Two Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Inspection Librarian
Location: LAC Group, Prestigious Federal Library, Washington, DC

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

LAC Group is seeking a qualified Librarian to perform quality control review on a variety of Law materials and collections at a prestigious federal library in Washington, DC. The Librarian will provide assistance to conduct a quality review of completed work in areas of processing collection receipts, collection maintenance, looseleaf filing, physical inventory, and binding preparation of law materials. This is a full-time (40 hours a week; Monday to Friday) position, benefited. The work must be performed on-site.


  • MLS from an ALA-accredited library school is required
  • 2+ years of work experience in a library (Law preferred)
  • Experience in reviewing completed work for quality control
  • Knowledge of online catalogs, MARC records, and basic cataloging procedures for legal monographs and serials
  • Working knowledge of processing materials in various languages preferred
  • Strong attention to and ability to work with great detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and exceed fixed production quotas

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Position: Supervisory Librarian (Head, Reference and Reader Services Section)
Location: Reference and Reader Services Section, Manuscript Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $122,530 to $159,286

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Reference and Reader Services Section, Manuscript Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 199007.
The salary range reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metro area.
Fixed schedule from 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday-Friday, with occasional Saturdays, generally once per month, in the Manuscript Reading Room.
This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-13 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision relative to the staff supervised. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work; assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees; observes workers’ performance; and demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff and clearly communicates these through the formal employee performance management system. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Recommends appointment, promotion, or reassignment and develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Effects minor disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands, recommending other action in more serious cases. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests and certifies time and attendance records for staff. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations and safeguard sensitive and personally identifiable information (PII). Furthers the objectives of diversity and inclusiveness and adheres to nondiscriminatory employment practices.

Plans, establishes, and directs a library reference program. Serves as head of and manages all aspects of service in the Manuscript Reading Room. Develops and implements policies and procedures governing public use of the division’s rare, valuable, fragile, and unique collections. Policies address the provision of reference service both in person and remotely via the Internet, telephone, fax, and postal mail. Assigns and directs reference work and ensures a high quality of service is provided to members of Congress, other libraries, professional organizations and institutions, scholars and members of the public. Acquires and provides inventory control of reference materials for the research use of division staff and public users. Manages the division’s interlibrary loan program and coordinates circulation policies. Works with the division’s chief and classified documents officer in developing and implementing policies and procedures for researcher use of government classified materials. In pursuing these duties must qualify for top security clearance. Plans, directs, and supervises security measures for the reading room. Develops and administers policies and procedures for access to restricted material and the prevention of theft and mutilation. Oversees contract security officer assigned in the reading room.

Serves on the division’s administrative team, ensuring coordination between the reference section and other units. Works closely with the chief on administration and establishment of long-range goals and objectives for the division. Recommends actions affecting budgets, staff, and space. Works closely with division managers and automation and processing staff to define requirements for automation support, including the creation and maintenance of the division’s presence on the Internet, via the division’s home page, the Library of Congress Online Catalog, online publications, finding aids, and other reference guides. Achieves scholarly knowledge of the division’s collections that includes an expert understanding of the major manuscript finding aids, registers, and other descriptive archival tools, an in-depth familiarity with the library’s holdings, and an extensive familiarity with the holdings in other institutions and collections.

Performs a broad range of technical information activities that require substantial depth of analysis, and typically require solving problems in information access and dissemination in particularly difficult and responsible circumstances. Analyzes and responds to broad and complex researcher questions, requirements, and priorities related to historical and archival matters and suggests the most appropriate research strategies to implement. Directs researchers to the proper resource, service, specialist, or reading room. Conducts research and analysis on historical and archival topics in field of expertise, providing authoritative and definitive results. Defines and provides a framework for research activities, priorities, programs, and resources for the Reference and Reader Services Section of the Manuscript Division. Plans or participates in public programs, tours, and symposiums. Establishes, and maintains professional relationships with archivists, librarians, historians, documentary editors, and other specialists in order to share resources and information. Prepares articles for publication and presents papers at conferences.