Five Positions- Washington DC

Position: Archives Technicians
Location: LAC Federal, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available at CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Federal is hiring a team of experienced Archives Technicians to work at a prestigious Federal institution at multiple locations in the Washington DC area. This is a full-time (40 hour a week; Monday to Friday) benefited position.


  • The Archives Technicians will work on a project assessing, processing and rehousing museum objects and archival materials
  • Survey and assess the collections storage furniture
  • Physical processing including affixing labels, shifting, etc.


  • Minimum of 1 year working with archival or museum collections
  • Ability to compile statistical data to produce daily, weekly, monthly and annual reports
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to follow instructions with exact detail

To apply, please visit:

Position: Metadata Coordinator
Location: American University, Washington DC

Full vacancy announcement available at CUA SLIS blog.

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.

Educational Requirements: Masters of Library Science is required.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 2 years of library experience or an equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience in a related position that demonstrates the necessary skills and abilities for the position including supervisory and/or project leadership experience
  • Experience with analyzing, creating, enhancing, and transforming MARC and non-MARC metadata in both Integrated Library System (ILS) and non-ILS platforms
    Experience using OCLC Connexion, OCLC WorldShare Management System, digital repository platforms, and integrated library systems
  • Advanced, extensive knowledge of technical rules and standards for national cataloging rules and standards, including MARC21 standards (Machine Readable Cataloging), International Standard Bibliographic Description, and structure and coding of both local and national cataloging systems
  • Knowledge of Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2), Resource Description and Access (RDA), and Program for Cooperative Cataloging/Library of Congress Policy Statements (PCC-PS’s). Experience with controlled vocabularies including Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Name Authority Cooperative (NACO), and Virtual International Authority File (VIAF). Knowledge of Dublin Core, Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), and other metadata standards as well as knowledge of bibliographic record editing tools, including MARCEdit (a metadata editing software suite) and global data change processes in an integrated library system environment
  • Knowledge of report creation techniques in an ILS environment
  • Knowledge of metadata creation, maintenance, and transformation
  • Familiarity with unique identifiers used in scholarly communication including DOIs and ORCIDS
  • Experience cataloging at least one non-print format such as music, electronic resources, and/or media
  • Knowledge of emerging cataloging and metadata principles and trends including BIBFRAME or (markup website content to be recognized by search engine spiders and other parsers)
  • Excellent organizational skills, analytical thinking, and problem solving skills, with the ability to resolve conflicts and communicate effectively
  • Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize and multi-task, including the ability to reprioritize tasks to resolve urgent issues that arise
  • Sound judgement with the ability to use discretion in making evaluative judgements
  • Demonstrated initiative and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently, develop, plan, and implement short and long-term goals, and complete projects by deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate on many different levels and resolve problems
  • Advanced computer skills, experience with Microsoft Excel and Access, and the ability to adapt to constantly changing procedures and computer systems
  • Ability to sit at a desk and/or computer for extended hours, read computer screens, and use computer keyboards
  • Physical demands of the job include a great deal of sitting, typing, mousing, standing, walking, and lifting and occasionally shifting books or other media
  • Vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus, as well as reading from printed materials and computer screens, generally switching from one to the other within short periods of time
  • Flexibility in adapting to constantly-changing organization, technology, and work procedures

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience with one or more of the following: XML, XSLT, RDF, OpenRefine, Oxygen XML Editor
  • Familiarity with at least one foreign language

Position: Resident Librarian
Location: American University, Washington DC

Full vacancy announcement available at ALA JobLIST.

American University Library invites early-career librarians to apply for its Residency Librarian Program. The Resident Librarian position is a fixed-term three academic year faculty appointment and is designed to provide an immersion into academic librarianship and an opportunity to explore areas of interest. Funding will be provided to support professional engagement at the national level. Through the experience and mentoring acquired by participating in the Residency Librarian Program, individuals will be able to demonstrate skills at the professional level, will be able to develop a professional network, and will be prepared for future career opportunities.

The Residency Librarian Program is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance. American University Library is one of the four founding institutions that established the Diversity Alliance member universities. The Residency Program Librarian will join another Residency Program Librarian already in place at American University Library. The purpose of the resident program is to bring diverse entry-level librarian into the profession, to engage them in professional experience and service at American University, to provide mentorship in librarianship and in building their research and professional service agenda, and ultimately, to prepare them for a career in academic librarianship.

Responsibilities: Provide research and reference assistance services to a diverse user population at a busy research assistance desk, over the Web, and through teaching of information literacy classes. Work with colleagues in the Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) Division to support the College Writing Program. Offer other information research and teaching. Integrate new technologies into the instruction process, and contribute to collection development and collection assessment. Prepare LibGuides, online tutorials and other relevant reference tools and in support of the university community. Actively participate in faculty governance and service to the profession. Over the course of the academic year, some evening and weekend hours will be required.

The Resident Librarian will be a member of the Research, Teaching and Learning (RTL) Division and report to the AU Library Residency Program Coordinator.

Requirements: Candidate must be a recent ALA-accredited M.L.S. graduate (graduated since January 2016). General knowledge of print and digital resources, for example, through coursework, pre-professional or professional experience or coursework related to teaching and library outreach is an asset. Candidate must be able to work independently; to demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the workplace, for example, through coursework, pre-professional and professional experience. Ability to work in a team environment is required and candidate must be able to demonstrate interest in professional development and service.

Application Instructions: To apply, submit a letter of application, resume, and the contact information (name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number) of three references through Interfolio:

Review of application will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Position is available June 1, 2018 and ends July 31, 2021.

Position: Teen Services Coordinator
Location: District of Columbia Public Library, Washington DC

Full vacancy announcement available at ALA JobLIST.

The Teen Services Coordinator is a key contributor to policies, procedures, and strategic initiatives related to programs and services for teens, including identifying and recommending large-scale and long-term program and service initiatives for teens and integrating them with overall library service plans. The Teen Services Coordinator also represents the library on committees and task forces with other District government agencies and community-based organizations.


  • Master’s Degree in Library Science, Education or a related field required. Masters in Library Science preferred.
  • Minimum three (3) years of work experience in programming in a library, educational institution, community non-profit, or early literacy organization. Library experience preferred.

To apply, or for additional details, please visit our website at:

Position: Librarian (Reference)
Location: Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 200 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 200 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 200.

We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their applications are submitted before the announcement closes. We will not consider applications which are late due to the announcement closing once the above number of applications is reached.

This position is located in the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) at the Smithsonian Institution (SI).

The Reference Librarian contributes to the overall goals of a major research library, and plays a dynamic role with the librarian profession. The Reference Librarian provides in-person and virtual comprehensive reference, research, and advisory services to scientists, veterinarians, animal keepers, biologists and staff located in geographically dispersed locations: the National Zoological Park, a hilly 163 acre campus in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC; the Conservation Biology Institute, 3,200 acres in the rolling hills of Front Royal, VA; additional departments located around the National Mall, DC; and field researchers stationed globally. Subjects include veterinary science, conservation biology, ecology, animal care, nutrition, pathology, agriculture, horticulture, and zoology. The Reference Librarian provides reference assistance to a diverse clientele, searches bibliographic databases, oversees inter-library loan, and circulation. Subjects include veterinary science, conservation biology, ecology, animal care, nutrition, pathology, agriculture, horticulture, and zoology.


  • Serves as Reference Librarian of specialized collections within the Natural and Physical Sciences department of the National Museum of Natural History libraries (National Mall, Washington, DC), the National Zoological Park (Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC) and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Front Royal, VA).
  • Uses knowledge of specialized information sources including the structure, content, and access protocols of the electronic databases to produce selected and annotated bibliographies on specific subjects.
  • Selects materials to provide comprehensive reference, research and advisory services to scientists, veterinarians, animal handlers, conservators, museum staff, and professional staff in various disciplines such as biology, ecology, evolution, biodiversity, geology, paleontology, and other subjects in general science.
  • Provides comprehensive classroom, one-on-one, remote, and recorded instruction in disciplines such as biology, ecology, evolution, biodiversity, geology, paleontology, and other subjects in general science

Position: Law Librarian
Location: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

The American Law Division of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) is seeking a Law Librarian to support the work of the United States Congress.

The Law Librarian is responsible for providing legal reference and information research services to congressional clients, legislative attorneys, and policy analysts; developing search techniques and files for handling specific types of requests; searching Library of Congress, CRS, and external electronic resources in response to requests for information; examining publications, electronic resources, and trends in a variety of areas; developing knowledge of collections for use in performing research tasks; and assisting with the creation and maintenance of databases, web pages, collaborative tools, and other information systems.

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 is a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill.

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.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is 060373.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position is eligible to work a flexitime or compflex work schedule.



  • Participates in specialized or technical research projects or studies to prepare projects in support of legal policy issues.
  • Solves moderately complex legal research problems in response to existing or anticipated requests or assignments.
  • Provides legal and legislative reference services utilizing technically complex resources and specialized finding aids.
  • Locates information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished sources and electronic databases.
  • Compiles information packages for clientele, prepares a broad range of literature guides, and develops resources directories.
  • Organizes and analyzes specialized information that pertains to a specific topic or field.
  • Reviews and analyzes training needs and services, and explains information to groups and individuals with varying levels of understanding or knowledge of subjects.

Conditions of Employment: Candidates who are referred to interview for this position may also be required to complete a writing assignment.

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.

  • Ability to apply knowledge of legal and legislative reference sources.**
  • Ability to conduct information research with a legal or legislative focus.**
  • Ability to maintain legal or legislative collections.
  • Ability to utilize information technology and online legal resources.
  • Ability to plan and organize.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.