Four Positions – Washington, D.C. & Virginia

Position: Unit Head, Metadata Services
Location: Georgetown University – Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on ALA Joblist.

The Unit Head of Metadata Services manages and provides innovative leadership to Metadata Services Unit with direct supervision of two librarians and four staff.  S/he formulates implements, assesses and documents Library’s policies, procedures, and best practices for use of descriptive, administrative, structural and preservation metadata, content standards, and controlled vocabularies to support the production, management of and access to the Libraries’ print and digital collections. Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, the Unit Head of Metadata has responsibilities that include but are not limited to:

Metadata Management and Production:

  • Manages and coordinates activities relating to metadata production for description, and access of digital materials acquired or held by Georgetown University Library.
  • Participates in or coordinates cross-divisional digitization projects in the planning and implementation of metadata provisions for digital resources, including the selection of metadata schema, data elements, thesauri, development of crosswalks, controlled vocabularies, and data dictionaries to facilitate use of digital collections and institutional repository as needed.
  • Catalogs digital resources using the appropriate metadata schema to support Georgetown University Libraries’ digital collections.
  • Oversees and performs original cataloging for materials in all subjects and formats.
  • Upgrades and enriches OCLC cataloging records and administers the quality control of cataloging activities.
  • Engages in the use and creation of controlled vocabularies to provide intellectual control over the application of subject headings, personal names, and place names as a component of the metadata process.
  • Leads efforts to optimize metadata output and finding new ways to use metadata to expose Lauinger Library’s collections.
  • Serves as a resource person providing expertise and guidance in metadata schema and standards, and provides training to other staff members or students as necessary.

Unit Management & Planning:

  • Manages Metadata Services Unit, including the direct supervision of 2 cataloging librarians and 1 copy cataloging supervisor, and the indirect supervision of other staff members who may perform cataloging within other Departments of the Library.
  • Plans, organizes, and coordinates Unit activities and special projects.
  • Hire, train and evaluate the Unit’s staff and monitors Unit performance.
  • Coordinates workflow with the Copy Cataloging Unit and other Library/Technical Services units.
  • Prepares statistics and writes reports.
  • Participates in decision-making process for the Department.

Metadata/Cataloging Policies & Procedures:

  • Directs on-going review and revision of library-wide cataloging policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates bibliographic and metadata policies and best practices among other units/departments within the Library.
  • Formulates, implements, and documents Library’s policies, procedures, and best practices for use of descriptive, administrative, structural and preservation metadata, content standards, and controlled vocabularies to support the production, and management of and access to the Libraries’ digital collections.
  • Serves as resource person to all Library staff, answering inquiries and providing interpretations on metadata, and cataloging and classification standards and rules.
  • Oversees the Library’s participation in cooperative cataloging endeavors such as NACO.
  • Monitors trends and maintains currency in emerging issues in bibliographic control, information organization, knowledge management, and metadata standards.
  • Provides training and documentation to other staff members as necessary.


  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from ALA-accredited institution
    2 or more years of demonstrated knowledge and experience with provision of metadata/cataloging services, including those related to Special Collections materials and digital initiatives within an academic or research library setting
    2 or more years of leadership and management experience or demonstrated increasingly responsible supervisory/team management experience
  • Working knowledge of MARC21 or non-MARC metadata schema including but not limited to metadata formats, such as Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MODS, OAI, and XML
  • Experience using a bibliographic utility, preferably OCLC, along with an integrated library system
  • Formal training of current standards, trends, and forthcoming changes with FRBR, RDA and MARC, and emerging technologies in cataloging services, including those related to digital libraries and special collections
  • Familiarity with data interchange standards and inter-operability of systems  – for example,  OAI-PMH)
  • Knowledge of rare book cataloging standards, including DCRM manuals and RBMS and AAT controlled vocabularies
  • Experience working with library systems and library software such as MarcEdit
    Formal BIBCO and NACO training
  • Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications
  • Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other productivity software

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working with metadata creation for institutional repositories
  • Knowledge of the semantic web and linked data
  • Experience with digital content management systems such as DSpace
  • Ability to make decisions independently and work with initiative within the framework of departmental/Library policies and goals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse environment and workplace, and the ability to work with a diverse population
  • Evidence of leadership, organizational, and project management skills

Position: Supervisory Librarian
Location: Library of Congress – Washington, DC
Salary: $112,021 to $145,629 per year

Full vacancy announcement is available on USAJOBS.

Summary of Duties
Begin a challenging and exciting career with the Executive Office of the President (EOP) providing support to the President of the United States. The EOP has responsibility for tasks ranging from communicating the President’s message to the American people to promoting our trade interests abroad. The EOP comprises the White House, Executive Residence, Office of the Vice President, Office of the United States Trade Representatives, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget, National Security Council, Council on Environmental Quality, Council of Economic Advisers, and the Office of Administration. The Office of Administration (OA) provides a full array of customer-based services to the EOP. To learn more about OA, please visit

This position is located in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), Office of Administration (OA), Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO), Library and Research Services Division (LRD). The incumbent provides information and research resources needed by officials and staff of the EOP with regard to government-wide and/or national and international concerns relating to policymaking for the highest levels of the Executive Branch of the federal government.

As a Supervisory, Librarian, GS-1410, 14 your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Manage Library resources including staff and budgetary expenditures for print, electronic, and audio resources.
  • Evaluate, plan, oversee, and coordinate an acquisition program for information resources.
  • Maintains a breath of knowledge as it relates to library management systems, information technology, and library and information science through reviews of professional literature, professional contacts and attendance and participation at professional meetings.
  • Supervise a staff of professional librarians and technicians.
  • Establish priorities, assign, distribute work and evaluate work made by Library staff.
  • Provide advice, guidance and counsel to employees regarding work and administrative matters.
  • Counsel staff to address work performance and conduct issues.
  • Train and guide staff in use of technical services modules of library management system.
  • Plan and implement technological improvements; such as Library systems, applications, and technical infrastructure.
  • Oversee cataloging and metadata processes to assure effective customer access for digital, print, and audio materials.
  • Oversee management of digital resources including license management and integration.
  • Plan and provide access to vendor training for Librarians and technicians.

Position: Research Analyst
Location: Hogan Lovells – Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on AALL Career Center.

The Research Analyst, under the direction of the Research Services Manager, provides legal and non-legal research and reference support to attorneys and business services employees.

  • Provide substantive research and ready reference assistance to attorneys using a wide range of print and online resources.
  • Actively participate as a practice group liaison for multiple attorney groups, marketing IRC services to their members, and assessing practice group research resource needs.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of available resources in print, online, and on the public internet.
  • Proactively keep abreast of changing information resources that also meet the changing information needs of firm attorneys.
  • Submit required timekeeper reports daily, especially with reference to client, business development, and other administrative matters.
  • Meet or exceed billable hour requirements as established annually.
  • Regular participation in database and other research resource product reviews.
    Development of resource guides to assist firm attorneys in the identification of key resources we own in various practice and topical areas.
  • Conduct Information Resource Center orientation tours.
  • Arrange and/or provide database training for attorneys and business services employees, as requested.
  • Contribute topic ideas and completed content to IRC publications and wikis.
  • Attend periodic continuing education forums, as assigned, and produce written summaries of content.
  • Actively participate in the IRC summer associate orientation and support program, making frequent contact with summer associates upon arrival, at mid-summer, and prior to departure.
  • Volunteer to present in IRC attorney training programming coordinated by our in-house Winthrop Academy.
  • All members of the firm are encouraged to participate in our Global Citizenship program.
  • And other duties as assigned.


  • 2 year degree required
  • Experience in traditional manual legal research and online database searching.
  • Previous law library experience
  • Master of Library Science from ALA-accredited school, or equivalent experience, preferred.

Position: Metadata Specialist
Location: Proquest – Alexandria, VA

Originally posted on CUA SLIS blog.

As a Metadata Specialist at ProQuest, you will create, inspect, edit and enhance various cataloging formats for online streaming videos, documents, recordings and musical scores. You will collaborate with Product Managers, the Customer Engagement Team, and Product Managers to ensure usability and accuracy of the content. Your work will help to advance research around the world by making critical content searchable and available on ProQuest Platforms.

Responsibilities Include…

  • Creating, inspecting and enhancing electronic data before, during, and after the production process
  • Ensuring the format and quality of the data meets standards by identifying and correcting anomalies
  • Following AACR2 and RDA content rules
  • Searching WorldCat to find matching records
  • Working as an indexer for creating non-MARC metadata
  • Constructing searches against archives for maintenance and redistribution
  • Selecting the most efficient methods for searching, sorting, and updating data
  • Reporting content problems for resolution
  • Performing ongoing maintenance to archived data

Qualified Candidates Must Have…

  • Experience performing work requiring detail and constructing database searches.
  • Capacity to learn and master new technology and processes.
  • Experience cataloging using MARC format following AACR2 and RDA standards.
  • Experience with Library of Congress authorities.
  • Ability to understand content structures and key metadata and their uses by researchers.
  • Capable of working independently, as part of departmental and interdepartmental teams.
  • Adept at keying.

Superstar Candidates Will Also Have…

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Library and Information Science, Liberal Arts, or Computer Science.
  • Experience with HTML, XML, XHTML or other markup.
  • Experience with MarcEdit and Marc Report software.
  • Reading-level proficiency in a non-English Language.

This position might be a good fit for you if…

  • You enjoy working on tight deadlines in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • You are passionate about libraries and the librarians who work in them.
  • Metadata is exciting and cataloging is thrilling!

This might NOT be a good fit if…

  • Tight deadlines, fast-pace, and hardwork just aren’t your idea of a good time
  • You don’t like data, data-entry, or metadata… you just don’t like data
  • You have a strong aversion to the details

Other important information about this position:

This position is based in the Alexandria, VA ProQuest office location and is not appropriate for full or partial remote work. Exceptions may be considered for internal applicants who are within a commutable distance to a ProQuest office.

This position requires weekday (Monday – Friday) attendance with some scheduling flexibility available around core working hours.

Every position requires certain physical capabilities. ProQuest seeks to make reasonable accommodations that enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties when possible.