Four Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Position: Special Collections Librarian/Archivist
Location: Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

The Lewis J. Ort Library at Frostburg State University is seeking a Special Collections Librarian/Archivist to provide vision and leadership in managing the programs and operations of the library’s Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections and the J. Glenn Beall Archives.  Deadline for applications is November 16, 2018. 

The Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections maintains thousands of historic documents, maps, photographs, painting, audio, film and other artifacts related to Frostburg State University, items by and/or about Western Maryland citizens, local history and geography of Western Maryland and the surrounding counties in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  The J. Glenn Beall Archives is the repository for the public and private papers of U.S. Senator J. Glenn Beall, Jr. (R-MD, 1971-1977), the private papers of his father U.S. Senator J. Glenn Beall (R-MD, 1953-1965) and selected documents of George Beall (U.S. Attorney for Maryland, 1970-1975).  It also houses materials related to George A. Meyers, former labor secretary of the Communist Party of the USA and his colleagues, the writings and memorabilia of economist Victor Perlo, member of the Communist Party of the USA, and William Price’s photographs and film of the B&O and Western Maryland railroads and the C&O Canal from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Position: Research Analyst
Location: Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

Steptoe, an Am100 law firm, is seeking an experienced Research Analyst to join its DC Office’s Research & Information Services department. This position will be responsible for providing sophisticated research and reference services to support the firm’s attorneys and staff. The position will be engaged in legal research–statutory, regulatory and case law– and non-legal research, including corporate and factual background investigations. This position will be responsible for analyzing and summarizing findings and delivering well-targeted results. The position will also be engaged in current awareness and monitoring projects, training programs, and knowledge initiatives. We are seeking a professional with excellent communication skills, a strong client service orientation, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Candidates must demonstrate expertise with legal information sources and a wide variety of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary materials. Mastery of Microsoft Office applications is required. At least three years of previous experience in a legal research setting (law firm, academic, court or corporate information center) is also required, as is a JD or MLS or equivalent degree. Some evening or weekend hours may be required.

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Position: Research and Reference Specialist
Location: WilmerHale, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

Job Summary
Provides reference and research assistance in support of the various administrative departments throughout the firm.  Assists reference staff on research and reference projects.  Works with Director, Manager or Supervisor on Library and Research projects.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides research and reference assistance to attorneys in all practice areas in a timely and effective manner using various print and electronic resources. Bills time to client/matters as appropriate.
  • Provides research and reference assistance to support the functions of the various administrative departments of the firm, including but not limited to, Client Development and New Business/Conflicts.
  • Performs regular monitoring of news, dockets, legislative and regulatory changes, and other subject area monitoring as necessary. Assists in the preparation of related updates, newsletters, and other communications.
  • Maintains working knowledge of the library collections, online database resources, interlibrary loan availability, document delivery, and other resources as appropriate. Shows proficiency in primary database usage, search strategy and syntax, and licensing restrictions.
  • As part of the Research & Reference Services team, provides reference desk coverage as assigned and follows internal procedures for the handling of requests as set by the Director and Research & Reference Services Manager.
  • Works with Research & Reference Services Manager to support the maintenance of intranet reference collections by performing regular link checking and data collection/input to facilitate integration of subject-specific resources into larger firm portal.
  • Participates in resource evaluation projects including pilots of new services, comparisons of resources, and preparation of related evaluative memos.
  • Assigned to focus on areas of the practice, administrative departments, subject or topic areas as required by the Research & Reference Services Manager to meet the needs of the Firm.
  • Works with Director, and Research & Reference Services Manager on departmental projects and initiatives as requested.

Position: Library Technician (Digitization Technician)
Location: Serial and Government Publications Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $41,369 to $53,774 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Serial and Government Publications Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Library Services and working in the National Digital Newspaper Program.
This position is Indefinite, NTE 2 years.
The position description number for this position is 375719.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Performs arrangement and description work in a major body of records that describe digitized materials. Assesses the correctness of item entries in different fields and makes corrections as needed. Identifies duplicate entries. Copies records when needed. Creates new records or adds to or edits existing records as appropriate. Consults with senior staff frequently prior to correcting or significantly altering questionable database entries.

Applies knowledge of the full range of library rules, procedures, and operations to respond to a wide variety of non-standard library collection maintenance issues. Prepares, organizes, and collates collection materials as necessary for digitization and processes the digital files produced as needed so that they may be included in digital projects. May physically transport collection materials between custodial divisions, conservation offices, scanning operations, and/or contractors. As required, digitizes library materials using scanners or digital camera according to specifications provided. Receives computer files representing digitized items and files containing associated metadata, processes and places in appropriate locations on servers. Checks files representing digitized items against established quality standards prior to acceptance. Where files fail to meet such standards, documents problems and works with senior staff to request rework.

Completes a sequence of detailed routines in searching online databases. Uses search tools in a variety of online databases that have different search interfaces and protocols.Follows a limited number of applicable instructions concerning the recognition and comparison of dates, authors, titles, filenames, directory structures, and other conventions. Determines whether records describe items in hand or items represented by digital files. Assists in the implementation of digital projects as assigned by senior staff. Creates and updates data in in-house databases for digital project production.