Five Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Binding Technician
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $42,870 – $55,736

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


This position is located in the Processing and Preparation Section, Preservation Services Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 330069.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocations expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

The incumbent works under the direction of the Head, Library Binding Section performing item assessment, binding preparation, quality assurance, packing and unpacking moderately heavy shipping containers, and shelf preparation for the Library’s collections.

The Binding Technician performs the routine tasks associated with monograph binding preparation activities under close supervision. These tasks include providing the contract binder with complete bibliographic information, concentrating on routine monographic materials requiring call number only.

The Binding Technician performs the routine tasks associated with quality assurance activities under close supervision. These tasks include conducting quality assurance of completed bound volumes for accurate ILS representation, stamping, style and defects in workmanship; primarily inspecting less complex materials (e.g.: unlettered monographs) and inspecting a smaller number of moderately complex materials (e.g.: lettered monographs) with guidance. Directs problem items to more senior Binding Technicians for review and appropriate action.

The Binding Technician performs routine tasks associated with assessment, shelf preparation, shipping and receiving activities under close supervision. These tasks include in a training capacity packing and unpacking shipping containers. Accurately counts and organizes items for shipping and receiving, and performs security scan on received items. In a training capacity staff sort materials delivered from cataloging and custodial units and conduct labeling tasks by affixing call number labels. Accurately identifies items in need of deacidification through pH testing.

Position: Legislative Data Specialist
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $78,592 – $102,166

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Office of Legislative Information Services (LIS) is seeking a Legislative Research Assistant. LIS is the organization within CRS and the Library of Congress that is mandated to produce legislative information for the United States Congress. This is a 6-month appointment with the possibility of an extension(s), no to exceed 10 months.


The selectee will serve on a team of information professionals responsible for analyzing, developing, and testing the legislative information systems of the United States Congress. Duties of the Legislative Data Specialist include supporting and training congressional staff and CRS users of the systems, and testing and evaluating new versions of the systems throughout the development process. The selectee will also participate in efforts to ensure the accuracy, availability, and reliability of the information provided to the Congress via the legislative information systems and other Web-based legislative information services, including communicating with data partners from the House, Senate, and Government Publishing Office, as well as end users, about problems or abnormalities in Web-based legislative data and collaborating in order to identify, diagnose, and resolve problems or abnormalities.

Participates in efforts to ensure the accuracy, availability, and reliability of the information provided to the Congress via the legislative information system and other Web-based legislative information services by monitoring a variety of quality control reports, identifying routine and non-routine problems or abnormalities in web-based legislative data, collaborating with colleagues in order to diagnose and resolve problems, as well as communicating on issue resolution to affected users.

Performs testing and other tasks related to the development of the legislative information systems of the United States Congress.

Provides client support and troubleshooting for problems and issues encountered by congressional staff and CRS users of the legislative information system, performs user testing relating to the development of new legislative information systems and enhancements, and develops and delivers training.

The Office of Legislative Information Services is the organization within CRS and the Library of Congress that produces legislative information for the United States Congress that is considered to be authoritative for Federal legislation: it is consulted widely by lawmakers, policymakers, academics, and members of the public who are seeking accurate, objective information on both new and amended Federal legislation.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on legal and public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

The position description number for this position is 308216.
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 non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Position: Legislative Data Specialist
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $78,592 – $102,166

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


This position is located in the Benelux, France and Italy Section, African, Latin American and W. European Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Discovery and Preservation Services.


This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines the major technician duties for the functions of acquisitions, cataloging, and serials control. The duties include performing acquisitions searching, placing orders, receiving items, paying invoices, serials check-in, and any other activities needed to support the acquisitions of materials for the library. The duties also include those to support the function of performing cataloging for the library such as shelflisting, record creation, copy cataloging, database maintenance activities, and searching. Often there will be a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which functions are being performed. For example, staff processing and cataloging materials from South America need knowledge of the Spanish language.

Performs copy cataloging for a variety of materials and formats in an automated cataloging environment. Descriptively catalogs original materials where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine, and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Performs CIP verification independently. Completes cataloging data for publications initially cataloged as Cataloging in Publication (CIP) materials. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Completes routine authority work; consults with librarians for more complex headings; and refers problems to librarians. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Performs content designation on newly created and updated bibliographic records. Performs database maintenance including modifications, updates, and corrections. Creates and revises bibliographic records, including initial bibliographic control records (IBCRs). Resolves routine problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process promptly and independently, involving librarians or the section head on only the more difficult problems.

Independently performs all aspects of acquisition support work, which includes the acquisition of material by exchange, gift, approvals, Copyright, and the most complex order creation and invoice processing. For recommended materials to be acquired, searches reference sources which may include print, automated files, and internal and external databases. Processes cancellations or adjustments to acquisition records. Assists in determining if material needs to be claimed and issues appropriate claims to suppliers. Sorts and distributes items not destined for the collections. Identifies items for the Duplicate Material Exchange Program (DMEP), for the National Agriculture Library, for the National Library of Medicine, for surplus, and for discard.

Communicates with a wide variety of patrons by telephone, letter, or electronic means regarding routine and non-routine questions on services to publishers and other specialized library services. Provides complex technical information in clear, straightforward language. Provides referrals to library and nonlibrary services such as ISSN, Copyright. CIP, ISBN, U.S. Postal Service, Patent and Trademark Office, etc., based on an extensive knowledge of these services and the differences among them.

Efficiently searches online databases, such as OCLC, RUN, or an integrated library system, to locate records to use for copy cataloging, or to identify duplicate records or previously processed records. Searches names, uniform titles, series, and subject access points on bibliographic records to verify their existence in the appropriate Library authority files. Performs special searches of various online catalogs to locate and/or verify bibliographic data for acquisitions functions.

Receives and accessions one or more special category materials. Logs materials into and out of the workflow. Distributes materials to the correct section, shelf, or individual staff member. Handles returns from the bindery. Performs end-stage processing for materials; creates labels for materials. Routes processed materials to the correct locations in the Library. Works closely with Collections Improvement Section or custodial divisions to resolve bibliographic problems raised during shelflist conversions, pinning-and-linking activities, and physical inventories of the collection.

Performs other duties as assigned.

  • The position description number for this position is 173746.
  • 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 non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Position: Director of Development
Location: Folger Shakespeare Library
Salary: $175,000 to $210,000

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Position Summary

The Director of Development serves as the lead fundraising officer of the Folger Shakespeare Library, charged with developing $4 to 5 million in annual support for the organization. They provide fully integrated leadership and direction in increasing philanthropic resources, high-impact partnerships, awareness, and powerful connections with both the Folger’s existing stakeholders and its broad-based emerging audiences. The Director of Development will collaborate closely with the Director and the full senior director team, to establish fundraising goals that support the larger strategic goals of the institution. The Director of Development will resource, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects, as well as provide fundraising leadership for the team. The Director of Development collaborates with the senior director team on overall organizational strategy and is part of the executive leadership team that drives high impact programming, engagement, and communication at the Folger, in the community, on the road, and online.

The Director of Development is responsible for the direction and supervision of a development staff comprised of 10 professionals across the following functional areas: planned and major gifts; capital campaign initiatives; corporate, government and institutional giving; annual giving, membership, fundraising events; and development operations. They will be empowered to optimize the organizational design/functional alignment of the development team in consultation with the Director of the Folger. The Folger has recently exceeded its $50 million goal on its Wonder of Will campaign and will continue to solicit gifts for priority areas as that campaign concludes. The return to the newly renovated building will provide an occasion for both celebration and cultivation of the next group of Folger supporters and members.

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Set campaign and annual fundraising goals for the Folger in consultation with the Director, senior leadership, and the development team.
  • Identify and refine giving priorities and translate those priorities into compelling opportunities for philanthropy.
  • Construct development strategies and execute plans that will markedly increase individual (including annual, major, principal, blended, and legacy gifts), foundation, corporate, government, membership, and other philanthropic support.
  • Personally manage a portfolio of current and prospective donors at six-figure to eight-figure giving capacity, including both individual and institutional sources, moving them through the stages of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Collaborate with the development team to fully maximize the philanthropy and partnership opportunities in the community and field.
  • Lead the effort to create strategic and distinctive fundraising events, engaging donors, volunteers, and staff, and support teams to celebrate the Folger’s mission and service in the community.
  • Provide regular financial projections and budgets regarding Folger fundraising activities and progress to the Director, senior leadership, Board of Governors, and, as appropriate, for broader distribution within the organization.
  • Maintain a contemporary knowledge of modern data management and fundraising practices, including database information systems and data modeling to streamline development processes and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process.
  • Think strategically to shape messaging and develop a case for support and innovative fundraising plans to achieve goals and objectives and move individuals and institutions across the spectrum of prospect development, culminating in solicitations appropriate to organizational priorities and donor interests.
  • Board and Donor Engagement
  • Partner with the Director to identify and recruit new board members, educate board members about their role in advancing a culture of philanthropy, cultivate and solicit them for financial support, and leverage their respective networks to expand the donor base and support for the Folger.
  • Ensure high-quality, individualized, and meaningful stewardship of donors, coordinating with colleagues throughout the Folger and personally stewarding donors as needed.
  • Lead and oversee the development team in creating and promoting effective cultivation and solicitation opportunities that involve the Director of the Folger, members of the senior leadership team, volunteer leaders, and other senior organizational leaders.
  • Support leadership and development efforts as a key liaison to the Board’s Advancement Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee.
  • Commit to ongoing discovery of new major and principal gift prospects and serve as the Folger’s primary knowledge source for funding opportunities and philanthropic outlets.
  • Analyze existing members and entry-level donors to identify donors with greater capacity to support the Folger’s fundraising priorities.
  • Maintain knowledge of important developments within the regional and national funding environments and speak credibly and persuasively about the Folger’s mission and vision for the future.
  • Team and Organizational Oversight
  • Recruit, diversify, coach, inspire, and motivate a strong philanthropy team that represents the community that the Folger serves, including hiring, managing, mentoring, training, and evaluating an experienced and competent team.
  • Work with the annual giving and membership teams and colleagues in communications and marketing to increase membership and participation in the annual fund.
  • Lead the planned and major gifts team in the ongoing discovery, strategy, and solicitation of new major, principal, and legacy gift prospects.
  • Oversee the institutional giving team, working closely with colleagues from across the institution on both sustainable and project specific funding opportunities.
  • Spearhead growth, maintenance, and enhancement of the development team’s technological proficiency and tools, maximizing technologies to streamline operational processes; spearhead creative technology initiatives that touch new potential donors.
  • Create a supportive, collaborative, productive, and healthy work environment based on respect, teamwork, and the equity, diversity, and inclusion values of the Folger.
  • Set performance standards and provide timely, constructive feedback while supporting opportunities for professional development.
  • Support team growth with appropriate human resources, structures, systems, and technological platforms that are in alignment with current and future trends in philanthropy.
  • Embrace other team and organizational effectiveness responsibilities as needed.


Traits and Characteristics

The Director of Development will be a proven leader, manager, mentor, and collaborative colleague who is comfortable leading major initiatives and inspiring others and who has a history of effectively leading organizational growth. They will be an innovator in philanthropy, possessing credibility and passion for Shakespeare and the humanities. The ideal candidate will have participated in a meaningful way in a major capital campaign, have proven results as a frontline solicitor of major gifts, and have collaborated on major campaigns that connect audiences with the philanthropic mission of an institution like the Folger. They must be a student of modern philanthropy best practices and able to effectively leverage a fundraising model through the strategic, forward-thinking integration of corresponding functions.

Other key competencies include:

Leadership and Teamwork – The ability to articulate a vision and create a sense of purpose and direction for internal and external stakeholders, build trust by demonstrating respect and integrity, and create an environment where team members are appreciated and supported.
Diplomacy and Interpersonal – The agility to effectively manage difficult or sensitive issues and to effectively communicate, build rapport, and relate well to all people.
Patron Focus – The capacity to anticipate, meet, and frequently exceed patron expectations while deeply considering internal stakeholder perspectives.
Personal Accountability – The capability to self-evaluate and answer for personal actions, decisions, and results.
Time and Priority Management – The clarity to prioritize and complete tasks to deliver desired outcomes within allotted time frames.


A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree and certifications in fundraising are desirable. A minimum of seven years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, annual giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign (planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion), preferably within a major cultural institution, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity. The successful candidate will have superior writing and eloquent public speaking skills. They will have a demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget. A strong record of recruiting and developing exceptional people and fostering a transparent work environment where collegiality is a key to success.

Compensation and Benefits

The Folger offers competitive compensation, with an anticipated annual salary range between $175,000 to $210,000; a benefit package that includes annual vacation, sick, and personal time; more than 12 paid holidays; employer-paid individual health, dental, and vision insurance; 403(b) with contribution and match; life insurance; short- and long-term disability; flexible spending; pretax transit assistance; educational assistance; grant-in-aid for dependents; credit union membership; membership; employee assistance program, and more..

Position: Science Librarian
Location: Carnegie Institution for Science-Earth and Planets Laboratory
Salary: $82,000 – $95,000

Originally posted on the SLA Career Center.


The Carnegie Institution for Science, Earth, and Planets Laboratory seeks an innovative, user-oriented, proactive, and collaborative Science Librarian. The librarian is a key member of staff and leads the library’s efforts to provide high-quality research support and access to scholarly resources to staff scientists, postdoctoral researchers, administrators, and international visitors

Essential Duties: Reporting to the EPL Director, the Science Librarian leads the EPL Research Library in supporting staff scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and international visitors in their research projects and management of their research data.

  • Provide effective library service, including access to extensive print and online collections of scientific books, journals, and databases, as well as scholarly communications support for the campus community.
  • Develop collection management and strategic plans that will align the library’s collections, services, and policies with EPL’s mission and culture.
  • Promote sound data management practices and assist EPL researchers in ensuring that their data are preserved long-term for scientific use.
  • There is an opportunity in this role to help define, promote and integrate library services across the institution that will require active collaboration with Carnegie’s archivist and library colleagues at other Carnegie Divisions.
  • Participate in institution-wide initiatives, engage actively in Carnegie committees, and contribute to outreach activities.


  • Graduate (Master’s or Ph.D.) degree in library science or information science.
  • In-depth understanding of scholarly communication in the sciences.
  • Familiarity with standard scientific reference works and data sources.
  • Ability to generate and interpret research impact metrics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data management, data curation, and data preservation principles, and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and learn new skills, both independently with minimal supervision and as a team member.
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain effective working relationships in a diverse environment.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office, including MS Access, Google collaboration apps, EndNote, and other reference management applications.
  • Familiarity with metadata standards and MARC format, RDA, LSCH, and LC Classification.
  • Experience using thesauri/controlled vocabularies (e.g., LC Authorities, GeoRef, AAT).
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, service excellence, and innovation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in libraries, higher education organizations, technical information centers, or similar institutions.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in science, engineering, or related discipline.
  • Cataloging experience using WorldCat and OCLC Connexion.
  • Proficiency using DB/TextWorks, FileMaker Pro, or other database management systems.
  • Proficiency in managing web content using LibGuides, Drupal, or other CMS.
  • Familiarity with digital asset management software (e.g., Widen).
  • Familiarity with Dublin Core or other metadata schemas.
  • Experience using scripting languages (such as Python or Javascript), or statistical solutions for research data analysis.
  • Demonstrated potential supporting researchers with data services (including discovery, management, reuse, security, and storage).
  • Familiarity with data sharing policies for U.S. federally funded research and emerging best practices for compliance with funder requirements.
  • Successful experience on cross-departmental teams to accomplish projects and initiatives.

Physical environment:

Ability to pack, lift, and move boxes weighing up to 30 lbs, and ability to climb a 6-step ladder to reach high shelves.

Application Requirements:

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information of three (2) professional or academic references.

Click here to apply

Please note: only applications submitted through Carnegie’s job board will be considered.

Any questions regarding this position or the application process should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Anne Pommier (

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with various viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

Position: Research Analyst
Location: Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington, DC-based Am Law 100 law firm, is seeking a Research Analyst to join its Research & Information Services Department. The position is based in the Washington, DC office.

The Research Analyst will be responsible for incoming reference and research requests, and will participate in the general professional research services program of the Department.


  • Perform legal and legislative research in support of the firm’s diverse practices, ensuring that questions and projects are understood, that best sources are consulted, and that research is conducted cost efficiently and effectively.
  • Perform non-legal, factual background research – on corporations, industries, individuals, events, etc. – cost efficiently in support of cases and firm matters.
  • Analyze research results and exercise professional judgment about relevance of research materials and their inclusion in the results delivered to requesting attorneys.
  • Communicate results in a targeted, concise response (oral or written), appropriate to each particular request.
  • Participate in additional departmental initiatives including monitoring and current awareness service, training of attorneys and staff, collection and database evaluation, and other special projects as needed.
  • Provide deliverables to clients, directly, on request, including newsletters and regular updates.
  • Operate successfully as a member of the RIS team, working on projects both independently and jointly, as appropriate; delegating secondary tasks to paraprofessionals; offering assistance and guidance where necessary; and following departmental protocols and policies.
  • Participate in the shared rotation of reference duties.

    Work Environment
    • Non-smoking environment.
    • Must be available to work beyond regular hours, including some weekends and evenings
    • Must be accessible remotely.
    • Must be able to work under tight deadlines and stressful situations
    • Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds
    • Hybrid work arrangements are available for this position
    • Must be able to comply with all safety requirements in our workplace, which may include provision of proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 and adherence to other safety protocols implemented
    Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an equal opportunity employer EOE/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any basis proscribed by applicable statutes.



  • Master’s in Library Science or equivalent work experience.
  • JD preferred.
  • Knowledge of standard legal research and specialized sources.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

Success Factors

  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • Self-management skills.
  • Intellectual curiosity