Two Positions — Washington, D.C. & Virginia

Position: Librarian
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $66,510 to $86,460 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Legal Information Specialist in the Digital Resources Division, Global Legal Collection Directorate of the Law Library of Congress (LAW). The incumbent helps to facilitate online access to legal information law research and collection in support of management needs, including assessments and documentation of relevant resources, both analog and digital. The incumbent assists in organizing information by applying principles of organization of knowledge in working with taxonomies, thesauri, and online browse and search constructs. The incumbent assists in identifying and characterizing information needs arising from LAW research and collection activities and assists in formulating requirements for information systems to resolve these needs.

This position is located in the Law Library, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Digital Resources Division, Law Library.

Reviews and analyzes specialized or technical information from a wide variety of sources relating to LAW research and digital collection management. Work is carried out in an environment of continual change, where information and information sources are rapidly expanding, much of the subject matter is in flux, and the technology may be undergoing major change.

Assess information resources and identifies specific content, as needed, to respond to research and digital collection management needs across the full range of areas covered by LAW, and to respond to broader LAW management needs.

Prepares written materials such as studies designed to present information, options, recommendations, objectives, criteria, and findings, including documentation as appropriate. Conducts briefings for LAW managers and staff. Briefings include informational presentations, as well as interactive sessions directly supporting decision making needs and activities of those participating.

Evaluates, selects, and adapts procedures to meet specialized information requirements for organizing information and managing access to this information. Applies the standard practices of other fields and disciplines as they relate to the organization of information and management of information access, especially online access.

Manages efficient and effective congressional, public, and LAW access to information by applying principles of organization of knowledge to information systems used for identifying and retrieving research products and services. Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and trends in the organization of knowledge. Assists LAW with the production and presentation of publications, especially online. Reviews and edits material prepared for online publication, based on a sound understanding of LAW’S publishing standards and formats.

Resolves systemic information needs, assists in evaluating, formulating, implementing, and refining operational practices and procedures in an organizational setting in which research is conducted across the full range of legal research and collection areas covered by LAW.

Works with all LAW divisions to assess legal information needs and determines how best to meet these needs through online systems or other resources. Serves as a technical liaison to LAW divisions and gathers requirements and presents options for information resource needs. Recommends content for inclusion in LAW products based upon information needs of LAW staff.

Maintains liaison and/or communicates with individuals both within and outside LAW. As assigned, serves as a liaison for the Law Library both internally and externally, such as attending professional conferences, seminars, and presentations.

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.

Ability to apply knowledge of legal reference sources.**

Ability to conduct information research with a legal focus.**

Ability to plan and organize.**

Ability to utilize information technology.**

Ability to communicate effectively in writing and edit the written materials of others.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: University Librarian
Location: Marymount University, Arlington, VA

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

The Marymount University community invites applications for the position of University Librarian. Marymount University is guided by the traditions of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and emphasizes intellectual curiosity, service to others, and a global perspective. With a main campus just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA, and three other educational sites in close proximity, Marymount is Virginia’s only comprehensive Catholic university.

The Library and Learning Services (LLS) is an integral part of the University’s learning resources, offering a collection of more than 244,000 volumes in print or electronic format. Students, faculty, and staff also have access to nearly 12 million volumes through the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), more than 220 online information resources, and more than 90,000 electronic journals, streaming videos and eBooks.

The Main Campus Library consists of 4 levels and contains 2 instruction rooms, a special collections room, a Makerspace room, 7 group study spaces, the University Archives, a Student Art Gallery, and a coffee bar, and has been incrementally upgraded with modernized spaces and furniture. Gradual renovation over the next several years is planned. In addition, the new state-of-the-art Ballston Center contains a multipurpose Library extension.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide campus-wide leadership in strategic planning for the LLS, collaborate with senior academic leaders and LLS colleagues to support teaching and research
  • Oversee academic support to the curricula consonant with the university mission
  • Manage the budget for the LLS
  • Advance digital commons/digital repository creation
  • Maintain strong bonds and collaborate with internal and external partners including Information Technology, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the WRLC
  • Lead the unit and support the career trajectories of LLS faculty and staff
  • Enhance physical facilities with available resources
  • Participate in pursuing grants and fundraising
  • Foster a culture of service in support of students, faculty, staff, and the DC Metro area community.

The University Librarian holds faculty status, rank based on experience, and supervises 9 librarians that also hold faculty status and 17 staff.

Complete applications will include a letter of application which directly addresses the position requirements and responsibilities and connects them with the candidate’s qualifications and experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this position.

PLEASE NOTE: The review of applications will begin on January 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET January 15, 2018. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2018.