Four Positions: Washington DC & Maryland

Position: Senior Research Librarian
Location: Finnegan, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

Finnegan, one of the world’s leading and largest intellectual property law firms, has an opportunity for a Senior Research Librariant on our growing research team. Under the direction of the Manager of Research and Information Services and the Chief Marketing Officer, the senior research analyst will demonstrate and utilize their advanced knowledge of legal research, databases, and library reference methods to conduct various types of research and document retrieval globally for the firm. The senior research librarian will have the opportunity to demonstrate their expert knowledge of library and information science theory, information creation, organization, and delivery for an IP practice by:

  • Presenting clear, readily digestible results, client-ready deliverables on a variety of market research topics
  • Analyzing complex research requests to provide actionable recommendations and key findings
  • Collecting and analyze research data from surveys and other primary sources
  • Compiling online sources from relevant databases to support recommendations and insights

In conjunction with the marketing and business development efforts at the firm and practice leaders, the senior research analyst will provide client development research support, including background research and competitive intelligence on current or potential clients and markets. Additionally, the senior research analyst will serve as a lead in the knowledge management information stored on the firm’s intranet Sharepoint site.

Successful candidates must have a Master’s degree in Library Science and five years of experience a law firm, law library, or corporate setting required; intellectual property and/or scientific research experience required. Extensive research skills and knowledge of legal and business databases such as Lexis Advance, Westlaw, ProQuest Dialog, CourtLink, Dun & Bradstreet, BloombergLaw and other legal and non-legal research sources and knowledge of intellectual property databases a plus, plus a high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Must have excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, willingness to be a team player, and the ability to deal well with changing assignments and priorities, work well under pressure, meet frequent deadlines, and prioritize multiple tasks.

The firm offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer.

Position: Temporary Legal Reference Librarian
Location: Law Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Title: Legal Reference Librarian
Service Unit/Division: Law Library
Office: Global Legal Research Directorate/Public Services Division
Series: 1410
Grade: GS 11
Duration: Not to Exceed 120 days
Tour of Duty: Full-time, fixed schedule


The Law Library of Congress seeks a well-qualified legal reference librarian with relevant education and experience providing legal and legislative information services to diverse and demanding clients in a large law library or similar legal information organization. This position is located in the Public Services Division, Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress.  The duties of this position include the following:

  • Responds to legal and legislative inquiries from Members of Congress, congressional committees and other congressional offices, federal courts, government agencies, libraries, the bar, and the general public. Inquiries may be received in person, by telephone, in writing, and by electronic means.
  • Prepares tailored written responses to digital reference and research inquiries.
  • Instructs onsite and remote patrons on the content, nature, and use of Law Library print resources and databases, as well as online collections.
  • Directs patrons to proper specialists, resources, or services within the Law Library and other areas of the Library of Congress.
  • Reviews print, electronic, and/or microform collections as assigned and exercises care to ensure collection material is properly handled and kept secure to avoid loss or damage.
  • Carries out technical and service functions to access, arrange, describe, preserve, or dispose of Law Library collection materials.
  • Delivers orientations and briefings on Law Library services and collections and/or tours of the Law Library, as assigned.
  • Liaises or communicates with librarians and other information professionals both within the Library of Congress and outside of the organization.
  • Participates in special projects and programs as assigned.

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities accepted:

  • Substantial knowledge of US federal and state law research methods and resources; familiarity with comparative, foreign, and international law research methods and resources.
  • Knowledge of law library practices and procedures, especially in providing legal reference services.
  • Ability to perform legal and legislative reference duties with minimal direct supervision.
  • Ability to apply a strong public service demeanor when providing legal and legislative information services to diverse and demanding users.
  • Ability to interact effectively with Members of Congress and their staff; Law Library and Library of Congress staff; federal and state court and agency staff and librarians; representatives of foreign, international, federal, and state governments; and dignitaries, attorneys, students, and members of the public.
  • Ability to provide concise as well as thorough oral and written research guidance utilizing creative methodologies to respond to complex inquiries.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to timely execute and complete assignments working independently and in collaboration with other division and Law Library staff.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, to complete multiple time-sensitive assignments and projects at the same time, and to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to aid in guidance of junior professional and technical staff.
  • Ability to utilize information technology (online databases and Library catalog) and applicable software (Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).

If you’re interested in being considered, please submit an email to by close of business Thursday, January 16, 2020 that includes your expression of interest, a copy of your resume, and your official college transcripts.  Interviews may be held. If you have any questions submit them to

Position: Librarian (Metadata)
Location: Agricultural Research Services, Beltsville, MD
Salary: $59,534 to $112,240 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is responsible for creating, acquiring, configuring, and managing metadata for NAL’s bibliographic, scientific, and cultural heritage resources. This position supports the business aspects of NAL’s metadata services, including: stakeholder and customer management, customer-focused business requirements gathering, service/product design and workflow specification, data management planning, and indexing and cataloging content in agriculture, food, and the related sciences.


  • Create scientific and bibliographic metadata by using available tools or developing custom transform scripts.
  • Apply metadata expertise to evaluate, implement, or develop metadata standards for scientific research data and literature.
  • Contribute metadata expertise for evaluating, implementing, or developing data ingest and search applications.
  • Index content and create records for AGRICOLA, PubAg, Ag Data Commons, and NAL Digital Collections databases, using indexing and annotation tools, semantic web technology, and natural language processing tools.
  • Propose revisions and enhancements to the NAL Thesaurus of agricultural terms.
  • Catalog monographs, serials, audiovisual materials, and maps, using OCLC and Voyager according to either Resource Description and Access (RDA) or Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition revised (AACR2) cataloging standards.
  • Participate in cooperative cataloging and name authority control initiatives with other library and research institutions and organizations on international, national, regional and local levels.
  • Support NAL’s Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable (FAIR) data services and data management planning.
  • Develop and deliver education, training, and outreach materials to specified customer and stakeholder groups.
  • Participate with stakeholder and customer groups to gather requirements.
  • Advise on developing services, products, and workflows to meet business requirements.

Position: Digital Archivist
Location: Business Operations Division of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB), Silver Spring, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

The Digital Archivist supports the Business Operations Division of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB). This position electronically scans, tags with appropriate meta data, and files scientific articles, historical and other documents, as well as writes and publishes the minutes of various scientific meetings.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.

Electronically scans at least 120 onion skin pages per day or up to 160 standard pages per day for archival. Documents include printed scientific articles, historical documents, and other documents as directed. Some documents are fragile and require careful handling.

Saves files electronically for database access.

Applies metadata to each scanned article or document.

Assigns file names and/or numbers and files documents electronically in accordance with the AFPMB filing system.

Writes the minutes from biennial board meetings and other meetings as deemed necessary.

Travels as necessary to attend meetings and document minutes.

Works independently with the client on a daily basis and keeps CNI Project Manager informed about work assigned by client and progress in completing.

Operates office equipment such as computers, copiers, telephones, and scanners. Performs basic operations on data processing equipment.

Completes assignments with a high degree of accuracy.

Ensures the confidentiality and security of records is maintained.

Follows applicable policies and procedures to classify multiple pieces of information.

Ensures standards are met in compliance with statutory and regulatory provisions, policies and instructions, and all other applicable requirements.

Provides general clerical assistance to include invoicing, making travel arrangements, time sheet administration, and annual reporting assistance.

Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.

Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.

Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.