Four Positions- Washington, DC

Position: University Librarian
Location: Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Georgetown University invites applications and nominations for the next University Librarian (UL). The University is seeking a talented, dynamic and innovative leader to articulate a vision and chart a course for the Georgetown Library that addresses important challenges in the areas of collections, technology, space management, and organizational development. The UL will come to Georgetown at a time of great opportunity, joining a highly respected academic institution with significant aspirations for the coming decade.

Reporting to the Provost, the UL is the chief administrative officer for Georgetown University Library, which includes the main campus library, Lauinger Library, and eleven other facilities. The UL also provides oversight or direction for the Blommer Science Library, the School of Continuing Studies Downtown Campus Library, the historic Riggs Memorial Library and the Woodstock Theological Library, which holds the collections of the former Woodstock Theological Seminary. The Georgetown University Library holds 3.5 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts and rare books, audio visual materials, microforms, graphics, and government documents. Annual expenditures of the Library are approximately $15 million, with staff and librarians working in the Library numbering 100.

The new UL will also lead the library at a crucial time at Georgetown, as the University engages in a process of understanding its historical role in the institution of slavery and works toward establishing a new Institute for Racial Justice, a university-level institute that will further Georgetown’s research and outreach initiatives. It is expected that the Library will be a strong partner of the new Institute and will help in the establishment of the Institute and Georgetown as a destination for scholars and researchers in all its related fields.

The UL will also be actively involved in fundraising efforts in Georgetown’s upcoming capital campaign. While not yet definite, one of the targets of the next capital campaign will surely be funding for a significant renovation of Lauinger Library to increase and modernize its interior space, meaning that this UL will have the opportunity to build the Georgetown Library of the 21st century. The new UL will embrace fundraising, playing a key leadership role in a team-based approach, working with library development staff.

The successful candidate will bring to the role significant experience and achievement in leading a research library. Georgetown seeks an individual who exhibits strong and inspiring leadership, the ability to articulate a vision and provide strategic direction for its libraries in the rapidly changing information environment, and to provide leadership at the national and regional levels on research library issues. This individual will be committed to building and sustaining a diverse workforce, and will possess effective budget management skills, knowledge of assessment tools and use of data to evaluate programs and services, and a strong understanding of the issues of scholarly communication and open access and the other challenges facing the 21st century research library. An MLS from an ALA-accredited program or other appropriate degree is required; an additional master’s degree or PhD is desirable.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications (including cover letter and CV or resume) should be submitted electronically to:

Beverly Brady
Michael O’Shea
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

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Position: Catalogers (two positions)- LAC Federal
Location: Federal Library, Washington, DC Metro Area

Full posting on the University of Maryland blogMLIS.

LAC Federal is seeking experienced Catalogers (P/T or F/T) to provide high quality original cataloging for a major Federal Library in the Washington, DC Metro Area. Work may be done on-site at the government’s facility or virtually.


  • Analyze materials to appropriately identify access points
  • Create or upgrade BIBCO-level catalog records of English language material in all subject areas that are compliance with RDA standards
  • Assign subject headings using Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Classify material according the Library of Congress Classification system
  • Perform authority control of all headings used in access points
  • Create or update name authority records in the LC/NACO Name Authority File
  • Make recommendations regarding new Library of Congress Subject Headings

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Position: Librarian-LAC Federal
Location: Federal Agency, Washington, D.C. metro area

Full posting on the University of Maryland blogMLIS.

LAC Federal is seeking a Librarian to work for a federal agency in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Librarian will be in a public-facing role, managing reference requests both virtually and in-person, and will perform cataloging as needed. This is a full time long term (40 hour a week; Monday-Friday) benefited position.


  • Public service and reference
  • Work in a team-oriented environment to achieve goals of the library
  • Assist with library outreach
  • Manages Government Documents page on library website
  • Provides assistance to patrons in accessing depository items and resources
  • Create original and copy-cataloged records for monograph, serial, and monograph-as-serial items and uploads these records into the library’s OPAC 

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Position: Metadata Coordinator
Location: American University, Washington, DC
Salary Range: $22.81 – $25.14/hr

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

To Apply:


The Metadata Coordinator, in conjunction with the Resource Description Librarian, is responsible for working with counterparts across the WRLC consortium in the development and implementation of local measures for managing and maintaining shared bibliographic records according to joint WRLC Metadata Committee standards. This position serves as the primary library liaison to campus partner collections, connecting them with library services, which make their resources discoverable to the wider university community. The Coordinator works with Archives and Special Collections to plan and carry out targeted data cleanup and enhancement projects for digital collections and coordinates the Resource Description unit’s contributions. This position creates and analyzes sets of records and other metadata according to select criteria as part of targeted metadata/catalog clean up, enhancement, and other analytics projects. Additionally, this position contributes to general copy-cataloging as well as special projects, such as inventory or move-to-storage.