Six Positions: Washington D.C.

Position: 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 History and Military Science Section, U.S. Arts, Sciences, and Humanities Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 058498.
The incumbent of this position will work a flextime, compflex, or maxiflex work schedule.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The History and Military Science Section at the Library of Congress seeks a cataloger with strong cataloging and classification skills to provide original and copy cataloging, primarily for material in the following subject areas: US history, history of Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, military science, naval or defense issues. The incumbent should also have knowledge of the theoretical aspects of historical study.

Catalogs various 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. Establishes personal and corporate names and uniform titles for inclusion in the name authority file. Creates and revises bibliographic records, authority records, and classification schedules. Performs content designation of bibliographic and authority records. Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file and classification schedule. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Performs research in the cataloger’s reference collection, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library.

Analyzes material to determine subject content. Obtains, analyzes, and organizes information using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices in order to determine a given work’s relationship to the existing collections. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to cataloging-related issues. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships to provide or exchange information. Consults with Team Leader and cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive and subject cataloging rules. Offers suggestions and advice to Team Leader on operational and technical problems. Collaborates with Team Leader and other staff in planning and implementing team activities including: workflow procedures, team priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting and strategies for meeting team 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 technologies.**
  • Knowledge of at least one of the major geographical areas of historical study, of the theoretical aspects of historical study, and of military science, naval or defense issues.**
  • Ability to organize, analyze, and interpret data related to carrying out library functions.
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others to provide consultation and liaison services.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Reference and GIS Services)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $134,789 to $164,200 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The selectee will have experience managing reference services in a fast paced environment; expert knowledge of reference sources, in particular those related to legislative research/public policy; and knowledge of information research methodologies. A critical duty is to review responses and reports produced by the section. The section head works collaboratively with staff across CRS as well as other parts of the Library of Congress on information requests/projects and to resolve issues.

Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-13 level. Plans and assigns work, sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, provides feedback and evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Recommends appointment, promotion, or reassignment and develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests and certifies time and attendance records for staff. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations.

Oversees, conducts and reviews research on highly complex reference questions, providing authoritative and definitive results. Oversees the staffing of the CRS reading rooms, and the provision of document delivery and GIS services to CRS research divisions and congressional clients. Keeps up to date on current legislative issues. Plans and reviews the section’s products and services, ensuring that they meet professional standards and policy guidelines and are responsive to the needs of clients. Provides leadership in the development and maintenance of the CRS GIS portal.

Develops, organizes, and schedules training for individuals and groups at various levels of sophistication, on a wide variety of research tools and research methodologies. Organizes, conducts, or participates in customized group and individual training and troubleshooting for partners and clients. Promotes existing and new information services, databases, and other research tools to CRS staff and congressional clients.

Serves as a principal liaison for collaboration between KSG groups, other CRS divisions and offices, and other Library of Congress units and offices. Consults with information professionals throughout CRS and the Library of Congress on GIS, research, reference and document delivery requests as well as the management of the CRS reference collection.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is 376875.

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 develop, implement, manage, and evaluate reference services to meet client needs**
  • Ability to lead and manage staff**
  • Ability to communicate in writing and review the writing of others**
  • Ability to manage geographical information system (GIS) services to meet client needs
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others
  • Ability to convey information and effectively communicate other than in writing

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Supervisory Librarian for its Knowledge Services Group (KSG). The selectee will serve as the section head of the Reference and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Services section, responsible for providing reference, document delivery, and GIS services to internal and congressional clients.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

Position: Librarian, GS-1410-12 (DEU)
Location: Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $81,548 to $106,012 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The National Library of Education (NLE), a part of the Knowledge Utilization Division of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education, provides information resources and services for the understanding and improvement of education research through the collection, dissemination, and exchange of information to department officials and the public.

Reviews, makes recommendations for, and implements improvements to library systems, including electronic systems for cataloguing, searching, and circulation, and systems for efficient delivery of content through digital media. Also reviews NLE policies and standards, especially those concerning collection development, preservation, archiving, and accessibility, and recommends and implements improvements.

Develops strategy, policy, budget, and program options for maintaining and advancing the NLE, and provides leadership for the implementation of these options after receipt of approval from the Associate Commissioner for Knowledge Utilization.

Monitors and manages information reference and referral and circulation to ensure efficient and effective delivery of services.

Serves as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), monitoring the day to day execution of contracts of/associated with the National Library of Education.

Provides reference and research services including comprehensive literature searches, determining best methods and content for responses. Conducts a specialized reference interview and negotiation and responds to a full range of quick reference and research inquiries, with special responsibility for the complex and difficult inquiries, including those in highly specialized education fields, those regarding information or data that are difficult to identify or locate, and those that involve specialized terminology.

Uses professional judgment and knowledge of license agreement and copyright restrictions to provide timely, efficient, and appropriate service to public inquiries.

Identifies and selects appropriate information sources, utilizes a variety of specialized databases and other diverse information sources. Knowledge is used to locate information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and open source print and electronic resources including full-text data bases, research and technical reports, legislative histories, specialized journal articles and/or historical materials. Also uses social media, collaborative technologies and applications, or reference management systems to address customer information needs

Works closely with other library staff to make authoritative evaluations and recommendations on collection development (additions to and deletions from the library’s physical and/or digital collection) in one or more subject- matter areas in all formats. Reviews a wide variety of online catalogs, websites, and scholarly journals and evaluates sources based on their authoritativeness, currency, and relevance to the topical areas of the library’s collections.

Stays current with developments in library and information science and makes recommendations based on best practices to other library staff and to ED staff regarding search tools and methods.

Develops and delivers engaging and relevant outreach presentations to describe, explain, and promote library services to client groups. Uses subject expertise, knowledge of best practices of librarianship, and understanding of clients’ information needs to develop appropriate approach to outreach.

Uses knowledge of the information-seeking behavior of library clients to design web-based library content and services. Using an understanding of the wide variety of information sources provided by the library, creates new and innovative ways to enhance client ability to access those sources. Analyzes historical trends in the library’s research services to identify unmet needs and designs services to meet those needs.

Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):

  • Knowledge of the methods, techniques, concepts, and principles of librarianship and reference service is required to solve complex reference and research challenges and to serve as an expert in searching and identifying appropriate social science and medical information sources.
  • Knowledge of techniques and resources used to locate information of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety and large number of published and open source print and electronic resources including full-text databases, research and technical reports, specialized scholarly journal sources and statistical sources.
  • Knowledge of contracting laws and regulations applicable to COR responsibilities.
  • Skill in searching and using new and emerging sources such as social media.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills for briefings and formal presentation of complex information.
  • Ability to interact with and/or influence office units, other programs/offices, and staff elements of the Department in order to obtain optimal organization resources and results.

Position: Reference Librarian (LAW)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Law Library of Congress seeks a legal reference librarian with education and experience providing legal and legislative information services to diverse and demanding clients in a law library or similar legal information organization and creating, organizing and managing web content for dynamic websites.

Responds to United States legal and legislative reference inquiries from members of Congress, congressional committees, the White House, federal courts, Government agencies, libraries, the bar and the general public.

Responds to United States legal and legislative reference inquiries from Members of Congress, congressional committees, the White House, federal courts, Government agencies, libraries, the bar and general public. Inquiries may be received by telephone, in person, in writing, and by electronic means. Locates information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished legal and legislative information sources and electronic databases. Conducts legal and legislative research, and procedures written responses to United States federal and state legal and legislative reference inquiries requiring tailored responses.

Conducts legal and legislative research, and prepares written responses to United States federal and state legal and legislative reference inquiries requiring tailored responses.

Analyzes and organizes specialized information, and assesses and prioritizes work.

Conditions of Employment
A complete application package must consists of:

  • Your resume
  • Your response to a vacancy questionnaire, including a mandatory Candidate Statement of Interest
  • Copy of your most – recent transcript documenting enrollment in or completion of an ALA – accredited library/information science Master’s degree program or completion of an ABA accredited law school (a copy of a transcript downloaded from the university website is sufficient at the application stage ; selectees will be required to provide an official transcript documenting graduation)

(KSA’s) to perform the duties of the position and offer the better qualified candidates an opportunity for an interview in person, by telephone or by other telecommunication means. In addition to the KSAs listed above, the following competencies will also be addressed during the interview.

  • Ability to communicate in writing and orally
  • Ability to organize and plan work


The critical knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), gained through education, experience and/or training, needed to successfully perform the duties of the position:

  • Ability to Apply Knowledge of the Principles, Concepts, and Techniques of Library Science to the Organization and Dissemination of Legal Information.
  • Ability to Communicate Legal and Legislative Information and Analysis in Writing.
  • Ability to Communicate Effectively in a Library or Information Center Environment.
  • Ability to Utilize Information Technology and Online Legal Resources.
  • Ability to Plan and Implement Library Programs.
  • Ability to Interact Collaboratively with a Diverse Group of People.
  • Ability to Communicate Effectively Other Than in Writing.

Position: Archives Technician
Location: Archives of American Art, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Job Summary:
The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, is seeking an Archives Technician to work as part of a team dedicated to supporting a broad range of successful and innovative digital initiatives in the management of, and access to, digital collections. The work encompasses collections digitized through reformatting of original documents as well as those acquired in digital form. This position is a one-year full-time grant funded term appointment.  Incumbent will report to the Head of Digital Operations. The Archives Technician position is located in the Washington office of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve, and make available primary sources documenting the history of the visual arts in the United States. With over 6,000 collections and 2,300 oral history interviews, the Archives is the largest and most widely used resource on the history of American art in the world.

Major Duties:

  • Supports the Archives’ digitization workflows encompassing digitization of collections in their entirety; and folder and single item level digitization to fulfill requests from patrons and staff.
  • Supports preservation of and access to the Archives’ born digital collections through technical transfer of still image, textual, audiovisual, web archive, data sets and email digital assets in accordance with the Archives’ systems and procedures.
  • Performs technical duties for special digital projects and initiatives including the development of collection information and digitization systems and the Archives’ website at and other platforms such as the Smithsonian Institution Transcription Center.

Desired Knowledge and Experience:

  • Knowledge of archival principles, methodologies, and techniques of automated collection information or digital asset management techniques in archives gained through work experience.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and standard Microsoft Office software as well as specialized software used for a variety of digital initiatives.
  • General knowledge of American art history or American cultural, social, and political history and historical research methods through readings, course work, or further training.
  • Ability to plan and organize work tasks to meet quotas and targeted completion dates
  • Ability to comprehend and follow oral and written instructions, policies, procedures, explanations, and guidelines and to apply both oral and written instructions to practical work situations.

To Apply: 

  • Please send a statement of interest and résumé via email to
  • Deadline for applications is September 14, 2018.
  • The Smithsonian is an equal opportunity employer.  The Archives of American Art is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from minorities.

Position: Metadata Librarian (Full-Time, Temporary)
Location: National Defense Unoiversity, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Job Summary:
The Metadata Librarian works in a team environment executing a variety of metadata tasks essential to the operations of NDU Library digital collections.  This position is responsible for the collection of new digital assets as they become available, the creation of Dublin Core-compliant metadata for those assets, and the maintenance of assets previously ingested into the digital asset management systems. The Metadata Librarian maintains data quality control for e-resources including assisting the cataloger with issues for digital projects, coordinates and participate in special data clean-up and metadata projects designed to improve the functioning of the digital content management systems as a primary path to access the library digital collections, and creates quality, shareable metadata using international schema, encoding, and content standards; metadata templates, data dictionaries, application profiles

The Metadata Librarian provides digital content management support by preserving, describing, and providing access to born-digital archival and special collections materials; developing processes for archiving and preserving born-digital materials; developing and documenting procedures for the acquisition of born-digital collections and electronic records and for the routine migration of materials to maintain formatting compatibility with Libraries IT software and hardware; providing digital program development, guidance in best practices for data management, training and development for library personnel and campus departments as needed; and delivering born-digital content to external discovery and delivery mechanisms in collaboration with specialists in cataloging and metadata, information technology, and scholarly communications.

Additionally, the Metadata Librarian will assist in the effort to merge two asset management systems into one sustainable replacement system.  The incumbent will therefore be required to have the ability to both work independently as well as collaboratively.


  • Establishing, implementing, and ensuring compliance with metadata standards
  • Collecting, researching, and creating Dublin Core metadata for additions to digital collections
  • Ensuring consistency in the application of controlled vocabularies
  • Performing ongoing metadata audits of existing digital assets to ensure compliance with standards
  • Providing input on matters related to digital preservation best practices for document, image, and video formats
  • Guiding development and implementation of digital asset ingest procedures and workflows
  • Collaborating with Library team in order to ensure accessibility and usability of digital collections platforms
  • Collaborating with Library and Information Technology teams on effort to research, select, and implement a replacement digital asset management system


  • Masters in Library Sciences
  • Demonstrated experience with creating, editing, and transforming non-MARC metadata, such as Qualified Dublin Core, LCSH, LCC
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic descriptive, preservation, and structural metadata standards and best practices, such as PREMIS
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and work creatively, independently, and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex, analytical work with close attention to detail

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