Six Positions — Washington, D.C.

Position: Research Librarian I
Location: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Duties, requirements, and desired qualifications

This position is responsible for providing information and research services to union staff and leadership. The ideal candidate will be adept at: selecting and distributing news and other relevant information for a targeted audience, researching, analyzing, and disseminating information from diverse sources in response to patron requests, contributing to the management, organization, and assessment of the library collection, and providing outreach and instruction services for users of the Information Center.


  • Curates and assembles a daily email newsletter from a wide variety of sources, comprehensively covering key developments in topics of interest to AFSCME.
  • Researches, retrieves, analyzes and disseminates information from electronic and print sources in response to reference requests.
  • Synthesizes research findings into structured, digestible reports for a variety of audiences.
  • Assists with collection management responsibilities including cataloging, identifying and evaluating potential acquisitions, shelving and weeding the collection.
  • Performs outreach and instructional services for staff and provides access, assistance and support for Information Center resources.
  • Researches, selects and independently assembles and distributes articles for AFSCME Information Center blogs.
  • Creates fact sheets, user guides, and other documentation on internal and external electronic communications to foster user self-sufficiency.
  • Conducts presentations or instructional sessions for internal and external audiences.
  • Remains knowledgeable on issues affecting AFSCME members.
  • May supervise clerical support staff.
  • Performs other general duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; an advanced degree in library or information science is strongly preferred, and three to five years of experience in a library or similar setting which provides the following skills.

Skills Requirements:

  • Ability to identify requestors’ needs through use of reference interviews and craft effective search strategies to address those needs.
  • Ability to synthesize research findings and write clear, organized reports of research results based on the identified information need.
  • Skilled in the use of digital technologies and experienced with electronic library information systems, databases and other information management and retrieval tools.
  • Ability to perform sound research and make logical conclusions.
  • Ability to evaluate, abstract and analyze data and technical information from diverse sources.
  • Knowledge of library administration principles.
  • Experience with knowledge and information management principles, strategies and technologies.
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with colleagues and Information Center users.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple demands and deadlines and to balance short- and long-term priorities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Commitment to AFSCME’s mission.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of advanced search logic techniques and optimal usage of complex legal, business and news databases.
  • Experience with library technical services including administration of OPAC software or other discovery systems and knowledge of metadata and cataloging standards.
  • Familiarity with data and information management technologies such as content management system administration, HTML, digital asset management and relational database structures.
  • Interest in labor relations and public sector institutions, law and policy issues.

To be considered
Please send an email with an attached cover letter and resume to: Include the position title, and if you are a current member of an AFSCME Local, in the subject line of your email. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. However, we strongly encourage applying before December 19, 2018.

Position: Metadata Librarian
Location: Federal Reserve Board, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Position Requirements

The Research Library at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is seeking an experienced Metadata Librarian (within the Knowledge Analyst job family).

The Federal Reserve Board is the central bank of the United States, and its mission is to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. As a Federal Reserve staff member, you will play an important role in accomplishing this mission. The Research Library, with a full-time staff of 16 librarians and 2 technicians, offers a full array of desktop and customized library services to the approximately 2,700 staff members at the Board.

The Metadata Librarian leads efforts to manage metadata necessary for the discovery, access, and stewardship of varied information collections and data resources that support the Federal Reserve Board’s mission. The librarian is responsible for the creation and management of descriptive metadata in multiple databases for diverse materials, including traditional print, serials, online resources, and datasets. As the subject matter expert, the incumbent will apply their in-depth knowledge of relevant standards, rules, and best practices to the creation, analysis, enrichment, normalization, and maintenance of metadata. The librarian will also use their metadata expertise to aid in collaborative, team-based efforts in the Research Library and throughout the Board to develop innovative discovery tools, further workflow automation, enrich the Board’s Subject Taxonomy, and enhance the institutional repository of Board research.

The responsibilities and duties will include:

    • Providing subject matter expertise on library and metadata standards and authority control, recommending policies, developing processes and best practices, creating documentation, and keeping abreast of national and international developments in metadata standards, technologies, trends, and techniques
    • Original and complex copy cataloging and authority control for a variety of materials, including monographs, serials, news, and data assets, in accordance with current standards and rules such as RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC, NACO authority rules
    • Ensuring an accurate inventory of print, serials, electronic resources, and data holdings
    • Metadata quality control, cleanup, editing, enhancement, migration, and mapping, using tools such as the ILS’s native headings reports, MarcEdit, and/or OpenRefine, and use of regular expressions and SQL queries
    • Overseeing copy cataloging and physical processing workflow
    • Collaboration with colleagues in serials (including holdings and check-ins), dataset cataloging (including documenting legal terms of use), and ILS administration
    • Management of ERM (electronic resources module) coverage loads to support discoverability
    • Assistance with development of the Board’s taxonomy, institutional repository, data inventories, and other innovative tools to enhance discovery and automate workflows
    • Participation as a member of various teams, including Collection Management, Technology, and Taxonomy and Metadata Teams
    • Liaison work with external groups at the Board and in the larger Federal Reserve System, especially regarding data assets
    • If necessary, assistance in managing vendor services and relationships
    • Creation of the monthly recent acquisitions list



  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Ability to solve problems independently or collaboratively, using sound judgment and analytical skills; ability to meet deadlines; excellent service-orientation; strong written and oral communication skills
  • Full-time experience in library systems, cataloging, and authority work, in a variety of formats, including monographs, electronic resources, serials, and, if possible, data assets
  • Mastery of original and complex copy cataloging standards and practices, such as MARC21, Dublin Core, FRBR, FRAD, RDA, AACR2-R, LCRI/LCPSs, LCSH, and LC classification schedules
  • Expertise in multiple types of metadata, including descriptive, structural, technical, and operational
  • Experience with metadata quality control, including use of automated routines for metadata maintenance
  • Experience working with library systems and metadata tools, including:  integrated library systems (ILS); OCLC Connexion; LC’s Cataloger’s Desktop and Class Web; MarcEdit, OpenRefine; RDA Toolkit
  • Familiarity with emerging standards and information technologies in the metadata and electronic resources management area
  • Knowledge of XML and linked data technologies (e.g., XSLT, RDF, OWL, SPARQL, BIBFRAME)
  • Experience analyzing and remediating existing metadata to meet current standards
  • Basic programming skills


  • Experience with institutional repository systems (e.g., OCLC CONTENTdm, Fedora, Omeka, DSpace, Dataverse, or comparable products)
  • Experience cataloging data assets
  • Familiarity with taxonomy development
  • SharePoint experience
  • Experience collecting and analyzing metrics for library services
  • Knowledge of economics, finance, and business
  • Knowledge of project management principles

Position: University Librarian
Location: Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

The University Librarian oversees all aspects of library resources and services in support of academic programs, faculty teaching, and student learning at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to include physical libraries and services to distance learning (blended and online students, as well as students attending locations with no physical library). The University Librarian provides collaborative leadership with campus librarians library staff and faculty, plans and manages activities, resources, and outreach to students.  The University Librarian also performs the functions of the Campus Librarian at their home location.

Principal Duties:

University Library complex

  • Provide vision and strategic direction for the university library complex in alignment with TCSPP’s strategic vision and plan.
  • Represent the University Library complex at Academic Affairs Leadership Council meetings.
  • Supervise campus librarians from other campuses.
  • Develop strong partnerships within the school by networking and conducting outreach.
  • In collaboration with Campus Librarians, plan, implement and administer all library resources and services for students, faculty and staff wherever classes are taught and distance learning courses, in a context of continuous improvement.
  • In collaboration with Campus Librarians, plan and supervise the assessment of all library resources and services for student learning and faculty effectiveness. Inform administration of the library’s strengths and weaknesses in meeting college needs and accreditation standards.
  • In collaboration with Campus Librarians, collaborate with faculty to assess, proved and improve the library collection and services to meet student and faculty needs.
  • In collaboration with Campus Librarians, develop a program of library instruction and reference service in accord with current standards.
  • In collaboration with Campus Librarians, prepare and manage annual library budget.
  • Coordinate library website activity.
  • In collaboration with Campus Librarians, plan activities across all libraries as a team and keep others informed.Home Campus
    • Oversee test kits and interlibrary loans as appropriate for the home campus.
    • Represent the Home Campus Library and provide updates at regular campus meetings.
    • Serve on Campus–‐wide committees and participate in Academic Department initiatives.
    • Assist students and faculty with scholarly research and provide instruction for online database resources.
    • Supervise, train and evaluate home campus library personnel and assist in their hiring.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science or related field
  • Knowledge of best practices in instruction and reference services.
  • Experience supervising other professional librarian
  • Experience in university library system or other academic setting
  • Experience with online teaching and delivering instruction to diverse population of adult learners.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position: Research & Knowledge Analyst
Location: LAC Group, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Group is seeking a Research & Knowledge Analyst to join a prominent law firm’s Washington, D.C. office. The Research & Knowledge Analyst will play an integral role in helping the firm provide high-quality research and knowledge management and works on an alternating schedule. This is a full-time position offering competitive salary and benefits in a collaborative environment.


  • Responsible for researching and providing information, analysis and expertise to attorneys and staff in all practice areas of the firm.
  • Analyzes legal, corporate and general resources and communicates findings in a clear and concise manner.
  • Helps plan and implement department outreach, training and orientation programs.
  • Assists with the evaluation and recommendation of new information resources.
  • Supports research and Knowledge Management initiatives for firm attorneys and staff across the globe, incorporating new technology.
  • Performs ready reference and in-depth research on legal, corporate and other topics using online and print resources.
  • Distills research results into clear and concise reports of findings.
  • Creates and maintains new business alert services that identify matters of interest to existing and potential clients.
  • Creates and maintains current awareness alert services.
  • Works independently and with the Knowledge Strategy (KS) team and selected practice areas to choose, collect, organize, maintain, and update content for practice area websites and databases.
  • Provides attorneys with access to and encourages the effective use of internal and external knowledge resources.
  • Disseminates knowledge resources via firm-wide intranet and databases to attorneys.
  • Collaborates with practice group leaders and other attorneys to design effective KS websites and databases.
  • Establishes relationships with attorneys to promote awareness of KS initiatives and to solicit their participation.
  • Uses workflow software for the distribution and recording of research requests.


  • Master’s Degree in Library Science or equivalent experience (minimum of eight years) and
  • Minimum of two years research experience in a law firm or corporate library.
  • Expertise in using computer-based research tools including but not limited to: Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, Intelligize, Securities Mosaic, Practical Law, Fastcase, PLI, Capital IQ, Deal Point Data.
  • Advanced knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems.
  • Proven ability in using web page editors.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities.

Position: Archivist
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


This position is located in the Preparation Section, Manuscript Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule. Occasional Saturday service in the Manuscript Reading Room is required.

The position description number for this position is 368553.

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

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.


Independently performs a variety of archival activities for a moderately large number of record groups that are related by administrative connection or by subject matter, including planning for the analysis, arrangement, and description of physical and born digital collections and assuming primary responsibility for the completion of archival projects. Demonstrates full understanding of archival theory and practice and possesses a broad knowledge of scholarly research and documentation practices. Analyzes the documentation systems and practices of the originating agency, organization, or individual whose materials are being processed. Undertakes research in published sources to complete gaps in the available information relating to the subject matter of the records to be archived. Evaluates the significance of archival material in its historical context and applies evaluation in creating a plan of arrangement and description. Exercises initiative on special assignments requiring knowledge of archival management and related fields of academic study.

Interprets instruments of gift or deposit and related documentation to help resolve administrative and legal matters affecting the arrangement and availability of collections. Recommends criteria for the retention or disposition of material according to independent evaluation of its informational and historical value. Identifies material for conservation treatment and coordinates the preparation of material for permanent housing. Produces detailed descriptive guides for research use online. Evaluates and upgrades older finding aids to bring them into conformity with current archival descriptive standards.

Develops personal contacts to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge relating to archival techniques and knowledge of archival procedures. Coordinates as necessary with collection curators and staff in other divisions relating to the transmission, handling, description, and storage of division material housed off-site or transferred elsewhere. Recommends changes in the practices, formats, techniques, and resources employed by the division in the preparation of collections.

Reviews and monitors the completion of preservation projects. Surveys internal collections, identifying and inventorying groups of materials for preservation and physical security. Proposes long-term strategies for the preservation of collections. Assesses collections and archives considered for acquisition by the Library, with regard to condition, contents, scope, storage history, and other aspects pertinent to the preservation and long-term survival of the material.

Independently provides reference and research services in response to requests for information about records on specialized subjects or topics. Exercises a good grasp of the primary subject matter involved and of related subject matter fields, and a good knowledge of germane archival records in order to assist specialized researchers and other users of manuscript collections and archival records. In this capacity, substitutes on a temporary basis as necessary assisting readers in the division’s public Reading Room.


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 digital curation and descriptive tools, information technologies and integrated library systems to support archival functions.**
  • Knowledge of American history and research sources used for processing and describing archival materials.**
  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of archival work, including analysis, organization, and description of archival material.**
  • Ability to perform preservation duties.
  • Knowledge of reference and research services.
  • Ability to build and maintain professional relationships and provide liaison services.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Research Librarian (Government and Finance)

Location: Library of congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Research Librarian for the Government & Finance Division (G&F).

This position will provide research and library services to CRS colleagues and congressional clients in areas covered by G&F, such as appropriations, budgeting, Congress, cybersecurity, economic policy, elections, emergency management, executive and judicial branch oversight, financial services, legislative process, and public finance.


CRS works exclusively for the U.S. 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.

The Government and Finance (G&F) Division’s work focuses on how the three branches of government are organized, managed, and funded.  This includes the organization, structure, operations and management of Congress, the executive and judicial branches; the congressional budget and appropriations process, the legislative process and congressional history; and issues related to American federalism, elections, emergency management, community development, and homeland security. Financial issues covered include banking, financial institutions, insurance and securities, taxation, public finance, fiscal and monetary policy, the public debt, and the economic impact of tax and budget policy. The division also covers entities with unique government responsibilities such as the Census Bureau, Federal Reserve, Postal Service, and FEMA.

Research Librarians work individually and as part of a team to provide research and library services across the full range of policy areas covered by the division and author products used each year by thousands of congressional clients on topics that include appointments/nominations, appropriations status tracking, federal awards tracking, federal disaster assistance programs, federal employees, grants work in a congressional office, and various types of congressional and legislative information.

Research Librarians are often involved in the following activities.

  • Working under deadlines within specialized issue areas that may be obscure, ambiguous, and contentious.
  • Rapidly building working knowledge of specialized issue areas and resources as part of successfully identifying, proposing, developing, and executing research projects.
  • Collaborating and consulting with internal and external subject specialists to develop and improve research projects.
  • Negotiating with clients and colleagues on the substance of research projects, which may include developing an array of different options and facilitating decisions related to sources, methodology, and form of a final product.
  • Designing and writing products as a solo author or co-author that describe the findings of research projects. These products often include multiple elements such as abstracts, methodological descriptions, summaries, and tables.
  • Making effective use of peer review of products by incorporating feedback from multiple colleagues into coherent and cohesive products.
  • Working within a multi-level product development and review process to ensure accuracy, appropriate scope, adherence to organizational policies and values, and responsiveness of products.
  • Delivering products to clients in writing, by phone, and in-person, often in combination, and in accordance with the circumstances of each unique research project and resulting product.

Candidates with a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent degree and background working in a library, college/university, information center, or other research organization are encouraged to apply.  Previous experience with public speaking in an instructional capacity is desired.

Research Librarian duties include:

  • Information Research
    • Analyzing and solving moderately complex research problems within specialized policy research areas.
    • Assessing and negotiating the scope and deadlines of congressional and internal requests.
    • Responding to congressional and internal requests for information related to moderately complex issues requiring in-depth knowledge of the context/background of the issue and that is difficult to find and/or requires filtering/synthesis.
    • Developing and executing research methodologies for specialized topics and for moderately complex topics.
    • Preparing moderately complex responses to inquiries.
    • Promptly informing supervisor of potential problems with requests or delays in responding.
    • Designing, writing, and collaborating on various anticipatory products for Congress.
  • Information Resources and Research Materials
    • Developing and maintaining knowledge of specialized research resources.
    • Identifying, testing and evaluating new specialized research resources; performing market analyses on competing resources; and recommending specialized information resources and research materials for purchase or renewal.
  • Instruction and Outreach
    • Providing orientation and training/instruction to congressional clients, colleagues and peers on research methods and research 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.

  • Ability to apply knowledge of research resources in government and finance**
  • Ability to conduct information research**
  • Ability to communicate in writing**
  • Ability to utilize information technology
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others
  • Ability to focus on the client
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing

Candidates for this position may also be required to complete a writing/editing assignment.