Four Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Historian/Archivist (interdisciplinary)
Location: Office of the Secretary of Transportation
Salary: $74,950 – $138,868

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located within the Office of Information & Library Sciences, Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) a component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The incumbent is responsible for recommending and overseeing National Transportation Library (NTL) historical collection policies; acquiring, managing, and promoting materials pertinent to the history of the Department of Transportation.

The Historian/Archivist:

  • Develops and articulates policies and strategic activities for the Archives & Special Collections, in alignment with the National Transportation Library, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, OST-R, and the Department of Transportation.
  • Serves as the preservation officer for the NTL regarding all non-digital assets, including development and implementation of policies governing the organization, coordination, and expansion of the Archives & Special Collections’ preservations program. Takes primary responsibility for overseeing the general treatment of collection materials as well as a program of preventive care.
  • Conducts historical research regarding the history of transportation in general and the Department of Transportation in particular, producing papers and products for the NTL, BTS, modal administrations, and DOT leadership.
  • Represents the Archives & Special Collections in overall NTL collection development planning, including working with donors and prospective donors. Explores new areas for collection development and expands on existing collection strengths.
  • Evaluates the significance of archival material in its cultural and historical context to help create a plan of arrangement and description.
  • Disseminates information in coordination with the BTS Director of Public Affairs to provide publicity about special collections holdings and services, including development of the collections’ website.
  • Provides historical proofreading, fact checking, reviewing, editing, and historical expertise and perspective on papers, speeches, and articles produced by senior DOT leaders.
  • Promotes recognition and use of the Archives & Special Collections by coordinating publicity, offering a broad user education program that publicizes the collections both within DOT and nationally, including online exhibits, publications, presentations, instructional sessions, and other outreach activities.
  • Represents the Archives & Special Collections at professional conferences and meetings.

The ideal candidate will possess a professional understanding of modern archival theory, standards, and practices as they relate to a digital Library environment; the application and implementation of appraisal, acquisition, processing, descriptive cataloging (including the application of controlled vocabularies and ontologies), accessibility, and conservation/preservation best practices to digital, physical, and artifactual materials; and a fundamental grasp of the interface of departmental and office records management outcomes with archival holdings. The candidate will have a comprehensive grasp of historical research methodology and processes, recognition of the relative historical importance of informational assets in all formats, the ability to provide reference assistance by guiding and assisting others in their research projects, the capacity to develop and maintain clearly written guides and finding aids online using contemporary tools in accordance with national standards, and a knowledge of curatorial activities sufficient to mount timely and pertinent exhibitions, deliver programs, and promote them accordingly.

Position: Archivist
Location: Smithsonian Institution
Salary: $89,834 – $116,788

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 21 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world. This position is located in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections (RRFAC), Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution.


The Archivist of Latina/o/x History and Culture will perform collections care preservation and digitization work to increase the digital accessibility of U.S. Latina/o/x, AfroLatina/o/x, and Mestiza/o/x archival documentation.

In this position you will:

  1. Translate and review translations of archival documentation between English and Spanish and vice versa as found in papers, photos, audiovisual media, and electronic records.
  2. Contribute advisory services to identify, strategize, and write proposals and requests for allocations, in consultation with archives and curatorial staff. Work as part of a team to develop grant requests that result in receipt of funds conducted in collaboration with internal and external partners. Manages grant-funded projects and allocations that support archival work foregrounding collections that document U.S. Latina/o/x, Afro-Latina/o/x, and Mestiza/o/x cultures
  3. Process these collections to increase digital accessibility of U.S. Latina/o/x, Afro-Latina/o/x, and Mestiza/o/x archival documentation. This involves applying knowledge of current archival principles, concepts, methodology, and procedures for activities that comprise collections processing, including organization, arrangement, rehousing, description in finding aids, inventories, and cataloging, conservation interventions, and digitization, bringing logical order to the material and making it usable and accessible to source communities, scholars, researchers, CFCH staff, and the public.
  4. Apply fluency in written and spoken Spanish, along with specialized subject and cultural knowledge of the U.S. Latina/o/x, Afro-Latina/o/x, and Mestiza/o/x experience, to correct or enhance existing archival descriptions, find solutions to legacy issues such as missing or incorrect diacritics in databases, earlier versions of finding aids, and inventories, and review and revise subject headings and other descriptive language to more accurately, respectfully, and accessibly reflect the people and traditions represented in CFCH collections.
  5. Support the preservation of CFCH curatorial, departmental, and administrative records by applying CFCH’s institutionally mandated records disposition schedule covering papers, photos, audiovisual media, and electronic records in order to locate, store, transfer, and process records of enduring value.

Position: Deck Attendant
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $36,542 – $47,503

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Physical Collection Services Section, Serial And Government Publications Division, General & International Collections Directorate, Researcher And Collections Services.
The position description number for this position is 130130.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.


The incumbent serves as a deck attendant in the Serial and Government Publications Division. Incumbent is responsible for the maintenance, services and shelving of collections housed in the Division during hours of public service. This includes retrieving materials for researchers, shelving and maintaining the serial collections of the division, and utilizing the LC ILS and other online systems. Critical to this position is the ability to work with a high degree of accuracy, to produce a large quantity of work, often under sever time constraints, and to interact effectively with researchers and other users of the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.

Following a body of standardized library rules, procedures, and operations, assists in maintaining the collections. Maintains simple records and verifies information by comparison. Collates serial material according to classification scheme appropriate for the collection. Files materials and forms in alphabetical or numerical order. Arranges, sorts, and re-shelves materials returned to the stacks according to shelflist order. Reads shelves and assures that they are properly arranged. Continually shelfreads in assigned area to ensure that each item is in proper shelflist order. Learns to use reference tools to identify materials. Handles brittle, damaged, or deteriorated material. Identifies and removes items suspected of containing errors in labeling and/or cataloging and forwards items for further determination of disposition. Withdraws materials in need of rebinding, re-labeling, and repair forwarding them for appropriate correction. Effects minor shifts necessitated by growth of collection. Participates in the maintenance of selected reading room collections, including the newspaper, periodical, or reference collections, by shelving material according to established procedures.

Following a body of standardized library rules, procedures, and operations, assists in retrieval of materials. Receives, sorts, and transmits books, serials, or other materials back to the appropriate location. Receives call slips indicating call number, title, volume, chronology, etc:, of materials requested by readers or staff. Draws upon knowledge of the classification system, an understanding of the peculiarities of more than one system of classification, and the meaning of different shelf markers, to locate material which may have special requirements such as material in a foreign language. Checks title, call number, and other indicia information against call slip. Delivers the requested material. When information is incomplete or inaccurate, seeks assistance and verifies the call number, edition and other indicia in order to locate the requested item. Locates and pulls material from shelves and reshelves material.

Assists patrons participating in standardized library programs and services. Communicates library policy regarding material retrieval to readers. Responds to directional questions posed by readers. Provides messenger services, delivering and picking up material as scheduled. Maintains a high degree of tact and courtesy in dealing with visitors.

Performs searches for routine print and non-print materials in bibliographic and copyright files, using bibliographic tools, to organize data into a catalog record as prescribed by the appropriate rules. Identifies problems and brings them to the attention of the supervisor. Inputs and updates manual or automated information systems, using other data compiled during processing.

Position: Library Technician
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Salary: $50,643 – $65,831

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

About the Position: The DML is on the third floor of building 1, a National Historic Landmark.
We ensure quality patient care by providing healthcare providers with accurate information in a timely manner, and ensuring that online resources are accessible to them from their desktops and mobile devices. The applicant can expect to make a difference in the care of our wounded warriors, service personnel, and their families.


  • Staffs the library circulation desk: answers phone, responds to customer queries, and charges/discharges materials.
  • Answers ready reference questions and assists users with the public access catalog and other finding aids.
  • Assists users with operation of automated equipment.
  • Aids staff and customers in troubleshooting electronic access issues, documenting error messages and reporting issues to library staff or vendors (depending on the nature of the error).
  • Backup to interlibrary loan: verify bibliographic citations, processes requests and sends materials to other libraries, tracking loaned and borrowed materials to insure timely return.
  • Research available online journals/databases and then print collection, prior to submitting an interlibrary loan request.
  • Support technical service staff by performing database clean up as directed by library director. Update records to include patron records, book/journal records, and SERHOLD records.
  • Maintain statistics used to document use of library spaces, services, and resources.
  • Monitor area for facilities related issues and reports to Library Director for resolution.