Two Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Library Technician

Location: Department of Agriculture

Salary: $50,643-$65,831

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJobs.

This position is located within the United States Department of Agriculture; Agricultural Research Service; National Agricultural Library; Data Production Division; Digitization & Access Branch; Beltsville MD.

In this position, you will serve as a collection management technician, enhance metadata at the item level, utilize digitization equipment and related software, and maintain large format printer and other exhibit building related equipment.


Prepares physical items for digital reformatting; ensures nothing is missing and the document is complete and the information is in proper order; determines if materials need special handling.

Operates a variety of scanning systems; post-processes images; performs quality control against provided standards; and transfers finalized files for ingest into content management application and Special Collections website.

Processes manuscript collections, including the entering collection data into information management system, ensuring accuracy of biographic records, updating associated spreadsheets and databases, rehousing materials, labeling containers, etc.

Processes materials for return to or addition to NAL’s general collection. This includes enhancing bibliographic records, creating item records, and performing minor conservation/preservation activities.

Maintains content and ensures accuracy of web pages, both internal and external facing, using HTML tools and Drupal content management application.

Assists in exhibit preparation and installation.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a US Citizen or US National.

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.

Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.


Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are: Qualifying experience for GS-07 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-06 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience preparing physical items for digital reformatting; and ensuring high accuracy of bibliographic records or catalogs.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This position does not have an education qualification requirement.

Position: Associate Library Director for Research, Learning, and Outreach

Location: Frostburg State University

Originally posted on ALA JobList.


Under the direction of the Library Director and working in close collaboration with the Library Technology Division and Special Collections/Archives staff, the Associate Library Director for Research, Learning, and Outreach provides vision and leadership in supervising the student and user-centered programs and operations of the Ort Library’s Research and Learning Division, including but not limited to Information/Research Services, Information Literacy Instruction, FDLP Government Documents Program, and outreach initiatives. This senior position is responsible for establishing policies and procedures, setting goals and long-term planning, identifying priorities, and overseeing the development, implementation, assessment, and continuous improvement of programs and services that support the information and research needs of students, faculty, staff and the FSU community. Maintains skills and knowledge of standards and best practices in discovery, information literacy pedagogy, assessment strategies, and the academic library’s role in facilitating student success. Administers and oversees all division programs and services. Supervises, hires, trains, and evaluates division’s faculty and staff. Gathers and analyzes division data and prepares administrative reports. Promotes service excellence. Ensures effective communication and collaboration within the Research and Learning Division, throughout the library, and across the university. Provides leadership, strategic direction and support for outreach and the promotion of library resources and services. Provides oversight in the creation of library print and digital promotional material and coordinates the library’s website and social media presence in collaboration with other library staff. Participates in the organization of library events. Coordinates and provides information/research services at the library services desk, (including in-person, phone, e-mail, and chat) and will assist students, faculty, staff, external researchers and members of the public with the discovery of appropriate resources for their research needs. Includes participation in evening and rotating weekend reference schedules, as well as research consultations. In addition to providing oversight to the Library’s Information Literacy Instruction Program in coordination with the Library Instruction Coordinator, will participate in the delivery of information literacy instruction. Assists the Library Director in evaluating, developing and implementing policies and programs that support the goals and priorities of the library as established by the university. Performs other duties as needed. The person in this position represents the library on relevant university or University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions’ (USMAI) Consortium of Libraries’ committees. All library faculty serve as liaisons to assigned academic departments and participate in collection development activities. They contribute to the development of the library’s web pages as well as assigned subject guides. FSU’s library faculty are expected to participate in professional development and service activities and must demonstrate the potential for promotion in rank and obtaining permanent status. They remain current in the profession through active membership in professional organizations, attendance at conferences, workshops, and educational programs, or through reading and/or publication in professional literature.


Minimum Qualifications:

• ALA-accredited Master of Library Science Degree (M.L.S.) or Master of Library and Information Science Degree (M.L.I.S.).
• Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience providing reference services, research support, and information literacy instruction in a college or university library; 3 years of which are in a leadership role.
• Demonstrated managerial or supervisory experience, including the ability to manage programs or services, develop policies and goals.
• Demonstrated ability to supervise both professional and support staff, including the ability to inspire innovation, build collaboration, delegate responsibilities appropriately, and mentor an inclusive and diverse staff.
• Demonstrated knowledge of library trends and best practices in academic libraries, particularly in library user services, research, information literacy theory and practice, technologies supporting information and research processes, social media tools, and creating inclusive learning environments that facilitate student success.
• Demonstrated teaching experience using a variety of educational pedagogies and technologies to provide information literacy instruction.
• Analytical and problem-solving skills, including competence in advanced level information searching, evaluation and ethical application of results.
• Demonstration of excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and strong presentation skills.
• Demonstrated experience assessing, improving, planning, and/or implementing library programs, initiatives, and/or services.
• Demonstrated experience and commitment to building relations between the library, academic departments, the university community, and/or external communities.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively in a complex, changing environment.
• Evidence of experience with outreach and library promotional activities.
• Evidence of well-developed organizational, time, and project management skills.
• Evidence of active participation in relevant professional or academic communities or organizations.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Additional advanced degree.
• Evidence of experience performing most or all of the job responsibilities described in a comparable position in an academic library at the level of department head, assistant or associate director.
• Evidence of ability to think creatively and identify new areas of library service across the institution.
• Experience with collection development theory and practices in an academic library.
• Experience with the responsibilities and processes associated with faculty status.
• Evidence of professional contribution and achievement beyond the library.