Librarian (Law Library Program Administrator)

Washington, D.C
Nov 24, 2020
Dec 01, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Program Services, Court Services Office, Programs Division, National Programs Branch. The branch supports the federal judiciary's national library program.
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This position reports to the Department of Program Services, Court Services Office, Programs Division, National Programs Branch, which supports the Judiciary's National Library Program. The person selected for the position supports the Judiciary's Circuit Librarians and libraries, including assisting in national legal resource contract management, managing national library program initiatives, working with the Judicial Conference Committees to develop library policies, staffing formulae, and budgets, and conducting outreach and education regarding library services to other offices in the AO and for the courts.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as the Judiciary's National Law Library Program Administrator.
  • Serving as a subject matter expert on the Judiciary's legal resource and research needs and services.
  • Serving as the primary point of contact for Circuit Librarians and their staffs, regularly providing information and policy guidance to support Circuit Librarians' management of their circuit's library.
  • Providing staff support to the Circuit Librarians Advisory Group (CLAG), which meets regularly to advise the AO on the needs and viewpoints of Circuit Librarians, and helping the librarians develop recommendations on library-related policies and processes.
  • Collaborating with the Judiciary's Circuit Librarians (who are executive managers within the federal appellate courts) to develop and implement strategic plans for the library program that take into account emerging technologies and challenging budgets.
  • Conducting research, writing reports, and presenting information to Judicial Conference Committees and AO Advisory Councils and Groups that form the basis for new library policies or procedures, justify national library purchases and budgets, and provide awareness and information to judiciary library users.
  • Developing and implementing communication strategies (articles, memos, online communications) to increase judges' and court staff's awareness of library services and preparing guidance for courts to encourage the most effective use of those services and resources.
  • Delivering presentations on library-related services and resources, including participating in orientation programs and other working or advisory group meetings for for judges, court executives, and AO management and staff.
  • Serving as, or working with, the judiciary's contracting officer's representative for the program's national library contracts, including its computer-assisted legal resource contracts.
  • Assisting with the formulation of the annual budget for circuit libraries, reviewing related expenditure data, assisting with updating the librarian's work measurement formula, and participating in national recruitments for library positions, upon request.
  • Participating in library program reviews, national library program studies, user needs assessments, and library space and design assessments, as needed.

  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience applying library and legal program management principles and processes.

    Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet ONE of the qualification requirements as described below:
  • Completion of one 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. (Transcripts Required)
  • 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. (Transcripts Required)

  • Education

    This position allows for either education or a combination of education and specialized experience. Transcripts must be provided to confirm status.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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