Three Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Library Technician
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $45,574 – $59,246

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


This position is located in the General Collections Conservation Section, Conservation Division, Preservation Directorate, Discovery and Preservation Services.


This position serves as a Library Technician and reports to the supervisor of the General Collections Conservation Section in the Conservation Division (CD). The CD is located in the Preservation Directorate (PRES), in Discovery and Preservation Services, within the Library Collections and Services Group (LCSG) at the Library of Congress (LOC). The incumbent assures long-term access to the Library’s general collections by assessing the condition and preservation needs of new acquisitions and retrospective collections, performing a range of remedial treatments and constructing protective enclosures. CD offers consultation on a wide range of topics related to the storage and research use of the Library’s extensive general collections in addition to providing treatment and housing for these materials.

Uses knowledge of technical methods in conservation and preservation to perform established work procedures and carry out defined projects that involve a variety of specialized activities. Work is assigned with on-going responsibility under the direction of the supervisor who outlines objectives, priorities and deadlines. The Technician obtains guidance from the supervisor when dealing with complex or unfamiliar situations.

Implements defined procedures and methods to treat a wide range of book and paper based library collections. Creates a wide range of custom collection housing using automated box making machinery and commercially available rehousing products. Stays abreast of box making program updates and modified procedures for creating, saving files, and operating on this equipment. Assesses the deficiencies of any existing enclosures and determines object vulnerability in determining housing strategies.

Completes a range of conservation treatments including surface cleaning, sewing and spine repair, paper mending, humidification and flattening, spine replacement, board attachments, mold removal or re-casing of damaged volumes. Works independently to execute Association of Research Libraries (ARL) rated treatments of both 1 (15 minutes or less) and 2(15 to 60 minutes). Uses a scanner and color printer and photo editing software to produce archival facsimiles of brittle book pages and as replacements for damaged covers, end sheets, or pages within general collections items as dictated by workflow.

In addition to the Collections Management Division (CMD) workflow, the incumbent serves as a liaison to one Custodial Division or Reading Room within LCSG. Works independently to assess the needs of the Division’s reference collection items and plan for preservation actions to address those needs. Works with Division staff to address longer-term projects focusing on improving the condition of larger collections taking a more holistic approach to collection preservation.

Independently completes a sequence of detailed routines in searching online databases and Integrated Library System (ILS) to verify call number, barcode or other bibliographic information. This includes searching newly received materials to determine which titles are already covered by entries contained in the ILS database. Determines and enters bibliographic information into the database following policies and guidelines for serials and monographs.

Uses specialized computer programs; develops and maintains a good working knowledge of computer operations and of designated microcomputer software packages for word processing, database management, graphic design, statistical compilations, and bibliographic production. Creates tables, charts, word documents and presentation materials using Microsoft Office Suite programs and image editing and processing software.

Uses an automated box-making system to construct custom-fitted enclosures for library materials for which binding, repair, or other physical treatments are appropriate. Measures items using a scanning device. Determines optimum use of archival board in box making. Assembles and labels completed boxes. Other equipment used may include board shears, book presses, mounting press, ultrasonic or heat-welding equipment.

Participates in staff meetings, task forces, and individual and group discussions. Also participates on Library committees such as the Library-wide disaster preparedness and response efforts. Responds to questions from custodial divisions. Makes very limited brief and uncomplicated oral presentations.

Corresponds with others via e-mail. Drafts simple letters and memos requiring standard answers to common queries from library staff including assigned liaisons.

The position description number for this position is 422994.
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.

Position: Reference and Instruction Librarian
Location: George Washington University, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library
Salary: $65,000

Originally posted on the SLA Career Center.

The George Washington University (GW) is the largest research university in the nation’s capital and is located in the heart of Washington, DC. GW offers undergraduate and graduate programs in many disciplines including medicine, health sciences, public health, and nursing.

Himmelfarb Library seeks applications for a collaborative and service-oriented Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library. This librarian supports reference, research, and instructional services to students, faculty, and staff of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, and School of Nursing. This librarian is an embedded librarian in nursing and public health courses and acts as a librarian instructor for the Practice of Medicine course, Clinical Integration Sessions, in the MD curriculum.

Himmelfarb Library invites interested information professionals of all backgrounds and depths of experience who have an interest in being part of a vibrant, collaborative, mission-driven academic service organization to apply to work with us. This position reports to the Associate Director, Reference, Instruction, and Access.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides support for academic, research, and clinical missions via reference and research information services at the reference desk in the library and via remote reference service points.
  • Participates in and designs formal and informal instruction and orientation programs for students, staff, and faculty, as well as community health patrons; contributes to the evaluation of instructional materials.
  • Provides support and training to users for the library’s online resources including databases, citation management, and research tools.
  • Provides support to faculty in creating and maintaining courses in GW’s course management system, as well as other educational technologies that facilitate online and distance education.
  • Develops and maintains research guides to support student and faculty educational and research activities.
  • Investigates new technologies and software to support faculty education and research.
  • Contributes to library marketing and communication activities.
  • Participates in collection development activities for the reference collection and liaison departments.
  • Assists in management of student listservs and library e-mail accounts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MLS or combination of graduate degree and professional experience in libraries.
  • Coursework or experience searching literature and full-text databases.
  • Coursework or experience teaching information literacy skills and providing reference services or educational technology support.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others in an environment committed to equity, diversity and inclusion; may include experiences in education, mentoring, consulting, outreach, or another form of engagement.

Other Information:

Preferred qualifications:

  • Minimum of 1-2 years experience teaching information literacy skills and/or providing reference service, or 2-3 years’ experience providing educational technology support in a library environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of biomedical literature databases, such as PubMed.
  • Experience supporting systematic review projects or teaching about systematic review methodology.

Advertised Salary: Rank and salary are contingent upon qualifications and are competitive for DC-area academic health sciences libraries. Anticipated salary for Librarian I: $65,000

Other Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year of paid annual leave; 12 days/year of paid sick leave; paid winter break and 7 other holidays; medical, dental, and vision; 401(A) retirement plan, 4% base and GW will match 150% of the first 4% of your 403(B) contributions, up to a maximum of 6% of your eligible compensation; tuition assistance; and paid parental leave. For benefits details, please visit GW Benefits.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered, please complete an online application at, and upload a letter of interest, and a CV. Review of applications will begin on September 12, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening. Please note that the University has mandated that all personnel be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to accessing campus.

Position: Research Librarian (6659)
Location: Latham & Watkins LLP

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

Latham & Watkins, a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world, is seeking a Research Librarian to join our dynamic team in Washington, D.C.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation, and collaboration.

About the role

As a Research Librarian you will be responsible for providing research services involving legal, business, and general information sources to attorneys, paralegals and staff using a variety of research tools. Other key responsibilities include:

  • Conducting domestic and international legal and non-legal research utilizing appropriate tools.
  • Compiling and organizing data from research projects into actionable results.
  • Promoting awareness and point of need training about research resources to end users.
  • Monitoring current legal and industry legal developments for practice groups and informing attorneys of important events through alerts, newsletters and other means.

About you

We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • Intellectually curious and have a passion for research and problem-solving.
  • Proficient in litigation and transactional research.
  • Collaborative and enjoy working as part of a team.

And have:

Research experience in a law firm or other professional service entity desired.

Successful candidates will not only be provided with an outstanding career opportunity and welcoming environment, but will also be provided with a generous total compensation package with bonuses awarded in recognition of both individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham’s comprehensive benefit program which includes:

  • Healthcare, life and disability insurance
  • A generous 401k plan
  • At least 10 paid holidays per year, and a PTO program that accrues 23 days during the first year of employment and grows with tenure
  • Well-being programs (e.g. mental health services, mindfulness and resiliency, medical resources, well-being events, and more)
  • Professional Development programs
  • Employee discounts
  • And more!

Additionally, we have a range of diversity programming including Global Affinity Groups. These groups provide a firmwide platform to share experiences and advice as well as an opportunity to participate in a supportive network with common interests to help make life at the firm even better.

Latham & Watkins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity, equal opportunity, pro bono work and sustainability enables Latham & Watkins to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to create one of the world’s leading law firms. Our lawyers, paralegals, and professional staff worldwide comprise a rich mixture of different races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, cultures, and primary languages. Our diversity makes us who we are.

Latham & Watkins LLP is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our employees and partners, their families, and members of our community against COVID-19. Accordingly, the Firm requires all partners and employees based in the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID- 19. Employees must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination at the time that a conditional offer of employment is made. This policy is mandatory except for employees with a documented legally permissible exemption for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.