Three Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Library Technician
Location: Washington, DC

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

Responsibilities:

  • Interlibrary loan work, processing orders and sending materials to other libraries
  • Tracking loaned and borrowed materials to insure timely return using Integrated Library Systems (ILS)
  • Processing library materials, including preparing and updating shelf lists
  • Identifying and preparing library materials for binding
  • Integrated library system support
  • Registering staff for access to databases and other online services
  • Organizing routine training
  • Copy cataloging
  • Circulation and ready reference support
  • Preparing requisitions or other procurement documents for purchase of library materials
  • Preparing multi-media and/or paper-based presentations

Position: Librarian (Law)
Location: Public Services Division, Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $72,030 to $93,638

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Public Services Division, Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library.
The position description number for this position is 11004.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement

Responsibilities
The incumbent of this position is exempt from flextime and compflex time and is assigned to work a special fixed/rotational schedule that involves day, evenings, weekends and holiday schedules; and the selected incumbent “must be consistently able and willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays based on the operational and service requirements of the Law Library as a condition of employment.”

Responds to United States legal and legislative reference inquiries from Members of Congress, congressional committees, the White House, federal and state courts and agencies, libraries, the bar, and the general public. Inquiries may be received by telephone, in person, in writing, and by electronic means. Locates information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished legal and legislative information sources and electronic databases. Advises researchers on research methodologies. Directs users to the proper specialists, resources, or services within the Law Library and other areas of the Library of Congress.

Conducts legal and legislative research, and produces written responses to U.S. federal and state legal and legislative reference and research inquiries requiring tailored responses. Prepares reports, bibliographies, letters, memoranda, finding aids, informational brochures, research guides, and other written products. Gathers information from a wide variety of sources, both electronic and in print or other media. Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and trends in the law.

Provides online and in-person instruction to Law Library users and staff on the content, nature, and use of Law Library print and electronic resources, as well as legal research methodologies. Assists in the development of instructional offerings that educate users on legal research sources and strategies. Delivers orientations to groups and individuals on Law Library operations and services, and conducts briefings on the U.S. legal system, and functions and inter-relationships of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government under the U.S. constitutional scheme. These orientations and briefings may be delivered to Members of Congress; their staffs; U.S. federal and state jurists and attorneys; legal scholars; representatives of U.S. federal and state, foreign, and international governments; dignitaries; and students.

Provides training for junior reference and circulation staff, and legal information technicians. May be assigned to review and/or revise work to provide initial quality control and aid in the training process. Conducts analysis of training needs and services.

Develops professional contacts within and outside the organization in order to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge. Professional contacts are with library users, supervisors, library staff, other national libraries, library and information networks, information centers, experts in government agencies, associations, the private sector, and/or research groups. Motivates and influences clientele to fully utilize programs and services. Depending on Law Library priorities and requirements, attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings relating to trends and issues in law and law librarianship for the purpose of professional development. Provides orientations to distinguished visitors and conducts tours, as assigned.

Surveys and evaluates print and electronic collections to identify currency issues. Identifies, recommends and resolves collection processing issues relating to assigned areas / subjects / jurisdictions of the Reading Room collections. Recommends alternative titles to and the removal of titles from assigned portions of the Law Library reference collections. Searches acquisitions lists for new titles and other materials in various formats for the Reading Room’s collection as requested.

Reviews collections on a continual basis and exercises care to ensure collection material is properly handled and kept secure to avoid loss or damage. Reviews a variety of foreign and domestic sources for information about available materials. Contributes to digital collection development and management projects, such as web archiving and/or compiling and organizing websites based on current public policy issues. Determines permissibility of copying materials based on the preservation needs of the material. Understands current and public policy issues in his/her area of expertise in order to develop collections that anticipate researcher inquiries and demands.

Position: Middle Eastern Studies Liaison & Reference Librarian
Location: Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

The Middle Eastern Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian supports the teaching and research activities of the University by developing and managing—in all relevant formats—the Library’s collection in Middle Eastern Studies and other subject areas as assigned; by providing research, reference, and instructional services; and by coordinating the content and organization of appropriate web pages.

Collection Development: This position serves as the Library’s principal liaison to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students engaged in the study of the Middle East with particular emphasis on the Arabic speaking world. Will also have liaison responsibility for other areas as assigned. For the assigned subject areas: Develops collections in line with the pedagogical and research needs of the University. Works closely with faculty to understand and be responsive to their research and curricular needs, to keep them informed of the Library’s activities, and to integrate the Library’s collection and service resources into faculty research and curricular activities. Contributes to the development of cooperative collection development initiatives with other libraries and library consortia. Recommends annual allocations, manages vendor approval plans, and assists in monitoring the library materials budget in assigned disciplines.

Research and Instruction: This position serves as the expert for all services related to sources for study of Middle Eastern languages, culture, history and society with particular emphasis on the Arabic- speaking world. Provides general reference and information services in the social sciences, business, and the humanities. Interprets and analyzes the information needs of students, faculty, and other users of the University Library, in particular as they pertain to the literary research. Recommends and directs users to appropriate sources of information including those in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections and digital collections. Teaches library research sessions in subject areas congruent with collection responsibilities and creates research guides and other instructional materials. Employs new technologies to enhance reference and instruction services—e.g., social networking tools, multimedia, and learning management systems—in order to reach users in an increasingly online environment. In addition, the Middle Eastern Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian is responsible for identifying, creating, managing, and maintaining the content of the web pages and other online resources related to his/her field.

Work Interactions

The Middle Eastern Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian reports to the Head of Research Services, along with thirteen other subject liaisons and reference librarians. This position works closely with other department colleagues and with the department’s gifts unit, with the Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communication, the curators in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, and with staff of the ordering, receiving, and electronic resources & serials units of the Technical Services Department.