Two Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Librarian

Location: Export-Import Bank of the United States

Salary: $74,950 – $97,430

Originally posted on USAJobs.

This position is located Research & Information Services, IT Governance & Administration Unit, Office of Chief Information Officer, Office of the SVP Information Technology, Export-Import Bank of the United. The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (“EXIM Bank”), an independent federal Agency, is the official export credit agency of the United States. EXIM Bank provides international lending, bank guarantees, and insurance for U.S. exports. The Research Center is an international business, finance, economics, law library and archives that supports the mission, programs, and operations of the Bank. The Research & Information Services provides many services: research, reference, news and research alerts, technical services, a print collection, archives, briefings, orientations, and trainings. Supporting these services is a collection that includes print and electronic sources: books, periodicals, documents, maps, multimedia materials, database subscriptions, a Bloomberg Professional Terminal, a large selection of Internet sources, and EXIM’s legislative history. Specific subject areas of interest include emerging markets, risk management and due diligence, international trade, finance, economics, banking, accounting, government, business, and law.

At the full performance level, duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides reference and research services with respect to EXIM’s Charter, legislative history, and corporate history.
  • Prepares responds to ready reference or document requests, research requests from internal stakeholders and Bloomberg-based data requests, providing background information from various databases, publications, credit rating, and other sources.
  • Performs country research, providing research on sovereigns including credit ratings and rating agency reports, country risk information and country and regional news analysis.
  • Participates in the creation and maintenance of research materials, collection guides, descriptions, and training materials for patron access to collection.
  • Uses specialized databases and services including the Bloomberg Professional Terminal, PIERS, Orbis Banks Focus/Bankscope, Thomson Reuters World Check, LexisNexis, Westlaw, Trade Policy Information System (TPIS).
  • Performs evaluations of office operations and data analysis/display; supporting projects that require research skills and/or document management.
  • Performs industry research, providing tools and research on industries including regional and global outlooks, analysis, identifying major companies in an industry, commodity prices, ratios, etc.
  • Performs company research, providing tools and research on company information including credit ratings and rating agency reports, analysis, financials, per analysis and ownership information.
  • Performs original organization and modified cataloging of archival materials which include paper documents, photographs, negatives, audiotapes, videotapes, microfilm/fiche, maps, books, artifacts, computer discs and periodicals.
  • Reviews paper holdings in the library’s collection to identify material that should be digitized for archival purposes by Library of Congress (LOC)
  • Prepares material for shipment to LOC for digitization including logging material into EXIM electronic tracking system and the LOC’s online tracking system, labelling, and boxing the paper copies, arranging for shipment to LOC.
  • Upon completion of digitization by LOC, updates both EXIM and LOC tracking systems with appropriate archival coding and return paper copies to proper location in the library’s collection.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Position: Reference Librarian

Location: Library of Congress

Salary: $61,947 – $80,532

Originally posted on USAJobs.

This position is located in the Scholarly Service, Asian Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Researcher and Collections Services.

he divisions in General and International Collections are the Library’s primary gateway to the collections and reference services dealing with the non-English-speaking world. Reference librarians in these divisions provide assistance to researchers in the culture, history, literature, politics, political structure, economies, humanities, and social sciences of these countries and regions. Clients include Congress, foreign and U.S. Government agencies, national and international academics and scholars, research and scientific institutions, the professional and business communities, and the general public. Librarians respond to inquiries that are received in person, by telephone, by correspondence and by electronic media.

Divisions have extensive custodial responsibilities and reference librarians are responsible for collection maintenance and preservation, as well as the development, bibliographic control, processing, and general custody of collections in their field of expertise. Reference librarians also produce bibliographic publications, online reference tools, scholarly programs and colloquia on topics in the areas of their divisions. 

Reviews various brochures, catalogs, journals, and other sources of items for possible acquisition to develop collections in areas of subject of geographic responsibility. Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments, which may involve materials in multiple languages and writing systems.

Assists senior reference staff in determining the quality and usefulness of collection materials. Assists in developing strategies for the organization, storage, preservation, and service ofmaterials.

Monitors the condition of collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards and specifications. Brings deteriorating items and those with special needs to the attention of division management. Orients users and explains procedures and regulations governing use and handling of materials in the collection.

Provides reference and instruction to individual researchers and groups where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews in person or over the telephone, or from written requests, and the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are readily-accessible, i.e., found in the Library’s collection or can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures.

Provides in-person and telephone reference services in a reading room. Responds orally or in writing to inquiries related to assigned field of responsibility. Searches standard databases where the information is relatively stable, such as for bibliographic citations of a general nature. Seeks assistance for locating materials that are not readily accessible.

Develops knowledge of resources in other agencies or institutions to provide informed referrals. Assists patrons with specialized collections under the direction of senior staff.

Coordinates the acquisition of items of limited technical complexity, or those easily acquired. Consults acquisition policies to determine whether items are appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify out-of-scope materials.

Maintains liaison with recommending officers and subject specialists to coordinate acquisition of materials. Provides proper purchasing information and correct bibliographic identification to dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, exchange partners, etc. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material.

Assists in preparing research guides and finding aids on specific topics of recognized client interest using standard search strategies. Assists senior librarians in revising or updating research materials.

Identifies international print and electronic resources in a field of specialty to address user needs that are easily determined from interviews or written requests. Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity. Prepares and updates standard guides to specialized collections and resources.

Performs various other duties as assigned.

The position description number for this position is 012535.

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.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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