Three Positions — Maryland & Washington, D.C.

Position: Data Services and Management Subject Specialist Librarian
Location: Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD

Full vacancy announcement available at ALA JobLIST.

Nature of Work
The Priddy Library is seeking an innovative and enthusiastic information professional to serve as the Data Services & Management Subject Specialist Librarian at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). The successful candidate will lead the development and provision of the Data Management and Visualization Lab. Working closely with faculty, students and staff, the Librarian will build relationships in order to support research and teaching with a focus on promoting and providing data services for finding, manipulating, analyzing, visualizing and managing data. Through research consultations, classroom instruction, and other programming, the Librarian will help the Library meet curricular needs by increasing the visibility of available data-related resources and services. The Librarian will provide subject-specific information literacy instruction, maintain strong relationships with faculty and students in assigned undergraduate and graduate programs, and enhance curricula and research innovation at USG.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists and provides guidance to students and faculty with issues related to the research data lifecycle. Plays an active role in the development and oversight of the Data Management and Visualization Lab. (45%)
  • Serves as library liaison to Management, Public Administration, Construction Management Technology and Hospitality & Tourism Management programs, which involves, but is not limited to, promoting services available through the Priddy Library, providing information literacy instruction, supporting faculty research, creating web and digital content and developing and managing collections in assigned subject areas. (30%)
  • Designs and delivers research and information literacy workshops to individuals and groups. Provides general and specialized information assistance and research consultations in person, by phone, e-mail and through chat. Researches and implements innovative technologies to advance teaching and learning, research, communication, collaboration, and information literacy. Maintains a strong knowledge of current and emerging trends, particularly in the areas of information literacy instruction, assessment and research methods. (10%)
  • Participates in UMD Libraries and USG activities. Participates in professional development activities, such as continuing education, service to the library community and scholarship/creativity. (10%)
  • Assists with special projects and programs as assigned. (5%)

Physical Demands:

  • Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervises students.

Qualifications (Knowledge, skills, and abilities)



  • Masters in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education or from a master’s level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country. Or an advanced degree in data management, statistics or related field with relevant experience by date of appointment.



  • Experience providing reference and research assistance in an academic or special library.
  • Experience using electronic resources.
  • Experience with information literacy instruction.
  • Familiarity with data discovery, analytical techniques and statistical methodologies.
  • Familiarity with local and national data repositories, public data sets and data management plans.
  • Familiarity with software for statistical, quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, such as SPSS, Stata, SAS, R, NVivo, GIS.
  • Familiarity with data visualization tools, such as Tableau, or D3.js.
  • Familiarity with data cleaning tools such as OpenRefine or features of Excel.
  • At least two years professional experience in academic/research library.


  • Experience with or aptitude for working effectively and creatively with faculty and students.
  • A deep understanding of data life cycle research.
  • Knowledge of the research process and evolving models of scholarly communication, open access, institutional repositories, and other trends in information science.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
  • Experience with collection development.
  • Experience using digital and web technologies in the delivery of library services.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse and multicultural faculty, staff, and student community.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work successfully in a complex, dynamic environment with competing demands.
  • Strong commitment to public service.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and collaboratively with colleagues, faculty and staff in a rapidly changing and dynamic environment.
  • A commitment to continuous professional development through participation in local, regional, and national forums.

To apply, please visit

To receive priority consideration, please upload a resume, cover letter, and a list of references by January 16, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Position: Library Technician
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $44,941 to $58,428 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

This position is located in the ISSN Section of the U.S. Programs, Law & Literature Division, Library of Congress Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access provides an exciting opportunity to work with serials and other continuing resources in both national and international environments. The ISSN Section functions as the U.S. ISSN Center, part of the 90-country ISSN Network. The U.S. ISSN Center is responsible for assigning International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN) to U.S. continuing resources, including serials and electronic resources. The incumbent of this position will interact with U.S. ISSN requesters by email and telephone as well as communicate with members of the ISSN Network around the world. The incumbent performs major technician duties in support of the processing of requests for ISSN from publishers, libraries, and others. Over 40% of U.S. ISSN assignments are for online resources that can include databases and web sites as well as e-journals. Critical functions of this position include managing ISSN requests and notifications, identifying whether requests are in scope and accompanied by adequate supporting materials; searching multiple complex bibliographic databases to interpret and identify bibliographic records and locating the corresponding electronic resources online; responding to email ISSN requests and queries; using a program to create initial bibliographic control records in an integrated library system from publisher-supplied data and other technical and communication tasks.

Performs searches of reference sources which may include print, automated files, and internal and external databases. Receives, inspects, and processes library materials in all formats. Uses standard techniques to perform further sorting and distribution for items not destined for the collections. Identifies items for surplus, and for discard. Independently performs serials control activities in an online environment.

Updates entries in online and manual files. Resolves a wide variety of editorial problems such as duplicate entries, additions or changes to treatment and selection decisions, updates to reference or routing assignments, consolidation of holdings, and claims of missing items.

Performs copy cataloging for various materials and formats in an automated cataloging environment. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns content designation on newly created and updated bibliographic records. Performs database maintenance including modifications, updates, and corrections. Creates and revises bibliographic records, including initial bibliographic control records (IBCRs). Refers problems and items needing authority work to senior staff.

Shelflists materials independently, adjusting procedures as needed. Consults the shelflist or the appropriate classification schedule to verify whether the class number assigned is consistent with the subject heading(s). Learns to identify possible errors in the cataloging process and then consults with senior personnel before correcting the problem.

Receives and accessions various types of materials. Searches collection data in large in-house databases. Logs materials into and out of the workflow. Distributes materials to the appropriate section, shelf, or individual cataloger. Creates labels for materials and performs other end-stage processing tasks as required. Routes accessioned and processed materials to the correct locations in the Library.

Communicates with a broad spectrum of clients regarding routine questions on services to publishers and other specialized library services. Provides forms and instructions for securing these services. Provides technical information in clear, straightforward language. Provides referrals to library services such, Copyright, CIP, ISBN, U.S. Postal Service, Patent and Trademark Office, etc. based on knowledge of these services and their differences. Prepares acknowledgment letters.

Performs special searches of various computer and card catalogs and files to locate and/or verify bibliographic data supporting various library functions for and cataloging. Efficiently searches online databases such as LC/ILS, ISSN, and OCLC to locate records for materials in hand. Recognizes the need for appropriate alternative search strategies to locate records.

Uses automated tools, such as macros, preprocessors, and Cataloger’s Desktop to process titles. Enters data related to production into statistical or management databases and runs reports as needed.

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 provide customer service while exercising judgment and discretion.**

Knowledge of library bibliographic processes and procedures, especially as applied to serials and electronic resources.**

Ability to use information systems, email systems, databases, and computerized search tools and equipment.**

Ability to manage and prioritize workloads.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Library Tech
Location: Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxtent River, MD
Salary:$40,442 to $52,579 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

The selectee for this position will serve as a Library Technician in the Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic site Patuxent River, MD of FRC DET MIDLANT PAX RIVER MD MPN.

The successful selectee will perform the following duties:

  • Receive, process, and maintain all Navy, Air Force or Army or Commercial manuals.
  • Establish and maintain automatic distribution requirements for the central and dispersed technical publications libraries.
  • Maintain an automated data processing system.