Three Positions: Washington, D.C.

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

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


This position is located in the Scandinavia, Baltic and Central Germanic Section, Germanic and Slavic Division, Acquisitions & 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.
The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines major duties of both the acquisition specialist and the cataloger. There may be a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which cataloging or acquisitions functions are being performed. For example, staff selecting and cataloging materials from South America need knowledge of the Spanish language (See attached listings of approved languages). The incumbent may use a specific foreign language to perform the following major duties:

Catalogs a variety of 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 order 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 accordance 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 in order 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.

Position: Librarian
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $74,950 – $97,430

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


The Wilson Center is one of the three special institutions created by congressional statute to perform a national mission in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution. It is governed by its own presidentially appointed Board of Trustees and supported by public and private funds. The Center conducts and sponsors original scholarship and convenes balanced and inclusive dialogue through its programs, which cover all regions of the world and several major global issues.

The incumbent’s duties include: assisting readers by locating and obtaining materials from the custodial collections; receiving, sorting, arranging, shelving and shifting a variety of materials; accessioning, barcoding, inventorying materials properly in the Integrated Library System (ILS); identifying and preparing materials for use/offsite storage; performing specialized preservation and phased conservation tasks; filing, housing, preparing items for binding, and microfilming of the Asian materials; and maintaining records and compiling monthly statistical reports for all areas of work.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages and requests materials directly from the Library of Congress, inputs and maintains records for tracking, and ensures timely return of material.
  • Serves as a liaison with Library of Congress reading room librarians and Loan Division to negotiate and implement specific loan policies and procedures, resolve problems, and encourage use of LC resources by WC researchers. Serves as back-up for other ILL loans managed through OCLC WorldShare.
  • Manages, adapts, and implements the Ex Libris 360 Core A-Z journal and e-book software program and other linking technologies .
  • Participates in research and planning for future technology acquisitions; works with library management and vendor on future implementation of linking and/or content discovery services.
  • Checks out materials using ILS circulation system; manages microfilm scanner software to provide best tools for users doing digital research on microfilm.
  • Conducts comprehensive library orientations for interns covering Wilson Center and Library of Congress resources, and demonstrates use of relevant online materials, providing instruction in use of specialized information resources.
  • Responds to reference inquiries by locating bibliographic, factual, and statistical materials using relevant academic journals, books, articles from the press, and reports from a wide array of social science research resources, particularly in public policy, area studies, international relations, and modern history.
  • Works closely with program staff and website manager to track Wilson Center publications, both online and in print.
  • Organizes publication listings and creates bibliographies.
  • Participates in planning, selecting or designing new database or other programs to house citations and helps to design output to meet Center needs.

Position: Head, Access Services – University Library
Location: Georgetown University

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The Head, Access Services supports the teaching, learning, and research of Georgetown University faculty, students, staff through planning, directing and managing the operations and budget of the Access Services Department, including circulation, course reserves, print collections, and resource sharing. They establish, implement, and evaluate departmental policies and procedures to effectively meet user needs and expectations; and has a key role in developing user-focused services and fostering an environment that is welcoming and responsive to users. The Head of Access Services is a member of the Leadership Council and represents the Library on access services within the local consortium.


  • Oversees and manages Access Services operations, including circulation, course reserves, print collections, and resource sharing.
  • Coordinates cross-functional activities among the individual units within Access Services and continuously assess services and streamline processes to effectively meet the needs of library patrons.
  • Hires, supervises, develops and evaluates Access Services staff and a significant number of student employees directly or indirectly.
  • Manages departmental budget and oversees billing and collection of fines for library materials.
  • Develops, coordinates, and communicates access and circulation policies to patrons and library staff.
  • Collaborates with other library departments in support of the projects, services and space planning.
  • Facilitates joint projects or services related to the library’s participation in the local consortium.


  • Master’s in Library Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience, at least 3 of which are in increasingly responsible management positions in access services
  • Strong commitment to engaging users and providing excellent service
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with integrated library systems
  • Knowledge of copyright best practices required for the management of course reserve and resource sharing requests
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills; and superior problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a rapidly-changing environment, and to work in collaborative teams
  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, students, and staff

Work Mode: On Campus. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.