Law Librarian

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 06, 2022
Closes
Jul 09, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The Court reviews Board decisions appealed by claimants who believe the Board erred in its decision. The Court's review of Board decisions is based on the record before the agency and arguments of the parties, which are presented in a written brief, with oral argument generally held only in cases presenting new legal issues.

The Librarian performs duties and has responsibilities such as the following:
  • Oversees technical services: acquisitions, cataloging, classification, and materials processing.
  • Maintains Court inventory of law books, subscriptions, and chambers book collections. Purge obsolete and/or unwanted resources, while remaining in compliance of federal and local regulations and policies.
  • Selects and acquires library materials, including print and electronic information resources to meet the needs of the Court and establishes relationships with library service vendors.
  • Provides research, reference, and consultation services for the judges and other Court personnel.
  • Assists and instructs Court personnel with computer searches and library research methods.
  • Coordinates and conducts library user training and orientation programs and schedules Westlaw and Lexis training sessions.
  • Manages an interlibrary loan program through personal contact with the Library of Congress and other federal libraries in DC. (The library does not participate in OCLC/ILIAD.)
  • Maintains an online integrated library catalog system which is accessible to Court personnel. The library currently uses SirsiDynix, which houses and updates the Court's system on their servers.
  • Manually upload Court decisions/opinions to files for inclusion on the Court's website.
  • Serves as the liaison with Westlaw and Lexis, trouble-shooting any problems with the publication of the Court's documents.
  • Participates in library networks, initiates and maintains professional contacts with other librarians to provide the fullest possible range of research materials to judges and other court staff.
  • Develops and justifies the library's annual budget.
  • Participate in managing and maintaining the content of the CAVC internet and intranet websites. Develop, format, write and/or edit new and existing webpage content.
  • Complexity

    The tasks performed vary daily and cover a broad range of library functions. The incumbent independently makes decisions based on thorough knowledge of the profession and the library's policies, practices, and judicial needs.

    Organizational Relationships

    The Librarian interacts primarily with judges, chambers staff, and the legal staff for the purpose of providing legal research or other library services. The incumbent also has contact with others including the finance, administrative, and support staff. Contacts within and outside the Court are made to seek, exchange, and provide information.

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment


    Background security investigation is required for all new hires. Appointment is subject to successful completion of fingerprinting and background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

    NOTE: The selectee will be subject to a one-year probationary period.

    Qualifications

    Qualification Requirements: To qualify for this position, you must meet the below requirements.
    • Proficiency in using electronic research systems, including Bloomberg Law, Lexis+, and Westlaw Edge.
    • Excellent customer service skills, a professional demeanor, and a demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
    • Applicants must possess a specialized knowledge of the legal and legislative reference field as it relates to the position. Two (2) years of pertinent experience of such nature and level to provide a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, terminology and expressions of the legal and legislative reference field; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in these fields; ability to acquire additional information about these fields and related fields; and some knowledge of literature resources In these fields.
    • Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science or information science from an ALA-accredited college or university program, in addition to possessing a bachelor's degree; OR
    • 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.
    Time in Grade Requirement for GS-11: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-09).

    Time in Grade Requirement for GS-12: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-11).

    Education

    Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science or information science from an ALA-accredited college or university program, in addition to possessing a bachelor's degree.

    Additional information

    The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, age, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation.