Three Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Sr. Research Analyst for Training & Outreach
Location: Venable LLP

Originally posted on AALL Careers.

You’re looking for a change, and so are we. At Venable, we know that every new hire brings valuable experience, new perspectives, and a chance to raise the bar on our approach to Research and Knowledge Services. That’s why we’re looking for a Sr. Research Analyst for Training & Outreach to lead library outreach, training initiatives as well as research team assignments. Research Team activities include conducting high-level substantive research in a wide variety of practice areas utilizing a diverse range of resources to support client work, business development, and firm management and functional areas.
The ideal candidate will be responsible for…
Leading the department’s training and outreach initiatives to develop annual research training goals and assure that lawyers develop awareness and proficiency in using appropriate resources to support their client work.
Collaborating with Reference and Knowledge Services team members, the Professional Development team, Practice Group Leaders, Partners, and other firm leaders to assess and understand attorney and professional staff research and information needs.
Designing, developing, and implementing training programs and developing appropriate learning materials.
Providing training to attorneys and professional staff in a variety of platforms, including remote virtual learning, video learning, concierge (one-on-one), and in-person group presentations
Providing high-level legal, regulatory, legislative, tax, corporate, and general domestic and international research and reference services to attorneys, legal assistants, clients, and administrative staff
Researching and writing summaries of research results across a wide spectrum of business, legal, legislative, analytics and docket resources in over 200 rapidly-changing databases including Lexis, Westlaw, Wolters Kluwer Cheetah, LexMachina, Bloomberg/B-Law, Pacer, CNS, CourtLink, Capital IQ, OCLC, Intelligize, TLO, Checkpoint, and others.
Providing analysis and synthesis of research results and presenting findings in a manner promoting effective decision making.

The successful candidate will demonstrate…
Bachelor’s degree, paralegal certificate or equivalent experience
A minimum of two years office or law firm experience preferred
Working knowledge of MS Office products including Outlook, Word, and Excel
Strong communication skills: ability to interact in both written and oral form with all levels of the organization
Experience with logic-based searching preferred
Investing your time and talents is no small matter—we know that superior service to our clients starts with an investment in you. Our competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, and programs that support our employees’ wellbeing, families, and futures reflect our pride in our people. From our Sr. Research Analyst for Training & Outreach to our senior partners, Venable makes sure that we are the right fit for one another, in order to cultivate the most successful of relationships.

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

Full job vacancy posted on USAJobs.

The reference librarian in the Manuscript Division serves as an authority in providing reference services in the field of archives and manuscripts.
This position is located in the Reference and Reader Services Section, Manuscript Division, Special Collections Directorate, Researcher And Collections Services.
The position description number for this position is 169238. This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Responds to reference service requests, received in person, by telephone, or via electronic means regarding collection of documents administered by the Manuscript Division. Locates, retrieves, and re-shelves materials. Interviews researchers, analyzing questions to determine appropriate research strategies. Assists scholars and researchers in finding significant records relating to the subject under consideration, and advises them of relevant records in both the Manuscript Division and in other repositories. Assists researchers in the use of manuscript material relevant to their study. Provides information on the following: collections, catalogs, indexes, finding aids and other sources available for their use; and donor restrictions, copyright law, scanning and photocopy regulations which govern the research and publication of material in the custody of the Manuscript Division.
Communicates with a wide variety of patrons with non-routine questions on use of manuscript collections, location of material, and borrowing policies. Exercises good public relations practices in soliciting information. Is called on to deal with difficult patrons or callers. Demonstrates an understanding of the demands and attitudes of various interested and affected groups. Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information.
Ensures proper handling of manuscript materials and guards against theft. Maintains reader records and statistics regarding use of collections. Examines all materials brought into the Manuscript Reading Room and applies appropriate markings which distinguish personal property from collections materials. Controls stack access and verifies materials taken from the collection are properly charged.
Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity to researchers where user needs are determined easily from interviews or written requests. Conducts research and analysis in topics related to American history and culture. Assists in search techniques and files for handling specific types of requests. Prepares clear, accurate, concise, and grammatically correct responses to inquiries. Efficiently handles work assignments to ensure timely responses. Examines publications, electronic resources, and trends in topics related to manuscript librarianship. Develops knowledge of collections for use in performing research tasks. Assists in preparing guides and related written products describing collections and research methodologies. Assists senior librarians in revising or updating research materials, and collection development activities including searches, and completing claim and order forms.
Resolves the most difficult special search requests that require an expert knowledge and a specialized expertise in the field of manuscripts administration. Serves as an expert in the intricacies of the Manuscript Division’s many catalogs and retrieval tools. Locates and expedites the retrieval of elusive and difficult to locate materials. Determines how far a search should go, and makes recommendations for replacement or withdrawal of records from all files. Works closely with staff to improve the search and retrieval processes.

Conditions of Employment
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 or current 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 the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science.**
Ability to provide reference services.**
Knowledge of manuscript collections.**
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to provide consultation or liaison services.
Ability to utilize integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education.
Completion of 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; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have directly related education and/or specialized experience.
GS- 9
Two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or master’s in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.
You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.
Foreign Education – Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE). Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

Position: Library Assessment Coordinator
Location: American University
Salary: $65,489 – $71,452

Originally posted on ALA Joblist.

At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail.
Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today’s thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work.
Learn more about American University by clicking here.
About the Department/Unit
Library Systems and Assessment is a small team that makes a sizeable impact on both the day-to-day operations and long-term mission of the American University Library. We work with staff and faculty at every level and in every department of the organization to champion new technologies and enable data-driven decision making. The team places a premium on creativity, collegiality, and cooperation. We use our individual skills and knowledge creating tools and solutions for the whole of the Library.
Reporting to the Library Systems and Assessment Administrator, the Library Assessment Coordinator provides direction, coordination and support for ad hoc as well as ongoing library assessment work. This position will assist library units and centrally organize library assessment projects covering these three categories:
Strategic assessments that support the library’s current and future strategic planning.
Departmental assessments that evaluate a department’s day-to-day operations and services for future improvements or modifications.
Targeted assessment activities that support internal or external needs.
More specifically, the incumbent will oversee the library’s master statistics tools, provide and store collection usage statistics, and organize information and outputs for assessment projects managed, developed, and/or executed by staff throughout the library.
Essential Functions
Under supervision and direction of the Library Systems and Assessment Administrator, ensures the integrity of library data by creating and documenting consistent, replicable methodologies for gathering statistics. Reviews and analyzes established workflows for gathering statistics, helping to automate them wherever possible. Identifies discrepancies and works to analyze and resolve them. Establishes common repository for library data in multiple formats; assists in the creation of dashboards and other means to visualize library data. Develops mechanisms for periodic review and streamlining of data gathering in order to minimize effort, maintain currency, and avoid redundancy. Reviews and recommends products and applications for tracking library statistics in consultation with relevant departments and consistent with local infrastructure.
Compiles, analyzes, and reports library data to ensure that mandated statistical reports are accurate, complete, and timely. Coordinates the gathering of required statistics from internal departments and university libraries. Serves as the primary point of contact for questions about library data on a national, regional and local level, and is responsible for ensuring that externally reported or shared data is accurate, current, and consistent across platforms.
Fosters a culture of assessment within the library in order to explain and advance the assessment agenda. Develops employee understanding of the purpose and applications for statistics gathering. Recommends baseline assessment knowledge, skills and abilities for library employees whose duties include measurement so that they understand assessment methodologies and applications. Integrates initiatives and advances shared goals as appropriate.
Under supervision and direction of the Library Systems and Assessment Administrator, performs other related duties as assigned.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Full Time, 35 hours/week.
Sr. Coordinator/Analyst A.
AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University’s unique benefit options.
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