Two Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Position: Librarian 11 Head of Branch Services and Innovation Management
Location: Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

One quarter time:
Managing the branch staff, budget, facilities, inventory and daily operations. Responsible for overseeing performance evaluations, ensuring staff is trained, ensuring staff complies with library policies and procedures and that a safe and healthy working environment is maintained.

Coordinates efforts with the Executive Director, Director for Public Services, IT, and other department heads to resolve issues, provide resources and guidance to branch staff and insure an excellent customer to all who use branch libraries.

Actively participates to develop, align and coordinate implementation of library policies, procedures, standards and processes for circulation and reference services, library instruction and outreach for each branch library.

With the library’s outreach librarian, develop programming for the branches.

Resolve complex, difficult and non-routine questions, problems and complaints.
Assists with planning and coordination for new branch libraries.

Three quarters time:
Technological innovator for the library system. Discovering and purchasing new and using current technology that will benefit the library user, the library and/or the community at large. Investigating trends in technology in all fields that would benefit the library and its users. Educate the public and library staff in the use and value of the new or current technology and as an innovative tool for personal, professional and economic application; training staff in the use and application of technology with a view towards staff training of the public, developing policies for use of technology by staff and the public. Organize programming using the technology to showcase current and future uses; partner with other organizations, businesses and agencies to promote the use of technology, particularly in terms of economic development.

Working with the library’s outreach librarian, to encourage community engagement among all segments of our society.

This new position requires a passionate leader who has an eye for opportunity vs. a reason why something can’t be done; who can take the long view and wonder what the world will be like in 5 to 10 years. The person should be comfortable with ambiguity and be willing to try new projects even if it means failure. This job is for a person who wants to make a difference in the lives of the people of our community.

Grade 9
October 2018

Innovation is the key to this new position.

Mailing address: 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
How to apply: Application can be downloaded from our website at


Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018 5 PM

Please provide an application, cover letter and resume.

Position: Librarian
Location: Russia Section, Germanic and Slavic Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Russia Section, Germanic and Slavic Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.

The incumbent uses Russian as a foreign language to perform the major duties of this position.

The position description number for this position is 058498.

The incumbent of this position will work a flexitime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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. Performs research in the cataloger’s reference collections, 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 are 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 recommendation 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 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 issues.

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