One Position: Washington, D.C.

Position: Sr. Knowledge Management Librarian

Location: Library of Congress

Salary: $112,015 – $145,617

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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks two Senior Knowledge Services Librarian to join its Knowledge Services Group (KSG). The selectees will collaborate with CRS analysts, attorneys, librarians, information technology professionals, and management to identify requirements and plan, develop, and implement knowledge management projects. The selectee will also provide reference and instructional services to internal and external clients.


Project Management

Plans, organizes, and/or coordinates development and implementation of information and knowledge services projects. Provides expert advice to project team members and ensures involvement of stakeholders. Serves on inter and intra-divisional projects related to design and implementation of new information and knowledge services products and services. Coordinates evaluation of highly specialized, sophisticated, state-of-the art, and/or new information and knowledge services.

Develops criteria, standards, and expected outcomes for projects. Keeps tasks on schedule, monitors project performance, identifies and resolves problems that impede progress and presents progress reports to stakeholders. Evaluates project effectiveness and documents and shares best practices with stakeholders.

Knowledge Management

Independently identifies highly complex issues or problems during projects to describe, categorize, evaluate, analyze, and prioritize information needs arising from CRS research activities. Investigates, reviews and recommends potential options and recommends innovative solutions to manage information and knowledge.

Creates, leads and coordinates activities that resolve highly complex problems and develops, integrates and organizes content to meet user requirements. Evaluates results and documents best practices, applying standard and emerging practices of librarianship and other fields and disciplines as they relate to information and knowledge management.

Works with information technology staff to exchange information and coordinate activities. Keeps abreast of current and emerging developments affecting knowledge management, including metadata, taxonomies, and information retrieval.

Consultation and Liaison Services

Serves as a liaison within and between CRS divisions/offices and other Library of Congress units/offices. Consults with other information professionals regarding development/enhancement of information research and management techniques. Identifies and communicates “best practices” to eliminate duplicative efforts. Collaborates with analysts, attorneys, and other information professionals in federal, state, and local government organizations and the private sector to acquire, review, analyze, and confirm accuracy of information needed to respond to current and projected research requests or to complete project assignments. 

Instructional and Reference Services

Provides electronic and print research and reference services for an extensive array of highly complex or difficult general research inquiries. Evaluates adequacy and relevance of information resources, and documents, organizes, and presents authoritative and useful information about these information resources. Maintains knowledge of authoritative information resources, including bibliographic databases. Trains CRS staff in managing e-content on websites and creates and updates documentation related to content administration and management. Works with reference and instructional staff to create library tutorials, web-based instruction and web pages in support of reference, research and instruction functions.

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 public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

The selectee will work a 40-hour week and may be required to provide evening and Saturday reference desk coverage, including Monday through Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Saturday work is required only when Congress is in session). The weekday shifts may be staffed remotely.  The remaining work hours (non-evening/Saturday) will be determined based on workload and coverage needs and will contribute to the total of 40 hours per week. 

The position description number for this position is 442633.

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 or compflex 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.


Conditions of Employment

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to manage knowledge. **

Ability to manage projects. **

Ability to apply knowledge of current trends and best practices in knowledge management, retrieval, and delivery. **

Ability to provide reference and research services.

Ability to solve problems and make decisions.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


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.

You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.

Foreign Education – Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE). Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.