Supervisory Librarian (Chief, Digital Resources Division)

Washington, D.C
Jul 07, 2022
Jul 14, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-13 level. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions related to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates completes work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Prepares work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as needed. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests.

Anticipates, identifies and understands the changing needs of the Law Library of Congress by keeping informed of the policies and standards related to digital resource management using available contacts and resources.

Aligns the division's resources to ensure coverage of all functions, even in the event of unanticipated events and emergencies. Reviews the division's services to ensure they meet professional standards and policy guidelines and are responsive to the needs of the Law Library's constituencies.

Exercises oversight and has primary responsibility for processing and managing the Law Library's digital collections. Coordinates with appropriate internal and external offices to identify issues, challenges, and best practices for digital legal collections.

Monitors and oversees the currency, comprehensiveness, and integrity of the online legal resources offered by the Law Library through its website ( Directs all activities related to the online publication of Law Library products to ensure that the information is presented according to formatting and quality standards established by the Library and Law Library and is published in a timely manner. Exercises managerial and supervisory authority over all web publishing and web editing functions performed by DRD staff for the Law Library's website and intranet in consultation with the Law Library's editorial unit.

Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects related to digitization and/or digital collection management. Directs and shapes the character and overall nature of the projects. Oversees project from conception through development, productions, and manages project staff. Participates in planning work, including formulating goals and objectives, and identifies opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures. Formulates project budgets and recommends approaches to identify finding sources for projects. Manages a variety of functions simultaneously and with flexibility to work under competing demands and deadlines. Develops statements of work, deliverables, and timelines for contractors and other non-employee-generated work.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various individuals within and outside of the institution in order to share resources and information and coordinate digital collection workflow and activities within the Law Library. As a consultant, makes recommendations regarding major changes in program area. Explains or presents specialized or technical information to individuals or groups with varying backgrounds or levels of expertise. Develops and maintains professional standing through a variety of methods, including participation in professional organizations, which may include making presentations at conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other, relevant fields. As designated, represents the Law Library on Library-wide committees, boards, and groups dealing with matters related to the assigned area of program responsibility. Serves as a member of the Law Library's management team, reporting on status of the division's activities and programs, and providing input to service unit planning activities.


Conditions of Employment

The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library's vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library's Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link:

At present, the Library of Congress will not enforce an earlier policy to require all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, employees are required to certify their vaccination status, which is used to plan and implement workplace safety protocols, such as those related to mask-wearing, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Upon request, new hires may be required to show proof of vaccination to the Health Services Division. Library employees who are not vaccinated may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 every seven days

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 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.

Knowledge of digital content management principles and practices.**

Ability to perform project management functions.**

Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and develop solutions to plan and carry out digital content management programs.**

Ability to lead people and manage a workforce.**

Ability to build and maintain relationships with individuals from a variety of backgrounds in order to provide consultation or liaison services.

Ability to manage the full range of collection development activities in a major research library.

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.

Candidates with an MLS, MIS, MLIS, MSLS, or equivalent degree are encouraged to apply.

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.

Additional information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. All who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee or internal selectee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

The selected applicant may be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, Ethics in Government Act of 1978.