Two Positions: Maryland

Position: Assistant Director
Location: Caroline County Public Library, Denton, MD
Salary Range: $72,150 hiring. Benefits include health and dental, and participation in the Maryland State Retirement System.

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

The Caroline County Public Library seeks a dynamic, innovative, community-oriented leader to serve as full-time Assistant Director. The Assistant Director must work effectively with staff, customers, trustees, Friends of the Library, and public officials. Successful candidate must have a passion for providing 21st century library service to a rural community, and must be able to quickly adapt to the changing needs of the community and the evolution of library services and technology. The Assistant Director assists the Executive Director in overseeing and managing day-to-day operation of the library system, and oversight of a number of staff, departments, projects and programs. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with superior ability to collaborate with library staff and community partners are required. High level of computer proficiency required.

Requirements: Qualified applicants must possess a MLS degree from an ALA accredited institution and either have or be eligible for a Professional Public Librarian Certification from Maryland State Department of Education; have at least five to seven years of directly related experience; possess a Maryland Class “C” drivers license or an equivalent from another state.

Application Process: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to by February 15, 2019. Resumes received after February 15, 2019 will not be considered.

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Position: Reference Librarian for LAC Group
Location: Prestigious Government Library, Greenbelt, MD

Originally posted on University of Maryland MLIS Jobs.

LAC Federal seeks a Reference Librarian for a position with a prestigious government library located in Greenbelt, MD. Work will be performed on-site. This is a 27-week assignment for 24 hours each week, candidates must be able to work onsite Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


  • Providing reference assistance, library instruction for print and electronic resources, collection development and the creation of bibliographies.


  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an institution accredited by the ALA; or degree in progress
  • Experience working in a customer service capacity
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills – ability to work well in a team
  • Experience in providing reference services through regular duty at the reference desk and by responding to virtual information requests using a variety of databases
  • Ability to learn quickly, be adaptable, and take on new tasks
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in cataloging workflows; Experience with RDA, OCLC, MARC21 and other standards used in cataloging preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Attention to detail; demonstrated organizational skills.

Three Positions: Virtual, Washington, DC & Virginia

Position: Librarian- LAC Group
Location: Federal Library, Alexandria, VA

Originally posted on University of Maryland MLIS Jobs.

LAC Group is seeking a Librarianto support a Federal Library in the Alexandria, VA, area.  The Librarian will provide research, reference, interlibrary loan, cataloging, and training and outreach support for a collection consisting of physical and digital items. This is a long term full-time contract (40 hours per week; Monday – Friday), benefited position.


  • Provide research/reference service both online and in person.
  • Provide cataloging support to ensure that the library’s catalog is accurate and meets the most current standards.
  • Process ILL requests and provide circulation duties for the physical items in the collection
  • Participate in marketing and outreach of the library services.
  • Keep current trends in library technologies and make suggestions that will improve or enhance access to the Library’s online content.
  • Support training by coordinating with vendors and providing direct training to users
  • Assist in collection development and maintenance of the physical and virtual collections.
  • Assist in planning, developing and implementing digital content management solutions and curating the digital collection
  • Other duties include tracking usage statistics, participation in special projects as assigned.


  • Degree in MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Professional knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles, and techniques of librarianship in order to provide effective reference support.
  • Must be team oriented with excellent interpersonal communications skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within the library and with library clientele.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, information-intensive environment

Catalogers (Virtual)
Location: Virtual role for a major Federal Library, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Group is seeking experienced Catalogersto provide high-quality original cataloging for a major Federal Library in the Washington, DC Metro Area.  This is a fully remote/virtual role. This is a long term part time opportunity (up to 20 hours a week).


  • Create PCC BIBCO-level catalog records of English language material in all subject areas that are compliance with RDA standards
  • Analyze materials to appropriately identify access points
  • Assign subject headings using Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Classify material according to the Library of Congress Classification system
  • Perform authority control of all headings used in access points
  • Create or update name authority records in the LC/NACO Name Authority File
  • Make recommendations regarding new Library of Congress Subject Headings and/or classification numbers


  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • 5+ years of original cataloging experience in an academic or large special library
  • Expert knowledge of RDA, LCSH, LCC, MARC21 and other standards used in cataloging monographic materials
  • Must be NACO certified or have extensive experience in P class literature
  • Proven experience with any/all of these LC classifications a plus
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • H
    • J
    • P
    • Z
  • Demonstrated history of BIBCO level cataloging
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in cataloging workflows
  • Understanding of item based workflow and requirement to create high level bibliographic and/or NACO records in a minimal amount of time
  • Knowledge of NACO procedures
  • Strong computer skills related to downloading, installing and using specialized software from OCLC and LC
  • Familiarity with OCLC’s Connexion, Cataloger’s Desktop and the RDA Toolkit
  • Strong computer & analytical skills
  • Ability to work in a virtual environment
  • Excellent command of English
  • High attention to detail

Position: Metadata Specialist
Location: Prestigious Federal Library, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Group seeks an experienced full-time Metadata Specialist for a position with our client, a prestigious federal library in the Washington DC area. This position is a full-time, benefited position, working on-site at the client’s facility.


  • Guide the development of functional information architecture requirements for Web applications and search, with other team members
  • Develop and manage information architecture for search application, map metadata, and controlled vocabularies to deliver focused, relevant information via site search or browse.
  • Analyze content and advice users on content and metadata to improve findability of content
  • Develop search optimization best practices and strategies
  • Troubleshoot findability issues and recommend actions to improve overall findability
  • Perform relevancy testing and suggest changes for better results


  • An MLS degree or a degree in computer science, or a related field
  • 2-3 years’ experience working with metadata standards and digital objects
  • Experience in search services, and a strong understanding and familiarity with controlled vocabularies and the principles and mechanics of effective information management tools including taxonomy formulation, metadata development, navigation design, and enterprise search.
  • Experience in Office 365 or SharePoint 2016 is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of utilizing computer technology and software (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, and database software; web-based tools)

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Two Positions: Washington, DC & Maryland

Position: Reference Librarian (Southeast Asia or South Asia)
Location: Scholarly Services Section, Asian Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Library Services., Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Scholarly Services Section, Asian Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 012535.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

The divisions in General and International Collections are the Library’s primary gateway to the collections and reference services dealing with the non-English-speaking world. Reference librarians in these divisions provide assistance to researchers in the culture, history, literature, politics, political structure, economies, humanities, and social sciences of these countries and regions. Clients include Congress, foreign and U.S. Government agencies, national and international academics and scholars, research and scientific institutions, the professional and business communities, and the general public. Librarians respond to inquiries that are received in person, by telephone, by correspondence and by electronic media.

Reviews various brochures, catalogs, journals, and other sources of items for possible acquisition to develop collections in areas of subject or geographic responsibility. Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments, which may involve materials in multiple languages and writing systems.

Assists senior reference staff in determining the quality and usefulness of collection materials. Assists in developing strategies for the organization, storage, preservation, and service of materials.

Monitors the condition of collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards and specifications. Brings deteriorating items and those with special needs to the attention of division management. Orients users and explains procedures and regulations governing use and handling of materials in the collection.

Provides reference and instruction to individual researchers and groups where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews in person or over the telephone, or from written requests, and the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are readily-accessible, i.e., found in the Library’s collection or can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures.

Provides in-person and telephone reference services in a reading room. Responds orally or in writing to inquiries related to assigned field of responsibility. Searches standard databases where the information is relatively stable, such as for bibliographic citations of a general nature. Seeks assistance for locating materials that are not readily accessible.

Develops knowledge of resources in other agencies or institutions to provide informed referrals. Assists patrons with specialized collections under the direction of senior staff.

Coordinates the acquisition of items of limited technical complexity, or those easily acquired. Consults acquisition policies to determine whether items are appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify out-of-scope materials.

Maintains liaison with recommending officers and subject specialists to coordinate acquisition of materials. Provides proper purchasing information and correct bibliographic identification to dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, exchange partners, etc. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material.

Assists in preparing research guides and finding aids on specific topics of recognized client interest using standard search strategies. Assists senior librarians in revising or updating research materials.

Identifies foreign and international print and electronic resources in a field of specialty to address user needs that are easily determined from interviews or written requests. Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity. Prepares and updates standard guides to specialized collections and resources.

Position: Library Associate
Location: Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD
Salary: $14.21 – $16.35 (Hourly Wage)

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The Library Associate provides customer service at the Library circulation desk and performs a wide range of technical services functions. Duties include, but are not limited to, registering new Library patrons, checking books and other computer and digital equipment in and out, collecting fines and fees, creating student ID cards, and other tasks associated with the circulation desk; assisting and instructing patrons in the use of computer workstations, printers, and other equipment; assisting library users with Microsoft software applications on HCC systems; cataloging library materials in multiple formats; facilitating interlibrary sharing and borrowing; data entry; and other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Work schedule is up to 20 hours per week, to include day, evening and weekend hours.

An associate’s degree and a minimum of two years of library or related paraprofessional, customer service experience are required. Intermediate-level ability to trouble-shoot computers and printers in a Windows environment; and excellent communication skills are also required. Knowledge of library-specific computerized systems such as Integrated Library Systems (ILS) and national databases such as OCLC is desired.

Physical requirements include the ability to shelve books, including the ability to lift up to 10 lbs. overhead, stand and stoop for extended periods, and go up and down a step ladder multiple time.

For best consideration apply online by January 29, 2019.

Three Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Librarian (Reference)
Location: American Folklife Center, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

These positions are located in the American Folklife Center, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 382817.
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.

The reference librarian is responsible for providing reference, research, consultation, and liaison services; instructions and training; and security for American Folklife Center (AFC) collections. AFC holds nearly 6 million items of ethnographic and historical documentation recorded from the nineteenth century to the present. These collections, which include extensive audiovisual documentation of traditional arts, cultural expressions, and oral histories, offer researchers access to the songs, stories, and other creative expressions of people from diverse communities. The collections are among the Library’s most varied in medium, format, physical condition, and intellectual property rights requirements, with attendant concerns for security, preservation, and safe handling. The collections are accessed by means of complex, diverse, and often multi-layered intellectual controls and surrogates in written and digital forms. As one of the largest ethnographic archives in the world, AFC plays a critical role in establishing a positive image of the Library and furthering the Library’s goal of providing a high level of responsive, effective, and professional public access and outreach services to the full range of Library users worldwide, including members of Congress and their staff, other agencies, scholars, researchers, and communities of origin.

The AFC is looking for reference librarians to strengthen collection access in the following areas:

Music and dance of the world
Music, dance and narratives of indigenous communities
Public Memory and collective experience
Narrative and verbal arts
Provides comprehensive reference services in response to requests received in person, by telephone, or via electronic means. Communicates with a wide variety of patrons with non-routine questions regarding access, handling, and use of AFC materials, maintaining a high degree of tact and courtesy. Interviews researchers, analyzes their questions and requirements, and recommends material appropriate to their needs. Orients readers to the reading room and its services. Guides researchers in employing search strategies that tap the full range of the Division’s reference tools and resources to meet the researcher’s need. Provides information on the collections, finding tools, and relevant reference sources. Locates information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished sources and electronic databases relating to folklife materials.

Exercises substantial research skills to assist in documenting and presenting the collections. Reviews and analyzes specialized or technical information from a wide variety of sources. Begins to develop competence in a subject area of specialization within the Division. The subject area is chosen in consultation with and is approved by the section head. Through research in folklife, ethnomusicology, and related fields, and in a specialized subject field, as well as constant examination of new literature and development of professional contacts, maintains awareness and knowledge of folklife, developments in the field of audiovisual librarianship, and availability of reference and resource materials. Performs research involving the use of ethnographic materials and reference sources and drafts reference aids in consultation with the section head or senior staff. As requested, carries out research and provides documentation for the creation of catalog records and finding aids.

Participates in planning and performing outreach efforts including provision of information services through the use of new technologies. Develops and maintains personal contacts and cooperative work relationships to provide or exchange information. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars or meetings relating to audiovisual librarianship and the development and use of ethnographic materials in general and in a specialized subject area. Participates in outreach efforts, such as responding to comments and queries in electronic forums where Library collections are presented. Participates in planning programs and recommending policies related to reference and research services in the Division, making suggestions to promote effective means for connecting a broad audience with the collections. As assigned, provides tours and other oral presentations for staff, research groups, and other visitors to the Division.

Recommends new acquisitions based on established collection plans and arranges for purchase/donation. Actively researches available items and determines appropriateness to overall collection. Screens unsolicited offers, using professional judgment to reject inappropriate offers. Pursues contacts with owners/donors of appropriate works and undertakes all arrangements for acquisition or donation. Coordinates with the acquisitions coordinator for delivery of new items. Maintains knowledge of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the collections.

Position: Library Technician (Information and Technical Services)
Location: Congressional Research Service (CRS), Knowledge Services Group (KSG), Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $45,972 to $59,762 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Knowledge Services Group (KSG) seeks a library technician (information and technical services) to process and maintain research materials used by CRS staff. The selectee also responds to requests for information and documents by internal and external clients.

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 Library technician will perform the following duties:

• Identifies documents and other materials relevant to the CRS mission, and assists in making the materials accessible to staff. This includes downloading digital documents or digitizing printed materials and uploading files to internal repositories.

• Checks in serial publications, receives and processes newly received materials, and updates holdings information in the library catalog.

• Searches library catalogs and databases to verify bibliographic information. Creates metadata for digital documents or collections, applying established taxonomies as appropriate.

• Maintains print collections, including sorting, shelving, and weeding materials; shifting collections; assisting with collection inventories to identify gaps and duplicates. Assist in developing and maintaining digital collections.

• Assists in the staffing of the CRS research facilities and/or congressional reading rooms.

• Provides ready reference and document delivery services: identifies, retrieves, and delivers documents from a range of sources and in diverse media, contacting libraries and other cultural institutions, government agencies, publishers, and authors as needed.

• Delivers a variety of documents and data, making copies of CRS seminars and workshop materials in response to client requests.

• Conducts searches on a variety of electronic resources to locate appropriate documents or to find factual information such as names and contact information for congressional liaisons or addresses of organizations.

Position: Librarian
Location: Federal Library and Information Center (FEDLINK), Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $81,548 to $106,012 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Federal Library and Information Center (FEDLINK) is an interagency organization of federal agencies established originally as the Federal Library Committee by the Librarian of Congress, at the behest of federal librarians and the Office of Management and Budget (The Bureau of the Budget).

Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians, cooperative partners, and other specialists in order to establish contracts and share information as well as to coordinate processes within FEDLINK and between FEDLINK and its partner companies and customer agencies. As a consultant, recommends changes in procedures, workflows, and tools. Regularly explains technical information to individuals or groups. Conducts workshops and orientation sessions for staff and visitors. Represents the organization at conferences, seminars and exhibits. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields for the purpose of professional development and to represent FEDLINK and its membership. Serves as a liaison with companies in a specific subject area or areas, e.g. cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, or reference services. As assigned, serves as liaison to FEDLINK working groups, e.g. the FEDLINK Education Working Group; serves on other LC committees or task forces as the work requires.

Provides advice and instruction in the use of training methods and materials. Resolves complaints from trainees. Recommends additional aids to meet the needs of the training program. Resolves important and very specific issues that may arise in the training program. Adapts current methodologies and guidelines to accommodate unique training situations. Provides training to federal library staff and partner network staff at the FEDLINK training facility, at regional locations, or at individual member locations around the world. Travels to numerous locations in order to accomplish duties. Collects, organizes, and/or analyzes training success statistics. Monitors and develops plans to implement training goals and to assure achievement of learning objectives within the FEDLINK program. Recommends and contacts speakers for FEDLINK events. Provides initial intensive instruction and ongoing training of lower grade staff, temporary staff, and interns, reviewing and revising the work as needed. Presents papers at meetings and conferences.

Organizes and coordinates assignments that involve complex and novel or obscure problems and/or special requirements. Uses initiative and resourcefulness to deviate from or extend accepted methods, techniques, and practices. Recommends solutions or resolves important issues when precedents do not apply. Recommends new companies and service areas for the FEDLINK program. Revises existing technical specifications for statements of work to reflect changes in technology and practices. Serves as Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative for one or more areas of FEDLINK services, and as chair of technical panels evaluating proposals from vendors of library services. Identifies areas for improvement in established methods. Develops and shares new information sources. Performs detailed analyses and evaluations of requests. Prepares reports, analyses, and other documents related to information and research efforts.

Writes and/or edits materials of a highly complex subject matter utilizing an extensive knowledge of a subject area to provide accurate interpretation and explanation of the subject. Analyzes and reviews the preparation and organization of complex projects. Performs the review of the preparation and processing for the final material being produced. Provides technical guidance and trains new staff or interns in processing large and difficult projects.

LLAM January Program: Negotiating Contracts with E-Resource Vendors

llamjanuary2019Join us for LLAM’s first program of 2019, Negotiating Contracts with E-Resource Vendors, featuring Erica Owusu, Acquisitions & Licensing Coordinator for the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium. USMAI is a consortium of 17 libraries at universities and colleges in the State of Maryland.

Ms. Owusu will provide practical advice and strategies for engaging in constructive negotiations with electronic resource vendors.  This program will be of interest to library managers, technical and electronic resources librarians, and other librarians or information professionals that work with e-resource licensing and acquisition.

This is a BYO Brown Bag Lunch Program. We hope to see you there!*

*A LLAM Board Meeting will precede the program, from noon to 1:00 p.m, in the same location as the LLAM program.  A virtual meeting option will be available (details to follow). 

Program Details

  • Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Thurgood Marshall Law Library, Room 4403, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Room 4403 is located on the fourth floor of the Library.  Visitors may ask for directions to the room at the User Services Desk at the main entrance to the Library.
  • Parking: Visitors may park in the Baltimore Grand Garage, 55 N. Paca Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201, which is directly across the street from the Law School. The parking fee is $7 for one hour or $9 for two hours. Street parking is also available for a fee.
  • Identification Requirements: Law School visitors are required to show photo identification to enter the building. Acceptable forms of identification include driver’s licenses, passports, military identification, or staff identification from a University System of Maryland institution.
  • RSVP: To RSVP, contact Jason Hawkins at (jhawkins @ by Thursday, January 24, 2019.


Three Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Manager, Research and Business & Competitive Intelligence (All Offices)
Location: Any city with a Ballard office, including District of Columbia, Ballard Spahr

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

The Research and Intelligence Center of Ballard Spahr is looking for a Manager to lead in the development, implementation and delivery of research and business & competitive intelligence services to attorneys and others firm wide. The Manager, Research and Business & Competitive Intelligence Services will work collaboratively with RIC staff, attorneys, paralegals and department administrators to promote, assess and continuously improve these services.

Under the direction of the Director, the Research and Business & Competitive Intelligence Manager will work as part of the management team, which includes the Senior Operations Manager, the Senior Manager, Knowledge Sharing & Training Services, the Manager, Information Access Services and the Manager, Knowledge Sharing & Training Services.

The selected individual will develop research as well as business & competitive intelligence service goals and objectives that align with the firm’s strategic plan; meet with department and practice group leaders to foster communication and continuously align with their strategic initiatives; supervise the Lead Research Analyst and Lead Business & Competitive Intelligence Analyst; prepare budget recommendations for research and business & competitive intelligence services; review, evaluate and recommend research and business & competitive intelligence resources and promote the use of research and business & competitive intelligence services firm wide.

This position can be located in any city with a Ballard office, including Philadelphia, New York, Minneapolis, District of Columbia and other locations in the U.S.

Knowledge of library technologies for communication, research intake, knowledge sharing and resource management; advanced knowledge of Quest for research intake is a plus; strong writing skills and ability to present ideas and communicate complex information clearly and concisely; strong interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels of firm personnel and diverse groups of people and demonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively under pressure while managing multiple priorities and deadlines.

The ideal candidate will have a Masters in Library Science or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited school is required and five or more years of experience as a leader in a fast paced professional environment with law firm experience strongly preferred. A JD or other relevant advanced degree may be substituted along with substantial experience.

Experience must include managing research and business & competitive intelligence services, including, but not limited to, supervising staff, assessing and improving workflows and collaborating with other department leaders to accomplish the goals and objectives of the RIC department. A thorough knowledge of research methodologies as well as resources for all media types in the areas of law relevant to the firm’s practice, and proficiency with major legal and business databases and a proven primary and secondary research skills with the ability to analyze and synthesize large amounts of data into actionable information or practical intelligence.

Ballard Spahr is not accepting resumes from search firms for this position.

Ballard Spahr LLP offers excellent compensation, a comprehensive benefits package and a generous paid time off program is offered. For immediate consideration, please visit our career page and submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary requirements online.

Ballard Spahr is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a culturally diverse environment. The firm encourages applications from a diverse pool of candidates, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, handicap or disability, citizenship, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, transgender status, sex stereotyping, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or any other category protected by applicable law.

Position: Library Technician (Special Collections Support)
Location: Collection Services Division within the Global Legal Collection Directorate in the Law Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Collection Services Division within the Global Legal Collection Directorate in the Law Library of Congress, which has custody of legal serials and monographs. It is a hybrid position that combines the major technician duties of cataloging, serials control and acquisitions.

Creates and revises initial bibliographic control records (IBCRs) for a variety of materials and formats in an automated cataloging environment. 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. Resolves routine problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process promptly and independently, involving librarians or the section head on only more difficult problems.

Receives and accessions one or more special category materials. Retrieves material for reclassification, cataloging or reassignment from various locations. Logs materials into and out of the workflow. Distributes material to the correct location, shelf, or individual staff member. Handles returns from the bindery, conservation or the Rare Book Cataloging Team (RBCT). Inventories new material and older material never before inventoried. Files loose-leaf materials when necessary. Performs end-stage processing for materials; creates labels for materials. Routes processed materials to the correct locations in the Law Library. Works to resolve bibliographic problems raised during shelf-list conversions, pin & linking activities and physical inventories of the collection. Follows a substantial number of pertinent instructions concerning the recognition and comparison of dates, authors, titles, etc.

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. Assists public patrons in finding material. Provides complex technical information in clear, straightforward language. Provides referrals to library and non-library services such Copyright, Cataloging in Publication (CIP), U.S. Postal Service (USPS), etc. based on an extensive knowledge of these services and the differences among them. Determines the best way to formulate requests, and select and present information.

Efficiently searches online databases such as OCLC or integrated library systems, to locate records to use for copy cataloging, or to identify duplicate records of previously processed records. Searches names, uniforms 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. At times, incumbent will also have need to consult various print resources such as shelf-lists, National Union Catalog (NUC) volumes, etc. to complete searches begun using online tools. Completes complex manual and computerized searches in multiple systems to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole.

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Chief, Asian and Middle Eastern Division)
Location: Asian and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $134,789 to $164,200 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Chief of the Asian and Middle Eastern Division works under the general direction of the Director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, and is responsible for the administrative management and technical direction of the Division. The Chief is responsible for the general acquisitions and cataloging of materials from Asia and the Middle East and some cataloging and/or processing of materials from the Nairobi, Cairo, Jakarta, Islamabad, and New Delhi Overseas Offices.

The Supervisory Librarian supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-14 level. Performs the human resource management functions relative to the Division. Establishes performance expectations and clearly communicates them to staff. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates staff on organizational performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Takes personnel actions ~ as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to staff members and subordinate managers related to work and policy matters. Effects disciplinary measures. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Ensures staff at all levels are trained in and fully comply with safety regulations.

Has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of the Division. Primarily responsible for the direction and management of the Division to efficiently achieve specified goals and objectives. Evaluates current and proposed programs and operations, develops new programs, and recommends actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects as appropriate.

Recommends the various allotments necessary for the effective expenditure of funds appropriated for the building of the Library’s collections for his/her area of the world. Has overall responsibility for ensuring continuous controls are maintained over expenditures within approved allotments, and of appropriated, gift, and trust funds, etc. Authorizes encumbrances against these allotments at the beginning of the fiscal year, adjusting as necessary throughout the year. Recommends and justifies changes in the approved allotments as circumstances require in his/her geographic region.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including Members of Congress and their staffs, other legislative and executive agencies, executives ~ of major publishers and vendors, and distinguished members of the public. Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with Library management and officials, government agencies, and other institutions with related interests, to advance the programs and objectives of the Library.

Provides a major leadership role in the development of acquisition and bibliographic access standards, policies, practices, programs, and guidelines with a nation-wide impact. Also provides a major leadership role in the development of training, cooperative cataloging, and cataloging distribution policies and practices. Reviews and approves official documents on cataloging (e.g., texts published in the Library’s Cataloging Service Bulletin and manuals of cataloging that may be needed or produced in any unit of the Library). Recommends and advises on changes to national and international standards affecting bibliographic access (e.g., Resource Description and Access (RDA), and the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data).

Two Positions: Maryland

Position: Library Director
Location: H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The Maryland Historical Society has an immediate opening for a dynamic, imaginative Library Director to oversee the institution’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library which houses over 7 million documents and books dating from pre-colonization to the present day. In addition, the library collection includes a vast photography collection and a range of audio and digital collections. The Library Director will articulate a clear vision for this vital component of the institution, guide daily functions and shape the larger institutional role of the library.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced team player who has overseen diverse collections, created public programming to promote library holdings and who enjoys interfacing with the public, scholars, donors and the Board of Trustees. The Library Director will be a member of MdHS’s Senior Staff and will interact with all departments to create relevant innovative programming and exhibitions. They will be flexible, enthusiastic, and enjoy tackling a diverse range of responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have experience in building collections as well as deaccessioning collections to bring refinement and focus to the library’s holdings.

This position reports to the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation and will oversee a department composed of 4 staff members.

Position Details:

This is a full-time position based at the organization’s offices in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. Some evenings and weekends required Salary is commensurate with education and experience and includes benefits. The Maryland Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to expand the diversity of its staff.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the job, 3 professional references and 2 writing samples to Include in the subject line: Library Director Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Position: Customer Experience Manager
Location: Administrative Branch, Howard County Library System, Ellicot City, MD
Salary: $67,068 – $117,605

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The Customer Experience Manager is responsible for conceptualizing, developing and implementing enhancements to educational experiences and services to exceed customers’ expectations and advance the mission and vision of Howard County Library System


  • Positions Howard County Library System (HCLS) as a major component of public education for all ages
  • Effectively lives the Seven Pillars of HCLS’ strategic plan (Authentic Values, Strategic Vocabulary, Everyone a Leader, Winning Teamwork, Community Partnerships, The Power of Us, and Fiercely Loyal Customers), motivating others to do so as well
  • Fully embraces HCLS’ educational mission, effectively communicating our curriculum, which comprises Three Pillars (Self-Directed Education, Research Assistance & Instruction, Instructive & Enlightening Experiences)


  • Proactively employs a range of methods to engage current and future customers and gather information that will be used to optimize their experience
  • Directs the design and implementation of initiatives to advance customer service and experience
  • Develops and implements quantitative and qualitative measures to ensure service and experience exceeds customers’ expectations
  • Conducts studies and research to discover new tools, technologies and products to serve customers
  • Makes recommendations regarding resource allocation or service modifications based on data analysis
  • Contributes to the design of facilities and points of service to promote customer-centric organization of space and resources
  • Design, teach and assess continuing education classes that advance staff’s knowledge and skills to create exceptional customer experiences
  • Collaborates with managers at all levels to advance customer service and experience
  • Ensures customers receive timely, personalized, accurate and thorough responses to questions, concerns and recommendations communicated through askhcls (email)
  • Serves as a member of the Leadership Team, contributes to the strategic plan, provides input on policies, procedures, initiatives and decisions
  • Participates in continuing education events (seminars, workshops, conferences, online) to strengthen knowledge and skills