Six Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Archivist
Location: Smithsonian Institution
Salary: $64,957 – $84,441

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. This position is located within the Archives of American Art (AAA). Founded in 1954, the Archives of American Art fosters advanced research through the accumulation and dissemination of primary sources, unequaled in historical depth and breadth, that document more than two hundred years of our nation’s artists and art communities.


The Archivist is responsible for applying professional and current archival standards, best practices, and methodologies to accessioning, assessing, arranging, preserving, describing, and transporting archival collections of personal papers and manuscripts.

In this position, you will:

Process newly accessioned archival collections of personal papers, or historical records of institutions, societies, galleries, or associations according to national archival standards and best practices, and the Archives’ written guidelines and procedures.

Prepare written, concise, and organized finding aids that meet current archival descriptive standards and best practices.

Assist the Collections Specialist and Registrar with logistical operations when needed for new acquisitions, such as assisting with onsite appraisals, packing, and shipping new acquisitions, shelving new acquisitions and labeling boxes.

Perform reference services on a regular schedule.

Position: Supervisory Library Technician (Onsite Collections Maintenance Supervisor)
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $78,592 – $102,166

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


This position is located in the Collections Management Division, Preservation Directorate, Discovery and Preservation Services.


The incumbent serves as the Onsite Collections Maintenance and Stack Management Supervisor in the Collections Maintenance and Stack Management Section (CMSM) in the Collection Management Division (CMD), Preservation Directorate (PRES), Discovery and Preservation Services (DPS) in the Library Collections and Services Group (LCSG) at the Library of Congress (Library). The position has responsibility for supervising, scheduling, and directing a workforce comprised of subordinate supervisors, and through them, a large staff of library technicians. Under the broad guidelines of the CMSM Section Head, the incumbent is responsible for overseeing major components of the collections management and maintenance programs for onsite Capitol Hill operations.

The high quality of the reference and research service that the Library provides is directly related to the collections management practices and procedures developed and implemented in CMD. The incumbent shares with other Division managers and supervisors, overall responsibility for administering, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and activities which deal directly with effective management of (primarily) the general collections on Capitol Hill.

Supervises employees performing work at the GS-07 and GS-08 levels, divided into subordinate units lead by supervisors or team leaders, working shift operations. Plans, assigns and schedules work; establishes or ensures the establishment of performance standards, ensures the communication of performance expectations to staff and the timely and accurate evaluation of performance. Resolves complaints and grievances working through subordinate supervisors or directly with staff. Recommends actions including appointment, promotion, reassignment and awards. Provides advice and counsel to staff on work and administrative matters. Makes decisions on or recommends disciplinary measures; reviews workflow, processes and procedures and makes or recommends improvement. Arranges for or provides training to subordinate supervisors, leaders and staff in CMSM policies and procedures, technology or safety and ensures that subordinate supervisors and leaders protect sensitive and personally identifiable information of employees.

Furthers the objectives of diversity and inclusiveness by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of diversity and inclusiveness and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, nondisqualifying disability, age, or other non-merit factor.

Serves as an expert in the intricacies of the Library’s many catalogs and retrieval tools. Ensures efficient and on time delivery of General Collections to Reading Rooms and Charge Stations. Establishes liaisons in the General and International Collections Directorate (GICD) in order to assist in the successful resolution of collections retrieval related problems.

Provides training to subordinate supervisors and staff on changing procedures and space assignments and prepares manuals and other documentation to ensure policies and procedures are clearly articulated both orally and in writing.

Assesses and develops recommendations for the best allocation of space within the general collections stack areas to ensure crowding is kept to a minimum and changing acquisitions and collections retention policies are recognized in the space allocation planning process.

Meets regularly with subordinate staff for walk-throughs of the collections storage spaces to ensure adherence to established procedures and to work collaboratively with subordinate staff in developing plans necessary for proper stack management – space, neatness, shelving accuracy, and quality control.

Serves as a liaison with the AOC and with Library offices, primarily Integrated Support Services (ISS) to ensure the smooth operation of onsite storage and retrieval activities. Participates in planning meetings for new construction and ongoing work at onsite facilities.

Maintains an excellent understanding of the intricacies of the Library’s IT systems used to request, track, and monitor collections to include, the Integrated Library System (ILS), Inventory Management System (i.e., LAS), and Request Management System (i.e., ACS). Resolves problems with systems through coordination with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

Performs other duties as assigned.
The position description number for this position is 437014.
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 supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Position: Library Technician (Copyright)
Location: Architect of the Capitol
Salary: $42,870 – $55,736

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


This position is located in the Office of Copyright Records, Copyright Office.

The appointee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security designation.


The Office of Public Records and Repositories (PRR) is responsible for preserving, maintaining, and servicing copyright-related records in physical and digital formats. Staff of the Office of Public Records and Repositories retrieve materials for court cases, perform searches and write search reports based on registered materials and other copyright records, provide certified and non-certified copies of copyright deposits, additional certificates and other copyright records, maintain the official records of the office, and respond to inspection requests from members of the public or Congress. Staff also publicly record documents pertaining to copyright, including documents that transfer copyright ownership, thereby contributing to the world’s largest database of records of copyright ownership.

This position, Library Technician, may work in any of the areas of PRR, reporting to the relevant section head or supervisor, and may perform a variety of technical tasks required by that section or area.

While performing daily activities, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring proper handling and security of all Library and Copyright Office materials.

Provides support to public service librarians or other staff members assigned to work in the reading room. Charges records materials in and out of their assigned locations using manual and automated systems, and shelves library and records materials in proper sequence. Tracks loaned or borrowed materials to insure timely return. Retrieves patron requested materials from storage. Routs collections, records or materials to other organizations as required. Validates the internal or external routing of materials, securing items prior to routing or transporting to ensure safe delivery. Ensures materials are transported using secure conveyances. Inspects materials while handling them and notifies supervisor or librarians of condition of materials needing attention. Identifies and prepares library materials (such as unbound periodicals and books
needing repairs) for binding or rebinding. Repairs minor damage to print materials.

Posts official record changes or updates in manual or automated records or files. Answers ready reference questions and assists users with the public access catalog, other finding aids, and with operation of automated equipment.

Locates and retrieves uncatalogued records from data bases. Makes adaptations and additions to the record to conform to the bibliographic record identification system.

Using manual or automated systems, tracks record retention and ensures records are routed and retained according to established schedules, properly disposing of records according to established schedules and in compliance with record disposition standards.

Ensures all materials are secured through use of established security and loss prevention measures, installing or reinstalling security measures and devices in materials as required.

Ensures materials are stored according to established archival storage standards, properly labeling storage containers as directed and ensures materials within containers is listed on required manifest sheets, or is contained within a properly configured, labeled, and cataloged container.

Following established protocols, prepares records, records or collections for image preservation and reproduction, resolving material sequencing discrepancies. Mends material, according to standards, as necessary prior to processing, when it is possible to properly do so. Records missing materials or other irregularities according to policy. Provides assistance in the use of equipment, ensuring that equipment is clean and in proper working order for optimum performance. Uses assigned manual or automated systems for records inventory maintenance, updating them as required for records inventory maintenance.

Performs clerical and administrative support tasks such as maintaining time and attendance records; processing incoming and outgoing mail for the office, including preparing mail and freight records; photocopying materials including organizing and collating materials; and maintaining and ordering office supplies. Reports equipment problems to the helpdesk.

The position description number for this position is 354221.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
The incumbent of this position will work a compflex; or flextime; or maxiflex 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: Library Technician (Digitization Technician)
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $47,789 – $62,122

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


This position is located in the Digital Collections Services Section, Serial and Government Publications Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Researcher and Collections Services.
The position description number for this position is 375719.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.


Performs arrangement and descriptive (i.e., metadata) work in a major body of records that describe digitized materials. Assesses the correctness of item entries in different fields and makes corrections as needed. Identifies duplicate entries. Copies records when needed. Creates new records or adds to or edits existing records as appropriate. Consults with senior staff frequently prior to correcting or significantly altering questionable database entries.

Applies knowledge of the full range of library rules, procedures, and operations to respond to a wide variety of non-standard library collection maintenance issues. Prepares, organizes, and collates collection materials as necessary for digitization and processes the digital files produced as needed so that they may be included in digital projects. May physically transport collection materials between custodial divisions, conservation offices, scanning operations, and/or contractors. As required, digitizes library materials using scanners or digital camera according to specifications provided. Receives computer files representing digitized items and files containing associated metadata, processes and places them in appropriate locations on servers. Checks files representing digitized items against established quality standards prior to acceptance. Where files fail to meet such standards, documents problems and works with senior staff to request rework.

Completes a sequence of detailed routines in searching online databases. Uses search tools in a variety of online databases that have different search interfaces and protocols. Follows a limited number of applicable instructions concerning the recognition and comparison of dates, authors, titles, filenames, directory structures, and other conventions. Determines whether records describe items in hand or items represented by digital files. Assists in the implementation of digital projects as assigned by senior staff. Creates and updates data in in-house databases for digital project production.

Position: Librarian- Remote
Location: ICF International
Salary: $68,325 – $116,152

Originally posted on the SLA Career Center.

ICF International seeks a Librarian to work with the Early Education Services team to support the Office of Planning,Research andEvaluation (OPRE) in the maintenance of the Child Care Early Care and education Research Connections Website. The Librarian will work closely with the Project Manager and the team to plan and implement library policies and procedures. The Librarian will assist with maintenance and updating of the online database including selection, prioritization, and indexing of research and policy literature in the ECE field.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the maintenance and expansion of the Research Connection library collections and services.
  • Scan publications and websites and reports for appropriate content.
  • Research and evaluate print selection and electronic sources for collection development and acquisition.
  • Review document references and citations during the indexing process.
  • Classify publications using a field-specific topical classification system.
  • Maintain electronic files and folders in an organized and consistent manner.
  • Assist occasionally with database testing and management.
  • Optional occasional projects such as the compilation of bibliographies or bibliographic control for specific classes of literature.

Basic Qualifications

  • An ALA-accredited master’s-level degree in library/information studies or science (e.g., MLS, MIS, MLIS, MSLIS) or equivalent in experience
  • 2+ years working in a library; preferably in technical or access services.

Professional Skills

  • Detail orientation.
  • A proactive approach with a positive attitude.
  • The ability to be flexible and handle changing priorities and duties.
  • The ability to be self-sufficient, a problem solver, and results oriented.
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and prioritization abilities.
  • Respect and consideration given to management, co-workers and all other internal and external parties.
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet critical deadlines.
  • The ability to work independently as well as being a dedicated team player.
  • Strong aptitude for cataloging-like tasks including the identification of bibliographic access points and their transcription into catalog records using cataloging rules.
  • Strong skills in using online catalogs and literature indexes.
  • Coursework in the social sciences and/or experience working with collections of advanced academic and/or professional research in the social sciences is preferred. Basic knowledge of the role of evidence in policy and policy literature.
  • Excellent writing skills (Example: writing abstracts, annotated bibliography, newsletters)
  • Focused research skills using research databases (Examples: Ongoing review of websites of academic, governmental, and independent organizations that have been identified as potential sources of relevant documents and added to the research database web acquisitions sources list)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Acrobat
  • Experience with library software.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world’s toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy .

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: Know Your Rights and Pay Transparency Statement .

Pay Range – There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is :
$68,325.00 – $116,152.00

Position: Research Services Librarian
Location: Arnold & Porter

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.


The Research Services Department (formerly the Library) of Arnold & Porter has an opening for a Legislative Research Analyst to join our energetic, creative, and global service team. This position is fully remote, but the employee must live within a commutable distance to the Washington, DC office.

Under the direction of the firmwide Research Services management team, Research Analysts respond to research and reference requests from attorneys, legal assistants and administrative personnel in all Arnold & Porter offices. Research Analysts also assist with current awareness monitoring, curated news preparation, collection development, and other department activities.

Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Perform legislative and regulatory reference and research services in all jurisdictions and across a wide range of subject areas using a variety of print and electronic resources, including free and fee-based databases and web sites.
  • Serve as designated and primary research analyst for legislative and regulatory reference and research services in all jurisdictions and across a wide range of subject areas using a variety of print and electronic resources, including free and fee-based databases and web sites. Perform other legal and non-legal research as assigned to support the needs of the research team.
  • Participate in collection development activities, reviewing resources, products, and tools, making recommendations as appropriate, and promoting their use.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the U.S. and abroad to perform legal, business, and scientific reference and research using a variety of free and fee-based databases and web sites.
  • Help plan, develop tools and documentation, and participate in orientation and training sessions.
  • Maintain awareness of new products, research tools and emerging technologies relevant to legislative research services.
  • Actively participate in Department and other internal Firm meetings.
  • Promote the services of the Department firmwide.
  • Participate in, or lead, special projects as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and Master’s in Library Science required; Juris Doctor degree preferred but not required.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience responding to legal research requests, including legislative history and regulatory requests, in a law library setting; law firm experience strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of legal research methods, and the ability to assess and utilize the best, most cost-effective and efficient research tools.
  • Ability to master new research tools in an expedited timeframe.
  • Expertise in using computer-based research tools: Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Terminal, CCH Cheetah, HeinOnline, and ProQuest.
  • Thorough competency with relevant Firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems.
  • Ability to analyze, cull and summarize search results.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Strong collaboration skills along with the ability to manage multiple and complex research projects–often on tight deadlines–while attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with the Quest ticketing system a plus.