Two Library Positions – Washington, D.C.

Position Title: Reference Coordinator (1796)
Location: American University – Washington, D.C.

Originally posted on the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

Position Number: 1796 Open Date: 11/8/2016
Department: University Library Close Date:
Salary Range: $22.28 – $26.16/hr
Band: Coordinator/Analyst B
Work Hours per Week: 35-Non-Exempt
Position Type: Full-time Staff

Originally posted on the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.


The Reference Coordinator is a staff librarian, who provides high quality in-person and remote research assistance and instruction to all library users. S/he staffs the Research Assistance Desk three evenings during the business week and also on Sundays. This position provides reference and research assistance in the use of the online catalog, 500+ databases, and the print collections, in addition to training and supporting library users in the use of citation management software.

Educational Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. A Master of Library Science, Information Science, or similar degree from an ALA accredited institution is preferred.

Minimum Requirements:

3 years of reference and instruction experience providing basic and in-depth research assistance in an academic or equivalent setting including experience using technology in the delivery of reference and instruction services
Extensive knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles and techniques of librarianship in order to provide effective reference support
Experience with electronic information resources, including Zotero, EndNote or other citation management tools
Demonstrated proficiency in basic principles of research combining electronic and print resources to provide both quick solutions and in-depth research
Demonstrated ability to assess student/library user needs, goals, interests and prior academic research experiences
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within the library and members of the library community
Excellent customer service skills, with a demonstrated ability to work closely with students, faculty and co-workers
Demonstrated analytical thinking and problem solving skills as well as excellent organizational skills

Preferred Requirements:

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel.

Additional Information:

This position is responsible for staffing the Research Assistance Desk for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening shifts (5:00-9:00pm) and Sunday shifts (1:00-6:00pm). The incumbent’s full work schedule includes: Mondays (10:00am-6:00pm), Tuesdays (1:00-9:00pm), Wednesdays (1:00-9:00pm), Thursdays (1:00-9:00pm), and Sundays (10:00am-6:00pm). The position is within the Division of Research, Teaching & Learning, and reports to the Associate Director, Instruction & Research Services.

Questions about the position can be directed to Alex Hodges,

To apply, visit this page:


American University Library serves the AU community through a collection of over 1,300,000 volumes, 52,000 media and sound recordings. The AU Library collection totals over 125,000 journal subscriptions in all subjects. Notable collections include a branch music library, a strong visual media collection, special collections and university archives, a branch K-12 curriculum materials center, and numerous partner collections across campus including the Career Center and Visual Resources Center. AU Library has affiliate collections at the Washington College of Law and at the Wesley Theological Seminary. The library has 21 library faculty, 73 full-time staff and other professionals, and about 140 student assistants. The library system’s budget is about $14.4 million. American University Library is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, and it holds membership in LOCKSS, SPARC, the Patriot League Libraries Group, and the University Libraries Group.

American University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, many with international focus, to more than 12,000 students.

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

Position: Reference Librarian

Location: Washington, DC

Originally posted on the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

LAC Federal is seeking a Reference Librarian with experience in Business Intelligence and Market Analysis to work for a Federal library in the Washington, DC area. This is a long term full time benefited position.

For immediate consideration, please apply on our website


You will provide research/reference services focused on international business development, finance, economics, environmental policy, foreign investment, energy, and law.
You will perform Character Reference research and keep the on-line Intranet page for the website up-to-date.
You will participate in marketing and outreach of the library services meeting with user groups and helps to curate and distribute information and news alerts on relevant topics.
Other duties include tracking usage statistics, participation in special projects as assigned.


Degree in Business, Information Management, or an MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited institution
Professional knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles and techniques of librarianship in order to provide effective reference support.
A solid foundation in basic principles of research combining electronic and print resources to providing both quick solutions and in-depth research.
Ability to identify or devise unorthodox and creative research approaches to respond to project related requests.
Knowledge of international business or related topics such as company intelligence, finance, economics, industry sectors and environmental issues.
Proficiency with a variety of generalized and specialized electronic information systems including LexisNexis and Factiva (command versions preferred).
Proficiency and practical experience using Microsoft Office Suite especially Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Proficiency with general Internet search techniques.
Must be open to taking direction and able to follow established policies/procedures.
Experienced in prioritizing projects, meeting deadlines and contributing effectively within a small group environment.
Responses to client requests will be organized, concise and will highlight key issues/data.
Must be team oriented with excellent interpersonal communications skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within the library and with library clientele.
Ability to work in a fast -paced, information intense environment

LAC Group is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values diversity in the workforce.

LAC Group is a premier provider of recruiting and consultancy services for information professionals at U.S. and global organizations including fortune 100 companies, law firms, pharmaceutical companies, large academic institutions and prominent government agencies.

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