One Position: Virginia

Position: Librarian
Location: Patent and Trademark Office
Salary: $112,015-$145,617

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office is seeking an innovative and enthusiastic Librarian who will play a key role in enhancing and supporting the patent and trademark information services provided to public patrons. This opportunity is waiting for you!
This exciting opportunity is waiting for you if:
You’re ready to provide expert research and reference services to support a library program.
You’re ready to put your innovative skills to work and provide technical assistance on automated approaches to research problems using library automation systems and technology.
You’re ready to put your technical experience to work retrieving and inputting into databases intellectual property content.
You’re ready to put your training expertise to work and identify the need for, develop, and deliver training, informational presentation and marketing programs for a variety of audiences.
You’re ready to develop and maintain effective contacts with library professionals and organizations in order to promote special programs.
The physical worksite for this position is located in Alexandria, Virginia.This position is telework eligible per agency and business unit discretion/policy.
This position is eligible for telework up to 4 days per week and reports to USPTO’s Alexandria, Va headquarters for the remaining days in the week.
If selected for an interview, applicants are encouraged to discuss telework options and eligibility specific to the position in which they applied with the hiring manager.
Conditions of Employment
Applicants will only be accepted from United States Citizens and Nationals.
Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related competencies.
You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
You are required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
You must be suitable for Federal Employment
You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. OPM Qualifications Standards are available at Librarian Series 1410.
Experience must have demonstrated the ability to perform, supervise, or direct one or more of the functional areas of work covered by this series; to understand the concepts, theories, new developments, and co-relationship of information in related fields; and to maintain up-to-date information on the state of the art.
All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education.
A. Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science (MLS, MILS, MLIS, etc.) 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.
In addition to the above basic requirements applicants must meet the specialized experience requirement. Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped applicants with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the federal service. For this position, the next lower grade level is a GS-12.
Specialized experience includes experience assisting with research and reference services in a science, technology or intellectual property field; and experience planning, designing and delivering presentations and informational products through a library setting to a variety of audiences; and experience analyzing and evaluating databases and websites to determine their effectiveness and informational accuracy in order to make recommendations for improvement and/or enhancement.
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.
If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education’s website – US Department of Education. Another listing of services that can perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
NOTE: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.