Washington, D.C
Jan 25, 2023
Jan 28, 2023
Full Time

Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Manages and requests materials directly from the Library of Congress, inputs and maintains records for tracking, and ensures timely return of material.
  • Serves as a liaison with Library of Congress reading room librarians and Loan Division to negotiate and implement specific loan policies and procedures, resolve problems, and encourage use of LC resources by WC researchers. Serves as back-up for other ILL loans managed through OCLC WorldShare.
  • Manages, adapts, and implements the Ex Libris 360 Core A-Z journal and e-book software program and other linking technologies .
  • Participates in research and planning for future technology acquisitions; works with library management and vendor on future implementation of linking and/or content discovery services.
  • Checks out materials using ILS circulation system; manages microfilm scanner software to provide best tools for users doing digital research on microfilm.
  • Conducts comprehensive library orientations for interns covering Wilson Center and Library of Congress resources, and demonstrates use of relevant online materials, providing instruction in use of specialized information resources.
  • Responds to reference inquiries by locating bibliographic, factual, and statistical materials using relevant academic journals, books, articles from the press, and reports from a wide array of social science research resources, particularly in public policy, area studies, international relations, and modern history.
  • Works closely with program staff and website manager to track Wilson Center publications, both online and in print.
  • Organizes publication listings and creates bibliographies.
  • Participates in planning, selecting or designing new database or other programs to house citations and helps to design output to meet Center needs.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • You must complete a background investigation
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit
  • All qualification requirements for this position must be met by the closing date of this announcement
  • Current and former federal employees within the General Schedule (GS) must meet the time-in-grade requirements outlined in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement



Must have completed 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.


Must have a total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. The education, training, and experience established 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.


GS-11: to qualify you must have at least one (1) year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following types of duties:
  • Developing and presenting library-led educational training and orientations;
  • Providing advanced reference and research services in the fields of social sciences, particularly public policy, area studies, international affairs, and modern history;
  • Managing a serials A-Z program to provide access to e-journals and e-books;
  • Evaluating software and implementing new library technologies, including updating current library tools;
  • Working knowledge of the collections reading rooms and loan policies of the Library of Congress or similar research libraries;
  • Managing, requesting, and tracking interlibrary loans with the Library of Congress or university libraries; and
  • Working knowledge of the holdings, arrangements and services of academic and special libraries.


Must have successfully completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science.


Must have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the position.


Must have a combination of experience and education as described above that equates to one year of experience. Percentage of the required education plus my percentage of the required experience equal one hundred percent.


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

For more information on the qualifications for this position OPM Qualification Standards

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible.

(Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade if you are a current permanent Federal employee. No award SF-50 will be accepted).


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

In addition, when reviewing applicant's transcripts, assumptions will not be made. Applicants MUST state which coursework is relevant.

Additional information

Work Environment

The position is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.

Work is performed in a typical office setting that is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the CIGIE with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your CIGIE component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.

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