Three Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Administrative Librarian (Manuscript Division Chief)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $127,914 to $192,300 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


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

The position description number for this position is 386178.

This position has no promotion potential.

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

The incumbent of this position may work a flexitime work schedule.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.


The Chief of the Manuscript Division (MSS) serves as the Library’s primary expert responsible for the preservation, security, and service of the manuscript and archival collections under its purview to meet the needs of government officials, scholars, and others who request information or require access to those collections and services. Under the Chief’s general direction, the Manuscript Division is responsible for the acquisition program, custody, and effective use of one of the foremost manuscript repositories in the United States.

The Chief of the Manuscript Division receives general policy guidance from the Director, Special Collections Directorate (SCD), but has primary managerial and professional responsibility for the growth and direction of public and scholarly research and reference services. The Chief plays a key role in establishing a positive image for the Library and its collections, as well as its service to Congress, scholars and researchers, and its role as the National Library.

Exercises overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and critical Library of Congress programs and operations. Responsible for directing and managing the Manuscript Division to efficiently accomplish specified goals and objectives outlined in the Library’s strategic plan. Evaluates current and proposed programs and operations and takes actions to initiate, modify, or cancel projects in accord with the service unit’s directional plan and performance budget.

Provides professional, technical and administrative direction for all activities of the Manuscript Division. In collaboration with the Assistant Chief, Sections Heads and Administrative Staff, plans, develops, and directs the acquisitions, processing, custodial, reference, bibliographic, research, and product production activities of the Division. Coordinates with subordinate supervisors to plan budgets, programs, policies and procedures for the Division.

Administers the Division’s reference, processing, managerial, and administrative staff to accomplish program goals and objectives; directs the Division’s annual budget process and manages budget execution, for appropriated, gift and trust funds; and represents the Division at professional and management meetings. Plans the annual program and activities within the Library Services budget, and establishes short and long range goals and objectives. Determines research and collection development projects for staff, ensuring that analog and digital collections are relevant to researcher needs and that they are served in a timely and efficient manner. Coordinates the Division’s security, preservation, and collection and space management programs in collaboration with appropriate management and staff in the Division and officials throughout the Library. Coordinates with other government agency officials and institutions interested in collaborative projects and inter agency agreements. Determines digitization project priorities through consultation with other Library managers. Develops and recommends policy encompassing the use of materials in the Division’s custody, and the provision of reference and research service to meet the needs of scholars, publishers, and other research communities.

As the Division’s principal recommending officer, supervises recommendations for acquisition by staff specialists and makes recommendations in special fields of personal competence. Directs and encourages growth and maintenance of the Division’s collections and facilitates and increases their use and access nationally and internationally. Serves as a senior information specialist in one or more of the subject areas of the Manuscript Division, with responsibility for establishing and developing collections and services under the purview of the Division, including assessing external collections for possible acquisition; soliciting donations from private collectors and creators with historically important materials which would enhance Library’s collections; and the conversion of materials on deposit to gifts.

Performs the full range of human resource management functions related to directly and indirectly supervised staff. Sets and clearly communicates performance expectations for staff and oversees performance management principles in accord with Library regulations, procedures and collective bargaining agreements.

Develops, conceives, plans, and implements policies and guidelines affecting broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs. Translates new legislation and/or Library strategic goals into program goals, actions, and policies, interpreting the impact of a new legislative or strategic planning requirements on agency programs. Is recognized as an agency authority in formulating new policies and program objectives that have a broad or long-range impact on the Library, as well as the subject fields under the purview of the Manuscript Division.


Security clearance: Individual must meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret security clearance based on single scope background investigation.

The competencies below are required for this position. Those marked with a double asterisk (**) are considered the most critical competencies for this position.

A candidate’s resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates he or she has:

Ability to direct the acquisition, organization, and preservation of archival and library collections of manuscripts and mixed materials.** The successful candidate has the ability to direct the acquisition, organization and preservation of manuscript and mixed materials by ensuring that collections are developed to serve the constituents of a library and that those constituents are provided the best possible research and referral services. This includes 1) collaborating with a variety of individuals to build and select collections, 2) assuring the arrangement and description of collections; 3) fostering scholarly research in archival and library collections, 4) creating programs to share collections with individuals and groups, and 5) ensuring the security of the collections.

Ability to provide program oversight and administrative management to agency programs and operations.** The successful candidate has the ability to provide a wide range of managerial, analytical, technical, and advisory functions related to the administrative programs within the division. This included the following: 1) provided oversight for human resources, finance, information technology, facilities management and other services, 2) oversaw and guided short- and long-term strategic planning initiatives, 3) accomplished strategic and organizational goals by ensuring the effective interaction and integration of processes, 4) delegated and managed financial operations, 5) provided operational services in support of workforce planning goals, 6) managed effective and efficient administration of facilities requirements, 7) set performance expectations, 8) provided advice, counsel and training to staff, 9) developed policies and guidelines affecting agency programs, and 10) directed, monitored and participated in outreach initiatives.

Ability to lead people and manage a diverse workforce.** The successful candidate has the ability to lead people to meet an organization’s vision, mission, and strategic goals, including ongoing improvements in customer services. Provided an inclusive workplace that fostered the development of others, facilitated cooperation and teamwork, and supported constructive resolution of differing opinions by using innovative approaches and future-oriented thinking. Performed human resources management functions such as 1) managed the budget and personnel planning; 2) established performance expectations for supervisors and staff; 3) provided formal and informal performance feedback and evaluated staff; and 4) promoted the goals of equal employment opportunity and ensured the office was free of discriminatory employment practices.

Knowledge of current research trends and resources related to American history and culture.** The successful candidate has knowledge of American history and culture to manage functions and carry out library, archive, or historical programs.

Ability to lead and inspire change. The successful candidate has the ability to lead tasks and people effectively and inspired change in developing and implementing agency values, principles, and direction. This included the ability to promote ideas with enthusiasm, conviction, and assertiveness; resolve contentious situations; solicit and consider others’ opinions; gain support and commitment from others; motivate and inspire others; and promote a culture of change and growth.

Ability to communicate in writing. The successful candidate has the ability to communicate complex and specialized issues in writing through 1) policies and procedures, 2) strategic planning and forecasting documents, 3) performance management documents, 4) program proposals, 5) analysis/reports, 6) project plans, 7) budget documentation, 8) annual reports, 9) statements of work, and 10) policies and guidelines. This included targeting the amount, form, depth and level of detail, and content of the information to the needs of the receiver/audience.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing. The successful candidate has the ability to effectively express ideas and recommendations other than in writing in various settings to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information. This includes actively listening to or understanding communicated information and answering questions thoughtfully and completely.

Position: Acquisition & Metadata Librarian
Location: Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Performs and manages the creation, maintenance and enrichment of metadata representing the University Libraries digital, physical and virtual collections of resources.

Manage the work of the acquisitions staff, developing and implementing procedures and workflows as needed. Plan and implement new initiatives that will improve service and efficiency. Oversee order placement, copy cataloging, invoicing, and receipt and claiming for all formats of library material: print, electronic and audiovisual

Perform original and complex copy cataloging for print and non-print materials including classifying library material using Library of Congress classification

Work collaboratively with other units to develop, implement and evaluate procedures, standards and workflows relating to cataloging and metadata creation.

Participates, as a professional member in the University Libraries with academic status, in shared collegial decision making and planning, including: involvement in committees and special ad hoc projects; establishment and maintenance of communication with faculty and patrons in other areas of the university; provision of information and access to information resources; and contribution to the library profession and engagement in professional development activities. Manage variety of tasks in response to shifting priorities and changing constraints.

American Library Association Accredited MLS, MSLIS or recognized equivalent.

A minimum of three (3) years of substantial professional experience in acquisition of library materials in print and electronic formats in an academic library. Experience with materials published in a variety of formats. Experience with an integrated online library system and major bibliographic utility (OCLC). Experience with complex acquisitions of library materials.

Knowledge of current trends and new developments in library technical services. Working knowledge of cataloging practice and standards including MARC and RDA. Knowledge of core skills, including e-resources and management, automated bibliographic systems, serials control and approval plans.

Knowledge of accounting principles with respect to library acquisitions.

Expertise with web resources and standard office software, including competence in bibliographic and acquisitions data management.

Knowledge of new library management systems, preferably Alma.

Basic understanding of licensing and copyright issues.

Position: Sr. Technical Research Services Librarian
Location: AARP, Washington, D.C.

Originally posted on the CUA SLIS blog.


The Sr. Technical Research Services Librarian position is a hybrid between technical and reference services. It will be an integral part of the AARP Library and Strategic Services (L&SS) team, providing critical technical services management, including the selection, acquisition, access and maintenance of print and digital information resources as well as research and reference services across the organization. This position will provide actionable research deliverables on issues of strategic importance to the Association and will take a key role in the implementation, launch and maintenance of a variety of innovative services including OverDrive, Virtual Reality (VR), and other emerging technologies.

This position reports directly to the Director of Library & Strategic Services.


  • Manages all aspect of technical services within the Library
  • Oversees scheduling and general daily operations at the Library Reference desk
  • Provides reference service at the Library Reference desk as required
  • Supervises or performs cataloging and classification of all materials; provides accurate bibliographic authority, item description, and classification of materials by creating and maintaining MARC records in the ILS (EOS.Web)
  • Leads the selection and acquisition of materials for the Library’s collections (books, journals – print and digital, databases and equipment)
  • Leads in implementing, marketing and providing training on the use of new technologies including OverDrive and Virtual Reality
  • Leads in providing  in-person and virtual orientations and trainings to Staff
  • Manages and provides secondary research and synthesis with key insights on projects with broad Association impact
  • Prepares and delivers presentations, summaries, reports, and graphics to internal clients
  • Contributes to the Library’s marketing and promotional activities across the enterprise
  • Contributes and serves as lead in the management, design, maintenance of metadata and Knowledge Management (KM) solutions
  • Manages vendor relations and negotiates contracts as required
  • Manages the inter-library loan (ILL) and Copyright processes
  • Participates in long-range planning process for the library, including recommending changes or improvements and developing new types of policies,  services and operations
  • 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


  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution and a minimum of five (5) years related experience
  • The ideal candidate may be a solo librarian who is well rounded in both technical and reference services
  • Knowledge of current best practices in technical  and reference services, metrics/analytics is required
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, and ability to adapt to changing priorities and tight timeframes, with a high degree of comfort working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must possess strong analytical, detail-oriented, organizational, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of cataloging principles, practices, Knowledge Management Systems, and Integrated Library Systems (knowledge of EOS is a plus)
  • Knowledge of OverDrive and other innovative library technologies is strongly preferred
  • Experience with taxonomy development, database structure  is required
  • Knowledge of SharePoint is a plus
  • Demonstrated knowledge of search technologies, databases (EBSCOhost, LexisNexis) and concrete, advanced information retrieval techniques
  • Demonstrated familiarity and comfort with public speaking and/or bibliographic instruction
  • Enthusiastic commitment to customer service
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively

Benefits Offered

AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.