Four Positions- Washington, DC

Position: Library Technician (Collections)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The incumbent is responsible for assisting Division supervisors and staff with the resolution of processing workflow problems and for providing input for the resolution of technical discrepancies arising from the implementation of the Library’s Integrated Library System (ILS) and its specific applications to Law Library workflow. The incumbent must demonstrate an expert knowledge of the ILS and its modules (acquisitions; serials; cataloging; circulation; and on-line public access.

Makes decisions regarding collections maintenance issues for a unit Applies in-depth knowledge to complex collections maintenance issues in the ILS. Maintains statistical reports of work performed and submits them on a weekly basis.

Identifies, investigates, searches, and resolves technical processing problems and discrepancies associated with implementation of the integrated library system modules.

Performs preliminary searching of non-duplicates, recording such information as title data, personal name, edition data, publisher, and place and date of publication. Completes complex searches to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole, identifying variant editions, and slipping them with annotated slips to facilitate the cataloging process. Locates, identifies and resolves problems with library materials generated by ongoing inventory and collections improvement programs and special projects. Reviews rebound and relabeled materials coming into the law collections. Checks the accuracy of the label and spine markings.

Serves as an expert in the intricacies of the library’s many catalogs and retrieval tools. Performs the most difficult special search requests. Identifies items that are vague or not readily found in the library’s catalogs, publishers’ lists, or in other bibliographic lists. Locates and expedites the retrieval of elusive and difficult to locate materials. Utilizes all possible means of originality and inventiveness in identifying specific items in book reviews, trade lists, bibliographies and other authoritative sources. Maintains an expert working knowledge of the current custodial and processing activities in the Law Library. Also remains alert to changing procedures throughout the library, as well as the location and availability of little-known special collections of processed or partially processed materials that may not be recorded in the principal catalogs of the Law library.

Searches and transcribes information from computerized and manual files. Organizes and completes complex manual and computerized searches in multiple systems, including the LAW shelf-list, the Law Library card catalog, the Official catalog, and the Integrated Library System to determine holdings of the Law Library. Searches other utilities such as OCLC and RLIN to determine holdings of other libraries, as well as for clues to see if the Law Library should own a particular title. Inventories existing holdings of the Law Library into the Integrated Library System.

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

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Literature Section at the Library of Congress seeks a cataloger with strong cataloging and classification skills primarily for material in one or more of the following subject areas: Literature, Linguistics, Mass Media and related areas (e.g., Journalism, Motion Pictures, Theater) and/or Classics. This position requires the ability to communicate in one or more of the following languages; German, Spanish, Italian or French.

Creates original and copy cataloging records in all formats, including print and special formats; creates authority records, performs authority control and database maintenance, and works on special projects.

Using professional judgment, applies bibliographic metadata standards and principles to clearly describe materials in order to provide effective access to them. Works collaboratively with other catalogers and with other internal units and external organizations that provide or use the metadata.

Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file and classification schedule. Performs research in the cataloger’s reference collection, online databases, scholarly research tools, the Internet, and the collections of the Library.

Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process. Works with cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive, classification, and subject cataloging rules.

Uses library technology and encoding/structural standards to perform work related to metadata creation. This may include: bibliographic utilities and knowledge bases (e.g., OCLC); linked data principles (e.g., RDF); and emerging library applications (e.g., BIBFRAME).

Provides consultation or performs liaison duties to help solve technical problems, interact collaboratively on projects, and exchange information with persons inside and outside of an organization, including supervisors, experts, colleagues, and/or trainees.

Collaborates with the Section Head 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.

Actively participates in discussions relating to discovery, access, retrieval, and management of objects in ILS, discovery, and digital repository systems. Advises on the application of appropriate current and emerging cataloging/metadata schema to facilitate access to digital resources and physical collections.

Position: Librarian (Reference & Research Specialist)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position serves as a Reference and Research Specialist in the Science, Technology and Business Division (ST&B). ST&B provides reference and research service to Congress, foreign and U.S. Government agencies, national and international scholars, research and scientific institutions, professional and business communities, and the general public. The position also has collection development responsibilities and knowledge of trends in his/her field and in reference technologies is expected.

Reviews a variety of brochures, catalogs, journals, and other sources of items for possible acquisition in order to develop collections in areas of subject responsibility.

Provides reference and instructional services to individual researchers and groups where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews in person or over the telephone.

Provides reference and instructional services 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 within the library’s collection or can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures.

Assists in preparing research guides and finding aids on specific topics of recognized client interest using standard search strategies, and in converting finding aids and research tools to web-based products. Assists senior librarians in revising or updating research materials.

Position: Librarian (Digital Curation)
Location: District of Columbia Public Library
Minimum Rate: $52,570.00

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Job Summary

This position will serve as a curator located in the special collections department. Under the general direction of the Special Collections Manager, the Digital Curation Librarian is primarily responsible for managing digitization and digital preservation for the Library’s unique and historical materials and curating digital content.


This position requires a Master’s Degree/MLIS from an ALA accredited graduate program in Library/Information Science; a minimum of two years of experience for all special skill listed as required and a minimum of one-year experience for special skills preferred.

Additional Qualifications

The following specialized experience is required:

  • Experience in digital librarianship.
  • Experience strategizing, developing and communicating policies and processes for creating accessions, processing, ingesting and describing born-digital materials.
  • Experience coordinating outsourced digitization projects with vendors, implement internal quality checks for deliverable.
  • Experience developing efficient workflow models for in-house digitization and scan-on-demand services.
  • Experience using Library’s digital assets management system (DAMS), the DAMS as it relates to the OPAC, and other discovery tools.

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