Two Positions: Virginia

Position: Librarian (Acquisitions)
Location: Department of the Interior
Salary: $94,199 – $122,459

Full job posting on USAjobs.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) serves as a national catalyst to organize and distribute biological, hydrological, geological, and geographical information and address the specific needs of the Department of the Interior and its land and resource managers. The USGS is the Nation’s largest water, earth, biological science and civilian mapping agency, working in cooperation with more than 2,000 organizations across the country with numerous international communities to provide reliable, impartial, scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers and partners.
Science Analytics and Synthesis (SAS) is a key component within the Core Science System Mission Area. SAS emphasizes an analysis and synthesis approach to providing scientific information on Earth systems, including focus a on science data lifecycle . We strive to accelerate research and decision making through data science, information delivery, advanced scientific computing, and biogeographic science. SAS is comprised of Business and Technical Services, Advanced Research Computing (ARC), Biogeographic Science, Science Data Management (SDM), and the USGS Library.
The USGS Library, authorized by Congress in 1879, is recognized as one of the world’s largest Earth and natural science libraries providing services, collections, and expertise essential to the USGS mission. Our librarians facilitate research by ensuring seamless access to the literature of the earth and natural sciences – anytime, anywhere.
SAS Science Data Management provides Bureau-wide leadership to optimize and share USGS science data, share effective management practices, and support various data workflows and repository functions. Our data scientists and information managers partner with discipline scientists to ensure USGS science is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable for future generations.
Advanced Research Computing (ARC) provides training, consulting, and access to high performance computing resources, . Working side-by-side with researchers, our computer scientists and research facilitators help to expand the scope and scale of scientific discovery and expedite the delivery of science products to stakeholders.
SAS Biogeographic Science focuses on understanding and characterizing terrestrial, aquatic, and marine species, and ecosystems through development, maintenance, and integration of a suite of synthesized data systems used to conduct biodiversity assessments at regional to national scales. Our biologists, ecologists, and geographers conduct applied research on species, their habitats, threats, and protections to inform management of species, lands, and waters.
Business and Technical Services supports the information technology, finance, and administrative needs for the organization.
SAS has a strong culture of inclusivity and collaboration and are excited for the right person to join our team.
As a Librarian within the Science Analytics and Synthesis, some of your specific duties will include:
Serve as the subject matter expert and senior librarian for library acquisitions.
Fulfills the acquisitions needs for all library locations ensuring Bureau-wide access to centralized serials subscriptions, including online and print journals, online and print books, databases, and other resources.
Supports library acquisitions through preparation and development of contract documentation, technical reviews, and annual management of awards.
Coordinate serial subscription renewal process. Ensure federal acquisition regulations are identified, understood, and followed in order to complete the requesting and purchasing process.
Management, coordination, and oversight for daily functions such as claims, cancellations, payments, monitoring of expenses and finances, liaising with vendors to ensure access to serials subscriptions.
Provide and oversee a wide variety of library activities and services requiring searching beyond readily accessible sources of information.
Provide support for special projects and participate in vendor demonstrations and review to identify potential new products and services.
Provide technical services supporting the library system, including acquisition of the information from a variety of sources, cataloging and classification of materials in the Library.
Utilize a working knowledge of library systems technology, databases, software as well as operating policies and procedures.
Deliver information to audiences including library management and patrons to explain library programs and technical services.
Maintains library financial records and tracks expenses incurred in library operations. Maintains library resource use and service statistics.
Analyzes historical data and provides reports on the budget regarding library service functions and provides input for special initiatives.
Conditions of Employment
Key Requirements:
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
If selected you may be asked to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Librarian, all grade levels.
A. 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;
B. 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.
Examples of such experience may include maintaining and updating the electronic catalog of library holdings; maintaining an accurate record of the journal holdings; contacting other libraries and arranging interlibrary loan of or copying of material and obtaining reference lists and bibliographies from other’s sources; performing literature searches in a computerized database by using knowledge of subject-heading structure and logic of search information; utilizing the computer to access library databases, online journals, online library services, the internet, and electronic mail to identify and obtain information for library users; and conducting research on technical and scientific information.
For GS-12:
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement as described above, applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-12 level:
Specialized experience in library acquisitions including the planning, management and evaluation of library print and licensed electronic resources, knowledge of federal procurement processes, and ability to work with library systems and publishers in providing access to electronic services and resources.
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

Position: Sciences and Data Librarian
Location: George Mason University

Original job positing on ALA JobList.

The George Mason University Libraries is seeking to fill the position of Sciences and Data Librarian. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Position:
Generally, the Sciences and Data Librarian will coordinate, shape, and deliver resources and services by:
Creating and delivering responsive and innovative general and subject-specific research, information, and outreach services through in person and virtual services;
Instructing users in disciplinary research and integrating library resources into curricula and research projects, incorporating available technologies;
Engaging and collaborating with faculty on assignments, course design, and pedagogical strategies in the fields of Biology, Atmospheric, Oceanic & Earth Sciences (AOES), and Environmental Science and Policy (ESP);
Understanding, explaining, and responding to trends, technologies, issues, and needs in scholarship and publishing, particularly in assigned subject areas; and
Developing library collections in relevant disciplines and sub-disciplines, and supporting initiatives in open access, open science, and open data.
Reference & Research Services:
Provides general and expert academic discipline-based reference and consultation, research assistance and course support, including evening and weekend reference service as scheduled;
Develops and implements creative library services, programs, and tools to integrate collections with teaching and research, including maintaining content for the library’s online and print guides, as needed;
Collaborates with the STEM Data Librarian and the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center to support their delivery of research data services;
Assesses impacts, outcomes of reference/research services, and programs in assigned subject areas; and
Keeps abreast of curricular and program changes in assigned department and programs, and follows research trends and applications in open science.
Using general and subject-specific knowledge and resources, develops and delivers high-quality instruction to faculty, staff, and students in assigned subject areas, using current computer technologies and appropriate pedagogies;
Manages the Governor School information literacy program;
Participates fully in the research and teaching initiatives of the libraries, including conducting workshops and training sessions, as needed; and
Attends training sessions to maintain and enhance skills.
Collection Development and Information Management:
As subject area expert, and working closely with faculty from assigned departments, selects, recommends, monitors, evaluates, and manages reference and research collections (in all formats) in the assigned disciplines to meet curricular and research needs using available systems and technologies;
Works with special collections to identify and acquire archives/other special materials;
Participates in system-wide shared collection initiatives and activities, and as a member of the Science and Technology Team, participates in setting and achieving annual goals and tasks as established by the team;
Monitors trends and maintains knowledge, skills, and expertise with regard to relevant general and subject-area databases, relevant publishers/vendors, intellectual access mechanisms, resource formats, and library and information technologies; and
Participates in the development and promotion of library digital projects and services.
Scholarly Communication:
Proactively supports researchers on scholarly communication models, and promotes the use of open access sources and tools to faculty, students, and researchers;
Helps researchers find and manage information and data, and critically evaluate and use research tools, platforms, and infrastructure; and
Supports researchers in data management and data services in assigned fields. Builds internal and external partnerships to support this activity.
Outreach and Engagement:
Develops and maintains effective and proactive communication with faculty and students responsive to user need, ensuring that users are kept up-to date on library services and programs;
Initiates and strengthens communication channels and partnerships with faculty and students in assigned academic programs; and
Effectively markets library services and programs, seeking opportunities to share expertise and knowledge.
Advances library goals and plans through the LRE Division and the Science and Technology Team, as well as participation on library and/or University committees, task forces, etc., as requested/assigned;
Works effectively and productively with diverse groups in a wide variety of settings;
Participates in library governance activities; engages in university and professional service, research, and creative work as outlined in the George Mason University Librarians’ Handbook; and
Performs other duties as assigned or needed.
Required Qualifications:
Applicants should bring the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to this position:
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science program OR a certified foreign equivalent;
An undergraduate degree in biology, neuroscience, or other related to the position sciences field (or significant coursework in those areas) and/or 1-2 years of professional experience in a sciences academic librarianship context;
Experience in providing responsive and quality reference, instruction, digital and collaborative library research services, as well as practical understanding of the changing research needs of students and faculty;
Experience in developing, building, and sustaining working partnerships and relationships with faculty, staff, students, and community members;
Demonstrated ability to use current technologies for delivering and developing library services, including learning management systems;
Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds;
Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace, as well as in the systems and services we build, as an inclusive excellence imperative;
Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth; and
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Preferred Qualifications:
The following education and/or skill sets are preferred:
Master’s degree or higher in a biological science, or other science field related to the position; and
Knowledge of or experience with data discovery and use in the sciences.
12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self. Salary is commensurate with professional experience and academic qualifications. Salary at appointment is dependent upon rank: Librarian I (not less than $65,000), Librarian II (not less than $70,000), Librarian III (not less than $75,000), and Librarian IV (not less than $80,000).
The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and three other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. Serving an R1 University, the Mason Libraries pursues an ambitious programmatic agenda in all areas that are key to a contemporary academic research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, digital scholarship, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. For more information, visit us at
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position FA73Bz at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three current professional references. References must include name, address, phone number, and email address. Questions should be directed to Brian Royer (, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin April 8, 2023.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.