Librarians-in-Residence (1410)

Washington D.C.
Feb 25, 2019
Feb 25, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


The service units sponsoring librarian residents are Library Services; National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; and the Law Library of Congress.

About Library Services:

Library Services has primary responsibility to build, steward, make available, and assist others in using the Library of Congress’ unparalleled, multi-format and universal collection from its thirteen staffed locations (including six overseas offices). Staff acquire, catalog, process, preserve, and make accessible over 167 million collection items, while also providing reference, metadata, standards, and consultative services as appropriate to Congress, individual users, government agencies, other libraries, museums, cultural institutions and professional or community associations. Library Services provides access to staff and collections onsite via its reading rooms and online throughout the Library of Congress website at

About National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped:

Established by Congress in 1931, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped administers a national library program that provides free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page.  Through a national network of 97 cooperating libraries and 3 machine-lending agencies, NLS selects and circulates more than 19 million books, magazines, and music scores in braille or audio formats. Digital audio and ebraille materials are also available through the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service and the BARD Mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

About Law Library of Congress:

Established by an act of Congress in 1832, the Law Library serves members of Congress, the Supreme Court, other branches of the U.S. government and the global legal community. The Law Library maintains and preserves a universal collection of law for future generations. With more than 2.9 million volumes, and just under 3 million micro-format items, the Law Library contains the world’s largest collection of law books and other resources worldwide. The Library also provides onsite access to online databases, and guides to legal information worldwide through its website at

The program is open to students who earned or will complete their Master’s degree in library/information science from an American Library Association-accredited program after December 2017 and by June 2019. The program selectees will be expected to report to work in July 2019.

A complete application package will consist of:

  • Your resume
  • Your responses to a vacancy questionnaire, including a mandatory Candidate Statement of Interest
  • Copy of your most-recent transcript documenting enrollment in or completion of an ALA-accredited library/information science Master's degree program (a copy of a transcript downloaded from the university website is sufficient at the application stage; selectees will be required to provide an official transcript documenting graduation).
  • Names of three references: 1) the dean or director of your library/information science program, 2) a professor in your library/information science program OR a supervisor in your current job, and 3) a reference of your own choosing. References may be contacted by telephone or email and asked about the candidate’s qualifications.
  • Applicants will be evaluated against the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of the position; the better qualified candidates will be offered an opportunity for an interview in person, by telephone, or by other telecommunications means. In addition to the knowledge, skills, and abilities, the following competencies will also be addressed during the interview:
  • Ability to communicate in writing and orally
  • Ability to organize and plan work
  • Finalists may be required to submit a writing sample on a topic related to library and information science.

The program is open to students who earned or will complete their Master’s degree in library/information science from an American Library Association-accredited program after December 2017 and by June 2019.

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.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy 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 notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-6362.

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

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 incumbent of this position may elect to work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time. Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

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.

A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate an employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Applicants must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), gained through education, experience and/or training, which are needed to successfully perform the duties of the position:

  • Knowledge of library and information science.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of current and emerging technologies and techniques in library and information science.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.

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Drug test required No

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