Four Positions- Washington DC

Position: Law Librarian 
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $94,796 to $123,234 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

The American Law Division is seeking a Law Librarian to support the work of the United States Congress. Candidates with a degree in library or information science (e.g., MLS, MIS, MLIS, MSLS) are encouraged to apply.

In this capacity the Law Librarian is responsible for initiating, planning, and implementing unusual and diverse research projects in support of Congress in a wide range of legal issues. The Law Librarian evaluates and solves highly complex research problems in response to existing or anticipated client requests; identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications, electronic resources and trends in preparing in-depth and highly complex research; and provides comprehensive legal and legislative reference services. The Law Librarian serves as an expert in law librarianship and legal reference and information research; organizes and develops projects in those fields; recommends new collections; organizes, develops, and schedules training projects for a wide variety of subjects; and organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

Responsibilities
Initiates, plans, and implements unusual and diverse research projects in support of legislative and legal policy issues. Designs and executes comprehensive and complex data searches. Adapts research techniques from other disciplines and identifies alternative information resources.

Provides comprehensive legal and legislative reference services complicated by novel or obscure problems in information access and dissemination for The Library of Congress or component libraries requiring versatility and innovation in adapting and modifying search methods and techniques.

Organizes and develops projects in a subject field. Identifies emerging topics of concern and tracks subjects or issues in specialized subject areas. Identifies, evaluates and assesses the relevance of materials acquired for inclusion in information resources based on questions, requirements and priorities.

Organizes, develops, and schedules training projects for a wide variety of subjects including CRS analysts, Congressional clients and information professionals with varying levels of sophistication. Instructs clients in the use of a broad range of research tools and in the methodology of legal research.

Develops and maintains professional standing through a variety of methods, including participation in professional organizations, which may include presenting papers at conferences, seminars or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields.

Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects. Participates in planning the work of a unit, including formulating goals and objectives, and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of law librarianship.**
  • Ability to conduct information research and provide legal reference and research services.**
  • Ability to develop or maintain law library collections.**
  • Ability to utilize information technology and online legal resources.**
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to plan and organize.
  • Ability to focus on the client.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Candidates for this position may also be required to complete a writing/editing assignment.

Position: Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian
Location: German Historical Institute, Washington D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

The German Historical Institute Washington DC (part of the Max Weber Foundation – International Humanities in Bonn, Germany) seeks to fill the following full-time, three-year, grant-funded position from February 2018 to January 2021: Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian

The applicant will support the relaunch and expansion of the GHI’s flagship digital project, German History in Documents and Images/Deutsche Geschichte in Dokumenten und Bildern.

Responsibilities
The Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian will assist in the migration of all legacy data (historical documents, images, and maps) from the project’s existing infrastructure to a new, customized, open-source publication platform designed for interdisciplinary humanities projects. The Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian will be responsible for the enrichment, in accordance with best practices in the digital humanities and information sciences, of all legacy data as well as all new historical sources, including multimedia files. In addition to contributing to the hands-on data enrichment and TEI markup work, the Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian will supervise students and volunteers involved in these work processes. Additionally, the Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian will: assist with the acquisition and copyright permission processes for new sources (texts and document facsimiles as well as images and multimedia files); correspond with libraries, archives, and other institutional partners; assist with source-related research, as needed; and contribute to source digitization.

Requirements
Preferred Qualifications

• M.A. in library science/information science or digital humanities and at least three years of relevant professional experience
• Understanding of current issues in data use, curation, and management
• Familiarity with historical projects, research, and sources
• Ability to understand content structures and key metadata and their uses by researchers, teachers, and students
• Knowledge of cataloging rules and standards, controlled vocabularies, controlled formats; knowledge of LC subject headings and classification schedules and authority control
• Knowledge of resource description standards and formats; familiarity with non-MARC metadata standards and schemas, such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, and TEI
• Understanding of linked data principles, including RDF and ontologies
• Ability to review XML, XHTML, and other markup
• Experience migrating and remediating legacy metadata
• Experience supervising staff, especially student workers
• Experience with OCR software or other transcription methods
• Experience with copyright acquisition processes, especially for digital projects
• Flexibility and a willingness to shift directions, as needed
• Good knowledge of German and English, both spoken and written
• Good communication and project management skills

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must have a valid green card or G4 visa with an unrestricted work permit.

The GHI offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, and is an equal opportunity employer and family-friendly workplace.

Please apply with a cover letter, a CV, and the names of two references by December 4, 2017. Applications should be submitted via email at applications@ghi-dc.org

Questions about the application process can be sent to either Mr. Boehm (boehm@ghi-dc.org) or Ms. Kelly McCullough (mccullough@ghi-dc.org).

Position: Senior Research Associate (Curator)
Location: DevTech Systems, Inc. (USAID), Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

DevTech seeks a Senior Research Associate (Curator) for the anticipated U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Analytics, Data, Visualization, and Information Services (ADVISE) contract, which seeks to improve the usage of USAID data and information, so that the Agency continues to ensure its development outcomes are supported by evidence.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership support to deliver a cohesive, trustworthy information environment that accelerates use of development information in support of USAID’s
  • Manage teams to include librarians, catalogers, research staff, and related professionals.
  • Ensure the daily curation and management of multiple digital libraries.
  • Implement data acquisition (accession) procedures and policies.
  • Perform services and support best practices in digital librarianship, curation, and repository management.
  • Implement appropriate preservation models, such as the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model.

Qualifications

  • A graduate degree in library sciences, information management, or a related field. A PhD in a science field is preferred.
  • At least eight years of experience working in a federal digital repository.
  • Demonstrated experience using primary source data to generate research findings.
  • Relevant experience developing strategic direction, standards, services, and procedures for the creation, management, curation, and dissemination of digital resources.
  • Working knowledge of international development and relevant scientific research processes.
  • Knowledge of national and academic library/information science standards for digital resources and metadata across multiple media formats, including but not limited to structured data, text, images, audio, and video.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the mandates and authorities of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and can present evidence of active participation and involvement in professional and/or scholarly associations.
  • Possess experience with and thorough understanding of digital library/repository development, management and operations, and maturation toward an Open Archival Information System (OAIS)-adherent, certified trusted repository.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of emerging library services, data and metadata standards and preservation, and digital technologies that can provide future directions for the information environment to meet user needs.
  • Ability to engage with a wide variety of audiences, including senior USG officials, and demonstrate the ability to add value to digital information throughout its lifecycle to ensure it remains relevant and useable.
  • Demonstrated record of professional engagement, typically exhibited through presentations and publications, of relevance to data management and digital curation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requirements
Qualifications

  • A graduate degree in library sciences, information management, or a related field. A PhD in a science field is preferred.
  • At least eight years of experience working in a federal digital repository.
  • Demonstrated experience using primary source data to generate research findings.
  • Relevant experience developing strategic direction, standards, services, and procedures for the creation, management, curation, and dissemination of digital resources.
  • Working knowledge of international development and relevant scientific research processes.
  • Knowledge of national and academic library/information science standards for digital resources and metadata across multiple media formats, including but not limited to structured data, text, images, audio, and video.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the mandates and authorities of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and can present evidence of active participation and involvement in professional and/or scholarly associations.
  • Possess experience with and thorough understanding of digital library/repository development, management and operations, and maturation toward an Open Archival Information System (OAIS)-adherent, certified trusted repository.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of emerging library services, data and metadata standards and preservation, and digital technologies that can provide future directions for the information environment to meet user needs.
  • Ability to engage with a wide variety of audiences, including senior USG officials, and demonstrate the ability to add value to digital information throughout its lifecycle to ensure it remains relevant and useable.
  • Demonstrated record of professional engagement, typically exhibited through presentations and publications, of relevance to data management and digital curation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Position: Digital and Archival Services Librarian
Location: Woodstock Theological Center Library at Georgetown University – Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

Woodstock Theological Center Library (WTCL) was formed in 1870 – a gathering of resources from European and American East Coast houses for the formation of Jesuits. For one hundred years the Library served as a resource both for the training of young Jesuits in the arts, sciences, theology and pastoral practice, and for senior faculty who shaped a century of American Jesuit identity and who, further, significantly contributed to the Second Vatican Council. Since its eventual relocation at Georgetown University (1974), the Maryland and New York Jesuit provinces and Georgetown University have supported the development of the collection as a premier Catholic theological resource.

The Digital and Archival Services Librarian, reporting to the Head of WTCL, has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Develops and maintains a digital presence for WTCL, working with the Lauinger Library’s LIT and Gelardin departments in designing digital content, including reconstruction and ongoing development of WTCL’s website, creation of metadata for Woodstock items in DigitalGeorgetown and other repositories, and the development of resource sites for Woodstock’s John Courtney Murray and John Long archival and published works,
  • Handles preservation, processing, and development of Woodstock’s archival collection – a composed mostly of the Woodstock Theological Center Archives (1974-2014)and the Woodstock College Archives (1870-1973), the latter of which include (1) management records stretching from the original Maryland Province manor houses, through the Province’s 19th century rebirth and growth, and continues with employment records at Woodstock College, (2) records and resources that detail the methods and contents of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century education of Jesuits and laity, and (3) the records focused on Jesuit responses to Vatican II.
  • Provides occasional assistance with circulation or special collection management processes, (mostly involving occasional oversight of YBP shelf-ready cataloging), Lauinger’s additional processing of Woodstock monographs and periodicals, and the adjusting of records as we adopt Alma.
  • Makes visible and available graduate theological resources Jesuit theology, history, and education that have been collected and curated by Jesuits and lay – some of the mostly Jesuit-owned resources date back to the 16th century founding of the Society of Jesus, and a few earlier than that.

Requirements

  • MLS from an ALA accredited school – preference for area Master’s degree, preferably in Religious Studies, Theology, Catholic, or Biblical Studies, and a working facility with at least one non-English language.
  • 1 – 2 years of professional experience at a university or research library
  • Ability to creatively establish workflows for processing collections
  • Broad familiarity with digital content and web design, and the ability to work cooperatively with other specialists and professionals

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated familiarity with Dreamweaver, Drupal, or other HTML editors, and with various Adobe products, including Photoshop and InDesign, and with some video tools, such as Final Cuts Pro, or working with Vimeo
  • A firm understanding of archival theory and practice, including the national standards for archival and manuscript materials, such as DACS, EAD, and AMREMM
  • Experience re-housing, preserving, arranging, and describing new and existing collections of papers, photographs, artifacts, audio-visual, and digital
  • Familiarity with digital, archival, and cataloging tools such as Integrated library systems, preferably Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and/or ExLibris’ Alma, ArchivesSpace, or other archival processing software, binding systems and practices, OCLC, RDA, NACO, SACO, and DUBL

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