Three Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Research Librarian
Location: Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

This position is listed under Nashville, but the position can be based in Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, or Washington, DC. Open until filled.

The Research Librarian will have responsibility for assisting the Manager of Research Services in developing, refining, implementing and providing training for the research capabilities of the firm. The Research Librarian will assist in developing, focusing and maintaining the physical collection; including ordering, cataloging, routing and shelving and the electronic resources; including selection, cataloging, database creation and maintenance, and licensing.

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science, Information Science or equivalent from an accredited ALA program
  • Possess a minimum of 1 to 3 years of library experience, preferably in a legal, corporate or business library
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Advanced knowledge of relevant software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Westlaw or Lexis
  • Strong knowledge of the following applications: BloombergLaw, CapIQ, Inmagic DB Textworks, VitalLaw, or other databases
  • Web design and content management experience desired
  • Experience reviewing electronic research products and licensing
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and must be able to convey her or his ideas in a manner that is convincing to others
  • Strong interpersonal skills that allow the ability to work with a variety of attorneys and administrative staff, and the professional presence and demeanor to represent the firm in its research services functions to the attorneys, staff and administrative departments
  • Familiarity with basic cataloging principles
  • Team player and possess the ability to partner effectively with other administrative areas in order to accomplish the firm’s goals
  • Strong work ethic and flexibility to meet the demands of the position; this includes working with attorneys and staff in the firm’s various offices on both the day and evening shifts. This job requires the successful candidate to be available to meet crises on a 24/7 basis, and to be accessible even when on seminars or vacation
  • Responsibilities:
  • Provide ready reference and in-depth research services, both legal and non-legal, to all practice and administrative areas of the firm
  • Participate in knowledge management activities including development of internal work product and records management databases
  • Contribute to and manage Intranet content
  • Participate in daily library updating, maintenance, accounting and cataloging and collection development
  • Actively market library services within the firm
  • Develop and conduct research training
  • Maintain relationships with appropriate business and marketing technology vendors to maintain an understanding of the services and products available to the firm and to achieve optimum pricing
  • Attend seminars, association meetings and such related events that she or he is knowledgeable of the development of legal services technologies available to the law firm, and understands the state of the art legal technology necessary to maintain the firm’s competitive edge in this area.
  • Undertake other duties as requested by the firm’s Manager of Research Services
  • Work directly with specific practice groups to meet their research and information management needs

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Position: Library Technician
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $61,947 – $80,532

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Africa Section, African, Latin American, and Western European Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Discovery And Preservation Services.
The position description number for this position is 173746.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
The incumbent of this position may work a flexitime work schedule.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.


Performs copy cataloging for a variety of materials and formats in an automated cataloging environment. Descriptively catalogs original materials where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Performs CIP verification independently. Completes cataloging data for publications initially cataloged as Cataloging in Publication (CIP) materials. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Completes routine authority work; consults with librarians for more complex headings; and refers problems to librarians. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Performs content designation on newly created and updated bibliographic records. Performs database maintenance including modifications, updates, and corrections. Creates and revises bibliographic records, including initial bibliographic control records (IBCRs). Resolves routine problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process promptly and independently, involving librarians or the section head on only the more difficult problems.

Under appropriate review, performs collection development tasks including examination of incoming shipments to select items appropriate for the collections.

Independently performs all aspects of acquisition support work, which includes the acquisition of material by exchange, gift, approvals, Copyright, and the most complex order creation and invoice processing. For recommended materials to be acquired, searches reference sources which may include print, automated files, and internal and external databases. Processes cancellations or adjustments to acquisition records. Assists in determining if material needs to be claimed and issues appropriate claims to suppliers. Sorts and distributes items not destined for the collections. Identifies items for the Duplicate Material Exchange Program (DMEP), for the National Agriculture Library, for the National Library of Medicine, for surplus, and for discard.

Communicates with a wide variety of patrons by telephone, letter, or electronic means regarding routine and non-routine questions on services to publishers and other specialized library services. Provides complex technical information in clear, straightforward language. Provides referrals to library and non-library services such as ISSN, Copyright. CIP, ISBN, U.S. Postal Service, Patent and Trademark Office, etc., based on an extensive knowledge of these services and the differences among them. Is called on to deal with difficult patrons or callers, e.g., library donors. Prepares acquisition acknowledgment letters, etc. Determines the best way of formulating requests and selecting and presenting information.

Efficiently searches online databases, such as OCLC, RUN, or an integrated library system, to locate records to use for copy cataloging, or to identify duplicate records or previously processed records. Searches names, uniform titles, series, and subject access points on bibliographic records to verify their existence in the appropriate Library authority files. Performs special searches of various on line catalogs to locate and/or verify bibliographic data for acquisitions functions. To identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole completes complex manual and computerized searches in multiple systems.

Receives and accessions one or more special category materials. Logs materials into and out of the workflow. Distributes materials to the correct section, shelf, or individual staff member. Handles returns from the bindery. Performs end-stage processing for materials; creates labels for materials. Routes processed materials to the correct locations in the Library. Works closely with Collections Improvement Section or custodial divisions to resolve bibliographic problems raised during shelflist conversions, pinning-and-linking activities, and physical inventories of the collection. Follows a substantial number of pertinent instructions concerning the recognition and comparison of dates, authors, titles, etc.

Position: Library Assistant
Location: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Originally posted to the CUA Jobs group.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is a research center in Washington, DC affiliated with Harvard University and supporting scholarship in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies. The Library Assistant reports to the Reader Services Librarian, supporting all aspects of public services, interlibrary loan, and collection management in the Research Library.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Librarian with ILL requests using ILLIAD software: receiving and returning loans, preparing lending and borrowing forms, assigning due dates, tracking due dates and emailing users.
  • Monitor ILL email box
  • Retrieve materials from the stacks and prepare them for ILL shipment.
  • Open and process incoming ILL shipments.
  • Track overdue books. Contact patrons by email and phone.
  • Assist Interlibrary Loan Librarian with article requests: screening lending requests for articles, processing outgoing and incoming requests to verify citations and availability, imposing copyright restrictions.
  • Retrieve items, and scan articles or books chapters for electronic transmission.
  • Assist with managing circulation activity, fulfillment in the integrated library system, recalls, returns and special searching.
  • Participate in staffing the reference desk and monitoring researchers using archival collections as needed.
  • Compile statistics on ILL, library and collection use.
  • Shelve books, assist with collection shifts, shelf-read and inventory collections.
  • Assist with final steps for processing for new books and journals.
  • Bibliographic searching for pre-order purposes.
  • Other duties assigned as time permits.



Previous library experience required, or experience working in a scholarly environment.


  • Experience using computerized library systems, with ILLIAD experience strongly preferred (specify systems experience in curriculum vitae).
  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History or humanities preferred.
  • Graduate coursework in library and information science is strongly preferred.
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of at least one foreign language like Greek, Spanish, etc. is highly preferred.

Physical Demands

The physical requirements of this position relate primarily to collections shelved in a research library and work done in an office environment. The incumbent should be able to bend, stoop, and reach to retrieve library materials, and be able to push a fully laden truck of books. This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time associated with working at a desk with a computer and monitor.

To Apply
The position remains open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking the link below. AReq=57109BR

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Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).