Five Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Research Analyst
Location: Morris & Foerster LLP, (Office locations flexible, includes Washington, DC)

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

Morrison & Foerster LLP, an Am Law 50 law firm with 16 offices worldwide, has an opening for a Research Analyst within our Research Services Department. The role can be based in any of our U.S. offices. (San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, New York, D.C., Northern Virginia)

The Opportunity
Join the Research Services team of a billion dollar global law firm in a dynamic fast-paced Research Analyst role. The Research Analyst works as part of a firmwide team to provide research expertise for business development efforts and client work. S/he monitors and identifies information sources and data to identify potential opportunities and presents research findings clearly and concisely. The Analyst also participates on firmwide project teams.

  1. As part of the firmwide research team, provide research expertise to support the firm’s practice areas and business development efforts, including research related to markets, industries, and competitors.
  2. Retrieve, package, and present information in response to requests from attorneys and colleagues in research function as well as other departments in the Firm.
  3. Handle a high volume of routine research requests including document retrieval requests, requests to mine websites and other sources, and requests to populate spreadsheets with specified data.
  4. Create current awareness tools, newsletters, and alerts for ongoing monitoring of clients, industries, and events.
  5. Demonstrate strong writing skills and the ability to distill and present research work product in a concise, professional manner.

Ideal Candidate

  1. Bachelor’s degree required plus a minimum of two years related experience or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science or equivalent degree such as a J.D., M.B.A., or other advanced degree is a plus.
  2. Knowledge of the legal materials and databases used to support the Firm’s practice areas and research needs for client work and for business development efforts.
  3. Demonstrate strong research skills and a deep understanding of research strategies.

Position: Library Technician (Special Collections Technician)
Location: Newspaper Section of the Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $50,912 to $66,191 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The position is located in the Newspaper Section of the Serial and Government Publications Division. The incumbent is responsible for a wide variety of activities related to the processing of special collections material (18th century newspapers, historic newspapers, comic books, pulp magazines) in the custody of the Serial and Government Publications Division.

The incumbent has a thorough knowledge of the division’s collections and the policies, procedures, and workflow related to the processing of special collections materials in English and foreign languages. The incumbent has knowledge of the LC-ILS (Integrated Library System) online public access catalog (OPAC) and cataloging module and of the RDA format for serials and newspapers in order to locate bibliographic data, perform OCLC copy cataloging as needed, and create IBC, summary holdings and item records. The incumbent utilizes word processing, spreadsheet software, and database software for the creation of reports and to perform collection­ related analysis. The incumbent is able to conduct historical research in order to expedite processing and to assess material for exhibit purposes. Additionally, the incumbent communicates orally and in writing to assist researchers and division staff in accessing and using materials in person and virtually.

This position is located in the Newspaper Section,Serial And Government Publications Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 345702.

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

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

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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

In an automated cataloging environment, the incumbent performs copy cataloging from OCLC for special collections titles as needed. Under review of senior staff, creates and revises bibliographic records, including Initial Bibliographic Control (IBC) records and performs content designation on newly created and updated bibliographic records. Creates and updates holdings and item records for special collection material. Resolves routine problems and refers difficult problems and items needing authority work to division cataloger.

Performs all aspects of acquisition support work to acquire and process special collection material from purchase, Copyright, gift, exchange, or transfer upon receipt by the division. Reviews special collection serials to determine if material needs to be claimed and completes appropriate claiming paperwork.

Consults the full range of reference sources, which may include print, automated files, and internal and external databases or web sites.

Searches large in-house databases and the ILS to identify appropriate custody of acquired material and possible duplicates. Performs preliminary cataloging, identifies variant editions of special collections material (notably of comic books), and processes special collections material. Locates, identifies and resolves problems with special collections generated by inventory and special projects.

Develops plans to expedite sorting, arranging, and shelving of incoming or returned material. Demonstrates initiative in recognizing and solving problems, inconsistencies, and errors in piece identification and housing. Works independently with the collections.

Identifies at-risk items for conservation needs. Performs minor in house conservation maintenance for the division’s use. Observes and arranges for the secure handling of materials.

Retrieves special collection materials for library staff, researchers, or exhibits. Independently locates items not readily available on the shelf.

Assists researchers virtually and in-person with the use of the library’s resources including the use of the division’s bibliographic reference sources. Communicates orally and in writing with a broad spectrum of clients regarding routine question on using materials in the division’s special collections. Provides information to library staff, researchers, and other libraries.

Writes and/or edits documents and reports. Researches items in special collections for the creation of captions for exhibits as well as descriptions appropriate for finding aids and division web pages.

Position: Librarian (Library Programs Assistant for Architecture, Design and Engineering)
Location: Curatorial Section, Prints and Photographs Division, Collections and Services 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 Curatorial Section, Prints and Photographs Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 254000.

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

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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

Uses standard approaches to perform a variety of duties related to special projects involving administrative and program issues. Conducts extensive research and compiles data from diverse sources. Extracts and assembles information, conducts analysis and develops reports or presentations.

Coordinates special events such as public program lectures and meetings with donors. Schedules and receives special visitors; gives tours of Library facilities, collections and/or operations; and arranges visits to other institutions and benefactors.

Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity to researchers where user needs are determined easily from interviews and/or written requests. Provides accurate, competent research guidance on the use and technical aspects of special collections. Examines publications, electronic resources and trends in topics related to a specialized field. Develops knowledge of collections for use in performing research tasks. Prepares basic and standard responses to written, telephone or electronic media inquiries.

Assists with the full range of librarian duties, including reference, processing, preservation, publication and exhibition work. Identifies and provides basic documentation on items and collections for purposes of preservation, processing and cataloging. Monitors condition and preservation needs of items in collections. Assists with special reference services, such as unprocessed collections. May participate in professional associations related to the field.

Assists in producing written materials on a specific subject matter. Examines material for conformity to proper style. Prepares written documents, including reports, articles, memos and formal correspondence. Edits portions of documents or reports and assists in developing and presenting information. Analyzes changes to various projects and prepares reports of the changes for review.

Work may involve drafting in publishable form expository, descriptive or analytical text for such products as online or printed publications, catalogs, checklists, brochures, finding aids, collections guides, monographs, articles and consumer products. Through correspondence, research assistance and personal contacts, may inform the interested public (government officials, scholars, publishers, writers, learned societies, etc.) of the Library’s resources and services.

Position: Librarian (Senior Cooperative and Instructional Program Instructor)
Location: Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $96,970 to $126,062 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 335039.

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

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division trains and coordinates internal and external training and manages and participates in the cooperative cataloging programs, National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) for which it serves as the Secretariat. The position serves as the Senior Cooperative and Instructional Programs Instructor is a key member of a team responsible for designing, developing, and carrying out “best practices” for online and instructor-led instructional programs for staff and management in Library Services and for administering training activities through the service unit’s training website by offering classroom and online courses focusing on on-the-job activities and evaluating the effectiveness of the program and courses offered.

Develops comprehensive original course content for courses in advanced technical processing and systems to meet defined course objectives. Plans, coordinates, designs, and develops instruction for extremely complex systems or experimental pilots for materials processing and delivery.

Plans and develops experimental programs, evaluates results, and applies the findings to solutions of problems. Evaluates training interventions and prepares staff development and training evaluation studies, and applies learning theories and principles to manage the development and revision of experimental and innovative instructional materials.

Implements training and establishes policy and procedures for developing and delivering training related to the creation of metadata, reference, and services to the end user.

Delivers designed courses, seminars, and workshops on technical processing, automated technical processing, and office automation software packages pertinent to the Library staff working in the area of acquisitions, cataloging, reference, and preservation. Presents courseware in a variety of formats: handouts, cheat sheets, webinars, and quizzes, in classroom, online, blended, and web-based settings.

Provides Library Services staff at all levels with leadership and guidance on new developments and national trends in Library Services educational programs, such as webcasting, web conferencing, and web design. Develops and applies new training methods, approaches, and technology or revises and adapts existing methodology to fit new situations. Serves as a principal staff member to provide professional advice and guidance on matters of instructional materials development and delivery.

Serves as an authoritative consultant, establishes guidelines and policy for evaluation and quality assessment of new or modified instructional programs. Studies developments in the fields of performance technology and instructional design for possible application to Library Services’ education or training programs.

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Knowledge Services)
Location: Congressional Research Service (CRS), Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Supervisory Librarian for its Knowledge Services Group (KSG). The selectee will supervise a team of digital and knowledge services librarians engaged in information and knowledge management activities. The supervisory librarian collaborates with stakeholders in CRS to identify opportunities and requirements for managing information and/or knowledge, develops and manages projects, and resolves issues.

The Supervisory Librarian will work with information professionals, analysts, attorneys, and information technology staff to investigate and recommend methodologies, tools and services to solve highly complex program issues or problems and to facilitate the use of relevant data, information and knowledge in research and analysis. Review potential options and recommend innovative solutions to provide information services to internal and congressional clients. Create and coordinate activities that involve highly complex problems and/or special requirements to develop, integrate, and organize content to meet user requirements. Lead the integration of new features and technologies into websites and portals. In addition, evaluate results and documents best practices, applying standard and emerging practices of librarianship and other fields and disciplines as they relate to information and knowledge management.

Candidates with experience and knowledge of current and emerging practices or librarianship or other fields and disciplines related to information and knowledge management are encouraged to apply.

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.

Supervisory Librarian duties include:

Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-13 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision relative to the staff supervised. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets/adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty/requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees. Observes workers’ performance; demonstrates/conducts work performance critiques. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff and clearly communicates these through the formal employee performance management system. Provides informal feedback/periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints/grievances. Recommends appointment, promotion, or reassignment and develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice/counsel to workers related to work/administrative matters. Reviews/approves/disapproves leave requests and certifies time and attendance records for staff. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations.

Leads, plans, organizes, coordinates and directs group efforts; contributes to the development and implementation of strategic projects, archive and information services, knowledge management, digital services, acquisition processing, data analysis and ongoing KSG programs of critical significance. Directs/shapes the character and overall nature of projects. Organizes/develops projects using expert knowledge/judgment to determine scope, emphasis, approach, appropriate techniques, and the project plan. Develops criteria, standards, and expected outcomes for the projects or programs. Formulates goals/objectives and identifies opportunities for improvements in methods/procedures. Oversees projects from requirements analysis through development and production, providing expert advice and guidance to project team members.

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 regarding the development/enhancement of information research and information management techniques. Identifies and communicates “best practices” in order to eliminate duplicative efforts.

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