Senior Librarian - TRB Executive Office

Washington D.C.
Apr 11, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
Analyst, Research
Engineering, Research
Full Time

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.


The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is one of seven major program units of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The Board's mission is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal.




The Senior Librarian leads library programs and/or services, and daily operations of the Library. Examples of programs and services include advanced, expert-level research and consultation services, outreach and training, and library information systems services. Develops and executes strategies that incorporate services into the organization’s workflow. Leads collection development and services in consultation with Manager. Coordinates and plans marketing and promotion activities to broaden awareness of overall library services, focusing on maintaining high-level usage of resources. Coordinates with Manager and Database Librarian to maintain databases. May supervise assigned library staff.




1. Provides research and reference services. Consults with internal customers and sponsors on sophisticated and detailed research projects that require advanced level, expert in-depth information retrieval, analysis, and evaluation. Assists internal staff and external patrons with citation verification and ready reference questions.


2. Develops and writes recommendations for the delivery of library services. Leads, and conducts needs assessment for library services and evaluates services and products to meet evolving customer requirements. Provides assessments and recommendations to Manager.  Identifies opportunities to facilitate awareness and optimum use of library services and to incorporate library services into the workflow of programs and projects. 


3. Leads and executes marketing and promotion activities to increase and sustain both internal and external customer awareness of library services. This may include creating communications materials, and identifying other avenues to communicate services as needed. Designs and conducts workshops to increase customer awareness, and use of library services. Trains staff on how to proficiently use services and resources.


4. Develops and maintains web-based content for TRIS web pages and may participate in other Intranet or Internet projects.  Creates and maintains LibGuides for staff use.


5. Manages ILS system including OPAC, catalog, serials and circulation systems. Enters information, updates and generates reports. Experience with Sirsi/Dynix EOS is preferred.  


6. Perform original (including complex) and copy cataloging of all formats of library materials to facilitate their identification, access, and use.  Interpret and apply Library of Congress subject headings, the AACR2, RDA, and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) manuals in cataloging and classifying library materials.


7. Regularly scans literature and identifies publications for inclusion in the research databases.  Orders books and journal articles for databases, staff, and library collection. Maintains reciprocal agreements with other transportation organizations and processes interlibrary loan requests.


8. Coordinates with Database Librarian to plan, update, and clean up tables in databases. Includes researching and determining authoritative entries in databases.


9. Serves as back up to Database Librarian to import files and check file and data accuracy. May assign work to indexers.


10. Serves as back up to Indexing Manager to update and maintain the Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) by removing or mapping terms to current TRT terms. This includes any necessary remapping of work and checking for accuracy. 


11. Participates in team activities related to database developments and enhancements. 




Ability to exercise leadership skills and think independently and critically. Ability to exercise independent judgment and skill in planning, coordinating, and implementing several diverse projects simultaneously. Ability to provide innovative and effective library instruction. Ability to apply understanding of customer needs and exercise independent evaluation of content to deliver high-quality information products and services. Ability to discuss extensive subject related matters and provide hands-on demonstrations, tutorials, or other training for a diverse special library clientele. Expert knowledge of a wide range of multidisciplinary print and computer-based information resources. Knowledge of interpretative reference interviewing techniques. Ability to solve intellectual problems of appreciable variety and complexity. Ability to undertake tasks broad in nature, requiring ingenuity and originality, and serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies’ departments through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.

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