Reference Librarian – Library of Congress – Washington, D.C.

Job Overview


About the Agency

The Reference Librarian is a knowledge navigator responsible for providing reference, research, consultation, and liaison services; instructions and training; and security for Prints and Photographs Division collections. P&P holds more than 14 million items in a variety of visual formats in hundreds of individual collections stored in local and remote sites. 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, filmed, and digital forms. As one of the largest pictorial archives in the world, P&P 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 mass media.

This position is located in the Reference Section, Prints and Photographs Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 247166.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a modified flexitime work schedule to accommodate reading room hours, which are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


Provides reference services 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. Communicates with a wide variety of patrons with questions regarding access, handling, and use of P&P 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 online and manual reference tools and resources to meet the researcher’s need. Provides information on the collections, finding tools, and relevant reference sources. Appropriately directs researchers to collections and specialists elsewhere in the Library of Congress.

Facilitates services to researchers, including registration procedures, filling out call slips, and completing duplication requests. Cooperatively shares responsibility for retrieving materials requested by researchers and advising researchers on appropriate safe handling practices.

Drawing on basic knowledge of digital technology and duplication procedures, copyright law and other laws pertaining to the use of pictures, aids patrons in completing requests for duplication.

Interprets written requests of limited complexity and responds in a manner conforming to Division policies. Clarifies written requests as needed and provides clear, accurate, concise, and grammatically correct written responses.

Assignments are non-repetitive, require research among several collections to locate relevant materials, and involve some evaluation for authenticity, completeness, and significance.

Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity. Through research in the history of the visual media, as well as constant examination of new literature and development of professional contacts, maintains awareness and knowledge of visual media, developments in the field of visual librarianship, and availability of reference and resource materials. As assigned, performs research involving the use of visual materials and reference sources in order to produce printed and online reference aids. As requested, carries out research and provides documentation for creating catalog records and finding aids.

Develops and maintains personal contacts and cooperative work relationships to provide or exchange information. Participates in outreach efforts including provision of basic information services through the use of new technologies. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars or meetings relating to visual librarianship and the development and use of visual materials. Participates in outreach efforts, such as responding to comments and queries in electronic forums where Library collections are presented. Participates in discussions of programs and 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, assists in providing tours and other oral presentations for staff, research groups, and other visitors to the Division.

Shares responsibility for the security and safe handling of the materials used in the reading room, which are all considered rare and are often unique. Supervises and observes researchers as they handle material, ensuring items are not damaged, misfiled, or lost through use. Tactfully and courteously speaks to readers concerning departures from special rules and practices for handling pictorial materials. Examines material prior to service or copying to ensure appropriate handling. Recognizes and proposes solutions to problems or inconsistencies in identification or labeling of collection items to ensure the proper application of established processes and methods.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements


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.

  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, tools and techniques of library science.
  • Ability to provide reference and research services.**
  • Knowledge of visual materials in library or archival collections.**
  • Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

No additional requirements to those listed above.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Link to full posting and application

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Mark your calendars: the LIS Open House is coming up soon!

Are you or is someone you know considering graduate school? Come to our Open House on Wednesday, October 5 to learn about what a Master’s in Library and Information Science can do for you.

Date: Wednesday, October 5

Time: 6-7:30pm

Location: Columbus School of Law, room 204 | Directions available here




















Please RSVP below or at this address.

Send questions or accommodation requests to or call us at (202) 319-5085.

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Digital Publishing Lead – GMU Libraries, Mason Publishing Group – Fairfax, VA

George Mason University Libraries, Mason Publishing Group is seeking an experienced professional responsible for the management of digital publishing platforms and tools.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Using platforms to publish digital content, including e-journal and e-book hosting platforms such as OJS, PressBooks, and others, by providing project management and user support;
  • Managing the daily operations of the university’s institutional repository—Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS) (DSpace);
  • Working closely with our metadata services group to insure consistent metadata across all digital platforms;
  • Providing support and training for the Library’s new Research Commons, which includes a Digital Scholarship Center;
  • Providing support for digital publishing projects and platforms, such as Omeka;
  • Consulting with students, faculty and researchers who want to publish e-content; and
  • Maintaining and enhance Mason Publishing’s web presence.

    For more details see the full job posting:

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Library Assistant, Learning Resources Services – Alexandria Campus Library, NVCC – Alexandria, VA


Library Assistant, Learning Resource Services (Position 280W1940)   Part-time, temporary position, 20 hours per week for the Fall semester.  Salary $15/hour.  No benefits.

  • Provide individualized instruction and assistance to students, faculty, staff and community patrons at the Reference Desk in a busy customer service-oriented library, serving a diverse population.
  • Instruct in the use of print and online resources.
  • Assist with general registration, Microsoft Office, printing and computer questions.


  • Graduation from college with training in library practices and procedures.
  • Ability to assist library patrons.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Knowledge of catalog and print and online reference tools and processes.
  • Experience in library information, reference or circulation desks.
  • Experience in a networked computing environment with Internet searching and capabilities.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office.

Please apply with CV and Cover Letter to Matt Todd, Associate Dean.

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National Digital Stewardship Residency cohort – Biodiversity Heritage Library – Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, St. Louis, MO, or Los Angeles, CA

Apply by October 5th for preferred consideration! See the link below for additional information and application instructions.

Five openings with the Biodiversity Heritage Library 

Vacancies for five National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) cohort positions have been posted through Harvard University. These five residents will work on projects related to the Biodiversity Heritage Library at BHL partner institutions in Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, St. Louis , MO or Los Angeles, CA from January 2017 to December 2017. The NDSR program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Qualification requirements and information about each of the five projects (as provided on the Harvard University posting page, link above) are listed below. Residents will each be assigned one of the five available projects and corresponding host institution(s). Applicants should specify their top three choices of institutions and projects from the list below in the cover letter included in their application. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Applications received by October 5, 2016 will be given first consideration.



Content Analysis. 

This project will be an analysis of the quantity of literature underpinning the field of biodiversity, the amount of that literature in the public domain, the representation of each discipline (delineated by taxon group) within BHL, an exploration of methodologies to scope the collections, and areas where BHL may target development to better serve the research population. Host: BHL Chicago partners (The Field Museum of Natural History and the Chicago Botanic Garden) with mentors Library Directors Christine Giannoni and Leora Siegel.


Import of Crowdsourced Data Corrections and Enhancements. 

Building on the IMLS grant received by the Missouri Botanical Garden, Purposeful Gaming and BHL, in which BHL worked with Mary Flannagan and Tiltfactor , the mentors for this project will work with the resident to develop methodologies and propose tools for integration of crowdsourced data corrections and enhancements back into the BHL portal. Best practices will be documented for verification, trust, and multi-tier review. Host: Harvard University: MCZ, mentors Library Managers Constance Rinaldo and Joseph deVeer.


Enabling image discovery within the Biodiversity Heritage Library. 

Building on the successful NEH Art of Life grant, crowdsourced metadata around BHL images hosted on Flickr and Zooniverse would be integrated back into the BHL through user interface modifications to the BHL portal to enable image searching, browsing and display. The resident will work with the BHL technical team to propose best practices for integration of this data into BHL as well as sustainable methodologies for augmenting image tagging for BHL content. Host: Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT), mentors Library Director Douglas Holland and Data Projects Coordinator, Trish Rose-Sandler.


Digital Library Best Practices Analysis. 

The mentor will work with the resident to consult with BHL partners such as DPLA and Europeana to determine how BHL data works in these large scale national and pan-national digital libraries. The resident will propose analyses of other large-scale digital libraries (HathiTrust, the Internet Archive, National Digital Library of New Zealand, Trove, for example) to categorize high value tools and services that can be built into the next version of BHL or developed with existing APIs from partners. Host: Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, mentor Chief Librarian and Curator Richard Hulser. NHM Research Library.


User Needs and Usability Analysis. 

The mentor will work with the resident to identify members of the larger taxonomic and biodiversity informatics community to determine user needs and services for providing increased value to BHL content. Building on a ten year relationship with this community, BHL staff will introduce the resident to relevant initiatives hosted at the Smithsonian, such as Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBoL) and Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and to partners such as Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The resident will analyze input gathered to define recommendations and requirements for expanding the BHL digital library functionality. Host: BHLSecretariat/Smithsonian Libraries, mentor Carolyn Sheffield, BHL Program Manager.



Applicants must be U. S. citizens who have graduated from an accredited degree-granting Master’s or Doctoral program between Summer 2014 and January 2017. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

For more information, including how to apply, visit the vacancies posting page here.

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Object Cataloger – CORESTAFF Service – Baltimore/Washington, DC area

Object Cataloger – Contract Position

CORESTAFF Service is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Object Cataloger on a government contract. We are recruiting for a museum or library professional for this project. The location is the greater Washington – Baltimore area.

This position is part of a team that examines, researches, and describes artifacts, and writes donor biographies and historical summaries for the Museum’s online collections catalog. The work combines historical research and object research to tell the story of the artifact and its owner within the context of the Holocaust and World War II.

Qualifications include:

  • excellent research and record keeping skills
  • experience in the handling of delicate artifacts
  • experience with collections management and research databases
  • consistency and attention to accuracy and detail
  • ability to analyze information and complete complex research projects
  • strong writing skills and ability to follow editorial and format guidelines
  • strong work ethic, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently

Duties include:

  • handling, examining, and describing delicate objects of various types
  • reviewing and assessing accession and donor documents
  • critical analysis of source information and synthesizing complex research
  • creating detailed catalog records per project standards and guidelines, and in accordance with Library of Congress and other recognized systems
  • writing original biographies and object narratives from institutional files, databases, and other research
  • managing time efficiently, working on multiple projects, and following through effectively with all issues and tasks
  • working independently and as part of a small, high performance team

Museum and/or library experience with visual materials is essential. Foreign language skills are a plus. Object handling/description and/or research experience is preferred but not required. B.A. required, M.A. in Museum Studies, Art History, or Library Science strongly preferred.

The salary is $24/hr.  This is a full time position with benefits, including ten paid federal holidays, paid vacation and paid sick leave, Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant health insurance and 401(k).

CORESTAFF Services is a nationwide professional staffing services firm, specializing in administrative/clerical, information technology and engineering, library/records management and human resources placements.

CORESTAFF Services is an Equal Opportunity Employment Employer. People from racial minority groups, veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration email your resume to .

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Social Media Marketing & Information Management Intern – AAA-Fund – Washington, DC

Internship– Social Media Marketing & Information Management Intern 

The AAA-Fund is a progressive political organization that is dedicated to empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States.  Through the AAA-Fund, Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) from different ethnic groups and from all over the country work together to increase the voice of the AAPI community in local, state and federal government.  We do this by helping to elect AAPI and other political candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to the community, and by engaging AAPIs in the political process.


Applicants should have strong knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape, including various social media outlets, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & more. Interns with web design experience highly preferred. Interns will, on occasion, assist with operational programming of the AAA-Fund.


  • Contribute to website upkeep and content creation.
  • Monitor and post on blogs, forums, and social networks
  • Online outreach and promotion using Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and others platforms.
  • Create video content to be shared on YouTube or other platforms.
  • Evaluate involving social media needs and implement a new social media platform
  • Assist in developing digital reputation of the AAA-Fund.


  • Understanding and prior usage of social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and, LinkedIn.
  • Familiarity with AP Style and grammar laws.
  • Previous experience with blog writing, (content creation highly preferred).
  • Web design (WordPress, HTML, basic CSS) experience.
  • Photography/video creation experience.
  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time throughout the day.

Our intern will develop skills in:

  • Production Design – image resizing, email and digital layouts, preparing images or assets for websites, reproducing website page layouts with new assets.
  • Graphic Design – assist in the creation of campaigns, social media brand elements, advertising concepts and layouts, email redesign concepts and layouts.
  • Content Creation – support the a team in the creation of content such as candidate interview videos for website and social media campaigns.
  • Research and Strategy – work with an information management professional to learn how to conduct campaign research, fact check, provide inspiration for AAA-Fund action and campaigns.
  • Infrastructure Design – work with professional web designers, information professionals, and the AAA-Fund  Executive Board in order to upgrade existing social media platforms.

Please contact Professor Renate Chancellor if you are interested in this opportunity.

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Library Tech – Archives of American Art – Washington, DC

Library Tech IS-5 (promotion potential to IS-6)

Archives of American Art

Smithsonian Institution




The position is located at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.  The incumbent staffs the Archives’ reception desk and assists with the administration of the Archives’ two research rooms including greeting and assisting researchers and maintaining equipment. The incumbent also fulfills interlibrary loan requests for microfilm and oral history transcripts from the Archives’ collections. As needed, the incumbent performs a variety of administrative duties associated with the management of the office of the Director and Deputy Director including, but not limited to, screening of phone and in-person visitors, file management, mail fulfillment, and document preparation.  Office and/or customer service experience is helpful. College degree required. Starting salary $35,265 (IS-5); promotion potential to IS-6. This is not a Federal position.


The Archives of American Art is the nation’s largest repository of documentation of the visual arts and culture in the United States.  AAA’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make available for study records, original papers, photographs, diaries, sketchbooks, and oral history interviews.  On the subject of art in America, AAA is the largest archives in the world holding more than 20 million documents.  The Archives is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with a regional center in New York City.


Please send cover letter and resume to AAA’s Head of Reference Services:  Marisa Bourgoin at bySeptember 30, 2016. To learn more about the Archives of American Art, visit its website at


The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.

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Data Services Librarian- The University of Maryland- Washington D.C./Baltimore

Title: Data Services Librarian
Category: Librarian (Open Rank)
Department: Digital Programs and Initiatives
Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

The University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty at the University System of Maryland’s flagship campus and constitute the largest university library system in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Recent membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a robust organization of Big Ten member institutions, is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

The primary responsibility of the Data Services Librarian is to serve as the technical lead to develop and design novel, sustainable data services throughout all stages of the research data lifecycle. S/he serves as the expert on technology and tools to support University of Maryland researchers and partners as they manage, analyze, share, communicate, and preserve their research data. The Data Services Librarian must collaborate closely with UMD Libraries’ staff to ensure Research Data Services are aligned with the diverse needs of a broad variety of researchers, and s/he takes the initiative to identify and support the technical needs of researchers as well as suggest improvements and new services or workflows. The Data Services Librarian also actively participates in programs and projects in Digital Programs and Initiatives including but not limited to the institutional repository (DRUM), digital publishing, and digital collections.

Reporting to the Manager, Digital Programs and Initiatives, the Data Services Librarian supports the collection, description, storage, and assessment of data acquired or generated by researchers. S/he engages in technical consultations with researchers to identify needs, provides instruction in tools for data collection, description, analysis, and exploration, and coordinates closely with both technical and non-technical staff throughout UMD Libraries to deploy solutions for data management. He or she helps cultivate partnerships and strengthen collaborations between researchers, curators, technologists, and administrators.

Required Qualifications/Education/Experience:

• Proficiency with at least one programming or scripting language, such as R, Python, JavaScript, or Ruby.
• Knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to use and archiving of digital data.
• Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education by the start of employment, or an advanced degree in a relevant field.
• Experience administering, developing, or designing databases (relational, hierarchical, or graph based).
• Familiarity with institutional or subject repository systems such as Fedora, DSpace, Dataverse, or comparable products.

For the full position description including preferred qualifications, please go to

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website:

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted untilOctober 10, 2016.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Job Type: full-time
Telecommute: No
Job URL:
Contact: Joshua Westgard (
Tags: Databases, Digital repository, Research Data, Scripting

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Research Librarian I – AFSCME – Washington, D.C.

Research Librarian I

Department: Research and Collective Bargaining
Location: Washington, D.C.
Grade: USU Grade 8
Salary: Starts at $70,809
Benefits: List of benefits
Posting Date: August 25, 2016

This position is responsible for researching, organizing, retrieving, analyzing, and disseminating information in response to requests.


  • May select, acquire and catalog library materials.
  • May assist with archiving and elimination of material.
  • Researches and recommends material for the AFSCME Information Center.
  • Acts as the technical liaison for the electronic library catalog.
  • Acts as the technical resource and liaison for content updates to the and websites.
  • May research and produce material for blogs.
  • Maintains and provides information on arbitrators to assist affiliate staff in making selection decisions.
  • May research, retrieve, analyze, organize and disseminate information from the library, online databases and other sources in response to requests.
  • May draft fact sheets, user guides, and other documentation to foster user self-sufficiency.
  • Remains knowledgeable on issues affecting AFSCME members.
  • May assist in conducting presentations to staff or at convention or conferences.
  • May supervise clerical support staff.
  • Performs other general duties as assigned.


Education & Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited four year college or university; an advanced degree in library science is strongly preferred.
  • Three (3) – five (5) years of experience in a library which provides the above knowledge, skills and abilities or any equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Knowledge of library operations and procedures.
  • Experience with computerized library information systems and related software programs.
  • Experience in the use of web and related software programs.
  • Knowledge of labor relations issues in the public sector preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships and effectively manage multiple requests.
  • Ability to relate to requestors’ needs and promote cooperation.
  • Ability to perform sound research and make logical conclusions.
  • Skilled in the use of computers with the ability to abstract and analyze data.
  • Experienced use of databases and cataloging software.

Posting Date: August 25, 2016

Proud To Be An Equal Opportunity/AA Employer

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