Four Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Manager, Technical Services and Digital Technology
Location: Greenfield Library, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD
Salary: $52,168.76

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Manager, Technical Services and Digital Technology, under the general supervision of the Library Director, provides leadership, development, coordination, and direction for the following areas: cataloging, classification, processing material, authority file maintenance, digital technology, library systems and database administration, serials processing, and basic bindery and preservation activities. The incumbent will identify, formulate and assess goals, priorities, policies, and procedures for these areas of responsibility and work closely and collaboratively with library staff to ensure efficient workflow and high-quality user experience. The incumbent will also work in conjunction with Library Director to manage technical services vendor relations and will supervise and train student assistants assigned to work with this position.

The incumbent will be responsible for managing the digital technology work being done at the library. Responsibilities will include: following best practices in digital collection creation and management, managing digitization projects and creating workflows, planning and managing format conversions and migrations; creating innovative and flexible solutions that meet the needs of the St. John’s College community, and seeking grant funding for digital initiatives. The incumbent will work in conjunction with the Associate Library Director and the Library Director on digitization projects.

The Manager, Technical Services and Digital Technology is responsible for systems administration, including management of library technology by coordinating the development, implementation and maintenance of the library’s technology, and keeping the library current and staff informed. This involves: leading in the evaluation, implementation and innovative use of technologies, including the implementation and management of the integrated library system (ILS); serving as a liaison with ITS Office staff in maintaining the library’s ILS and other related systems; suggesting suitable applications to improve library services; providing expertise and developing strategies for systems administration of digital records and commercial electronic resources through the online catalog and other discovery interfaces; collaborating with staff to develop recommendations for policies, procedures, workflows and practices that make effective use of various systems’ capabilities; problem-solving and trouble-shooting for the ILS and other databases.

The incumbent will: perform original and copy cataloging in OCLC and the ILS for all types of library materials in accordance with accepted national standards using AACR2 and MARC codes and tags, LC classification and subject headings, RDA, metadata, Dublin Core, and other relevant standards; import name and subject authority records into the ILS; evaluate, test, and load commercial bibliographic records into the online catalog; ensure accuracy and quality of bibliographic and item record information for all materials.

The Manager, Technical Services and Digital Technology is also responsible for: managing materials and processes for items sent out to commercial bindery; repair and basic preservation activities; working with Circulation Assistant to ensure that sufficient stock of technical services supplies are available when needed; creating, maintaining, and updating appropriate procedure manuals. The incumbent will serve as the emergency building coordinator.

In all areas of responsibility: works independently yet shows good judgment in keeping the Library Director informed of developments outside the regular routines; keeps abreast of current trends and practices; engages in professional development activities including listservs, meetings, training sessions, and conferences; respects the confidentiality of patron requests and records and follows the current ALA Code of Ethics; prepares and submits various monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, and gathers statistics on technical services activities for various reports and surveys; contributes to library decision-making; is good office citizen (i.e. keeps work and break areas clean, responds to email and requests promptly, has a positive attitude, and respects the feelings and needs of co-workers).

Position: Knowledge Manager
Location: WilmerHale, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

Job Description
WilmerHale is a leading, full-service international law firm with 1,000 lawyers located throughout 12 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Our lawyers work at the intersection of government, technology and business, and we remain committed to our guiding principles of providing quality, outstanding legal and client services; developing diversity among our lawyers and staff and fostering an environment that promotes an ambitious spirit, teamwork and collegiality by drawing on the exceptional talents and dynamic experience of our lawyers. Our goal is to reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities in which we practice.

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the Director, Programs and Planning, you will join a team of knowledge professionals within the IS Programs and Planning group, responsible for driving the Firm’s knowledge management activities. The Knowledge Management (KM) team, in cooperation other IS groups, works with the legal practices to develop and execute methods for effective knowledge sharing, efficient matter execution and value-added collaboration throughout the Firm. The KM team implements and supports processes and systems for capturing, organizing, and making accessible and actionable the knowledge assets of the Firm.

As part of the team, you will support KM technologies, and lead operational tasks associated with maintaining the content in those systems, including using document automation, Artificial Intelligence powered contract analysis, search and other technologies where appropriate. You will help drive awareness and adoption of knowledge-sharing resources and identify innovative methods for the Practice to leverage enterprise knowledge, expertise and technology for superior and efficient client service.

The Knowledge Manager assists with proactively supporting firm-wide client service initiatives. The Knowledge Manager provides quality service to internal members/departments of the Firm and external clients and vendors by displaying professionalism via electronic and print correspondence, over the telephone and in-person and by encouraging an atmosphere that rewards a “can do” attitude.

Position: Administrative Librarian
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $126,148 to $189,600 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the African and Middle Eastern Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Library Services.

We encourage qualified applicants from a variety of library, scholarly, academic, and information science backgrounds, with expertise in the appropriate regions, languages, and collections, to apply for this opportunity to support the Library’s strategy and to establish the program as a center of excellence in area studies.

Responsibilities
The African and Middle East Division Chief is the Library’s principal expert/specialist in matters dealing with the countries, languages and regions covered by that division. The Chief has full professional responsibility for coordinating activities of the Library related to that geographic area, and for directing the development and maintenance of the Library’s collections pertaining to these regions, including the integration of digital technology, and facilitating the effective use of these collections by scholars, researchers, and others worldwide. The Chief formulates the vision, establishes the mission and goals, determines objectives, directs the staff and resources, and evaluates overall performance of the division. He/she sets policies for, administers, and supervises division staff, programs, services, and activities. The Chief is responsible for cultivating relations with potential donors, securing funds for new initiatives, acquiring new collections, and establishing new services. The Chief provides national leadership in the fields of knowledge and information as they relate to the division’s geographic responsibility and represents the library at national and international meetings, events and programs, especially those related to the division’s regions and countries.

Has overall responsibility for the oversight and administration of an entire department or a highly complex program within the department or agency, including responsibility for collections and research at the highest national level.

Plans, leads, and manages the division’s collections, resources, services, and programs to assure that the division is a major contributor to national information, knowledge, and understanding of the relevant countries and regions in all of their variety and diversity. Provides direction and leadership for the Library in response to the rapid changes in foreign societies, in information flows from and about the regions covered by the division, and in emerging research agendas related to the division’s area of responsibility. Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of these countries and regions and of the scholarly resources and collections necessary for the study of the region, with in-depth knowledge in at least one related discipline/area.

Constantly evaluates the Library’s holdings in this area and seeks to acquire new collections as they become available. Identifies sources for new collections and information resources, secures outside funding, cultivates relationships with potential donors, and continuously seeks to improve the quality of the Library’s collections and access to information in the division’s area of responsibility.

Maintains personal authority and credibility in research/library communities based on a solid record of publications and professional accomplishments. Provides national and international leadership in accomplishing the division’s mission, which includes leadership within the Library and among research libraries in the U.S. and abroad.

Applies cross-disciplinary approach to achieve integrated solutions applicable across the foreign area divisions for the Library’s long-term digital content life cycle management. Ensures smooth, rational, and appropriate relationships between print and digital collections under the custody of the division.

Recommends strategies for integrating digital content, preservation and services into the Library’s existing policy, procedures, work flow, and organizational framework for print collections. Assures implementation of collection development policies and procedures for traditional print collections and for digital content resources, working toward the integration of all collections and services. Develops digital collections and digital access approaches, often in collaboration with colleagues inside and outside the institution. Manages custodial responsibilities for print and digital collections, including balancing systematic analysis, evaluation, and direction with operational requirements and work flow considerations.

Develops policies for the acquisition of important collections to ensure that the Library’s collections meet the needs of scholars, researchers and all other patrons. Policies involve matters relating to the conduct of initial solicitations and negotiations with prospective donors, appraisal of collections, conversion of materials on deposit to gifts, restrictions on use, conditions of use, and security of the collections. Negotiates with prospective donors who are prominent in the field. Directs staff engaged in these activities.

The position description number for this position is 058866.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Position: Librarian (Law-Legal Research Analyst)
Location: Law Library, Washington, DC
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
The Legal Research Analyst works under the broad supervision of managers from divisions within the Law Library (1) analyzing legal materials; (2) responding orally and in writing to inquiries requiring proficient skills in conducting legal and legislative research involving the law of particular jurisdictions and international law; and (3) communicating with Law Library users and staff by assisting in their research work and preparing Law Library work products for publishing and distribution.

Responsibilities
Fluency in English, working proficiency in at least one foreign language.

To successfully perform the duties of this position, the incumbent must (1) demonstrate the ability to apply accepted research techniques and utilize broad knowledge in applying domestic and international legal and legislative principles and concepts; (2) possess expert proficiency in analyzing global legal issues and preparing informative documents using legal and research materials in foreign languages; and (3) have proficient oral and written communications skills to maintain efficient and effective collaboration with staff and present complex legal principles, concepts, and issues to culturally and educationally diverse audiences.

Contributes to ongoing legal research projects, publications, presentations, and legal
bibliographic materials, and participates in producing the Law Library’s research work in digital and analogous formats. Uses skills, software applications and tools to prepare, edit, and finalize products for publishing or transmission, adhering to the Law Library’s technical and editorial standards.

Provides research support and assistance to staff. Collaborates with others on designing,
developing, and maintaining authoring and publishing programs, assists with development and production of the Law Library’s online products and publications, performs web page content control functions, and communicates with Law Library authors concerning work products.

Assists in surveying Law Library’s collection for areas of specialization or assigned jurisdictions. Prepares indexes of a wide variety of legal documents, and supports metadata development for LLC products.

Prepares metadata for Law Library products according to established guidelines. Participates in developing the Law Library’s controlled vocabulary affecting searching capabilities involving basic legal principles and concepts, identifying key words and phrases and ensuring that terms with possible multiple meanings are clarified.

Applying Law Library standards and a broad knowledge of legal and legislative principles and concepts, prepares concise and informative summaries of laws, treaties, regulations, court decisions, and other legal documents.

Plans, coordinates and participates in briefings, presentations, and other educational programs conducted by the Law Library. Translates legal documents from English to a foreign language or from a foreign language to English.

Conducts research in limited segments of specialized or technical research projects for Law Library clients resulting in written or oral reports, memoranda, letters, annotated bibliographies, research guides, brochures, infographics, and other publications. The research may require using standard reference tools and applying techniques and practices that have gaps in specificity requiring some interpretation to cover new or evolving subject matter. Assignments involve dealing with legal research problems, questions, or situations within assigned jurisdictions.

May convey findings through written and oral reports, abstracts, summaries, charts, graphs, or other products. Requests typically require some analysis on the part of the analyst to determine the specific research area and the types of information that will most directly meet the requester’s needs. Searches internal and external legal information and government databases. Develops search techniques and files for handling requests for legal information. Reviews information obtained in response to an inquiry for its relevance to the inquiry. Identifies and examines publications, electronic resources, and trends in applicable fields of law and assists with collection development.

Provides legal and legislative reference services involving legal issues for an educationally and culturally diverse clientele, including Members of Congress, the judiciary, government agencies, foreign governments, scholars, academics, the practicing bar, the press and the general public.

Assists Law Library clients in adapting and modifying research methods and techniques.
Analyzes specialized or technical information from a wide variety of sources in English and foreign languages when responding to basic questions for legal and legislative information.

Draws upon broad knowledge of legal and legislative print and electronic collections when preparing responses. Prepares written responses to inquiries requiring a tailored response. Prepares finding aids and related written products describing research methodologies.