Four Positions- Washington DC & VA

Position: Research & Reference Specialist
Location: WilmerHale, Washington, DC

Originally posted on LLSDC Jobline.

Provides reference and research assistance in support of the various legal and administrative departments throughout the firm. Assists reference staff on research and reference projects. Works with Director, Manager or Supervisor on Library and Research projects.


  • Provides research and reference assistance to attorneys in all practice areas in a timely and effective manner using various print and electronic resources. Bills time to client/matters as appropriate.
  • Provides research and reference assistance to support the functions of the various administrative departments of the firm, including but not limited to, Client Development and New Business/Conflicts.
  • Performs regular monitoring of news, dockets, legislative and regulatory changes, and other subject area monitoring as necessary. Assists in the preparation of related updates, newsletters, and other communications.
  • Maintains working knowledge of the library collections, online database resources, interlibrary loan availability, document delivery, and other resources as appropriate. Shows proficiency in primary database usage, search strategy and syntax, and licensing restrictions.
  • As part of the Research & Reference Services team, provides reference desk coverage as assigned and follows internal procedures for the handling of requests as set by the Director and Research & Reference Services Manager.
  • Works with Research & Reference Services Manager to support the maintenance of intranet reference collections by performing regular link checking and data collection/input to facilitate integration of subject-specific resources into larger firm portal.
  • Participates in resource evaluation projects including pilots of new services, comparisons of resources, and preparation of related evaluative memos.
  • Assigned to focus on areas of the practice, administrative departments, subject or topic areas as required by the Research & Reference Services Manager to meet the needs of the Firm.
  • Works with Director, and Research & Reference Services Manager on departmental projects and initiatives as requested.
  • Contributes to the firm’s Service Excellence initiative to consistently improve its image internally and externally. Displays professionalism, quality service and a “can do” attitude to internal members/departments of the firm as well as external clients and vendors via electronic and print correspondence, over the telephone and in-person.
  • Working knowledge of print and digital legal and business resources and research techniques.
  • Ability to work quickly, and with great attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Excellent organizational skills.



  • Working knowledge of print and digital legal and business resources and research techniques.
  • Ability to work quickly, and with great attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Education: MLS, MLIS, J.D., or equivalent required.


  • 3 years of reference or research experience required.
  • Experience in a large law firm or comparable environment, preferred.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability

To apply, please contact Natalie K Brooks, Staff Recruiter | WilmerHale at the following email address:

Position: Librarian (Digital Collections)
Location: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Digital Programs and Initiatives Division, Digital Library Department, Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The employee is responsible for the digital collections development for SIL in one or more subject areas, managing the digitization of SIL collections materials, managing outreach programs, and project management.


  • Develops guidelines and best practices for digital collection development and coordinates digital collection development for collaborative projects.
  • Establishes guidelines and maintains documentation for digitization workflows and procedures, and ensures materials sent for digitization are received, tracked, and returned in accordance with established procedures.
  • Responsible for the ongoing management of digital collections, including enhancing collection metadata to improve discovery and use by researches and library patrons.

Position: Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging
Location: Folgers Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington D.C., seeks an experienced and innovative Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging to provide leadership and management for all collections-based description and imaging activities. Reporting directly to the Eric Weinmann Librarian, the Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging (ALCDI) oversees the cataloging, metadata, and digital imaging functions of the Collections team, collaborates with colleagues on projects that will enhance pathways to discovery within the collection, and is a key participant in digital initiatives. The ALCDI is responsible for the smooth operation of the Voyager ILS, Aeon, and LUNA environments, database loads and maintenance, global changes, electronic resources management, and customized electronic reports. They will work closely with Collections, Digital Media, and IT teams on projects that forward the goal of creating meaningful access to the collection, prepares for the evolving use of data and descriptions, and contributes to maximizing the impact of collections-based digital assets, while maintaining the integrity of collections driven data. The ALCDI is responsible for a budget that includes capital expenses, technology upgrades, and restricted resources. The ALCDI will also participate in planning for digital preservation, electronic resources management, and use of space. This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package, in a collegial environment. This position works Monday-Friday, with Saturday reading room duty on a rotating basis, and occasional travel.

Applicants for this role are required to have an M.L.I.S. from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent, with an additional M.A. in a subject related to our collection strongly preferred, but not required. A minimum of five years of experience in a similar position in an academic/research environment with evidence of progressive responsibility, and at least 3 years of supervisory experience are required, with a strong preference for experience supervising teams in diverse functions. Solid knowledge of national cataloging protocols and current cataloging best practices, working knowledge of digital imaging services, an understanding of metadata, and experience working with rare and special materials, are required. Understanding of the ways in which libraries create pathways of discoverability for collections and knowledge of current trends in library systems, including the creation, use, and preservation of digital images, linked data, open data, and metadata for multiple audiences, is needed. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability in digital and traditional library applications, including relational databases, data formats, search and retrieval protocols, and web and metadata standards. Enthusiasm for and an understanding of how research libraries may create electronic access pathways for non-traditional scholars is necessary. Significant experience with an integrated library system (ILS), Voyager preferred. Excellent communication, decision-making, leadership, and analytical skills essential to work with staff across the institution. This is a desk-based position, with occasional need to shelve materials, push fully loaded book carts, or otherwise handle rare and sometimes fragile materials. Thorough background checks are required of the selected candidate.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume on our website at Please do not submit letters of reference, portfolios, or other materials at this stage of the application process. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position: Regional Assistant Branch Manager (Librarian III)
Location: Fairfax County, Centreville, VA

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

Responsible for the overall management of a regional library in the absence of the branch manager. Trains, supervises and evaluates subordinate personnel. Responds to the needs of library customers at the information desk. Oversees maintenance of branch materials collection. Creates and coordinates programs and outreach events for library users and community group. Communicates facility and technology concerns to appropriate county agencies.

Note: The salary offer will not exceed the midpoint (or $76,221.39) of the advertised compensation range.

Schedule: Scheduling flexibility is imperative. The schedule includes evenings, Saturdays and Sundays as assigned. The schedule may vary depending on the needs of the library.

Illustrative Duties

  • Identifies staff development needs and directs in-branch training programs;
  • Assigns, supervises and schedules activities of subordinate staff;
  • Evaluates and counsels employees;
  • Interviews and selects subordinate staff;
  • Interprets Library policy to staff and general public;
  • Insures maintenance of facility;
  • Advises and confers with regional manager on problems, workload requirements, allocation of staff, etc.;
  • Assists regional manager in identification and development of long-range goals;
  • Prepares monthly statistics and special reports;
  • Prepares reports on problems and recommends solutions;
  • Serves as assistant head librarian of a regional facility and acts in his/her absence;
  • Coordinates information services and training for regional staff;
  • Assists regional librarian in planning and scheduling workloads and in the establishment, implementation and review of policies and procedures;
  • Assigns and supervises the technical work of professional and non-professional staff in a large technical unit;
  • Advises and instructs staff on technical policies and techniques.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of administration and professional library science;
  • Knowledge of reference sources and material;
  • Knowledge of statistics and budget preparation;
  • Ability to plan and schedule workloads;
  • Ability to direct and supervise subordinate personnel;
  • Ability to set goals and objectives;
  • Ability to promote interest in library services;
  • Ability to speak and write effectively;
  • Ability to prepare a variety of reports;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with professional and clerical staff and with the general public.

Employment Standards
Graduation from college with a master’s degree from an accredited library school and two years of professional library experience, including one year in a supervisory capacity.

Possession of a certificate issued by the Virginia State Board for Certification of Librarians within three (3) months of date of appointment to the position.

Three or more years of library experience, to include two or more years in a supervisory capacity.

The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check and Child Protective Services Registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Ability to lift books weighing more than 10 pounds. Ability to push and pull full 4-wheeled book carts and book bins. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include an oral exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.