Position: Library Technician
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $45,574 – $59,246
Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.
This position is located in the Technical Services Section of Prints & Photographs Division, which acquires, organizes, describes, preserves, and makes available for research use a wide variety of original and historical visual materials in both physical and digital formats.
Incumbent applies numerous established practices in processing materials, consisting of original and historical visual formats including photographic prints and negatives, fine and historical prints, documentary and architectural design drawings, posters, cartoons, and digital files. Recognizes various types of material in order to receive, accession, sort, and arrange collections in different ways (e.g., by format, alphabetic, chronologic, geographic, or numeric). Prepares material for use and storage by performing basic filing, archival housing, hand-marking, automated labeling, barcoding, and shelving tasks. Consults about material that is duplicate, extraneous, or in need of evaluation for special preservation treatment.
Performs collection management activities for a variety of material, including pulling and refilling, transferring material to and from off-site storage, keeping stack location guides up to date, preservation stabilization such as replacing worn folders and boxes, relabeling, marking for identification and security, shelf reading, and collection shifting.
Performs a sequence of detailed routines in searching online databases to identify what physical and digital items are in the division’s care and helps track where they are. Compiles and enters information in automated and manual systems for inventories, container lists, or other kinds of finding aids using box and folder information and other data gathered during processing or provided by senior staff. Prepares preliminary access or inventory records for single items or collections using judgment to apply a substantial number of established procedures of the division to capture call numbers, creator names, titles, dates, and physical description. Searches online and print resources to research and verify information including place names and creator names. Proofs records to ensure accuracy and updates data as needed. Determines the correctness of data within the appropriate fields. Identifies duplicated entries.
The position description number for this position is 128788.
The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
Position: Archives Counsel
Location: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.
LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.
The Archives and Records Department serves three major functions: building and managing an archival repository of LDF’s historic records, providing library services including research support, and overseeing records management. With grant funding, LDF is in the planning stage of a major effort to organize, preserve, digitize, and provide public access to a substantial portion of our 10,000 boxes of rich historical case files and institutional records. Under the supervision of the Director of Archives and Records, the Archives Counsel will primarily be responsible for leading the review and analysis of archival records to determine which documents can be made available to external researchers and the general public. The Archives Counsel will help to develop and refine the process for conducting privilege review in the LDF Archives and will be essential in balancing the ambitions of the LDF Archives with LDF’s duty of client confidentiality. The ideal candidate has expertise in legal ethics and professional responsibility, patience for large document review projects, an ability to make carefully documented decisions, and a passion for history, archives, and racial justice.
As of March 7, 2022, LDF transitioned to a hybrid work environment. Any candidate selected for this position should be prepared to work in the office location assigned up to two days per week.
- Lead the review of thousands of documents in the LDF Archives, identifying and restricting external access to privileged, confidential, and sensitive information;
- Work in consultation with the General Counsel or Associate General Counsel to make decisions about the release of documents;
- Refine the LDF Archives External Access Policy and privilege review procedure, including researching laws and ethics guidelines across different states where clients may be located;
- Oversee the work of LDF alumni volunteers and interns who are interested in assisting with document review;
- Research and procure software for efficient document review as needed;
- Collaborate with the Library of Congress to plan for the privilege review of a subset of LDF’s early records in the Library’s custody;
- Participate in and/or build coalitions and task forces to bridge the gap between archivists, the legal ethics community, and legal historians;
- Monitor and share with the Archives team pertinent recent developments in legal ethics, including caselaw and ABA opinions;
- Collaborate with the Archives team in developing resources, including an LDF Archives website, to educate the public about the historical arc of current civil rights issues;
- Weigh in on intellectual property questions related to the LDF Archives;
- Assist former clients who request access to their archived files, including reviewing the files for sensitive internal work product;
- Engage in public speaking and trainings related to the intersection of legal ethics and the historical record;
- Travel occasionally to the Library of Congress and LDF’s office in Washington, DC; and
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- Juris Doctor degree;
- Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience;
- Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF;
- Demonstrated expertise in legal ethics, especially attorney-client privilege, attorney work-product, and the ethical duty to protect client confidences;
- Member of the New York Bar or eligible to waive in;
- Experience and interest in large document review projects;
- Project management experience;
- Thorough understanding of the litigation process; litigation experience is a plus;
- Knowledge of copyright law, including the fair use exception;
- Familiarity with archival collections, concepts, and best practices;
- Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills;
- Strong communication skills, including the ability to clearly translate technical concepts for a non-technical audience; and
- Self-motivated and goal oriented, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team.
This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.
Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated, including the booster shot against COVID-19, and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.
This position is open until filled.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
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Human Resources Department
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006
Position: Director of the Law Library
Location: Georgetown University Law Center
Originally posted on the SLA Career Center.
Georgetown University Law Center seeks applicants for the position of Director of the Law Library.
Georgetown Law is one of the premier law schools in the world. Located in the nation’s capital, within walking distance of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Department of Justice, Georgetown Law is known for the quality of its faculty’s scholarship and teaching, its exceptionally talented and diverse student body, its outstanding staff, and its commitment to social justice.
The Georgetown Law Library is one of the leading law libraries in the world, characterized by its dedication to scholarship, preservation, and access to information; its contributions to education through the development of research guides, tools, and programs; and its use of technology to advance the public interest. The Director leads a diverse team of 48 librarians, information professionals, and other staff members in ten departments and manages an annual budget of over $8 million. The library is on the cutting edge of modern information technology and provides support and training to 180 full-time Georgetown Law faculty and approximately 2,700 J.D. and LL.M. students.
The Director of the Law Library is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan for ensuring that information resources and services are available to support the research and teaching missions of the school. The Director acts as a catalyst for the library’s intellectual work and innovation and is a leader in the information community nationally and internationally. The Director reports directly to the Dean of the law school and collaborates with libraries, public interest organizations, funders, and technology companies locally, nationally, and worldwide to advance access to and preservation of legal information.
The ideal candidate should have a J.D. degree and an advanced degree in library or information science or the equivalent, as well as a record of ten years or more of increasingly responsible leadership positions at a major university law library or comparable experience. The candidate will be an innovative, dynamic leader committed to managing the library collection and staff, serving the diverse needs of the Georgetown Law community, and anticipating future opportunities and challenges for the law library.
This is a tenure track faculty position; depending upon qualifications and interest, other types of status may be available. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and credentials.
Application materials should include a Curriculum Vitae, a list of references, a discussion of your qualifications for this position, and a detailed statement of interest addressing what you see as the major issues confronting law libraries in the coming years. Please submit your application materials by September 23, 2022 using this link: http://apply.interfolio.com/112303. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and early submission is strongly encouraged.
Position: Foreign Language Cataloger
Location: LAC Federal
Originally posted on the SLA Career Center.
LAC Group is seeking multiple Foreign Language Catalogers to work onsite at a prestigious federal agency on Capitol Hill. The selected Catalogers will process titles in Hebrew, Yiddish, Asian, Middle East and/or Turkish languages by supplying required metadata in MARC21-compliant bibliographic records. Hours for this role are flexible but is expected to be part-time.
- For Serials and/or Monographs provide:
- Copy cataloging with authority control and bibliographic file maintenance
- Original cataloging with authority control and bibliographic maintenance
- Enhanced minimal level cataloging with no bibliographic file maintenance or authority control (non-rare)
- Copy cataloging with no bibliographic file maintenance or authority control (both rare and non-rare)
- Original cataloging with no bibliographic file maintenance or authority control (both rare and non-rare)
- Utilize the Library’s ILS using knowledge of standard cataloging tools such as Resource Description & Access (RDA), the RDA Toolkit, Cataloger’s Desktop, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), MARC21, etc. to supply the required bibliographic information.
- Search each title to be processed to prevent the creation of duplicate records, process duplicate copies, and check authority control of headings used in access points.
- Complete the cataloging in the bibliographic record for foreign language titles in any subject area collected by LC, following the bibliographic record content guidelines
- Supply the required descriptive elements and Library of Congress Subject Headings for single-part monographic materials being cataloged.
- Identify and refer to LC staff any headings requiring authority work (name, title, or subject) for the materials being cataloged
- Exercise care in the handling of Library materials to avoid loss or damage.
- Intermediate reading and writing ability of both English and foreign language skills for reading, analyzing and transcribing the works in Hebrew, Yiddish, and/or Turkish languages.
- 2+ years of cataloging or metadata experience including working knowledge of library databases, OCLC, AACR2, LCSH
- Must have expert knowledge of Resource Description & Access (RDA), the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), MARC 21, etc.
- Familiarity with the use of Cataloger’s Desktop and the RDA Toolkit is also required.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of standard cataloging practices and applications in Voyager.
- Focused attention to detail and the ability to follow standard procedures in the physical handling and processing of materials
- Must be able to move from place to place within the location; lift, push/pull, hold/carry of items weighing up to (25) pounds and occasional up to (35) pounds such as files, books, stacks of paper, and other materials.
- Ability to sit for long periods of time and to maintain focus on projects such as computer screens or detailed paperwork.
LS&S is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and administers all personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, genetics or any other category protected under applicable law.
Position: Reference and Research Librarian (Legal)
Location: Zimmerman Associates Inc.
Originally posted on the SLA Career Center.
Zimmerman Associates, Inc. (ZAI) is currently seeking to hire a Reference and Research Librarian to support a client in Washington, D.C. The qualified candidate will have experience with conducting legal, congressional, legislative history and/or regulatory research.
- Experience performing front desk support, reference, reference development, collection maintenance and management, acquisitions
- Experience with outreach, creating marketing materials, and developing new reference services.
- Ability to provide legal and non-legal reference and research services using a wide variety of electronic resources, including Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and HeinOnline.
- Experience using West’s Key Number System and CLEAR Investigative database software.
- Ability to provide expert witness vetting, including creating comprehensive and highly detailed expert witness vetting reports. Vetting includes analysis of background reports, legal proceedings, expert witness depositions and trial testimonies, Daubert motions, author publications, professional licenses, news searches, and web and social media research
- Ability to provide presentations, training, and education to library patrons.
- Demonstrated experience in teaching library resources and guidance on how to access information resources
- Ability to develop and maintain web-based subject guides.
- Ability to develop special reports, bibliographies, and other publications.
- Ability to assemble usage statistics and other library metrics.
- Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution
Minimum three (3) years of work with legal research and reference experience
Preferred experience with legal, legislative history, congressional, and regulatory research
ZAI is an equal opportunity employer. In compliance with Federal and State Equal Opportunity Laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, veterans’ status or any other legally protected status.
Position: Digital Services Manager
Location: George Washington University
Salary: $54,000 – $80,300
Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.
The George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) seeks nominations and applications for a collaborative and service-oriented Digital Services Manager. GWLAI 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.
A virtual information session for interested candidates will be offered on September 8 at 7pm eastern. Please visit https://go.gwu.edu/librarianjobs for details.
Primary job responsibilities:
- Continue to develop criteria and processes for setting digitization priorities and selecting materials for digitization that support the strategic goals of GWLAI and GW and involve cross-unit teams in the decision-making process
- Lead the development and implementation of sustainable strategies and infrastructure to support the accession, preservation, discovery, and use of born digital resources and web archives
- As part of a cross-unit team, provides guidance and leadership for the digital stewardship of the libraries’ specialized and general collections including planning, implementation, and assessment of current systems and infrastructure, and guidance on new technologies
- Coordinate with external vendors on digitization projects and manage the high-resolution scan-on-demand services for specialized collections
- Responsible for budget planning and management related to digitization and digital projects.
- Supervise two FTE staff
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to the access, accessibility, and ethics of digital collections; demonstrate a commitment to institutional outreach and educational goals as well as community use of materials
- Provide on-site and remote research services and participate in instruction activities, especially those related to digital collections and digital scholarship
- Demonstrate evidence of familiarity with a range of standards, tools, software, scholarship, and issues related to digital collections
- Participate in professional organizations and keep current with library professional standards and trends and technologies related to digital imaging, digital projects, digital scholarship, and digital preservation
- Contribute to the broader professional community by sharing knowledge in scholarly/professional venues and through service to the University and the profession
This position reports to the Associate Dean and may be eligible for partial telework.
To be considered, please visit https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/95044 and upload a CV and a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin on September 21, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Employment offers are contingent upon the satisfactory outcome of a reference check and standard background screening.
When applying for the Digital Services Manager position please highlight the experiences you have that address the job responsibilities and demonstrate your ability to thrive in this position and within the broader GWLAI and university communities.
The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for these positions.