Two Positions – Washington, D.C.

Position: Temporary Librarian
Location: Inter-American Development Bank – Washington, DC

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

Temporary Librarian

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (“IDB” or “Bank”) is the main source of financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice and technical assistance to the public and private sectors of its borrowing countries.

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.

Consultancy objective(s)

The Selected candidate will provide support to the KNL/FHL library team (particularly the publications librarian, the semantics expert, and the reference team), in areas such as gathering data, reviewing data, provide semantic web knowledge and share it with the semantics knowledge expert, and provide support to the publications process in all areas.

Main activities

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:

Publications management: Contribute to the development of state-of-the-art digital publishing approaches by:
Conducting research and analysis on the design of effective strategies for visibility of publications in digital spaces (the web, mobile devices, etc.);
Under the direction of the Publications librarian, collaborate with other library colleagues in developing user-oriented and innovative publishing processes and solutions.
Specialized sectorial services: Provide subject librarian services for clients in the core departments of the bank including SPD, MICI, MIF, OVE, EXR, and other sectors as needed by:
Continuously engaging core clients in library products, making sure client needs as well as management expectations are met;
Provide customized training on the use of library tools and platforms, as well as awareness and compliance with IDB’s publications and data policies.
Support the Publications Librarian in tasks related to the Information Infrastructure and the documents and publications migration process from IDBDocs to ezShare.
Solve technical access problems (“troubleshooting”) to electronic resources (such as library apps) on time and on demand.
Support the Publications Librarian on the continuous development of the libraries’ taxonomy using Pool Party semantic technology suite by:
Conducting a range of analyses (competitive/comparative, Google Analytics, internal data sources, user research) to inform taxonomy development process;
Evaluating categorized content to identify gaps in coverage, misclassified content, redundant and/or ineffective categorization rules;
Performing complex Boolean queries to efficiently identify similar content and apply auto-categorization rules per the current taxonomy structure and category definitions (open to suggestions for improvement of current taxonomy);
Creating and maintaining mappings and crosswalks to fulfill business needs and facilitate data reuse;
Suggesting ways to improve and scale our products and internal tools.
Participate in the FHL Service of Reference portfolio that includes products such as interlibrary lending, obtaining scientific articles and reports, identification and location of internal and external documents on demand, timely response to requests for information and similar tasks.
Other duties as assigned.


Position: Program Analyst

Location: DC Public Library – Washington, DC

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

Program Analyst

Job Summary

This position is located in the Office of the Executive Director, District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL). This position provides a variety of program and data analysis functions and conducts studies of DCPL programs. The purpose of the program studies and analyses is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of organizational structures, to assess organizational and program problems and recommend solutions; and to review and evaluate the potential effectiveness of proposed organizations and programs.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Gathers and organizes information from a variety of sources such as records, computer files, previous studies, and interviews; analyzes information to identify issues and isolate problems; develops solutions and measurements of productivity and effectiveness for use by others; develops detailed briefings and reports of findings and recommendations; and encourages others to implement recommendations.
Organizes and delivers briefings to present findings, solutions, and recommendations to managers, and prepares option papers and similar staff reports.
Conducts independent studies to determine the proper organization and structure of activities and to measure and track the progress and accomplishments of programs to be carried out by various departments, offices, or organizational entities. Identifies, collects, and analyzes appropriate information, devising new internal structures and presents findings.
Ensures program goals, objectives and operations are realistic. Prepares internal instructions, operating procedures and guidelines concerning assigned program(s) and recommends required changes and adjustments to assure proper and adequate accomplishment of major program goals and objectives.
Leads analytical projects across DCPL. Develops, implements, and maintains systems and processes to gather, vet and disseminate institutional data and measure, track and analyze operational and service impacts and demands. Seeks out innovation and identifies new and emerging platforms and methods for data gathering and analysis. Reviews and provides recommendations for changes to existing systems. Serves as a subject matter expert on major data-driven initiatives and participates in key decisions regarding operational challenges, interdependencies and performance.
Collects, maintains, utilizes, and analyzes organization performance and external demographic and demand data to advise on operational and service reviews, changes and improvements. Creates and applies data-based approaches to testing hypotheses, assessing performance, identifying opportunities and developing recommendations for improvement throughout DCPL. Mines and leverages industry analytics to model specific program decisions and continuous improvements in organizational service offerings.

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