Seven Positions: Washington D.C.

Position: Digital Assets Specialist
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Collections Access Preservation and Analysis Section, Veterans History Project Division, American Folklife Center, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 319710.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

This position serves as the Digital Assets Specialist in the American Folklife Center (AFC) within Library Services and reports directly to the VHP Collections Head. The purpose of this position is to oversee the administration of VHP’s digital asset management program, including developing and managing born-digital and reformatted collection processing workflows. The digital assets manager provides increasing leadership and coordination for a range of digital initiatives to advance AFCs/VHPs and access goals.

Keeps current on major issues in information research and dissemination. Serves scholars, researchers, professionals, oral historians, ethnomusicologists, folklorists, legislators and their staff, or other library users, and officials within and outside the Library. Does research and analysis in folklife and ethnomusicology, providing authoritative and definitive results. Gives in-depth analyses on complex customer questions, requirements and priorities. Assists with planning and producing educational programs and materials (including events, exhibitions, etc.) concerning some aspect of American folklife and pertinent Veterans History.

With minimal supervisory input, manages the care and handling of born-digital and analog collection materials to be digitized for the AFC/VHP as appropriate, including the chain of custody. Evaluates AFC/VHP digital storage systems on a consistent basis and makes recommendations for improvements as needed. Develops and maintains digital content inventory tracking systems. Provides leadership for routine digital conversion projects, including assistance in division of work between content specialists and technicians assigned to projects. Quickly adapts to changes in project requirements as needed. Implements digital project proposals and/or other project-related technical requirements documents for archive and research projects as appropriate with sufficient independence. Produces or coordinates production of derivative files from surrogate archival format files produced, as appropriate. Creates oral and written presentations to various stakeholders and other internal audiences as needed that are clear, tactful and achieve desired results.

Stays abreast of trends in the field of digital archival management and Library of Congress digital asset management standards and systems. In consultation with VHP Collections Head and the Archives Head, develops and oversees AFC/VHP digital content transfer systems in accord with Library-wide practices. Ensures AFC/VHP data and metadata are compatible with Library-wide information systems and maintains consistent communication with relevant Library organizations and divisions to ensure smooth transfer of AFC digital holdings to storage in other locations.

Works with archives and research staff to use technology to track and manage AFC/VHP collections. Oversees the maintenance of archival databases and other electronic resources used for tracking and indexing collection materials online or through other media Recommends, in consultation with supervisor, innovative, creative, and/or resourceful solutions to complex digital collection management problems. Develops, tests, and improves workflows and/or work plans to achieve digital collections and conversion project goals with input from supervisor. Coordinates with catalogers to develop metadata specifications for internal preservation and inventory systems and for publicly accessible digital initiatives.

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 folklife, oral history, and/or related fields and the ability to analyze cultural documentation for reference, acquisitions, digital collection management and special projects.**
  • Knowledge of digital conversion principles, procedures, and operations.**
  • Ability to manage digital assets and archival information systems.**
  • Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties.
  • Ability to plan and execute work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Loan Reference Technician
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $50,912 to $66,191 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Researcher and Reference Services Division, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 064216.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent serves as a Loan Reference Technician in the Researcher and Reference Services Division, performing technical and quasi-professional operations of substantial variety and complexity in support of the Congressional and interlibrary loan reference functions of the Section. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Head, and consists of a variety of tasks that may be assigned to the incumbent in the areas of Congressional loan, interlibrary lending, and interlibrary borrowing. Incumbent at this level may be assigned primary responsibility for duties in a single functional area or a lesser degree of responsibility for tasks drawn from several or all of the functional areas.

Serves as an expert in the intricacies of the Library’s many catalogs and retrieval tools. Uses an extensive knowledge of both online databases and manual files necessary to satisfy requests for material from many of the Library’s collections. Performs searches in all the major and special catalogs for all types of materials to support the Library’s primary programs, such as the Congressional loan, inter-library loan and loan to special borrower categories. Uses online and manual files, search and identify requested items that are vague or not readily found, using an extensive knowledge of bibliographic tools and procedures.

Serves as an expert in all of the custodial units for collections and for the flow of material from the time it arrives at the Library, until it is in its permanent location. Establishes liaisons in various areas of the Library where material might be found prior to its availability in the collections (e.g., Copyright, Acquisitions, Bibliographic Access). Assists customers in successful resolution of collections related problems.

Develops and maintains efficient search techniques to locate materials in any custodial unit or at any stage of the In Process cycle.

Coordinates customer orders for materials. Forwards and receives requested materials from various offices and works with appropriate staff to ensure timely and accurate materials and response are supplied.

Trains lower graded employees in accomplishing their tasks including answering questions and performing follow-ups to ensure the work is done accurately and in a timely manner.

Serves as the initial contact with, and addresses the needs of a broad spectrum of clients regarding routine questions and more complex questions or issues regarding access to items from the Library’s collections.

Conducts initial reference interview and records telephone, email and other incoming requests from Members of Congress, congressional staffs, the White House staff, the Supreme Court, other executive offices, Foreign embassies, and other statutory or special borrowers and from libraries throughout the world. Performs reference interviews with courtesy and tact, and exercises good public relations practices while soliciting information from the requestor. Clarifies vague requests and or assists the caller to formulate the request with greater accuracy or more precision. Serves as an expert and uses comprehensive knowledge of the Library’s policies, organizations and collections to match requestor needs and available resources.

Assists requestors with the use of the library’s resources including the use of the Library’s bibliographic reference sources. Communicates with a wide variety of patrons with non-routine questions related to borrowing privileges and the location of material, and assists patrons with specialized questions specific to the material. Demonstrates an understanding of the demands and attitudes of various interested and affected groups including those located off-site. Evaluates and determines the best approach to formulate requests, utilizing good judgment in the selection and presentation of the information.

Exercises judgment and knowledge of ILL policies and practices to identify jurisdictional problems for referral to a higher-level supervisor.

Works with Loan Reference Specialists in acquiring collections for the Division, including travel guides, the X-copy circulating collection, and audio books. As items are received, independently evaluates the material received. Determines applicable guidelines, and enters the data for routine holdings in an online or manual database to ensure proper organization, tracking and access. Receives guidance on technical problems and unusual holdings from a Loan Reference Specialist or supervisor. Consults with supervisor when difficult indexing/organization problems are encountered.

Performs various other duties as assigned.

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 use information systems, databases and computerized search tools and equipment.**
  • Ability to plan work and meet deadlines.**
  • Ability to provide customer service.**
  • Ability to prepare various written materials.
  • Ability to respond to requests for searches of information in library resources.

Position: Reference Librarian
Location: Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Scholarly Services Section, Asian Division, Collections And Services Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 12535.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Reviews various brochures, catalogs, journals, and other sources of items for possible acquisition to develop collections in areas of subject of geographic responsibility. Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments, which may involve materials in multiple languages and writing systems.

Assists senior reference staff in determining the quality and usefulness of collection materials. Assists in developing strategies for the organization, storage, preservation, and service of materials.

Monitors the condition of collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards and specifications. Brings deteriorating items and those with special needs to the attention of division management. Orients users and explains procedures and regulations governing use and handling of materials in the collection.

Provides reference and instruction to individual researchers and groups where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews in person or over the telephone, or from written requests, and the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are readily-accessible, i.e., found in the Library’s collection or can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures.

Provides in-person and telephone reference services in a reading room. Responds orally or in writing to inquiries related to assigned field of responsibility. Searches standard databases where the information is relatively stable, such as for bibliographic citations of a general nature. Seeks assistance for locating materials that are not readily accessible.

Develops knowledge of resources in other agencies or institutions to provide informed referrals. Assists patrons with specialized collections under the direction of senior staff.

Coordinates the acquisition of items of limited technical complexity, or those easily acquired. Consults acquisition policies to determine whether items are appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify out-of-scope materials.

Maintains liaison with recommending officers and subject specialists to coordinate acquisition of materials. Provides proper purchasing information and correct bibliographic identification to dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, exchange partners, etc. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material.

Assists in preparing research guides and finding aids on specific topics of recognized client interest using standard search strategies. Assists senior librarians in revising or updating research materials.

Identifies foreign and international print and electronic resources in a field of specialty to address user needs that are easily determined from interviews or written requests. Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity. Prepares and updates standard guides to specialized collections and resources.

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 history, politics and literature of one or more Southeast Asian countries; preferably Indonesia.**
  • Ability to communicate in one or more Southeast Asian languages, preferably Indonesian, and English.**
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to use integrated library systems, applications or other information technologies.
  • Ability to provide reference and research services.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Records and Information Management Specialist or Senior Associate
Location: Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Job Summary:
Background: We are looking for a professional with experience in records and information management services for a fixed-term staff contract.

The team: Our section is responsible for records and information management which covers the development of policies and guidelines, the functional management of systems, the support to the business units, the management of physical archives at Headquarters and the monitoring of the Records Management function in the 29 country offices.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Supply to the establishment and execution of Information Governance at HQ and in Country Offices.
  • Design information architectures for the organization of electronic records covering the design, mapping with retention plan, approval and deployment.
  • Handle projects geared to improving information management solutions in the IDBG with close coordination/interaction with the IT Department.
  • Develop and maintain policies and guidelines and identify improvement opportunities based on market trends and standards.
  • Lead process optimization in Business Units, ensuring that client needs, and management expectations are met while following policies.
  • Mentor junior colleagues and lead external consultants.


  • You hold a Master’s degree in Information Management, Records Management, Archives Management or related disciplines.


  • A minimum of four years of relevant practical work experience in Record and Information Management preferably in an international organization or another multi-cultural environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with the concepts, principles and practice of information, document, records and archives management covering electronic as well as paper records.
  • Demonstrable experience in designing and supporting an Electronic Document and Records Management System, experience in retention management would be very advantageous.
  • Project management, business analysis and process optimization involving information management.
  • Experience with the drafting and implementation of records and information management policies and guidelines.
  • Leading change processes would be a great plus.
  • Systems and technology: Experience with Office365 including SharePoint; use of RecordPoint is a plus. Advanced knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Experience with release management and testing activities.
  • Expert writing skills and a high degree of experience in preparing and delivering various types of communications and presentations is required.


  • Fluency in English and any other IDBG language (Spanish, Portuguese or French).
  • Proficiency in Spanish desirable.

Opportunity Summary:

  • Type of contract: Fixed-term
  • Location: Headquarters of the IDBG in Washington, D.C.
  • Requirements: You are a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.

Position: Librarian 
Location: International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Job Summary:
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has a vacancy for a Librarian (Commercial Data Feeds Analysis) in its Washington, DC-based headquarters.
This is a one-year contractual appointment, renewable up to 4 years of cumulative contractual service, pending incumbent’s performance and continuous business need.

The Commercial Data Librarian is the primary coordinator and consultant for the analysis of electronic commercial data feeds and associated licenses and contracts. He or she will be responsible for understanding and providing guidance on the delivery and distribution of electronic content and data feeds across the IMF. The Commercial Data Librarian will work closely with multiple stakeholders to develop and act on recommendations for data feed implementation.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Primary responsibilities include analyzing data feeds acquired from commercial data providers; advising IMF stakeholders on technologies and analytics-driven solutions; serving as a liaison between technology and users of commercial data; analyzing user requirements and translating them into implementation plans; identifying project issues and developing solutions; managing vendor relationships.
  • Subject matter expert within IMF’s Library, leading meetings, developing consensus, and advising on best practices of data feed use related to commercial data.
  • Work collaboratively with internal stakeholders to outline the use of various data services while also reviewing vendor licenses, making recommendations for changes, and assisting during the negotiating and licensing of commercial data feeds.
  • Serve as a resource for the Library’s licensing team and coordinate with the Economic Data Team, Statistics Department, Information Technology Department, and others to help develop efficient use of commercial data feeds.
  • Identify project issues and develop solutions collaboratively with business stakeholders; understand and mitigate technical and operational risks.
  • Provide guidance and advice on the various phases of testing and user acceptance of technical implementations.
  • Evaluate and manage relationships with data vendors and technology providers.
  • Advise Library staff and other stakeholders on issues related to data services to provide support in negotiations with data vendors.

Educational development, typically acquired by the completion of an advanced university degree, or equivalent, in library or information science, or a related field; or a university degree, or equivalent, supplemented by a minimum of six years of relevant professional experience.

Specialized Skills/ Knowledge:

  • Proven understanding of electronic information resources landscape and associated issues.
  • Strong knowledge of equity and fixed income data (Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, S&P Global, etc.) and front/middle/back office operations.
  • Experience working with APIs and/or web services to analyze data.
  • Understanding of SQL and relational database management systems.
  • An advanced level of mathematics and statistics knowledge.
  • Experience reviewing and analyzing contracts and licenses, particularly in the context of data feeds.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to translate technical terms and issues for non-technical stakeholders.
  • Ability to identify best practices related to commercial data feeds and share information.
  • Preferred experience or qualifications in project management or technical leadership role at a financial firm—analyzing, designing, developing and implementing business processes and supporting implementation of technology solutions.

For additional application information, please visit the IMF JobLink 

To apply directly to this position, enter Job Number 1800599 (or job title Librarian – Data Feeds Analysis) on the search page.

Position: Library Technicians
Location: LAC Group, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Job Summary:
LAC Group is seeking Library Technicians to work at a major Federal library in the Washington, DC area to provide greater access to the rare book collection the Law Library. This requires contractor assistance for inventory tasks to support tracking, inventory control, and overall security for the collection items that will be shelved.  The work will be performed on site. This is a 1 year (40 hours a week; Monday to Friday) benefitted contract position.


  • Create Initial Bibliographic Control (IBC) records, holding and item records, pin & linking monographs and serials to facilitate piece identification of volumes
  • Create labels for individual items and quality review of records created.
  • Transfer materials from multiple locations in the Adams and Madison buildings to their workstations.


  • One (1) year recent library technician experience
  • Broad subject knowledge and experience with bibliographic catalog records
  • Experience with Integrated library Systems (especially Voyager) in creating, editing, and search bibliographic records
  • Experience searching library catalog databases such as OCLC or Voyager
  • Familiarity with LC Classification, AACR2, and MARC as well as familiarity with RDA and DCRM(B)
  • Familiarity or knowledge of one or more Romance and other European languages is a plus

Position: Historical Geography Technician
Location: GeoSearch, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $16.00 to $18.00 /hour

Full vacancy announcement available on the CUA SLIS blog.


  • Identify streets and address ranges within the area of interest (AOI) using county assessor’s websites
  • Research city directories, street address directories, and criss-cross directories to identify historical land use in and around the AOI
  • Coordinate research work with remote research staff at archival facilities across the country
  • Data enter historical records into in-house data collection system
  • Upload third party data entry into in-house system and perform QA/QC of the data
  • Perform research of available historical materials housed at facilities nationwide
  • Extract data from historical research materials using optical character recognition (OCR) software
  • Produce reports detailing research findings for submittal to clients

Required Qualifications:

  • Superior organizational skills with superb attention to detail and accuracy
  • Exceptional spatial reasoning and map reading skills
  • Proficiency with current computer software (e.g., MS Office Suite)
  • High level of professionalism and the ability to manage a variety of activities and tasks successfully
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently with strong oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledgeable of archival and/or records management standards and best practices
  • Must be able to develop a broad understanding of department workflow

Work Environment:

  • Will perform most of the shift in library/archives facility. Noise level is usually low to moderate. Travel to archives facilities will be necessary at times, and some travel will be required between parking/transit stop locations and research facilities.

Education/Experience:A minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent is required.

Job Type: Full-time

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