Fourteen Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Position: Project Manager/Librarian
Location: Hedgelan Consulting, Beltsville, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

Primary responsibilities (Include but not limited to):

  • Provide on-site management and leadership of contract for collection maintenance and document delivery services
  • Responsible for contract performance, meeting performance standards, accurate reporting of statistics
  • Supervise seven full-time staff to ensure efficient operation of contract
  • Assess, manage, and improve workflow, adjusting to changes in technology, customer’s priorities, and fluctuating work volumes
  • Liaison with COR and designees
  • Interface with company management and subcontractor regarding staffing, contract performance, and operations issues
  • Coordinate collection management activities with the COR and designees
  • Prepare monthly narrative and statistical reports
  • Search and identify sources for difficult-to-find items in a wide range of disciplines and in all languages
  • Review and resolve interlibrary lending and borrowing problem requests
  • Monitor and report and/or resolve problems with interlibrary loan/document delivery systems
  • Respond to customer emails and phone calls
  • Oversee and review collection maintenance activities such as weeding, rehousing, and re-labeling collection materials

Minimum Education/Experience Requirements:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science
  • Significant experience working in resource sharing/interlibrary loan/document delivery
  • Knowledge of interlibrary loan processes, best practices, and management
  • Experience with library systems (e.g., OCLC WorldShare, Relais, Voyager, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot technology, systems, and hardware problems
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement projects
  • Strong commitment to customer service
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to contribute and collaborate effectively as a member of a team as well as lead a team
  • Knowledge of US copyright law as it applies to library services
  • Supervisory/leadership experience
  • Project management experience

Working Conditions

  • Full-time position requires 40 hours per week
  • Working schedule 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday
  • Work performed at a research library in Beltsville, MD
  • No travel required

Employment Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background investigation
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment drug test and comply with all requirements of the company substance abuse policy.


  • Supervising: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Integrated Library System: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Project Management: 2 years (Preferred)

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Position: Metadata Information Architect
Location: LAC Group, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Group is seeking a Metadata Information Architect to work in the Washington, D.C. area providing high-quality Metadata support. Must be able to pass a background check. This is a full time (40 hours a week; Monday to Friday) 9 months long project with a possibility of extension. US citizens only.


  • Guide the development of functional information architecture requirements for Web applications and search, with other team members
  • Define, advocate, and apply the best business and user experience best practices at system and UI level
  • Work closely with the content team to drive the content strategy for blog, website, video, social and other content forms with the goal of improving findability in the enterprise
  • Develop and maintain current state and future state information architecture artifacts for conceptual, logical and physical levels of abstraction
  • Develop and manage information architecture for search application, map metadata, and controlled vocabularies to deliver focused, relevant information via site search or browse.
  • Analyze content and advice users on content and metadata to improve findability of content
  • Develop search optimization best practices and strategies
  • Analyze search analytics, develop actions to be taken based on user behavior and develop reports showcasing overall statistics and use behavior
  • Establish information architecture metrics to analyze user behavior patterns that drive IA and usability improvements to the Intranet and the enterprise in general
  • Implement/modify Best Bets, suggested starting points for search results
  • Work with users on responding to inquiries about findability issues
  • Troubleshoot findability issues and recommend actions to improve overall findability
  •  Perform relevancy testing and suggest changes for better results
  • Work with users to capture the functional requirements
  • Monitor and evaluate search results and search performance across the major search channels
  • Identify issues and opportunities for future search and taxonomy growth.
  • Work with various stakeholder groups to articulate information requirements and build familiarity with information architecture principles and artifacts
  • Create metadata, taxonomy, and search plans and collaborate with other enterprise architecture domains to develop comprehensive solution architectures that include the information perspective

Required skills

  • Experience with search engine mechanisms and functionalities, combined with in-depth knowledge of search logic and results yielded from a query language
  • Experience in Office 365 or SharePoint 2016 is highly desirable
  • Experience with using metadata, taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, and search standards.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience with Visio, web analytics and concept mapping software desirable
  • The ability to use charts and graphs to convey core architecture concepts;
  • Familiarity with concepts in economics and finance
  • Experience in search services, and a strong understanding and familiarity with controlled vocabularies and the principles and mechanics of effective information management tools including taxonomy formulation, metadata development, navigation design, and enterprise search.
  • Ability to balance business requests with users growing needs in the development and growth of taxonomies.
  • Direct experience in conducting and documenting user research, including scenarios, use cases, personas, and wireframes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong customer focus with a demonstrated ability to work seamlessly with business sponsors and technologists
  • Excellent research and analysis skills
  • Excellent verbal and written skills and the ability to speak appropriately to a variety of audiences
  • Good communication, influencing, interpersonal and negotiating skills. Adapts the content, style, and tone of communications to the needs of the audience; varies the language and business terms with different customers.
  • Ability to think creatively about business problems and to connect research insights to business solutions
  • Experience in working on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience working in large organizations with geographically dispersed teams and complex technical environments
  • Strong diplomatic, interpersonal and teamwork skills; demonstrated client orientation; sensitive to working in a multicultural environment.


  • At least five years of related work experience
  • Master’s degree in library, information or computer science-related field
  • Creative problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural, multi-project environment and ability to respond immediately to often changing business priorities.
  • Must be a US Citizen

Position: Technical Information Specialist (Indexer)
Location: American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

The Technical Information Specialist (TIS) analyzes and synthesizes content from scholarly journal articles, book, chapters, and other sources to create records for APA’s discovery solutions.

This position requires the collection of specific data elements from scholarly journal articles,  book, chapters, and other sources used in the creation of abstracted records for APA’s psychology discovery solutions. The accurate interpretation, abstracting and indexing of the data, using the precise application of our controlled vocabulary will facilitate highly reliable and valid retrievability. In addition to excellent writing skills, the following are highly desired:  Understanding of why and how thesauri are used,  experience using Boolean logic in database searching, and basic understanding of psychometric methods and research methods used in psychology or other behavioral sciences.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in psychology or related social science field, with significant course work in psychology methods.
  • Two years’ experience in online production in a scholarly publication environment is also required.

Computer Skills Required:

  • Proficient with Adobe Acrobat
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel
  • Familiarity  Web-Based Production Systems
  • Advanced proficiency with Internet Search Systems and Databases


  • Performs record creation and quality assurance activities across APA’s online discovery solutions as assigned.
  • Selects articles, books, and chapters, and tests from scholarly publications in psychology and related fields from English and non-English publications.
  • Creates records representing the content of documents or tests, providing users with accurate descriptive information and precision search and retrieval. Such processes may require decision making and problem solving beyond that prescribed in the guidelines or that must be fast-tracked to meet deadlines.
  • Performs Quality Assurance reviews of basic records created by staff, freelancers, and outsource vendor(s) in various databases.
  • Performs duties that support record production, such as templating, contributing to machine-aided indexing, developing and testing quality control methodologies.
  • Collaborates with other staff across OPD/APA on various projects and initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates must apply online through APA’s applicant system and attach a cover letter and resume specifying your salary expectations. Applications that are submitted without both documents are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to check your Spam folder if you do not receive an email from us.

Position: Information and Data Management Officer
Location: Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

As an Information and Data Management Officer for the CIA, you will focus on the management of data, information, and knowledge across all Agency equities in order to increase discoverability, facilitate dissemination, and provide timely and relevant digital intelligence in every directorate and mission center. This includes every aspect of the information lifecycle, including: classification, cataloging, storing, maintaining records and information assets, declassification review, public release, privacy and civil liberties protection, and archiving.

You will work closely with internal partners to formulate search strategies, identify data sources, retrieve digital information, consult on digital data curation processes, procedures, and policies, and conduct high-profile information review and release activities to support public requests and legal/oversight inquiries. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate across the Agency and Intelligence Community in support of information and data management solutions and efforts.

Occasional travel throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area and other domestic and foreign travel may be required.


The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is at the forefront of defining the future of digital expertise within the CIA. DDI focuses on developing the workforce with cutting-edge skills, investing in IT infrastructure, and modernizing the way the Agency does business. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA’s cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard our nation. Learn more about the Directorate of Digital Innovation.

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.


  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Archives/Digitization Management
    • Business Administration
    • Computer/Data Science
    • History
    • Information/Data/Knowledge Management
    • Information Technology
    • International Affairs/Relations
    • Library/Information Science
    • Law
    • Management Information Systems
    • Paralegal Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Public Administration
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred, but exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances
  • Excellent presentation skills, especially as it relates to briefing technical and non-technical audiences
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Interpersonal skills


  • Master’s degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Archives/Digitization Management
    • Business Administration
    • Computer/Data Science
    • History
    • Information/Data/Knowledge Management
    • Information Technology
    • International Affairs/Relations
    • Library/Information Science
    • Law
    • Management Information Systems
    • Paralegal Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Public Administration
  • Work experience related to information and data management


  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

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DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

Important application instructions for this position:

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees

Position: Louis B. Thalheimer Associate Librarian for Researcher Services
Location: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington, D.C, seeks an experienced, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to join its staff in the endowed position of Louis B. Thalheimer Associate Librarian for Researcher Services. The Louis B. Thalheimer Associate Librarian for Researcher Services (AL-RS) will work closely with the Director of Collections and Eric Weinmann Librarian, leadership within the Collections division, the researcher services team, and individuals from across the institution to grow and enhance the services provided to a researcher population that includes; traditional scholars, students from grade school to graduate school, research fellows, teachers, artists, seminar attendees, authors, and the general public. The Researcher Services team interacts daily with a variety of audiences in ways that span from answering reference calls, to providing tours, to managing the movement of our rare materials, to working closely with researchers who are diving into new areas of study.

Collaborating with both collections-based colleagues and across the diverse functions of the institution, the AL-RS will be a key partner in forwarding the institutional goal of creating meaningful access to the collections. While maintaining and enhancing the Folger’s welcoming and productive environment, the AL-RS will work with colleagues to develop, execute, and analyze programs and initiatives that exceed researcher expectations.  With an emphasis on librarianship as service, an understanding of front-line public services work, and a creative approach to problem solving, the AL-RS will provide leadership, management, and guidance to a dedicated seven-person team engaged in the full cycle of researcher and reference services in a hybrid open/non-circulating and closed stack library. They will be responsible for reviewing and updating procedures and policies, within their area, that provide exemplary service to all audiences, while preserving the unique materials for future use. The AL-RS will provide reference services as needed, work directly with researchers on Folger directed projects, contribute to grant initiatives, participate in strategic initiatives, and actively contribute to the day to day activities of a busy research library.

Our ideal candidate will approach rare materials librarianship with a desire to be a facilitator, rather than a gatekeeper. We are seeking a candidate that understands the demands of public services work, is knowledgeable and innovative about creating access to unique collections, and is committed to fostering a collaborative work environment. Candidates should have a familiarity with the current issues and current standards relevant to reference and access services in research libraries. The ability to work creatively in a rapidly changing and complex environment, set priorities, and meet tight deadlines is needed. Excellent communication, decision-making, leadership, managerial, and analytical skills are essential.

Successful candidates will have at least 5 years of effectively leading and managing staff engaged in diverse activities, in a similar environment. At least 3 years of experience in managing projects from planning to completion, answering reference questions, and working with special collections is also needed.  An M.L.I.S from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent experience or training, is required for this position. Reading knowledge in at least one modern foreign language desired- particularly Latin, Italian, French, and/or German. An interest in, and awareness of, early modern English literature and history with knowledge of Shakespeare is needed.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position: Library Technician
Location: LAC Group, Washington D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Group is seeking Library Technician to support a project processing East and South Asian language materials for a major Federal library in the Washington, DC area. This is a long-term full time (40 hours a week; Monday to Friday) benefited contract position. Must be available to start ASAP!


  • Use an Integrated Library System (ILS) to prepare serials and other multipart publications for binding.
  • In addition to binding preparations, staff will update library holdings, shift collections to accommodate growth, pin and link serial volumes to manage inventory and re-shelve material.


  • Experience working with an Integrated Library System (Voyager preferred) to manage serials in Asian languages
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately and follow complex directions
  • Knowledge of either Japanese or Korean is preferred, but not required

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Section Head)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Iberia/Rio Office Section, African, Latin American and Western European Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 137599.

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

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

The incumbent of this position serves as Section Head and is responsible for managing the work, including acquisitions and cataloging functions, of the section, overseeing the work of a staff of librarians and library technicians performing these functions, and performing administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. The incumbent serves under the administrative supervision of the division chief. The incumbent works highly independently, exercising considerable judgment, and carries out duties and responsibilities in accordance with broad overall guidelines and policies.

Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-13 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Determines the human resources needed to accomplish the work of the unit, and independently plans, schedules, coordinates and carries out the unit’s activities.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations, including quality assurance, for staff member which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers’ performance and demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and annual formal evaluations to employees. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations.

Serves as an expert in the organization, development, and implementation of multiple projects. Serves as a project leader, team leader, or chairperson for working groups, task forces, committees, etc. Coordinates the details involved in special projects of lasting importance. Utilizes critical judgment to determine scope, emphasis, approach, appropriate techniques, and manner of presentation. Develops technical standards or protocols applicable to a library function. Participates in planning the work of a unit, including formulating goals and objectives and identifying improvements in methods and procedures. May serve as COTR or administer service contracts.

Makes significant recommendations to change, interpret, or develop important or innovative policies, programs, approaches, or analysis methods. Assesses the availability of financial and human resources, and independently plans, schedules, coordinates and carries out activities related to the library acquisitions program. Assists in preparing and overseeing the acquisitions budget.

Interprets and revises existing training policy and program guidance for use by others, including section, division, and/or directorate members. Independently plans, schedules, coordinates, and monitors the effectiveness of training operations. Solves problems in particularly difficult circumstances. Plans new or significantly updated methods of training, incorporating the latest in information technology. Prepares/edits instructor manuals, technical manuals, training manuals, or user manuals. Analyzes training needs at the section and division levels in order to identify or develop appropriate training. May also conduct formal classroom training as necessary.

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 supervise, motivate and lead a diverse workforce.**
  • Knowledge and application of the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science to manage acquisitions and/or cataloging programs for Spanish and/or Portuguese language library materials..**
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies.**
  • Ability to analyze, plan, develop and/or execute library programs and projects.
  • Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties.
  • Ability to provide training.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in writing in English.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Digital Project Coordinator
Location: Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Salary: $81,548 to $106,012 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Digital Resources Division, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Law Library.

The position description number for this position is 378885.

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

The incumbent develops work plans, intake specifications, and conversion specifications for image, text, and video capture specific to assigned projects. The incumbent reviews digital material for quality issues and coordinates reworking (for digital reformatted material) or re-submission (for digital originals). When all material which has been ordered is reviewed, notifies the supplier of acceptance of work. Oversees the preparation for and archiving of the digitized materials in a secure and stable repository.

The incumbent participates in the processes for incorporating digital work into the Law Library’s web site and storing or archiving completed work comprised of digital assets working with Library staff responsible for web coordination and the digital repository. Creates mock-up of web documents; develops and inserts hypertext links; and reviews web content for accuracy and completeness. Assembles and reviews digital collections for accuracy and completeness. Makes recommendations of release of digital material to the public. Participates in developing and implementing procedures for management and security of digital resources in line with policies established across the Library, to support security of heritage assets, including reporting requirements. For digital reformatting projects, works with the Library conservators and managers to plan and schedule physical evaluation of materials to be digitized and its conservation treatment as appropriate.

Assists in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and projects, including policy and communication issues. Identifies and recommends resources for digital projects and, as directed, prepares budget proposals and justifications. Prepares online digital projects (digital originals or digital reformatting) planning documents which encompass all aspects of workflow, selection, preparation, production and technical design, estimating server storage space required. Submits such plans for technical review. Implements approved plans by scheduling and coordinating the work. Tracks project workflow using computer software tools, and schedules activities required to move digital projects to completion, as appropriate. Prepares reports and documentation of projects and other division digital work. As required, serves as the project leader for specific digital projects. Ensures all digital activities and plans for assigned project(s) to conform to (or enhance) current division and Law Library bibliographic and custodial practices and that they make optimum use of scarce resources and staff expertise.

Serves as a liaison to the Chief, DRD on matters pertaining to digital collections life-cycle activities. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with Law Library staff at multiple levels as well as across unit lines and industry professionals on digital collections management. Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians, IT, digital acquisition specialists and industry professionals in order to share resources and information. Serves as a liaison for DRD at professional conferences, seminars, and exhibits to make presentations or for professional development to keep abreast of current trends in technology. Communicates with digital collections stakeholders throughout the Law Library and outside of the agency with industry professionals. Coordinates digital workflow activities with specialists in various units within the Law Library and curatorial units across the Library, with DCMS, and the Office of Chief Information Officer. Communicates orally and in writing to both technical and non-technical staff concerning digital collections activities. Works collaboratively inside and outside the agency to facilitate and encourage the development and implementation of institution-wide and national best practice standards.

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 coordinate the creation of digital images and metadata content.**
  • Ability to organize, plan, and track digital projects.**
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others at all levels.**
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Ability to perform project management functions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Program Specialist
Location: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

This position is located in the Office of Museum Services (OMS) and serves as the Program Specialist. The incumbent will participate in grants management work involving Federal grants and cooperative agreements and provide grants-related assistance and services to both applicants and awardees. The position works on various phases of the receipt and processing of museum grant applications as well as the monitoring and assessing of awardee performance.

Under the supervision of the Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, the position assists with the processing of grant applications and in grant administration; and provides significant program support to the Grant Management Team. Assists with incoming applications including reviewing for eligibility and completeness, budget review and analysis, and associated application contacts. Utilizes grants management database, entering data and creating reports as may be required. Assists with review process, including mailings, reviewer support activities, preparation for panel meetings, and other elements of the review and award process. Reviews interim and final performance reports. Prepares letters and associated documents supporting change requests and extensions for approval. Supports the work of the Office of Museum Services through cooperation with others to manage variable workloads and assistance with a variety of tasks including general clerical support. Participates in staff meetings and special committees and task forces and assists with planning for the implementation of program changes and improvements in agency operation. Performs a variety of office automation duties which require knowledge of various types of equipment and software. Updates and maintains databases, spreadsheets, and other reports and documents in support of application and grant management activities. Prepares a wide variety of recurrent and nonrecurring correspondence, reports, and other documents. Reviews and processes incoming and outgoing correspondence, materials, and publications. Provides information to applicants and awardees regarding grant programs and processes. Assists with panel meetings and director’s meetings, including preparation of support materials and note taking. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Position: Librarian (Reference/Law)
Location: Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $81,548 to $106,012 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration. The Librarian (Reference/Law) will be responsible for responding to reference and research requests requiring definitive and authoritative information; performing rapid and accurate literature and case law searches providing information to clients in a precise and readily accessible format; developing training materials and marketing resources to assists clients with use of electrical resources.

As a Librarian (Reference/Law), GS-1410-12, your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Providing reference and research services to the EOP, especially in the areas of law, legislation, business, and international trade,
  • Recommending new print and digital materials and services for the Library in the incumbent’s areas of expertise,
  • Planning, creating, and updating materials for the Library’s intranet site,
  • Developing and providing training and marketing resources to ensure effective EOP use of Library-provided resources, and
  • Serving as the principal backup to the senior Law Librarian in providing complex legal and legislative research support to EOP.

Position: Librarian Technician (Information Management Technician)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $50,912 to $66,191 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The position is located in the Collections Management Division, Library Services. Incumbent is responsible for a variety of activities in support of collections inventory control and tracking, both behind-the-scenes activities, e.g. problem resolution, quality control, searching collections storage areas for items not readily found or for which a problem might be present, support of the inventory program; and for direct public service, e.g. staffing a circulation station.

Incumbent must possess familiarity with the databases employed by the Library, thorough understanding of LC cataloging and classification practices, and excellent interpersonal skills, frequently serving as the first line of contact for account holders, including Members of Congress and their staff, Library staff, other libraries, special borrowers and others.

Conducts searches in order to identify and resolve problems with library materials generated by collections integrity programs, the transfer of collections from Capitol Hill to off-site storage locations, especially Ft. Meade, special projects and the review of incoming materials. Problem resolution may entail searching collections storage and processing areas for items that are not readily found primarily because of labeling, cataloging or other problems impacting retrieval. Identifies and searches for requested items that are vague or not readily found, using an extensive knowledge of bibliographic tools and procedures. Serves as an expert in the full range of reference and bibliographic tools, both manual and online, e.g. the LC ILS and other automated files, the card shelflist, the Official Catalog, national bibliographies to identify vague or fragmentary entries. Identifies and notes errors in the LC ILS record which may require editing of the entry. Forwards items and notes to the appropriate LC unit to correct the online record. Uses a sound knowledge of the flow of materials through the processing channels of LC, and traces materials which may be at any stage of the processing cycle. Reviews and verifies holdings information in the Shelflist and other available databases, both manual and online. Annotates holding information on the Shelflist cards when necessary. Notifies appropriate personnel of mistakes found on Shelflist cards. Reviews items forwarded to the Section and/or on the shelves that are mislabeled, mis-cataloged, and/or in need of further investigation. Makes the necessary notations to reflect needed or suggested changes. Forwards items to appropriate unit within the Library for correction. Performs complex searches to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole. Forwards misrouted materials to the appropriate custodial divisions. Makes recommendations on items which may be removed from the Library’s permanent collections using guidelines prepared by the Library’s Selection Officers and Acquisitions Policy Statements. Identifies and processes superseded volumes which have been revised, recompiled or replaced by later dated volumes or editions. Determines items in need of preservation treatment such as boxing, rebinding, and re-housing using established guidelines and procedures. Supports inventory management programs by providing quality control of contractors and Library staff.

Incumbent conducts search requests that contain inaccurate or incomplete information. Bibliographic/Holdings/Item Records. Searches and identifies bibliographic records in the online catalog for items in the Library’s collection that are being prepared for circulation. Creates holdings and/or item records where none are already present. Creates basic descriptive cataloging records for items that are not found in the Library’s online catalog, suppressing these records from view in the public catalog. Assigns custodial locations when creating new records for materials assigned to locations other than the general collections. Updates existing cataloging records to correct item-specific errors such as call number and location data. Marks duplicate holdings and item records for deletion. Links the barcode on the physical item to the bibliographic record to create an inventory record for that specific item. Patron Records. Searches and identifies patrons in the Library’s circulation module in preparation for charging material or updating records. Where necessary, creates new patron records and updates existing records, coordinating closely with the Accounts Management of CMD. Inventory Control and Circulation. Checks out books to the public and Library staff according to the Library’s regulations and security procedures. Creates inventory and patron records as necessary. Checks out books to offsite loan patrons, creates inventory records and, as necessary, patron records

Completes complex searches to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole. Receives items referred by staff reviewing new, rebound and relabeled materials coming into the general collections in which a potential problem has been identified. Resolves problems by performing such activities as comparing the accuracy of the label and spine markings on the book in hand with information in the LC ILS Item and Holdings records. Where a discrepancy is found to exist, does the necessary searching/problem resolution to identify what the problem is and what the solution(s) may be.

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 provide effective customer service.
  • Ability to work in a team environment interacting collaboratively with others
  • Ability to use integrated library systems, databases, and other computer software applications. **
  • Ability to plan work and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of library processes and procedures to identify, analyze and correct problems with library materials.**
  • Knowledge of library processes and procedures to perform circulation duties in a library setting.**
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Librarian (Collections Specialist) – Local History & Genealogy
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 Genealogy Section, Researcher and Reference Services Division, General and International Collections, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 010703.

This position requires some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items.

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 Researcher and Reference Services Division plans and administers general reference and research services in the Main Reading Room, and the Local History & Genealogy, and Microform Reference Services by providing assistance to researchers seeking solutions to research problems. Constituents include Congress, other government agencies, scholars and the general public. To facilitate such research, the Division’s specialists recommend the acquisition of print, micro format and computer file materials of research value in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, the Division has custodial responsibility for the Library’s growing holdings of micro format material, and computer file material, such as CD-ROMs, computer software and books with disks. The Division maintains reference collections for its reading rooms, bearing responsibility for the development, bibliographic control, processing, and general custody of these collections. For visiting scholars the Division offers a program of special services and facilities, including colloquia and intellectual exchange. The work of the Division affects the development of Library programs and the policies, standards, and principles used by librarians in government, public and academic libraries throughout the United States. The incumbent exercises initiative, judgment, tact, and flexibility in meeting the reference requirements of constituents, is familiar with the rapidly growing and complex body of library and information science, and maintains a working knowledge of the operation and resources of the Division and the Library as a whole.

Provides reference services in person, by telephone, electronic media, and formal correspondence; the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are found within the Library’s collection. Serves as both a generalist and subject specialist providing the Library’s constituents basic information and reference research services. Conducts a thorough reference interview, analyzes questions and requirements, and suggests search strategies. Is knowledgeable of the Library’s resources from the general, special and/or reference collections in all formats. Acquires knowledge of special catalogs and collections, areas of specialization of Library staff members (language as well as subject), and printed, non-print, and electronic reference sources. Is knowledgeable about a wide of variety of sources including those of other libraries and organizations. Directs users to the proper specialists, resources, services, divisions, or reading rooms within the Library, or to other agencies or institutions. Utilizes knowledge of the general resources of other libraries and organizations.

Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity. Is assigned a subject specialty and is knowledgeable of the basic resources in assigned subject area. Develops knowledge of historical and current trends in subject area. With supervisor, identifies and completes training opportunities in subject area. Gains knowledge of Division resources in subject area in all formats. Writes, compiles, or revises research materials. Monitors and reports on trends in scholarship and collection use.

Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments. Participates in developing the reference collections and the general collections as assigned, including materials in all formats (print, microform and electronic). Selects and recommends appropriate titles and drafts requests for major purchases. Recommends replacement or claiming of missing materials, identifies the need for additional copies of titles in heavy demand and monitors approval plans as required. Surveys the Library’s holdings to familiarize him/her with the Library’s collections.

Activates and controls standardized computer system and peripheral equipment operations. Provides guidance and access to information resources, both inside and outside the Library, through databases, telecommunication networks, and cooperative arrangements. Troubleshoots and resolves problems encountered during searches. Trains and assists the public in the use of the OPAC, electronic databases, and reference resources.

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 Genealogy and U.S. Local History.**
  • Ability to provide reference and research services related to Genealogy and U.S. Local History.**
  • Knowledge of information technology including integrated library systems and electronic resources.**
  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Visual Information Specialist, CG-1084-11
Location: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $79,343 to $127,062 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Division of Administration, Corporate Services Branch of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and provides support in the areas of design, layout and production of printed and visual material.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

-Responsible for the design layout and production of printed material, as well as for the design and display of such visual materials as photographs, illustrations, diagrams, graphs, objects, models, presentations, charts, and exhibits.

-Working from a concept or theme from the requestor, considering if the presentation would compete with others, and the nature of the audience, the incumbent realizes the design.

-Meets with the requestor/client before beginning the assignment to discuss, analyze, and clarify the assignment; to offer different approaches to the work suggesting various ways to translate the written word to a visual concept; advises and suggests alternatives to design problems; suggests which written material would be best communicated visually; sets up a timeline for deadlines at various stages of the development in the design process in order to stay on task and to keep the requestor informed as the process evolves.

-Uses a variety of resources such as library and Internet to research the subject to gather materials that best communicate the concept/theme. Decides what output would be best for the display/presentation.

-Creates internet materials ranging from spot illustrations to web page concepts. Develops internet materials that are designed to reach audiences with differing levels of knowledge and interest.

-Plans and decides which software program, trim size, color, texture and weight of paper, color(s) of inks, folding specifications, printing process, and any special handling (i.e. travel ability) would work best for a particular assignment.

-Prepares a pre-press file or camera-ready art to be given to the printer to output the job. Reviews the printer’s proofs (i.e., blueline, color keys and/or chromalines); also, on occasion, may visit the printer for a press inspection to ensure accuracy and precision in the final product.

Position: Research Manager-Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $134,789 to $164,200 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Research Manager leads the Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section of the Resources, Science and Industry Division in the development of policy research and analysis relevant to congressional needs.Issues include natural resources policy and implications in key areas including institutional, economic, regulatory, and scientific issues related to public lands; fish and wildlife; water resources; forestry, terrestrial, coastal, and marine ecosystems; earth sciences; and natural hazards.

The Research Manager leads the Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section of the Resources, Science and Industry Division in the development of policy research and analysis relevant to congressional needs. Issues include natural resources policy and implications in key areas including institutional, economic, regulatory, and scientific issues related to public lands; fish and wildlife; water resources; forestry, terrestrial, coastal, and marine ecosystems; earth sciences; and natural hazards.

Duties include:

  • Ensures that the work results in objective, authoritative analysis with which the Congress can assess the consequences of legislative/policy options;
  • Proactively establishing relationships with committees of jurisdiction, building long-term relationships with clients, and taking initiative to seek out new congressional contacts for CRS;
  • Manages congressional requests, concerns, and needs in policy areas within the research management responsibility of the section;
  • Collaborates with other managers to ensure an integrative approach to the work by fully identifying significant policy problems facing the Congress, developing analytical approaches to address these problems, and applying appropriate resources;
  • Manages and supervises policy analysts, including communicating performance standards and expectations to staff, observing staff performance, giving feedback, and assessing performance; and
  • Performs special assignments as directed by the division’s Assistant/Deputy Assistant Director.

Candidates with research and research management experience in issues covered by the Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section, and who have strong interpersonal skills and are capable of leading a highly motivated and talented research staff committed to providing Congress the highest level of nonpartisan, authoritative, objective policy analysis 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 timely, 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 committees and Members.

Manages research, leads staff, and advises the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director. Ensures that research and analysis is conducted in a fully collaborative manner both within and outside the section, reflects the congressional agenda, and is relevant to congressional policy making. Leads, plans, organizes and coordinates research, including major research projects related to sensitive or complex public policies of national or international significance, which are often multidisciplinary in nature, and may include research performed by outside consultants. Ensures that research and analysis undertaken is of the highest quality and meets CRS’ standards of objectivity, responsiveness, non-partisanship, balance, timeliness, legislative relevance, authoritativeness, and accessibility. Reviews research to ensure that it complements other Service research and analyses; is accurate, well-organized, and cogent; meets professional and service standards; adheres to CRS policy guidelines; and is responsive to the legislative needs of Members and committees of Congress. Establishes and maintains relationships with Members and committees of Congress.

Contributes to and assists in developing CRS-wide strategic goals and priorities. Communicates those goals and priorities to staff. Oversees the implementation of CRS-wide policies, procedures, standards and guidelines by staff. Effectively communicates management initiatives to staff and ensures that staff are able to acclimate to the changing needs of Congress and the CRS research community. Conveys to senior management information and concerns from staff.

Directly supervises staff members in the Natural Resources and Earth Sciences Section of the Resources, Science and Industry Division. Leads staff toward meeting the Library’s and CRS’s vision, mission, and goals by managing performance, communicating effectively, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, building and maintaining relationships, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, thinking systematically and inspiring change.

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 natural resources policy**
  • Ability to manage research**
  • Ability to review the analysis of others**
  • Ability to lead and manage staff
  • Ability to communicate in writing
  • Ability to convey information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations
  • Knowledge of congressional decision making
  • Ability to collaborate
  • Ability to build relationships
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion