Two Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Librarian (Reference)
Location: Department of State
Salary: $59,534 – $93,638 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Bureau of Administration, Information Services Branch, (A/GIS/IPS/LIBR/IS) performing developmental duties providing comprehensive reference and
related research advice, training, publicity, collection management and information retrieval Library services in support of the Department’s foreign policy mission requirements.


  • Responds to a wide range of requests for information received by the Library’s Information Desk, as well as to other requests received via email, telephone and in writing.
  • Provides scheduled and impromptu specialized instruction and guidance to patrons regarding their use of the Library’s catalogs, database and other holdings.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the Library’s holdings for their strengths, weaknesses and trends, and recommend potential new resources in all formats for their inclusion in the Department Library.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of the Library’s online research guides and compiles customized collections.

Position: Library Technician
Location: Department of Justice
Salary: $43,798 to $56,939 per year

Full vacancy announcements available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Delivery, Inventory Management and Document Fulfillment Section, Collections Management Division,Preservation Directorate, Library Services.

The position is located in the Inventory Management and Document Fulfillment Unit 1 of the Collections Integrity and Maintenance Office, Collections Access, Loan and Management (CALM) Division. Incumbent reports directly to the Supervisor, Inventory Management and Document Fulfillment Unit 1, providing a variety of support services relating to the routing of Library materials. The incumbent serves as Delivery Technician and is responsible for a wide variety of collections retrieval and delivery activities; photocopying and scanning; updating item status in the LC ILS: ensuring items are routed properly; and creating item records in the LC ILS as appropriate. The Delivery Technician uses the LC ILS, especially the Circulation module, as well as CALM’s photocopying, digital scanning and transmission devices.

The incumbent picks up, distributes, and returns items requested by CALM’s Reference and Collections Support Section staff for the use primarily of Congressional and interlibrary loan customers and for other official purposes. This activity requires an extensive knowledge of the Library’s organization, in particular, its custodial units, and regularly applying good preservation and security practices to ensure the safety and security of materials in transit. Incumbent is responsible for assuring the regular pickup and delivery of general collections items and items from other custodial divisions previously delivered to the Jefferson Main Control Room. The incumbent is responsible for picking up and returning a variety of non-standard items such as maps, music, oversized or semi-rare items, and microfilm, plus confidential mail from the Congressional Relations office or other Library offices. The incumbent advises less experienced staff on the proper routing and handling of unusual material and for resolving problems of misdirected material.

Incumbent is responsible for scanning all material upon arrival from Ft. Meade and when material is delivered to the appropriate custodial division or reading room. When loan requests are filled incumbent assembles books for delivery to Congressional offices, maintains a computerized log noting the time the books are leaving the Division, and transfers them to a commercial delivery service on a strict schedule. The Delivery technician is responsible for assuring the timely logging and delivery of this material to the contractor, which requires careful coordination, since it is the final step in the Library’s high-profile Congressional loan service. The incumbent maintains the delivery schedule and acts as a troubleshooter between Congressional offices and the courier contractor when items are misdirected.

Incumbent photocopies or scans articles and short works identified by reference staff for interlibrary loan customers. These items are either mailed to the requestors, are sent by fax or through other document transmission methods such as ARIEL and Odyssey. Incumbent assures the quality of these copies and transmissions. This requires a basic understanding of copying and transmission technology and the ability to resolve problems or request assistance from the equipment vendor or Library technical staff. Incumbent maintains accurate records of transmissions.

Incumbent checks the majority of books that are returned to the shelf, normally by scanning the item’s barcode into the check-in function of the LC ILS Circulation module. Incumbent must be alert to system messages indicating returning books that have been recalled and must use the system’s information to route these recalled items to the correct individual. Incumbent solves problems related to check-in, including identifying materials from other libraries that have been lent to the Library, and material from custodial divisions that are not identified except by language or format.

Incumbent provides circulation status checks for Library staff who request material and receive not-on-shelf responses if these staff cannot search the circulation database themselves and need to know whether or not a book is charged. Incumbent provides limited information such as due dates and a general status (charged outside, charged to a research facility, etc.). Incumbent is authorized to provide more extensive location information for official use and to refer callers to the appropriate office if the material should be retrieved.

Performs other duties as assigned.

The position description number for this position is 232078.

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

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule. Hours beginning between 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. ending between 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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