Three Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Librarian (Acquisition)
Location: Government Accountability Office
Salary: $87,791 – $139,534

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJobs.

This position is located in Applied Research and Methods, Center for Library Science. The ARM professionals are experts in designing and executing appropriate methodologies that help GAO reports and other documents improve government operations; and offers expertise in many areas including cost analysis; engagement design; economics; data analysis; evaluation; library research and literature review; science; statistics surveys; technology; engineering; and IT.
As a Librarian (Acquisition), PT-1410-2 your typical work assignments may include the following:

Develops and translates requests for various types of information or data into specific requirements and work statements. Supports the management of the acquisitions workflow consistent with timelines and guidance as outlined by GAO Acquisition Management. Maintains accurate acquisitions records, completes invoice payments, processes claims and replacements for missing items, and works with General Counsel to review and negotiate license agreements.
Serves as the primary approving official for CLS purchase cardholders to make necessary purchases. Works the Agency Program Coordinator to maintain all documentation of purchases and reconcile monthly statements. Completes all required training and stays abreast of changes.
Serves as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and supports the Senior Acquisitions Librarian in making purchases of legal, business, news, financial and other information and data sources. Completes complex acquisitions of information and data for the agency while meeting budgetary targets.
Identifies new channels for procurement of library materials. Applies knowledge of current issues and trends in acquisitions and the publishing industry to improve services. Evaluates and recommends acquiring library materials and products to enhance operations and accomplish work to meet GAO needs and budget. Identifies significant gaps in the library collection and acquires materials needed to support the GAO mission.
Works with vendors to identify product availability and pricing, negotiates pricing when appropriate.
You must meet all qualifications by the closing date of this announcement to be considered.

Specialized Experience:

Applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal Service, or comparable private or public sector experience which has equipped you with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as managing library acquisition services for a federal library or information center with one or more areas of agency interest (e.g. law, legislative activity and procedures, accounting and finance, economics, health service, national defense, and/or natural resources); and evaluating and acquiring electronic resources in support of research.

Basic Requirement:

In addition to the specialized experience, Applicants must also meet the education and/or experience requirements for the librarian series 1410, as follows:

1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree.
A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

Selective Placement Factor:

In addition to the specialized experience and basic requirements, applicant must meet the following selective placement factor:

Applicants must hold at minimum an active FAC-COR Level I certification. (copy of certification must be included with application)

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

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJobs.

This position is located in the Social Sciences Section, U.S. Arts, Sciences, and Humanities Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Discovery and Preservation Services.

The position description number for this position is 058498.

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

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Catalogs various materials in an automated cataloging environment where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Establishes personal and corporate names and uniform titles for inclusion in the name authority file. Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file and classification schedule. Creates and revises bibliographic records, authority records, and classification schedules. Performs content designation of bibliographic and authority records. Performs research in the cataloger’s reference collection, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process.

Provides services and deals with materials that are non-technical in nature, of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Coordinates proper purchasing information, correct bibliographic identification, and correct coding in the information system. Contacts dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, government agencies, and/or exchange partners to coordinate the ordering process. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, loan, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify acquisition of out-of-scope materials. Maintains liaison with recommending officials and subject specialists to understand their needs. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material. Determines availability of funds.

Obtains, analyzes, and organizes information using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices. Analyzes and organizes standard subject data to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries. Analyzes material to determine subject content. Applies standard rules, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to cataloging-related issues.

Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments related to collection development support, with review by supervisor, senior staff and/or recommending officers. Assists in examination of incoming shipments to select items appropriate for the collections, in accord with established guidelines. Assists in examination of recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements, and to ensure conformity with established guidelines. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to collection development policies.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships to provide or exchange information. Consults with Team Leader and cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive and subject cataloging rules. Offers suggestions and advice to Team Leader on operational and technical problems. Collaborates with Team Leader and other staff in planning and implementing team activities including: workflow procedures, team priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting and strategies for meeting team production goals. Assists others inside and outside the Library with language, subject and cataloging problems.

Performs various other duties as assigned.
Conditions of Employment
Conditions of Employment

At present, the Library of Congress will not enforce an earlier policy to require all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, employees are required to certify their vaccination status, which is used to plan and implement workplace safety protocols, such as those related to mask-wearing, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Upon request, new hires may be required to show proof of vaccination to the Health Services Division. Library employees who are not vaccinated may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 every seven days.

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.

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.

Knowledge of library metadata rules, practices, and procedures.**

Ability to use library software applications, integrated library platforms, or other information technologies.**

Knowledge of at least one of the following subject areas: Social Sciences, Psychology, or Business and Economics.**

Ability to organize, analyze, and interpret data related to cataloging library materials.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others to provide consultation and liaison services.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Position: Research Specialist
Location: Orrick, Herrington &Sutcliffe LLP

Originally posted on the SLA Career Center.


Research Specialist
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Location: Any US Office – Hybrid or Remote

What you need to know: Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the commencement of employment. Applicants who wish to apply for a medical, religious accommodation or any other accommodation required under applicable law can do so later in the process (accommodations are not guaranteed and are decided on a case by case basis).

Are you looking for a challenging and significant way to contribute the success of a firm? Do you have a Masters degree in library or information science and two or more years of law firm or corporate research experience? This may be the job you for you! Orrick currently has an excellent opportunity for a Research Specialist to work with our Research & Information Services team.

Where will I work? This position is eligible for a hybrid or fully remote work arrangement. We welcome applications from candidates nationwide, however, location in any of the following Orrick markets (Austin; Boston; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Menlo Park; Orange County, Portland, Sacramento; San Francisco; Santa Monica, Seattle, Washington DC or Wheeling, WV) is considered a plus.

The preferred shift for this position is 10:00 am – 6:30 pm PST (alternative hours would be considered for ideal candidate).

What Will You Do? As a Research Specialist at Orrick, you will provide extensive legal and non-legal research and support services to attorneys, paralegals, BD, and all levels of staff. Bringing business research or competitive intelligence experience to this position is strongly desired, in addition to, significant substantive knowledge and specialization in your area of expertise. This opportunity will allow you to work closely with practice area team members and build positive relationships throughout the firm. In this role, you will:

Perform a wide array of tasks, including but not limited to providing extensive legal, business and general research assistance.
Initiate and monitor alerts from various databases and provide client development research support.
Conduct industry specific research including complex SEC filings searches, M&A and public offering transaction screens and emerging and venture-backed company research.
Maintain internal datasets for business development outreach and tracking purposes and support attorneys and staff by providing training on the use of print and electronic resources.
Build curated newsletters covering various industries, practice areas, and breaking legal topics and industry trends.
Assist with literature searches for attorney presentations and written articles.
Participate in collection development activities including the evaluation of new databases, websites and print materials.
Assist with evaluating, selecting and maintaining the firm’s intranet research collections.
Participate in opportunities to maintain your personal professional knowledge from attending educational events to participating in professional societies.


Master’s Degree in library/information science (from ALA accredited school).
Two or more years of relevant law firm or corporate research experience

Additional Knowledge and Experience

You should have a working knowledge of legal and business databases such as Lexis Advance, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law, as well as other major subject specific resources and specialty products, such as Capital IQ, PitchBook, CB Insights and other business resources.
You will possess effective communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability in interact with all levels of personnel within a law firm.
You will demonstrate a high level of initiative and independent thinking; plus the ability to work effectively under pressure and to sort priorities with minimum level of direct supervision.
And finally, we are looking for someone who will demonstrate enthusiasm, flexibility, and a positive attitude and has a consistent track record of working in a collaborative environment.

Who is Orrick? Orrick is a global law firm focused on serving the technology & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors. Founded more than 150 years ago in San Francisco, Orrick today has offices in 25+ markets worldwide. We are recognized worldwide for delivering the highest-quality legal advice through our diverse teams and for our culture of innovation and collaboration. Financial Times selected Orrick as the Most Digital Firm of 2020, and in the past five years, the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year three times and runner-up twice. For the seventh year in a row, Fortune named Orrick to its 2022 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn more about our awesome employee experience here: Fortune 100 Great Place To Work certified company*.

Orrick offers a collaborative work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits, from wellness and mindfulness programs to social impact opportunities, professional staff affinity group communities and generous paid time off.

Please visit for more information about the firm.

How to Apply: If you are searching for a chance to create an impact, you have a little grit and you love working with a team, we want to talk with you. To submit your resume and cover letter for this position, please visit our Staff and Paralegal Opportunities Listings at