Three Positions- Washington DC & Maryland

Position: Maryland Historical Trust Librarian
Location: Maryland Historical Trust, Crownsville, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on ALA JobLIST.

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), the State’s historic preservation office, located within the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), is seeking an energetic, creative, and collaborative individual for the position of Librarian.

This position serves as the Administrator, Library Services, within the Cultural Resource Information Management Unit of the Office of Research, Survey and Registration (ORSR). The position is responsible for the management of all print collections, sets all library policies and determines priorities, establishes guidelines, and coordinates activities of MHT’s libraries and archives, all of which will enable MHT staff to carry out their responsibilities.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.

Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


Our Preferred Candidate Will Have:

-A Master’s degree in Library Science, Library and Information Studies, Librarianship, or closely- related field from an ALA-accredited library school or a Bachelor’s degree from an ALA-certified degree or certificate program.

-A Degree and/or relevant experience in architecture, archeology, or a related field.

-Experience with or advanced knowledge of architectural and/or archeological special collections.

-Familiarity with SirsiDynix EOS software.

-Experience providing patron services in a special collections environment.

-Experience in development of online digital projects.

-Knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata schema.

-Experience managing both analog and digital materials.

-Proven ability to work with multiple cataloging and metadata content standards and controlled vocabularies.
-Knowledge of best practices for intellectual and physical control of collections.

Position: Reference Librarian
Location: LAC Group, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Job Summary:

LAC Group is currently looking for a Reference Librarian to work for a federal agency in the Washington, D.C. area. Reference and Information Services provides ready reference, research, and information discovery, collection development and maintenance, use of government documents, conduct proactive customized information service, instruction, and maintain electronic resources, and the library web sites. This is a long term, full-time contract (40 hour a week; Monday – Friday) benefited position.


  • Answer the phone, respond as appropriate, including transferring calls to the appropriate Contract Employees or federal staff. The Contract Employees shall greet the caller, respond to general questions about the Library, circulation or renewals.
  • Perform all interlibrary loan operations, including item verification, lending and borrowing, preparing and responding to request/loan forms, receiving and returning requested items, communicating with requesters and lenders, maintaining records, and reporting on interlibrary loan activities.
  • Recommend titles for inclusion in the library collection based on requests from library users, which occurs approximately once per month.
  • Respond to requests for information within 24 hours, even if the research has not been completed. They shall maintain regular contact with the person requesting information until the research has been completed and delivered.
  • Conduct research using a range of electronic databases such as Bloomberg, EBSCO, FirstSearch, ProQuest, and Westlaw.
  • Conduct systematic literature searches on a range of topics to support agency staff and program contractors and provide one-on-one and group instruction to customers who request guidance in using the catalog, online databases or serials, or other library resources.


  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in provision of reference services, including training patrons to use commercial databases.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience with the circulation and acquisitions modules of integrated library systems. Knowledge of Sirsi preferred.
  • Experience searching online databases such as EBSCO, ProQuest, and Nexis.
  • Understanding of how metatags work and how databases are structured.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Attention to detail; demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Experience working in a customer service capacity.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • U.S. citizenship required.

Position: Supervisory Librarian
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $114,590 to $148,968 per year

Full vacancy announcement is available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the VHA Office of Health Informatics (OHI), Health Information Governance (HIG), and Library Network Office (LNO). The VA Central Office (VACO) Library is the departmental library for the second largest government agency, serving VA employees aligned under VA Central Office (CO), agency advisory committees, and Veterans. The VACO Library is a member of the VA Library Network (VALNET), a health science library network of national significance.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

The employee has management authority for all operational, planning, and administrative activities for the products and services provided by the VA Central Office Library. The employee provides professional review and refinement of the literature for CO staff, including those who work across the network at various medical centers;

Recommends and establishes the scope and extent of programs and services to be offered;

Establishes, implements and reviews program guidelines, policies, and operating procedures;

Ensures the development of a comprehensive, high quality online and print library collection (databases, monographs, journals, audiovisuals, etc.) that is broad in scope and penetrating in coverage to meet the information needs of staff, students, and researchers;

Serves as the expert in searching highly specialized biomedical, nursing, and allied health, as well as health management databases and the Internet;

Provides reference services to senior and executive level staff, national subject matter experts in health science, and agency advisory committee members in the areas of clinical care, hospital and health care administration, Veterans’ benefits, public administration, and other advanced fields of knowledge represented in VA Central Office;

Designs and organizes a distinct library SharePoint site to ensure access to all knowledge-based information resources purchased by the VACO Library and at the national level;

Serves as the first line supervisor for three GS-9 level library staff. Performs a full range of supervisory duties, including, but not limited to the following;

Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system;

Observes workers’ performance and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances;Performs other related duties as required.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Travel Required: Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Supervisory status: Yes
Promotion Potential: 14

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • May be required to serve a probationary period
  • Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process

To meet the Basic Educational Requirements established for the Librarian Series (1410), you must meet one the following requirements:

A) You must have successfully completed one (1) full academic year of graduate study (or higher) in library science at an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree related to the position. (Bachelor-level transcript must confer degree awarded related to the position and Graduate-level transcript must show 1 full year (18 semester hours) in library science). Since many libraries are highly specialized, some librarian positions require knowledge of a specialized subject or field of endeavor. Also, since materials in libraries are often in foreign languages, some librarians must have a proficient knowledge of one or more foreign languages. For such positions, applicants must meet requirements that are directly related to the subject matter or language of the specialization. These requirements are in addition to the basic professional library science requirements that apply to all positions. However, these requirements may be included in or supplemental to those specified for all positions. The following specializations are authorized: biological, medical, social or physical sciences, education, fine arts, business and industry, humanities, law, music, engineering, and the Germanic, Slavic, Oriental, Semitic, or Romance languages. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.


B) You must have a total of at least five (5) 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 a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services. NOTE: Your experience must be fully documented in your resume to receive full credit and transcripts are required.


In addition to the Basic Educational Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-13 level, you must meet the following Experience Requirement:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in Federal Service that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of a Supervisory Librarian GS-14. Experience must have demonstrated the ability to supervise and direct one or more of the functional areas of work covered by this series. Specialized experience includes: Specialized experience includes: planning, organizing, and directing the development and execution of library programs, policies, and procedures; carrying out administrative activities of a library system concerned with budget and finance, personnel, plant and equipment, etc.; performing duties that include serving as a resource for biological and medical healthcare related information; conducting comprehensive and complex searches of medical literature; working virtually with libraries via web applications; and maintaining and updating a library collection based on customer needs. NOTE: Your experience must be fully documented in your resume and must include job title; duties; month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.



This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to – and essential for – satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.
The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Experience in medical librarianship. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented in your resume to receive credit.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Communications
  • Human Capital Management
  • Technical Competence
  • Technical Competence

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