate will undertake occasional travel, usually to Pew’s Philadelphia office.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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Position: Library Manager 2

Location: The George Washington University – Washington, DC

Originally posted on the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

This position is a permanent part-time paraprofessional working as a member of the Information and Instructional Services Staff. The Library Manager 2, Evening/Weekend Reference Specialist provides front-line, core information services to faculty, staff, and students of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), School of Nursing (SON), Milken School of Public Health (GWSPH), GW Hospital, and Medical Faculty Associates (MFA). This includes responding to inquiries via phone, in person, and email or instant messages at the reference desk from in the evening hours Monday through Thursday and Saturday afternoon (specific hours are listed above). This position is a patron-facing position that staffs the Library’s Reference Desk during all hours listed above.

Responsibilities Include:

Guides patrons to appropriate electronic and print resources;
Assists patrons in connecting to electronic databases, the library catalog and home page, email accounts, and other internet and University resources;
Helps patrons locate Reserve materials, search library catalog, and utilize other electronic and print resources necessary for research;
Offers basic instruction in the use of the library catalog, electronic databases, and apps;
Assists patrons (master’s and doctoral level students, residents, and faculty) in selecting research topics for course requirements;
Assists patrons in analyzing research assignments or case-based scenarios to determine appropriate information resources and databases;
Utilizes in-house systems to respond to patron inquiries related to: Reserves, book and journal holdings, on-order items, and other Collection questions;
Assists patrons with requesting materials not owned by the Himmelfarb Library;
Troubleshoots computer and software problems experienced by students, staff, and faculty;
Interprets Library policies and procedures, or provides referrals to professional librarians;
Provides feedback to the Coordinator, Information and Instructional Services on evening policies, procedures, and services;
Maintains statistics on evening reference services;
Assists the evening Circulation Desk staff in responding to patron inquiries;
Assists in the maintenance of the reference area and reference collection;
Carries out special projects as needed;

This position performs other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in the sciences or a research intensive field plus 3-5 years of progressively responsible library experience, including 1-2 years of specialized reference work preferred.

Experience in library, instructional, or health-related science field is highly desirable.

Excellent communication skills.

Ability to work with minimal supervision.

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