Two Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Reference Librarian
Location: LAC Federal, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Federal is seeking a Reference Librarian responsible for Due Diligence Research, Business Intelligence and Market Analysis to work at an information center in the Washington, DC area. This is a full time contract (40 hour a week; Monday to Friday) benefited position.


  • You will provide research/reference services focused on international business development, finance, economics, environmental policy, foreign investment, energy and law.
  • You will perform Character Reference and Due Diligence research and keep the on-line Intranet page for the website up-to-date.
  • You will participate in marketing and outreach of the library services meeting with user groups, and helps to curate and distribute information and news alerts on relevant topics.
  • In addition to these duties, you will support the center by participating in outreach and marketing campaigns, assisting patrons in using the libraries resources, and support the technical services staff as needed.
  • Other duties include tracking usage statistics, participation in special projects as assigned.


  • Degree in MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited institution
  • Professional knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles and techniques of librarianship in order to provide effective reference support.
  • Solid foundation in basic principles of research combining electronic and print resources to provide both quick solutions and in-depth research.
  • Ability to identify or devise unorthodox and creative research approaches to respond to project related requests.
  • Knowledge of international business or related topics such as company intelligence, finance, economics, industry sectors and environmental issues.
  • Proficiency with a variety of generalized and specialized electronic information systems including: LexisNexis and Factiva (command versions preferred).
  • Proficiency and practical experience using Microsoft Office Suite especially Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Proficiency with general Internet search techniques.
  • Must be open to taking direction and able to follow established policies/procedures.
  • Experienced in prioritizing projects, meeting deadlines and contributing effectively within a small group environment.
  • Responses to client requests will be organized, concise and will highlight key issues/data.
  • Must be team oriented with excellent interpersonal communications skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within the library and with library clientele.
  • Ability to work in a fast -paced, information intense environment

Position: Manuscript Reference Librarian
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary Range: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The incumbent in this position is under the general supervision of the Head of the Reference and Reader Services Section.The reference librarian in the Manuscript Division serves as an authority in providing reference services in the field of archives and manuscripts. He/she provides basic as well as highly specialized and authoritative reference services to Members and Committees of Congress, government agencies, institutions, scholars, advanced graduate students, genealogists, and other researchers. The reference librarian responds to a wide variety of complex reference and reader service inquiries concerning manuscript material in the Division’s collections in person, by telephone, and correspondence and develops a variety of substantial reference aids to facilitate researchers’ work.

This position is located in the Reference and Reader Services Section, Manuscript Division, Library Services.

Responds to reference service requests received in person, by telephone, or via electronic means regarding collection of documents administered by the Manuscript Division. Locates, retrieves, and re-shelves materials. Assists scholars and researchers in finding significant records relating to the subject under consideration, and advises them of relevant records in both the Manuscript Division and in other repositories. Interviews researchers, analyzing questions to determine appropriate research strategies. Provides information on the following: collections, catalogs, indexes, finding aids and other sources available for their use; and donor restrictions, copyright law, and photocopy regulations which govern the research and publication of material in the custody of the Manuscript Division.

Communicates with a variety of patrons with non-routine questions on use of manuscript collections, location of material, and borrowing policies. Exercises good public relations practices in soliciting information. Is called on to deal with difficult patrons or callers. Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information.

Ensures proper handling of manuscript materials and guards against theft. Maintains reader records and statistics regarding use of collections. Examines all materials brought into the Manuscript Reading Room and applies appropriate markings which distinguish personal property from collection materials. Recognizes and solves problems, inconsistencies, and errors in piece identification and labeling. Controls stack access and verifies materials taken from the collection are properly charged.

Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity to researchers where user needs are easily determined from interviews or written requests. Conducts research and analysis on topics related to American history and culture.

Resolves the most difficult special search requests that require a specialized expertise in the field of manuscripts administration. Locates and expedites the retrieval of elusive and difficult to locate materials. Determines how far a search should go, and makes recommendations for replacement or withdrawal of records from all files. Works closely with staff to improve the search and retrieval processes.

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 library science.**

Ability to provide reference services.**

Ability to provide consultation or liaison services.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Knowledge of manuscript collections.**

Ability to utilize integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Basic Requirement: All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education.

Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree; OR
A total of at least five years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have directly related education and/or specialized experience.

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