Five Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Sr. Research & Reference Specialist
Location: WilmerHale, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.


As a Senior Research and Reference Specialist, you will provide expert research and reference assistance in support of the various legal and administrative departments throughout the firm. You will assist in regular outreach to the practice by providing training, consultative support, and informational updates in the areas of print and electronic research.


  • Works with research team to design, deliver and evolve a robust, valuable research function to the Firm.
  • Provides expert research and reference assistance to attorneys in all practice areas in a timely and effective manner using various print and digital resources. Where applicable, provides in-depth analysis and summarization of results. Bills time to client/matters as appropriate.
  • Provides consultative research and reference support advising lawyers on the optimal strategy and source selection to obtain most authoritative and cost-effective results.
  • Provides consultative research support advising lawyers on the optimal strategy and approach to research analysis.
  • Provides experienced support administrative departments of the firm including, but not limited to, Business Development and New Business/Conflicts.
  • Assists in the development of new research and reference offerings and outreach, including bulletins, department and practice group presentations, and direct client services.
  • Mentors and trains more junior staff to provide support.
  • Provides reference desk coverage as assigned and follows internal procedures for the handling of requests as set by the Director and Manager.
  • Maintains expert working knowledge of the library collections, online database resources, interlibrary loan availability, document delivery, and other resources as appropriate. Demonstrates an experienced level of proficiency in primary database usage, search strategy and syntax, and licensing restrictions.
  • Participates in resource evaluation projects including pilots of new services, comparisons of resources, and preparation of related evaluative memos.
  • Assigned to focus on particular areas of the practice, administrative departments, and subject or topic areas as required by the Manager, Research & Reference Services, to meet the needs of the firm.
  • Assists Manager with the preparation of and/or delivery of relevant orientation and training programs. Gathers materials and drafts or edits handouts to support the program.
  • Works with manager to develop and maintain intranet reference collections. Assists with link checking, collection development, and integration of subject-specific resources into larger firm portal.
  • Assists Technical Services Manager in developing both the paper and digital resources collections. Aids Manager in the evaluation of new and existing research tools and makes recommendations for purchase or renewal or resources.
  • Works with the team on departmental projects and initiatives as requested.
  • Contributes to the firm’s Service Excellence initiative to consistently improve its image internally and externally. Displays professionalism, quality service and a “can do” attitude to internal members/departments of the firm as well as external clients and vendors via electronic and print correspondence, over the telephone and in-person.

Position: Librarian
Location: Office of Analysis and Research Services, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Operations, Office of Analysis and Research Services, Library Services Division.

As a Reference and Research Services (RRS) Librarian you will assist in the planning, operation, and administering the Library program according to regulations and controls, standards and guidelines, publisher’s catalogs, standard library classification and cataloging guides, specialized handbooks, interlibrary loan procedures, and professional organization recommendations. Assist in coordinating the technical operations of the library to meet current requirements of the organization’s mission and areas of interest. Assist in evaluating existing programs in terms of services offered, content of collection, and the fulfillment of the organization’s needs. Contributes to the development of evolving library procedures and techniques to improve operations.

As a RRS Librarian, provides assistance to users in use of complex materials (e.g. foreign trade data, TSUSA, HTS, legislative histories, etc.) and in conducting research with obscure data and information sources via the library collections, periodicals, reports, CDs, microforms, government documents (both domestic and foreign), digital libraries and through contacts with other organizations. Uses United States and foreign (or international) statistical, industry, trade and technical periodicals and monographs, and any other on-line resource or vendor. Demonstrates abilities to handle questions that are particularly obscure and difficult.

Performs research and literature searches in retrieval systems such as EBSCO Discovery Service Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and the Internet. Searches all the Library’s internal and commercial databases and other digital resources. Guides USITC staff and public users through different search strategies and techniques to locate information. Provides assistance and training to staff to optimize and promote the effective and efficient use of library resources and services. Performs searches in HeinOnline and other legal databases and demonstrates knowledge and application of OverDrive, a platform that supports the licensing, borrowing and sharing of legal e-books and reference works.

Position: Librarian (Collections Specialist)
Location: Collections Services Division, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Law Library, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $81,548 to $106,012 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Collections Services Division, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Law Library.
The position description number for this position is 382917.
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.

Reviews a wide variety of brochures, catalogs, journals, and other sources for new items and sources for possible acquisition to improve the Law Library collections. Monitors publishing trends of electronic foreign law sources for possible acquisition.

Exercises considerable judgment and discretion in interpreting and applying guidelines, including deviating from or extending traditional methods, techniques, and practices or identifying areas for improvement in established methods and procedures. Assignments involve novel or obscure problems and/or special requirements for organization and coordination of collection development.

Selects new materials for the collection. Determines the need for new subscriptions and renewals. Determines the quality of materials acquired from different sources. Interprets and advises on the contents of a collection, covering current and retrospective items. Responsible for the development and maintenance of the foreign law reference collection. Participates in efforts to acquire items by gift. Examines unsolicited materials to determine whether they should be added to the library’s collection. Prepares justifications for acquiring new or additional materials for the collection.

Plans and implements acquisitions projects. Applies extensive knowledge of library functions to modify standard library practices related to acquisitions of a wide variety of library materials.

Negotiates with publishers for the acquisition of legal works, either through informal agreement or formal demand. Participates in acquisition budget preparation by reporting on prices, publishing trends, and collections needs. 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. Endorses recommendation for purchase and routes it elsewhere for action. Cancels recommendation if outside scope of established guidelines. Participates in the evaluation of approval plan dealers.

Maintains liaison with the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate within the Library, the six overseas field offices, and maintains contacts with outside sources, such as vendors and other large law libraries to ensure the proper assessment of incomplete or conflicting information. Submits and monitors status of purchase orders requested and of claims made to the Acquisitions Units for needed or missing items.

Responds to a full range of complex or difficult inquiries. Primary contact point for the Foreign Law Specialists concerning the status of acquisition of needed material for the collection. Provides the Foreign Law Specialists and other users with assistance in locating relevant materials in the collection. Work is carried out in a fluid environment, where information and information sources are rapidly expanding, much of the subject matter is updating, and the technology is always evolving. May convey findings through written and oral reports, abstracts, summaries, charts, graphs, or other products.

Position: Reference and Digital Services Librarian
Location: Congressional Research Service (CRS) Knowledge Services Group, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Knowledge Services Group is accepting applications under its 2019 Graduate Recruit Program for a Reference and Digital Services Librarian. This position will be filled at the GS-09 level (see “Duties” below).


Initial appointments under the Graduate Recruit Program will be made for a period up to 120 days beginning in the spring/summer of 2019. Initial appointments are expected to convert to permanent, contingent upon participants’ performance and completion of all degree requirements, and availability of funding. Those students who return to school to complete their advanced degree program may be eligible for a permanent position once they obtain their degree.


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 shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress, CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process—from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.

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.


  • Performs reference and instructional services, and will maintain and develop web-based information tools and services.
  • Contributes to the development or enhancement of information tools to support CRS’s research activities. Identifies project-related issues or problems, helps gather requirements for tools and systems to address these needs, and liaises with information technology specialists regarding incorporation of these requirements into new or enhanced information systems.
  • Participates in digital content and data projects. Assists with ongoing assessment of CRS’s information services through data gathering and analysis, and exploratory research on standard storage and access options and preservation strategies. Participates in research and evaluation, and in the planning, design, development, testing, and implementation of new digital services.
  • Keeps abreast of developments affecting knowledge management, metadata, and information retrieval.

This candidate should have solid computer skills, including skills needed to work with databases, spreadsheets, and web applications in a network environment. The ideal candidate will be enrolled in or graduating from a Library Science (MLS) or equivalent degree program or have experience; knowledge of current and emerging practices of librarianship or other fields and disciplines related to the organization of information; and an understanding of the principles of information management, metadata, and information retrieval.

Position: Librarian (Music Reader Services Librarian)
Location: Music Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Washington, DC
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is in the Music Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at Taylor Street. The Music Section is part of the Network Division at NLS, which is part of the Library Collections and Services Group, Office of the Librarian, The Library of Congress.

The incumbent provides service directly to consumers of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and serves as a knowledgeable resource in the specialized area of special format music scores and books for individuals who are blind or otherwise reading disabled. Services are rendered in person, or by correspondence, telephone, or digital media. Requests originate from the blind and visually impaired consumers or persons with physical disabilities making them unable to hold or manipulate a book or focus or move their eyes to read, and the NLS network libraries serving them; Congress; U.S. and foreign government agencies; national and international academic, research, and scientific institutions; the professional and business communities; and from the general public. The incumbent exercises initiative, tact, and flexibility in meeting the reference requirements of constituents ranging from students to experts in their fields. The incumbent maintains an in-depth knowledge of the operation and resources of the Music Section and of NLS as a whole, including information technologies as they apply to library, information and office services. The incumbent participates in the effort to make NLS music materials available in accessible digital formats.

Responds to reference inquiries of a complex, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished sources and databases. Inquiries may be received by telephone, digital means, in person or in writing. Uses knowledge of specialized information sources including the structure, content, and access protocols of relevant sources to produce selected and annotated bibliographies and other types of documents on specific subjects within the music field. Searches authoritative sources of bibliographic records. Uses a thorough knowledge of NLS music resources and knowledge of information sources in other institutions or service units outside The Library of Congress.

Digitizes music materials following NLS Music Section guidelines and processes files to make them accessible and available via download for NLS patrons. Processes digital audio materials according to NLS guidelines for inclusion in the music collection. Prepares digitized materials for online cataloging and for inclusion on BARD. Works with NLS colleagues and specialists from The Library of Congress on digitization, encoding and metadata standards and implements latest standards. May create or edit and verify catalog records to conform with established cataloging rules and policies. May assist with management of digitization projects for braille music, large print and audio materials for inclusion in the music collection.

Monitors the quality of preserved materials to ensure adherence to established standards and specifications. Decides appropriate treatment for deteriorating items and those requiring special needs. Reviews and monitors the completion of preservation projects. Suggests and implements methods to improve quality and productivity in preservation reformatting. Recommends to the Head of the section titles or copies of titles for removal from the music print reference collection and from the circulating collections. Searches acquisitions lists and other sources for new titles and other materials in various formats for the collections.

Prepares written materials, including the writing and/or editing of documents, catalog records, guidelines, metadata, NLS music magazines, blog entries for the Music Section’s blog, and reports. Compiles information packages for blind or otherwise reading disabled patrons. Selects items from periodicals and other sources for inclusion in special interest reference files. Produces material by gathering and verifying facts, writing and/or editing reports and developing and presenting information that is clear and meaningful to the intended audience. Analyzes, prepares, and organizes complex projects applying the appropriate established procedures and practices. Searches authoritative databases and modifies and edits online records.

Develops personal contacts, with NLS staff, network libraries, consumers, professional workers and researchers to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge. Serves as a liaison in arranging appointments for visitors to NLS and its music section.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position. Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

The position description number for this position is 383079.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.