Three Positions: Washington, DC

Position:Technical Services/Digital Services Librarian
Location: Venable LLP, Washington, DC

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

Venable LLP is seeking a Technical/Digital Services Librarian to assist with the management of digital and print library resources firm-wide. This person will be based in our Washington, DC headquarters.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for…

  • Ordering and managing print materials for numerous firm libraries
  • Coordinating all technical services tasks related to print materials
  • Developing and maintaining, digital content, as well as, all elements of the library portal on the firm’s intranet
  • Cataloguing all new materials added to the firm-wide library collection. Processing books and serials in the library system
  • Maintaining and updating procedures/policies manual for circulation and acquisitions 

The successful candidate will demonstrate…

  • Minimum of three – five years of experience as a digital and technical services librarian
  • Technical skills to monitor system integrity of library-based products and prepare reports on system status; Sydney Enterprise experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to catalogue all new library materials and manage the maintenance and upkeep of libraries

If you have a can-do attitude and are looking to be part of a highly motivated team of individuals that are naturally ambitious and driven, we’d love to hear from you.

Apply today!

Position: Cataloging Policy Specialist
Location: Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $99,172 to $128,920 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in Library Services. The Cataloging Policy Specialist functions at an expert level in applying knowledge of the principles and rules for cataloging and for the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access and/or the Library of Congress subject headings and classification systems.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Writes and/or edits information on PSD programs, policies, functions, and research as a recognized expert in a subject area and/or a format area. Written products articulate, interpret, and explain the highly complex and important topics of the particular project. Writes reports, analyses, statements, proposals, and operational documents that are analytically sound and logically presented in their first drafts and that accurately reflect LC cataloging policy and procedures.

Serves as an expert in the development of cataloging criteria for cataloging and classifying highly specialized or new and changing fields of knowledge. Participates actively in developing national policies for all major cataloging programs and activities that expand the national bibliographic and authority control structures Included in this developmental work are contributions to necessary documentation in a systematic effort to promote the national program or activities and disseminate information about the policies formulated for them. Is an authoritative spokesperson on cataloging policies or plans for policies. Organizes and conducts discussions on cataloging matters in meetings with catalogers and supervisors, cataloging division chiefs, and other Library officials. Reviews proposals for changes/additions to basic documents or to the principles on which these documents are based while considering the impact on existing policy and existing records. Advises and guides other experienced catalogers and supervisors. Resolves most technical cataloging problems and advises catalogers and revisers in the application of rules. Through a variety of channels, conducts literature searches to determine appropriate degree of expansion. Interprets present and past cataloging rules.

Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians and other specialists in order to share resources and information as well as to coordinate workflow within the library. As a consultant, makes recommendations regarding major changes in program areas. Explains or presents specialized or technical information to individuals or groups with varying backgrounds or levels of experience. Develops and maintains professional standing through a variety of methods, including participation in professional organizations, which may include presenting papers at conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields. Prepares articles for publication. Represents the organization at conferences, seminars, and exhibits. Collaborates on projects both inside and outside the Library.

Organizes, develops, and schedules training projects for a wide variety of subjects. Develops realistic goals for the training session. Develops, prepares, and presents online or classroom instruction that is well-conceived and effective. Designs, develops and provides a wide variety of training tools aimed at a diversified audience with varying levels of sophistication. Develops individualized training plans and training manuals. Provides technical guidance to lower-graded staff. Offers constructive criticism on ways to improve performance, including materials preparation and practices. Prepares well-researched, timely reports and recommendations on polices affecting the training group. Maintains awareness of current advances in training methods. Analyzes trainees’ or cohorts’ comments and questions; then suggests new strategies to accommodate those issues. Provides technical expertise in a specific subject area and/or format.

Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects. Directs and shapes the character and overall nature of projects. Oversees projects from conception through development, production, and introduction to the intended audience. Coordinates the work of others for specific tasks for the completion of product development, marketing projects, public programs, or other events. Participates in planning the work of a unit, including formulating goals and objectives, and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures. Manages a variety of functions simultaneously and with flexibility to work under competing demands and deadlines. Serves on committees and other groups involved in investigating new technologies and their possible application to library programs.

Position: Web Services and Discovery Services Manager
Location: American University, Washington, DC
Salary Range: $70,621.00 – $74,000.00

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.


The Web Services and Discovery Manager is responsible for the Library’s website and integrated web services, discovery service (Primo VE) and the user experience. The incumbent will implement, customize, and integrate web applications for the Library website. Develop or support applications to optimize discoverability of third-party research content. Develop systematic processes for website usability testing. Works closely with campus partners and stakeholders to ensure that the design, delivery, and operation of web services are optimal and in support of the needs of American University Library. Ensures website is responsive and accessible.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience
  • 5 years’ experience of progressively responsible experience including building or designing solutions for web based technology, working with cross functional teams, participating in project development, and leading progressively complex projects.
  • 3 years’ experience managing a library discovery service (Primo or Primo VE preferred)
  • Knowledge of current web innovations, technologies and best practices in web design, and web application security concepts, and web services with HTML, CSS JavaScript, and server side languages.
  • 2 years’ experience utilizing latest web standards and design practices, including HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, and JavaScript libraries (e.g., SQL, jQuery)
  • Experience developing user-centered applications integrating RESTful API’s
  • Experience with project lifecycles, source code management, and code reviews
  • Knowledge of current best practices in user experience and usability, accessibility, and Section 508 compliance
  • Experience with databases, preferably Oracle and MS SQL Server or similar experience with usability testing
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to demonstrate past success working with multiple stakeholders in ways that were both inclusive and data-driven.