Eight Positions- Washington DC, Maryland, & Virginia

Position: Knowledge Management Specialist
Location: American Council of Life Insurers, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

A major US trade association is seeking a Knowledge Management Specialist to join its Research team. This individual will manage the association library, develop and maintain a database of resources, ensure that appropriate resources reach the right people, and conduct qualitative and/or legal research.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage ACLI’s Library, including providing reference services, acquisitions, cataloging, and budgeting.
  • Identify, manage, and implement strategies to ensure that information is flowing to the right people in an appropriate way.
  • Keep up with and share any new research, articles, books, blog posts, or other publications conferences, as well as seminars or other events which may be of particular interest to ACLI professional staff.
  • Compile and catalog a database of materials, data, and research produced by other organizations.
  • Identify, acquire, and circulate any books, databases, apps, or other resources which can inform or otherwise support advocacy.
  • Establish a formal cataloging and internal lending system.
  • Qualitative and legal research to support ACLI advocacy.
  • Collect and analyze information on various issues, organize and present the information to ACLI staff as needed, and assist in drafting white papers or other reports which may be shared internally, with member companies, and/or with external entities.
  • Quickly learn about the life insurance industry and keep abreast of developments in the industry, and to identify potentially useful new information sources.
  • Establish and build relationships with member company Knowledge Managers and Corporate Librarians, think tanks, universities, and government.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with peers both within and outside of the Research Department.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in a social science or in library and information science and 3+ years related experience or a Master’s degree with 1+ years of related experience. Experience in knowledge management or working in corporate or other special library is especially valued. Demonstrated understanding of library management and/or knowledge management principles. Willingness to acquire deep knowledge of the life insurance industry, life insurance products, retirement security, and issues related to the industry. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong presentation skills. Highly organized, conscientious, innately curious, and able to engage clients (i.e. ACLI staff and member companies). Creative problem-solving, willingness to engage colleagues and ability to work under tight deadlines. Able to work alone and as a team player. Build contacts among member company Knowledge Managers and Corporate Librarians, think tanks, universities, and government.

Email or fax resume, references and salary requirements to:
American Council of Life Insurers
101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
FAX: 866-953-4078

Position: Metadata Librarian, Digital and Special Collections
Location: Georgetown University Library, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The Georgetown University Library is an agile organization that respects the heritage of the past while anticipating the requirements of the 21st century. By providing preeminent services, collections and spaces, the Library shapes the creation of knowledge, conserves culture for posterity, and transforms learning and research.

The Metadata Librarian works collaboratively with other Metadata Librarian(s) and Metadata Specialists to support the discovery of and access to Library acquired materials in a variety of languages and formats, special collections, and digital content through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards. Reporting to the Head of Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian has duties that include but are not limited to:

Original Cataloging

  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging for monographic, in both English and non-English languages in a variety of subject areas.
  • Uses the nationally accepted standards of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2 revised ed.) and the LC Rule Interpretations (LCRIs) for descriptive cataloging, the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) for subject access and Library of Congress call numbers for classification of materials.
  • Upgrades less than full member OCLC member copy of bibliographic records by adding LC call numbers and subject headings.
  • Creates name authority records according to NACO standards.
  • Contributes authoritative name headings to the NACO database.
  • Resolves cataloging problems and conflicts identified by paraprofessionals within the Department.
  • Participates in training and support activities for paraprofessionals.
  • Works closely with the Unit Head to develop efficient workflow for cataloging monographic materials.

Rare Book and Digital Object Cataloging

  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging for rare book monographic materials in a variety of subject areas and languages.
  • In addition to the nationally accepted standards stated above, catalogs according to descriptive cataloging rules found in the Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books), 2nd edition.
  • Describes digital resources using the appropriate metadata schema (preservation, access, description, etc.) to support Georgetown University Library’s digital collections. Metadata is provided within the digital library systems and/or within OCLC for inclusion in the local system

Library Contributions and Professional Development

  • Serves on library and university-wide committees and task forces; participates in local consortia and regional and national associations.
  • Contributes to the profession through writing for publication, presentation, and/or active involvement in professional associations at the national or regional level.
  • Continually acquires new knowledge and updates skills to enhance professional performance in all areas of responsibility.
  • Keeps abreast of developments, trends and issues in the library field.
  • Monitors trends and maintains currency in emerging issues within areas of expertise.
  • Participates in meetings and in planning.
  • Suggests revisions in policies and enhancements to services.
  • Participates in achieving library-wide priorities; prepares statistics and writes reports.

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from ALA-accredited institution
  • 2 or more years of professional metadata creation experience in an academic or research library
  • 2 or more years of professional experience creating metadata for rare and special collections
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata formats, standards and schema, such as Dublin Core, METS, EAD, TEI, MODS and AAT
  • Working knowledge of descriptive bibliography and issues specific to rare materials
  • Working knowledge of current metadata standards such as FRBR, Resource Description and Access (RDA), Program for Cooperative Cataloging/Library of Congress Policy Statements, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Classification (LCC), and other emerging standards
  • Experience with a national bibliographic utility, such as OCLC, and a local online system, such as Alma

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge of issues and current trends in metadata, discovery tools, digital library development, digital preservation, and cataloging standards and practices
  • Knowledge of preservation metadata schemas and practices
  • Proficiency in Latin and reading knowledge of 1 or 2 modern foreign languages
  • Working knowledge of special collections and rare book metadata standards including Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials and Books (DCRM(B)), Descriptive Cataloging of Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Manuscripts (AMREMM), and RBMS (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section) genre terms
  • Experience using DSpace or other digital asset management systems
  • Demonstrated programming skill and ability (e.g., Python, PHP, and Java), especially related to metadata manipulation
  • Experience with MarcEdit or other MARC editing tools
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with attention to detail, demonstrated problem-solving skills, and flexibility
  • Ability to work in a continually changing environment, to exercise initiative, and to work independently as well as part of a team

Position: Library Technician (Information)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary Range: $45,972 to $59,762 per year

Full vacancy announcement is available on the USAJOBS.

Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. The United States Copyright Office, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Law, advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registrations system; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world’s largest database of copyright public records; and, provides information and reference services to the public.

The Office of Public Information and Education is responsible for providing information to the public and to the copyright community regarding U.S. copyright law and Copyright Office services. The Copyright Information Section, also called the Public Information Office, is the primary liaison between the Copyright Office and the copyright community.

The incumbent of this position serves as Information Technician, reports to the Information Section Head, and has a primary purpose of providing information services to the office.

Using knowledge of the methods and procedures of the Copyright Office developed through on-the-job training overseen by the Information Section Head and following specific procedures and established methods, answers telephone inquiries referred by a Senior Copyright Information Specialists or Supervisors. Gathers information and searches the databases to provide an instant status report when feasible. May initiate telephone calls after conducting status research of assigned inquiries received by others.

Using knowledge of the methods and procedures of the Copyright Office and following specific procedures, including the use of pattern paragraph resources, replies to routine status and processing inquiries by drafting correspondence and replying to the applicant. Makes case-specific revisions to standard language that ensures applicant receives required information and can respond in an efficient manner. Obtains the guidance of a Senior Information Specialist when including information concerning basic registration procedures and suggested links to information on the Copyright Office web site.

Using knowledge of the methods and procedures of the Copyright Office developed through on-the-job training overseen by Information Section Head and following specific procedures and established methods, reviews status inquiries received by email, telephone and/or visitors. Searches the two primary databases (Siebel and COINS) to determine whether a record exists. If a record is found, prepares a report, which includes the receipt date, registration class, and service request number. Also verifies whether the request deposit copies and appropriate fees have been provided. Routine status reports are sent to the applicant by email or telephone. If there are special circumstances or complexities, refers complex searches to the supervisor or a Senior Copyright Information Specialist, or the appropriate area of the Copyright Office.

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 utilize computer technology and software applications.

Ability to interpret and apply a variety of guidelines and/or regulations.**

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.**

Ability to retrieve, review and analyze information to resolve problems.

Skill in providing customer service.**

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Librarian
Location: Hyde-Addison & Van Ness Elementary – DC Public Schools, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

Hyde-Addison and Van Ness Elementary DC Public Elementary schools are looking for a dedicated and talented librarian for the 2018-2019 school year. An ideal candidate will have demonstrated success with a broad range of students and be a collaborative member of a professional learning community. This person will also enjoy working with children and promoting literacy skills.

This is a 10 month position that would start in August 2018.

The responsibilities of the librarian would include:

  • Planning meaningful literacy lessons for children in PK3-5
  • Maintain a library environment to meet educational needs of students and to invite learning
  • Promote literacy schoolwide
  • Make and assist with library displays and make weekly visits to the library enjoyable and a learning experience for students, to include reading to students, assisting with checking out/in books, and using technology for student computer instruction.
  • Process all books and prepare them for shelving and distribution in the library including Accelerated Readers
  • Keep careful records of all items and inventory in the library;
  • Communicate with teachers and students regarding library activities, materials, and promotion programs
  • Set and reinforce clear expectation for student behavior.
  • Ability to plan collaboratively with the specials team and classroom teachers as necessary
  • Communicate and build relationships with parents and families

Skills and Characteristics:

  • Outstanding instructional and management skills
  • Ability to cultivate a strong culture that is inclusive of all students and maintains high expectations
  • Enthusiasm and openness for feedback and coaching

If you are interested in this role, please send your résumé and a cover letter to: Elizabeth Namba at elizabeth.namba@dc.gov

Position: Archives Technician
Location: Smithsonian Institution, Landover, MD
Salary Range: $45,972 to $59,762 per year

Full vacancy announcement is available on the USAJOBS.

This position is located in the National Museum of African American History and Culture of the Smithsonian Institution. The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the largest national museum for the study and exhibition of African American history and culture. Its primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; to conduct scholarly research designed to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of African American history, to publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs as well as digital content.

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.

The position is in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Landover, MD. The employee provides a broad range of advanced archival skills including archival appraisal, processing and description, as well as an understanding of archival materials stabilization and preservation techniques. These skills and techniques are utilized on the accessioned archival collections, retired official records of the museum, as well as the personal professional research files of museum staff. Responsibilities include:

  • processing archival collections according to established professional and institutional standards that includes preparing well-written and thorough archival descriptive aids. Archival description includes creating collection inventories and preparing and uploading EAD-compliant finding aids that can be linked to Smithsonian collection management databases and systems. Finding aids are generated in Archivists’ Toolkit and ArchiveSpace in accordance with archival descriptive standards including DACS;
  • supporting the Archivist in archival collection management by applying basic preservation methods that include assessing collection condition, rehousing documents in acid free folders and containers, flattening and storage procedures, and assisting in identifying materials that require preservation treatment and/or digitization; and
  • assisting the Archivist in providing research and reference service promptly and effectively to management and staff of the Smithsonian Institution, research scholars, and to members of the public, drawing upon a broad knowledge of the NMAAHC archival collections and topics in the specialization of African American history and culture.

Position: Head of Archives and Special Collections
Location: Loyola Notre Dame Library, Baltimore, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

The Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL) seeks an imaginative and innovative leader who will articulate a clear vision for a unit that includes the university archives and special collections of Loyola University of Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University. The successful candidate will be an individual who is creative, flexible, and enthusiastic about serving the two communities by expanding access and promoting the use of collections through classroom instruction, outreach, public presentations, tours, and exhibits. The individual in this position will be responsible for supporting the universities’ educational missions, alumni relations, record retention priorities and fundraising, as well as the broader scholarly community.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provides vision and leadership in directing and managing the programs and operations of Archives and Special Collections.
  • Sets goals, identifies resources needed, and cultivates opportunities for collaboration.
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates a full time processing archivist, volunteers and student workers describing and redefining positions as necessary.
  • Develops programs and services to acquire, process, curate, and provide access to special collections and archives in a variety of formats.
  • Collaborates with faculty to teach the use of primary source materials, support digital scholarship initiatives, assess student learning, and makes the collections accessible by way of new and innovative strategies.
  • Partners with campus stakeholders to develop innovative ways to use the collections.
  • Creates a program to support born-digital archives.
    Participates in the planning, maintenance, accessibility, and sustainability of digital projects.
  • Evaluates potential donations for inclusion in archives and special collections.
  • Coordinates outreach events, receptions, and special viewings of archives and special collections materials.
  • Partners with campus constituencies to develop and implement a program of records management and retention.
  • Develops assessment strategies and conducts ongoing assessment using a variety of methods to determine the effectiveness of services.
  • Identifies, writes, and participates in grant proposals and projects.
  • Perform liaison duties to promote services and resources to faculty.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program with an emphasis in archives and records management
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in a college or university archive/special collections
  • Knowledge of standard archival theory and practice, preservation concepts, principles, and methodologies, local research tools and finding aids
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor
  • Knowledge and/or experience developing digital collections
  • Knowledge and/or experience employing digitization practices to enhance archives and special collections
  • Knowledge of current metadata standards used for describing digital materials such as image, text, sound, and video
  • Knowledge and/or experience with archival collection management systems, e.g., ArchivesSpace, Preservica, etc.
  • Experience with content management systems, such as Omeka and WordPress
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to building strong relations between the library, academic departments at both universities, the two university communities, and external communities
  • Evidence of well-developed organizational, time, and project management skills.
    Ability to move and / or lift up to 40 lbs with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with library preservation/conservation techniques and digitization, digital preservation practices and standards
  • Familiarity with institutional repositories or ContentDM, EAD, Web harvesting, APIs.
  • Successful grant writing experience
  • Experience organizing and mounting exhibits
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain effective relations with donors
  • Experience with promoting collections through social media
  • Familiarity with copyright and intellectual property issues

Position: Librarian III
Location: Baltimore County Public Library (Baltimore County Detention Center), Towson, MD
Salary: $44,023 to $58,967 per year

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

At Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL), staff members have the opportunity to enrich individual lives and build strong communities by delivering exceptional customer experiences, establishing meaningful partnerships, developing innovative learning environments and creating gracious library spaces. We circulate over 10 million items and provide library services through our 19 branches, four mobile library vehicles and a growing virtual online presence. If you are enthusiastic, self-motivated and open to new ideas consider joining the Baltimore County Public Library team as a full-time Librarian III assigned to provide services at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

We offer an excellent benefit package that includes four weeks of vacation and other paid leave, a variety of subsidized health care options, pension eligibility and other related benefits.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assists customers in finding answers to a broad range of questions through use of print and online resources
  • Guides customers in selecting appropriate materials either for personal pleasure or continued learning
  • Assists customers with technology related requests for service including e-reader devices
  • Oversees the Detention Center’s library collection
  • Plans and presents library-related programs and outreach services
  • Supports innovation by embracing change, being flexible and anticipating customers’ needs
  • Demonstrates initiative by being a self-starter, rethinking processes and effectively solving problems
  • Demonstrates a commitment to teamwork by being an effective communicator and engaging in respectful and productive work relationships
  • Actively pursues continuous learning by participating in training opportunities and sharing knowledge in the workplace

Education/Experience Requirements

  • MLS from an ALA accredited school
  • Knowledge of library services and operations obtained through at least one year of work experience
  • Knowledge of print, electronic and online information resources and proficiency in using e-eaders, cloud technology and computer applications such as Microsoft Office, Google Drive and others
    Ability to establish and maintain relationships with customers, community groups and coworkers of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to plan, organize and present a variety of activities and presentations
  • Ability to demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work a primary schedule of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and at other times as needed
  • Must pass a post-offer background and physical screening

To Apply
Send an email to humres@bcpl.net and attach the following two documents:

  1.  A completed BCPL employment application, which you can find on our website www.bcpl.jobs
  2. Your cover letter and resume as one PDF document

Include your last name in the title of the documents. Indicate the job title Librarian III—Baltimore County Detention Center in the subject line of your email.

Closing Date: 05/31/2018

Position: Manager, Library Client Services
Location: RAND Corporation, Arlington, VA

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Under the direction of the Director of Knowledge Services, this position is responsible for operations of the Library Client Services Group. The successful candidate will manage and motivate a dispersed team of librarians. They will be comfortable with a collaborative team environment, be results oriented, and have a vision for providing innovative information and library services in an environment where clients are often located off-site.


  • MS/MA in library/information science or equivalent professional experience
  • 6-8 years managing reference/client/public services in an academic or special library setting. Experience supervising professional staff required.
  • Thorough knowledge of areas of responsibility, including strong background in providing reference or research consulting services
  • Experience working with faculty or professional research staff in either an academic or corporate environment
  • U.S. citizenship and ability to get a clearance

For more information and to apply go here: Employment Information for Job Seekers and search for job #5256.

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