Two Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Research Librarian
Location: Supreme Court of the United States
Salary: $87,197 to $134,798 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This is a full-time position with the Library at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.
A telework schedule is permitted under COVID restrictions.

Closing Date: Sunday, 02/21/2021, 11:59 PM EST

Please note that this vacancy has a limit of 200 applicants. The job opportunity announcement will automatically close if that limit is reached prior to the closing date.


Provides in-depth, comprehensive legal and multidisciplinary research for Chambers, law clerks, Court Officers, staff and others. Serves as a research expert in culling through resources in a wide array of formats and fields of inquiry to provide thorough responses to questions. Determines efficient and effective search strategies while under intense time pressure and tight deadlines. Organizes and synthesizes complex search results to meet research needs and expectations, working closely with individual requestors. Performs collection development through selection responsibilities and resource evaluations. Provides training and orientation to law clerks and new employees regarding Library resources and services. Participates in the design and maintenance of a complex relational database for research inquiries. Maintains broad programmatic responsibilities for long-term projects which impact the overall effectiveness of the Research Department and the Library. Works as a member of the Research Department with substantial independence on individual requests and projects, as well as in collaboration with staff in all Library departments.


At least three years of professional experience in a law library setting, performing legal research, general reference and legislative and historical research in both print and electronic formats and resources required. Experience with major legal and non-legal databases, including Westlaw, Lexis, HeinOnline, Bloomberg Law, PACER, Proquest, and JSTOR required. Experience in the research and literature of one non-legal subject area, such as empirical research, history, or business, highly desirable. Knowledge of a foreign language desirable.


Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution required. Law degree from an ABA accredited institution strongly preferred.

Additional information

Working for the Supreme Court of the United States offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Additional benefits include flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, and the SmartBenefits transit subsidy.

Position: Librarian (Acquisitions Specialist)
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $60,129 to $78,167 per year

Full vacancy announcements available on USAJOBS.


Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. The Copyright Acquisitions Division augments the Library’s collections by acquiring works through the mandatory deposit requirement of the Copyright Act of 1976. The position identifies, selects and acquires materials, and contacts domestic publishers regarding the mandatory deposit of published works.


This position is located in the Copyright Acquisitions Division, Office of the Chief of Operations , Copyright.

The division monitors U.S. publishing activities and seeks to encourage voluntary, regular deposit and registration by planning and implementing outreach efforts; establishing and maintaining effective relationships; and administering informal arrangements and negotiated, formal agreements with individual publishers or trade associations. Under the authority delegated by the Register of Copyrights, the division also issues demands for deposit and monitors subsequent compliance. Non-complying claimants may be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution

Identifies, selects, and acquires library materials in assigned formats and assigned subject areas through the mandatory deposit provision of the U.S. copyright law. Materials identified for selection and acquisition are of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Contacts domestic publishers to obtain information or to relay information related to the mandatory deposit of published works. Manages serial subscription deposits; approves acquisitions and bibliographic records when issuing informal requests or formal demands; and resolves routine problems independently. Conducts publisher reviews to determine their rate of compliance and to bring them into full compliance with the Copyright Law. Ensures demand orders are represented by correct bibliographic identification, correct publisher contact information, and correct coding in the acquisitions and cataloging systems. Resolves routine problems and inconsistencies in the acquisitions and deposit process, including assisting in preparation of responses for requests for special relief from the mandatory deposit requirements. Performs research using on-site reference sources, online databases, the World Wide Web, and the collections of the Library.

In consultation with the supervisor or a senior specialist, gathers and evaluates copyright and publication facts to determine if the materials are subject to copyright demand, or are available through other acquisition methods

Answers inquiries from copyright claimants and publishers regarding deposit requirements, Copyright Office and Library policies and programs, and the acquisition needs of the Library. Refers difficult technical questions on U.S. copyright law and Copyright Office policies and practices to a supervisor or senior specialist

Provides routine copyright information to LC Recommending Officers and assists LC staff in searching Copyright Office databases via the internet.


  • 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 work with electronic resources in a library environment.
  • Ability to apply the principles and techniques of collection development in a library environment.**
  • Ability to use information retrieval principles.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of acquisitions, selection, and bibliographic control.**
  • Ability to utilize technology to plan, organize, prioritize, and monitor varied workload.
  • Ability to provide consultation and perform liaison duties.**
  • Ability to communicate technical information orally and in writing in a convincing manner to resolve issues and influence others to support a position.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.