Seven Positions: Washington DC & Virginia

Position: Research Librarian
Location: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Washington, DC or New York, NY

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

With over 1,400 lawyers in 31 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a fully integrated global law firm that provides clients with connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it. The firm is known for its relationship-driven, collaborative culture, diverse legal experience and industry-shaping innovation and offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

Position Overview

We are looking for a Research Librarian based in either our Washington, DC or New York office, who shares a passion for research, innovation and excellent customer service who can provide a wide variety of research and related services to lawyers and staff locally and globally as needed. This position participates in the training of lawyers and paralegals on the use of research resources, including new technologies and/or upgraded versions of existing services. The Research Librarian is also part of a global research team and participates in firmwide calls and projects with a dedicated and supportive Library and Research Services team. Travel to NY or DC office once a quarter is also required.


  • Provides in-depth as well as quick reference legal and business research support to lawyers, staff and clients locally and globally through an appropriate combination of traditional resources and emerging technologies
  • Monitors and responds to a wide variety of research requests utilizing a reference request database and coordinates this effort with other global research team members.
    • Participates in planning and implementation of training programs for lawyers and staff to promote the effective use of library resources as needed.
    • Participates in Firmwide teleconferences and projects with global library and research services team as scheduled.
    • Participates as a team member on select projects and initiatives as assigned.
    • Participates in pilots of prospective research resources and provides meaningful feedback.
    • Makes quarterly visits to DC/New York office to support research needs, promote library and research services functions and build relationships in that office.
    • Stays current on research technologies by keeping up with professional literature.
    • Utilizes interlibrary loan and document retrieval services as needed.
    • Takes responsibility for various administrative tasks as needed.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Specifications/Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability and commitment to interact effectively and professionally with a diverse clientele.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize and complete projects rapidly and efficiently, yet thoroughly.
  • Demonstrated expertise in legal and corporate research techniques using both print and electronic resources.
  • Proven proficiency in research databases, including but not limited to Lexis Advance, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, Cheetah and a variety of specialty research resources.
  • Demonstrated customer service orientation and proactive creative approach to marketing library and research services.
  • Clear, concise and effective verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to present to individuals and groups.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, often with team members in other offices.
  • Proven success as a service-oriented, proactive, flexible, adaptable, responsible and detail-oriented individual in prior position(s).
  • Proven experience with automated library systems preferred.
    • Requires the ability to regularly report to work on the days and times scheduled.


  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent.
    • Minimum two years law library experience, preferably in a law firm setting.
    • Will consider recent MLIS graduates, with relevant skill sets.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent in the position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills of the employee. Duties and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.

Position: Archivist / Video Librarian
Location: ARD German Public TV, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the ALA JobLIST.

ARD German Public TV is looking for an Archivist / Video Librarian to join its Washington DC broadcasting team.

Who we are:

ARD is one of the world’s largest broadcast organizations with approximately twenty thousand employees worldwide. It’s Germany’s market leader in hard news, news magazines, and documentaries. We also commit a large percentage of our prime time programming to features and documentaries from abroad and with News bureaus in 25 countries, underscoring the network’s commitment to international reporting. With six radio and four television correspondents and a staff of over 30 specialists, ARD’s Washington, DC Bureau runs one of the largest foreign broadcast operations in the U.S.

The position will support television news and studio productions in a dynamic, ever changing broadcasting environment


+ collect, organize, archive footage determined to have long-term value;

+ organize, identify, label and facilitate digital assets;

+ research in digital archive and tape library for footage as needed to serve editorial team;

+ create metadata for the storage and tracking of all archived assets;

+ store completed works and files and add them to digital archive;

+ oversee retro digitalization project of current video library;

+ Responsible for the media asset management (MAM) of the ARD media archive, consisting of physical and digital media.

What we have to offer:

+ Full time position + 40 hour week, Monday through Friday schedule + No travel + Comprehensive benefits package + great working environment with supportive management team.

Skills & Qualifications:

+ must have experience as an archivist

+ familiar with Avid or other editing software

+ knowledgeable about both digital and traditional archival procedures and capable of Archiving footage as well as using metadata schemes for computer systems.

+ strong editorial / news judgement

+ ability to balance numerous projects and work within tight deadlines

+ German language skills a plus, but not a must.

Position: Educational Resources Specialist
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $86,335 to $112,240 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Center for Learning, Literacy & Engagement, Office of the Librarian.

The position description number for this position is 112292.

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

The incumbent of this position will work a compflex work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Plans and develops primary source-based educational programs/projects, as well as publications in a variety of media that involves a variety of important educational, cultural, and social considerations. Recommends new and revised educational programs and initiatives based on implementation experience.

Plans, develops, writes and implements multidisciplinary teaching materials for a broad range of programs. Assesses program content and instructional materials to develop products in support of education standards.

Coordinates on education matters that are controversial or novel, and often complicated by factors such as changing situations and educational developments. Coordinates activities associated with significant matters such as objectives and contents, instructional methods.

Provides guidance and advice concerning program-related or administrative policies and/or management and organizational theories that require considerable adaptation and/or interpretation for application to internal program issues and problems, or where decisions about how to proceed are complicated by conflicting program goals and objectives.

Prepares program-related correspondence, reports, and/or written analyses that include information having a direct impact on agency programs and activities across organizational lines. For example, reports or analyses communicate new program initiatives or activities impacting public understanding and perception of substantive agency programs.

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Your resume is important to this application process. It will be reviewed to determine whether you possess the qualifications referenced below. All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what you would bring to the position.

Ability to develop, manage, implement and provide advice and guidance on K-12 educational training/programs/projects. ** Worked on a K-12 educational or training program/project involving policy and standards analysis and performed the following: 1) coordinated, 2) planned, 3) implemented, 4) evaluated, 5) promoted 6) provided advice and guidance to higher-level managers, educational partners, and/or content specialists on program matters, policies, and activities, and 7) established new approaches to resolve critical problems spanning multiple content areas.

Ability to create, administer and evaluate K-12 educational products and services. ** Created and assisted in the implementation of curricula and instructional materials as part of K-12 educational training and instructional program. Evaluated their effectiveness and efficiency.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others. Interacted collaboratively with others to develop and maintain relationships with 1) in-house organizations, 2) government agencies, 3) educational organizations, 4) contractors, and/or 5) private institutions for the purpose of gaining and sharing information, influencing others, and/or accomplishing program or project goals.

Ability to communicate in writing to support K-12 educational training/programs/projects. Wrote clear, cogent, accurate, well-organized, and understandable products in the area of educational programs such as: 1) policies and procedures, 2) program and work plans, 3) reports (assessment, status or annual performance reports), 4) curricular materials, and 5) public relations and marketing materials

Ability to apply new and emerging technologies to the development and delivery of K-12 educational training/programs/projects.  Applied new and emerging technologies to improve work, productivity, and customer service for K-12 educational training/program/project delivery.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Librarian (Cataloger)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $86,335 to $112,240 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Bibliographic Control Unit, Materials Development Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library Collections and Services Group.

The position description number for this position is 064544.

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

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The incumbent of this position is a senior cataloger and serves as the Bibliographic Control Officer of the Bibliographic Control Section. The Bibliographic Control Officer (Librarian/Cataloger) performs the day-to-day operations of cataloging performed at the National Library Service and cataloging received from other agencies through maintenance of the NLS/BPD name and subject authority files and by review and editing of contributed records.

Performs original cataloging where a significant portion of the material requires interpretation, judgment, or problem solving by offering the best choice. Offers solutions on how to describe bibliographic elements that are not covered by cataloging rules, or require interpretation. Serves as a cataloging specialist in braille music and the foreign language collection. Re-examines and revises old material with emphasis on currency, usability, consistency, and accuracy in content and arrangement. Establishes and recommends new subject headings, with appropriate cross-references of local network materials for inclusion in the NLS/BPD subject authority file.

Analyzes material to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries. Determines subject content and assigns to the catalog entry one of several subject headings. Performs content designation of newly created and updated bibliographic and name authority records, supplying tags, indicators, subfield codes, delimiters, and fixed and variable field information. Establishes new personal and corporate names and uniform titles, with appropriate cross­ references, for inclusion in the name authority file.

Provides initial intensive instruction and analyzes training needs and services of staff. Makes revisions as needed. Recommends additional aids to meet the needs of the training program. Resolves problems that arise in the training program. Adapts current methodologies and guidelines to accommodate unique training situations.

Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians, cooperative partners, and other specialists in order to share resources and information as well as to coordinate workflow within the library. The Bibliographic Control Officer recommends changes in procedures, workflows, and tools. Recommends solutions or resolves important issues when precedents do not apply. Consults with section head to recommend changes to cataloging practices. Offers suggestions and advice to section head on operational and technical problems. Assists the section head in planning and implementing the following section activities: workflow procedures, section priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting strategies for meeting section production goals. Regularly explains technical information to individuals or groups. Conducts tours, workshops, and orientation sessions for staff and visitors. Represents the organization at exhibits. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields for the purpose of professional development.

Monitors and coordinates system enhancements and upgrades. Provides training to staff and users on the PICS (Production Information Control System) and Voyager systems. Evaluates the system from both the library and user perspectives. Prepares critical analysis of information system performance, including problems with database content, computer operation, response time, and operating anomalies. Prepares system design recommendations.

Organizes and coordinates assignments that involve complex and novel or obscure problems and/or special requirements. Uses initiative and resourcefulness to deviate from or extend accepted methods, techniques, and practices. Recommends solutions or resolves important issues when precedents do not apply. Identifies areas for improvement in established methods. Develops and shares new information sources. Performs detailed analyses and evaluations of requests.

Manages electronic documents including the storage, retrieval, and exchange of information.

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to apply knowledge of cataloging rules, procedures and practices.**

Knowledge of integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies.**

Knowledge of library and information science principles, concepts, tools and techniques to perform library functions and carry out library programs.

Ability to provide consultation or liaison services.

Ability to identify, analyze and resolve organizational and operational problems and develop solutions to improve business performance.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Library Technician
Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Salary: $43,798 to $56,939 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located on the staff of the Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs Officer (P), in the Library Reader Services Department (PL-R), of the National Gallery of Art. The incumbent is responsible for a variety of circulation operations and services to Gallery staff, fellows for the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), and other library users.

The incumbent performs the Library information and service to Library users:

  • Explains Reader Services procedures and policies, including those governing circulation and use of library materials in all formats; makes referrals where necessary.
  • Assists readers with identifying, locating, and handling Library materials.
  • Assists readers with using Library photocopiers and printers.

Maintains Circulation Desk files and records in electronic and paper form and compiles reports:

  • Patron records for Gallery staff
  • Outside reader registrations
  • System charges, discharges, renewals, reserves, and recalls
  • Special loans (one-day, periodicals, materials authorized to leave the Library)
  • Special materials (rare, fragile, oversize, vertical files).

Assists with the maintenance of the Library’s collections:

  • Retrieves and re-shelves library materials in the stacks and in other special locations
  • Sorts (by classification number) books ready for re-shelving
  • Performs shelf-reading to verify correct shelf order
  • Moves and shifts volumes as needed to maintain order and accessibility
  • Conducts stack and Gallery office inventories
  • Conducts detailed and systematic searches for missing materials and prepares related reports.

Checks bibliographic citations in the Library’s online and printed catalogs to determine holdings. Monitors supplies and equipment used for Circulation Desk operations and in the reading rooms and submits requests to acquire as needed.

Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the GS-1411-6. This requires at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service.

For this position, specialized experience is defined as experience providing information about bibliographic materials and circulation services in a research environment and maintaining the order and physical integrity of a bibliographic collection.

Candidates must reflect in their submitted USAJOBS résumés the possession of this specialized experience. If their résumé does not include such specialized experience, they will be ineligible for this position.

Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates.

  1. Ability to respond effectively and efficiently to requests from library users with a wide range of research needs while maintaining a professional and personable manner.
  2. Knowledge of standard procedures supporting library reader services or book information services.
  3. Ability to shelve, retrieve, and maintain order in a classified library or other bibliographic collection.
  4. Skill in interpreting bibliographic descriptions.
  5. Reading knowledge of at least one European language other than English (French, German, Italian or Spanish).
  6. Ability to maintain circulation transaction files accurately.

Position: Librarian (Monographs Cataloger & Metadata Specialist)
Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Salary: $59,534 to $77,396 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located on the staff of the Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs Officer, in the Library’s Technical Services Department (PL-T). The primary purpose of the position is to provide descriptive and subject cataloging, original and copy, for monographs. The incumbent will be responsible for bringing vision and implementation to metadata projects that will expand access to all library collections, and to identify opportunities within relationships to other NGA collections.


  • Performs original descriptive cataloging, as well as semi-original and copy cataloging based on existing records, using national and local descriptive standards and NGA cataloging policies.
  • Applies principles of data management, standardization, and linking to descriptive records in order to improve access, searching, and relationships between items and collections of items.
  • Contributes to the development of authority records maintained by the library or contributed to the Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO).
  • As a member of the Cataloging Section, the incumbent also implements and contributes to the creation and maintenance of the National Gallery of Art Library’s classification for artist monographs

Position: Librarian
Location: U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA
Salary: $102,663 to $133,465 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Jobs Website.

As a Librarian, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing expert technical assistance on automated approaches to research problems.
  • Analyzing, evaluating, and preparing reports with recommendations on the results of research efforts.
  • Developing outreach and marketing programs in support of the overall mission of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) program.
  • Developing curricula to train new and experienced representatives and members of library staff at PTRC libraries.
  • Determining the usefulness of new technology for information services.
  • Performing as a liaison with user groups, establishes cooperative links with other libraries and information centers, and maintains contact with professional library organizations.

You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM’s prescribed General Schedule Qualification Standard for Librarian Series, 1410, can be found here. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

Specialized Experience: is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the federal service.

Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Experience providing assistance with research and reference services in a science, technology, or intellectual property field; and
  • Experience planning, designing, and delivering presentations and informational products through a library setting to a variety of audiences; and
  • Experience analyzing and evaluating databases and websites to determine their effectiveness and informational accuracy in order to make meaningful recommendations for improvement and/or enhancement.