Six Positions- Washington DC & Maryland

Position: Children’s Services Supervisor
Location: Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Join the vibrant, community-minded team at Frederick County Public Libraries! We are seeking a creative, energetic, and visionary Children’s Supervisor for our central branch in Downtown Frederick. Located in West-Central Maryland between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, FCPL is a rapidly developing system. By facilitating the public’s freedom to explore, invent, and transform, FCPL connects people to ideas and to each other, helping to foster individual and community growth.

This professional management position assures that children, their families and caregivers experience the joy of reading in a friendly, creative and dynamic Children’s Department.

  • Manage all operations of the Children’s Department
  • Assign responsibilities, direct, evaluate and provide leadership to Children’s Services staff
  • Provide specialized reference and research service related to children
  • Initiate new and original initiatives for Children’s programming and services and provide leadership to staff for the same
  • Build relationships and partnerships with community organizations, businesses, and leaders for financial and advocacy support
  • Write grants to obtain additional funding support for special projects
  • Develop and deliver age-appropriate programs, workshops and training to support patron needs
  • Market children’s collections and services through traditional methods and social media
  • Develop, recommend and monitor the services, policies and procedures of Children’s Services working with other Children’s Services Supervisors and in collaboration with the Youth Services Coordinator
  • Develop strategic directions for the Children’s Department in alignment with FCPL strategic directions
  • Lead or participate in system-wide planning for Children’s Services or any other area as assigned
  • Oversee creation, evaluation and rotation of Story time boxes for system-wide use
  • Develop and present Children’s Services training to FCPL staff
  • Provide reference, information and readers advisory services to patrons of varied ages, abilities and skill levels
  • Oversee staff development of informational brochures, book lists and other printed media
  • Create content for the children’s section of FCPL’s Website and Intranet and oversee creation of the same
  • Manage departmental scheduling and statistics; compile and prepare reports, data and other written work
  • Keep abreast of and implement use of current technologies to enhance personal and branch efficiency as well as patron services
  • Understand, support and interpret departmental, FCPL and systems policies and procedures to staff and the general public
  • As needed, serve as Librarian-in-charge
  • Serve on Branch Management Team including representing interests of Children’s Services
  • Actively support the values of Frederick County Public Libraries
  • Represent the Library on internal and external committees and in meetings relating to children’s services; participate on system-wide and branch teams
  • Actively participate in local, state and national library associations; attend seminars, workshops and continuing education activities; maintain professional affiliations to keep abreast of current and emerging trends, innovation, technology, services, early literacy, spaces and other related areas of library planning and services
  • Perform other related duties as required


  • Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from an American Library Association accredited program
  • Minimum 3 years of professional or para-professional library work experience that includes at least 2 years in Children’s Services
  •  Minimum 2 years of work experience in a supervisory and/or lead capacity role, of which at least 1 year must be directly supervising staff, conducting performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, etc.
  • Professional Public Librarian certification from the Maryland State Department of Education or ability to obtain this certification within 6 months after hire with MLS degree, current certification must then be maintained

For complete job description and to apply go to

CLOSING DATE TO APPLY: 6/11/18 at 4:00 PM EST.

Position: Curator of Rare Books (Garden and Landscape Studies)
Location: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.


Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of advanced research affiliated with Harvard University and located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. It supports research in the areas of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies through a residential fellowship program, as well as a rich program of scholarly events and publications (print and digital), while also welcoming the public to its museum and historic garden.

The Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection, originally known as the Garden Library, was founded in the early 1950s by Mildred Bliss in consultation with renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand to promote historical scholarship of garden history and landscape architecture. The collection now encompasses over 9,000 rare books, prints, drawings, and manuscripts on garden design and ornament, and landscape architecture. In addition to its recognized strengths in European and North American garden representations, treatises, herbals, and floras, the collection seeks to expand its scope by developing new subject area concentrations, especially through acquisitions of rare Chinese, Japanese, and South American materials. Another recent focus concerns material on historic cities, with attention to landscape design. Over the years the collection has also developed strengths in the other areas of specialization at Dumbarton Oaks, notably manuscripts and early printed materials in Pre-Columbian Studies, and facsimiles of Byzantine manuscripts. We are seeking to make the collection more broadly accessible through an active digitization program as well as through physical and online exhibits, study days, and scholarly programs for researchers at all career stages.

The Curator of Rare Books has responsibility for developing, interpreting, promoting, and managing the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection. The Curator will develop deep knowledge of the collection, including its history, strengths, and areas for further development, and will advise on and lead projects pertaining to cataloguing, digitizing, and promoting the collection through active support of fellows and visiting researchers. The curator will also function as the Garden and Landscape Studies subject librarian, and will collaborate with the GLS program director in developing exhibitions and scholarly events that showcase the institution’s rich resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for collection management and acquisitions of rare and scholarly materials that enhance and strengthen the collections. Identifies desiderata in consultation with experts such as senior fellows and visiting scholars. Collaborates with other Dumbarton Oaks librarians and study program directors on acquisitions and collection development.
  • Monitors the state of the collection and makes recommendations and arrangements for conservation as needed.
  • Responsible for developing an online descriptive tool for the collection to facilitate access by researchers.
  • Responsible for identifying and preparing order requests for new acquisitions in support of Garden and Landscape Studies.
  • Collaborates with technical services staff to set priorities and standards of description.
  • Provides in-depth reference support and research guidance to Rare Book Collection users, including fellows, visiting scholars, students, and readers.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of a digitization strategy and works toward concrete goals.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with the book and auction trade and curators at institutions with comparable collections.
  • Organizes or contributes to the organization of exhibitions in areas of expertise, including by mentoring interns and early-career fellows.
  • Collaborates with other areas, including Academic Programs, Events, and Communications to promote the collection.
  • Provides tours of the collection for visiting groups as appropriate.
  • Handles image requests.
  • Participates in the wider scholarly life of Dumbarton Oaks, including attending relevant research reports and scholarly events; and writing collection evaluations for fellowship applications.

Supervisory Responsibilities: May supervise and mentor post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellows and interns.


  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent and an advanced degree in a humanistic discipline relevant to the strengths of the Dumbarton Oaks collection (e.g. art and architectural history, garden and landscape architecture, environmental studies); or a PhD in one of these disciplines and knowledge of bibliography and book history.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience working in an academic or research library.
  • Reading knowledge of at least two modern European languages (French, German, or Italian preferred).


  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with diverse constituencies, flexibility, excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Strong humanities knowledge outside area of specialization strongly preferred.
  • Curatorial experience with exhibitions, reference, outreach, and/or instruction in a research library preferred.
  • Experience with priority-setting, selection, and interpretation for digital collections preferred.

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

Full vacancy announcement is available on the USAJOBS.

This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines major duties of both the acquisition specialist and the cataloger. There is a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which cataloging or acquisitions functions are being performed. For example, staff selecting and cataloging materials from South America need knowledge of the Spanish language.

The incumbent catalogs a variety of materials in an automated cataloging environment where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Establishes personal and corporate names and uniform titles for inclusion in the name authority file. Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file and classification schedule. Creates and revises bibliographic records, authority records, and classification schedules. Performs content designation of bibliographic and authority records. Performs research in the cataloged reference collection, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process.

Provides services and deals with materials that are non-technical in nature, of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Coordinates proper purchasing information, correct bibliographic identification, and correct coding in the information system. Contacts dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, government agencies, and/or exchange partners to coordinate the order process. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, loan, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify acquisition of out-of-scope materials. Maintains liaison with recommending officials and subject specialists to understand their needs. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material. Determines availability of funds.

Obtains, analyzes, and organizes information using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices. Analyzes and organizes standard subject data to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries. Analyzes material to determine subject content. Applies standard rules, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to cataloging-related issues.

Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments related to collection development support, with review by supervisor, senior staff and/or recommending officers. Assists in examination of incoming shipments to select items appropriate for the collections, in accordance with established guidelines. Assists in examination of recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements, and to ensure conformity with established guidelines. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to collection development policies.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Consults with Section Head and cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive and subject cataloging rules. Offers suggestions and advice to Section Head on operational and technical problems. Collaborates with Section Head and other staff in planning and implementing section activities including: workflow procedures, section priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting and strategies for meeting section production goals. Assists others inside and outside the Library with language, subject and cataloging problems.

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 library metadata rules, practices, and procedures.**

Ability to use library software applications, integrated library platforms, and other information.**

Ability to communicate in English and German.**

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to develop and maintain relationships and provide consultation and liaison services.

Knowledge of the culture and/or civilization of Germany.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Librarian (Law-Legal Research Analyst)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary Range: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement is available on the USAJOBS.

The Legal Research Analyst works under the broad supervision of managers from divisions within the Law Library (1) analyzing legal materials including but not limited to laws, treaties, regulations, and court decisions of foreign jurisdictions, and international legal principles; (2) responding orally and in writing to inquiries requiring proficient skills in conducting legal and legislative research involving the law of particular jurisdictions and international law; and (3) communicating with Law Library users and staff by assisting in their research work and preparing Law Library work products for publishing and distribution. To successfully perform the duties of this position, the incumbent must (1) demonstrate the ability to apply accepted research techniques and utilize broad knowledge in applying domestic and international legal and legislative principles and concepts; (2) possess expert proficiency in analyzing global legal issues and preparing informative documents using legal and research materials in foreign languages; and (3) have proficient oral and written communications skills to maintain efficient and effective collaboration with staff and present complex legal principles, concepts, and issues to culturally and educationally diverse audiences.

Fluency in English, working proficiency in at least one foreign language, preferably Slavic and/or Turkic languages.

Contributes to ongoing legal research projects, publications, presentations, and legal
bibliographic materials, and participates in producing the Law Library’s research work in digital and analogous formats. Uses skills, software applications and tools to prepare, edit, and finalize products for publishing or transmission, adhering to the Law Library’s technical and editorial standards.

Provides research support and assistance to staff. Collaborates with others on designing,
developing, and maintaining authoring and publishing programs, assists with development and production of the Law Library’s online products and publications, performs web page content control functions, and communicates with Law Library authors concerning work products.

Assists in surveying Law Library’s collection for areas of specialization or assigned jurisdictions. Prepares indexes of a wide variety of legal documents, and supports metadata development for LLC products.

Prepares metadata for Law Library products according to established guidelines. Participates in developing the Law Library’s controlled vocabulary affecting searching capabilities involving basic legal principles and concepts, identifying key words and phrases and ensuring that terms with possible multiple meanings are clarified.

Applying Law Library standards and a broad knowledge of legal and legislative principles and concepts, prepares concise and informative summaries of laws, treaties, regulations, court decisions, and other legal documents.

Plans, coordinates and participates in briefings, presentations, and other educational programs conducted by the Law Library. Translates legal documents from English to a foreign language or from a foreign language to English.

Conducts research in limited segments of specialized or technical research projects for Law Library clients resulting in written or oral reports, memoranda, letters, annotated bibliographies, research guides, brochures, infographics, and other publications. The research may require using standard reference tools and applying techniques and practices that have gaps in specificity requiring some interpretation to cover new or evolving subject matter. Assignments involve dealing with legal research problems, questions, or situations within assigned jurisdictions.

May convey findings through written and oral reports, abstracts, summaries, charts, graphs, or other products. Requests typically require some analysis on the part of the analyst to determine the specific research area and the types of information that will most directly meet the requester’s needs. Searches internal and external legal information and government databases. Develops search techniques and files for handling requests for legal information. Reviews information obtained in response to an inquiry for its relevance to the inquiry. Identifies and examines publications, electronic resources, and trends in applicable fields of law and assists with collection development.

Provides legal and legislative reference services involving legal issues for an educationally and culturally diverse clientele, including Members of Congress, the judiciary, government agencies, foreign governments, scholars, academics, the practicing bar, the press and the general public.

Assists Law Library clients in adapting and modifying research methods and techniques.
Analyzes specialized or technical information from a wide variety of sources in English and foreign languages when responding to basic questions for legal and legislative information.

Draws upon broad knowledge of legal and legislative print and electronic collections when preparing responses. Prepares written responses to inquiries requiring a tailored response. Prepares finding aids and related written products describing research methodologies.

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 analyze, interpret and summarize complex legal information from foreign (non-U.S.) jurisdiction(s).**

Knowledge of legal and legislative information services, processes and sources.**

Ability to conduct information research with a legal focus.**

Ability to read a foreign language(s) legal texts and write corresponding English summaries.

Ability to apply automated technology to meet an organization’s information needs.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Media Services Specialist
Location: American University, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.


The Media Services Specialist manages the day-to-day operations of the Media Services unit within the Library’s Access Services division, including during evening and weekend hours. The incumbent assists AU faculty with identifying and scheduling visual material, and manages scheduling systems for materials and viewing spaces. This position also assists faculty with instructional technologies. The incumbent ensures the accurate cataloging of items in the Media Services collection and contributes to the library’s social media activities to promote media content to the AU community. The incumbent maintains a high level of engagement with library systems and technology used by Access Services and is a resource in the development of technical expertise throughout the Division. Other duties include assisting the Access Services Program Analyst in ensuring the continuity and categorization of data between systems and ensuring the quality and effectiveness of library software, applications, reporting scripts, and queries. The incumbent also has primary responsibility for hiring, supervising, scheduling, and training the part-time front line staff.

Required Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Three years supervisory experience, with the attendant skills of motivating, training, and allocating work
  • Strong knowledge of a variety of business, educational, and library computer systems such as OCLC products, Alma, Blackboard, Microsoft Office (including significant experience with Excel or Access), Adobe Suite
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and problem solving abilities
  • Experience dealing with confidential information
  • Ability to resolve conflicts and handle stressful and/or emergency situations
  • Sound judgment with the ability to use discretion, work independently, and complete projects by deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate on many different levels and resolve problems
  • Attention to detail and a strong ability to prioritize and multi-task, including the ability to reprioritize tasks to resolve urgent issues that arise
  • Advanced computer skills and the ability to adapt to constantly changing procedures and computer systems

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission and functions of a research library and information needs of academic users
  • Experience modifying, developing, or programming simple online applications
  • Familiarity with Office 365, Excel Macros, Visual Basic for Applications (in any Office Application), and/or Javascript, Python, or PHP (or any higher level language) highly desirable

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • The position is classified as essential personnel, and the incumbent is required to work in the event of the University operating with limited staffing.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check

Contact Us: For more information or assistance with the American University careers site, email

Position: Library Coordinator
Location: Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

This position is a permanent part-time paraprofessional working as a member of the Information and Instructional Services Staff. The Library Coordinator provides front-line, core information services to faculty, staff, and students of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), School of Nursing (SON), Milken School of Public Health (GWSPH), GW Hospital, and Medical Faculty Associates (MFA). This includes responding to inquiries via phone, in person, and email or instant messages at the reference desk from 4-8 pm Monday through Thursday and 12-4 pm on Saturday. This position is a patron-facing position that staffs the Library’s Reference Desk during all hours listed above.

For more information, and to apply, please go to and search for Library Coordinator.


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