Research Librarian

Washington, D.C
Feb 28, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
Analyst, Research
Full Time


The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division is accepting applications under its 2021 Graduate Recruit Program for a Research Librarian. This position will be filled at the GS-09 level (see "Duties" below).

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About the Graduate Recruit Program:

Initial appointments under the Graduate Recruit Program will be made for a period up to 120 days. Initial appointments are expected to convert to permanent, contingent upon the participant's successful performance, completion of all degree requirements, and availability of funding. Those students who return to school to complete their advanced degree program may be eligible for a permanent position once they obtain their degree.

About CRS

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress, CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process-from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment



The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade (FDT) Division is seeking a Research Librarian in the Research and Library Services Section. The section broadly supports the work of Congress in issue areas including defense management and budget; defense policy and arms control, foreign policy and global issues, international trade and finance; Middle East and Africa; Asia and Europe and the Americas.


This Research Librarian position will provide research and library services to CRS policy analysts and congressional clients, focusing on the areas of the world in particular with a legislative function.

Candidates earning a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent degree and background working in a library, information center, or research organization are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with public speaking in an instructional capacity is desired.

The research librarian position carries promotion potential to the GS-13 level.


Who may be considered:

Graduate students and Library of Congress employees who meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Current enrollment in or anticipated graduation from an appropriate, accredited advanced degree program. (Library employees who already possess a graduate degree and maintain Library employment status without a break in service may be considered for appointment under the CRS Graduate Recruit Program).
  • General education requirements for a GS-09 appointments (see table below).

  • GS-09 Grade Level

    Two years of progressively higher level appropriate graduate education leading to a Master's degree, OR

    Master's or equivalent graduate degree, OR

    One year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.


    GS-09 Grade Level

    Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library or information science, OR master's degree in library or information science or equivalent graduate degree related to the position, OR enrollment in a master of library or information science degree program or equivalent graduate degree program with one year of relevant work experience equivalent to the GS-07 level.


    The critical knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), gained through education, experience and/or training, needed to

    successfully perform the duties of the position:

    GS-09 Grade Level

    Knowledge of Research Resources in Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade**

    The ability to apply knowledge of research resources in foreign affairs, defense and trade such as databases, directories, statistical compilations, federal government agency websites, government documents, and legal documents. This includes the ability to select resources by weighing the relative value of the resources for research projects.

    Ability to Conduct Information Research**

    The ability to conduct information research projects. This includes: (1) identifying, proposing, developing, and executing specialized research projects; (2) collaborating and consulting with subject specialists to develop and improve the projects; (3) executing a research methodology, assessing the progress of research and developing and revising a methodology as needed; and (4) assuring a research methodology is transparent and results are accurate, objective, and responsive in preparation for movement of a product through a review process.

    Ability to Communicate in Writing**

    Wrote and edited a variety of documents (e.g. reports, memoranda, email responses) in anticipation of or in response to the needs of internal and external clients. This includes: (1) designing, writing, and editing products that described the findings of research projects and may contain abstracts, methodological descriptions, summaries, charts, graphs, and tables; (2) organizing the content of a product to serve the needs of a client; (3) co-authoring products in collaboration with colleagues; (4) incorporating comments by reviewers or stakeholders during a review process; and (5) updating products to maintain accuracy and currency.


    Additional information

    The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

    The appointment tenure for this position is full-time temporary with the expectation of subsequent conversion to permanent; flexible work schedules may be available. The position description number for this vacancy announcement is 393480 (GS-09). Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

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

    Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. Applicants who are referred for an interview will be required to submit a completed Form 1862 Library of Congress Applicant Data Form/Reference Form.

    Those Graduate Recruit Program participants who are converted from a temporary appointment to a permanent position, and who have not yet completed the one-year probationary period required of all new Library employees, will be required to do so. Time served in the temporary appointment will not count toward completion of this one-year probationary period requirement.

    CRS staff not placed in a permanent position under the Graduate Recruit Program will return to the position occupied before entering the program or a position of similar grade and duties without loss of federal service tenure or seniority. Before applying, other Library of Congress employees should consult their supervisor or service unit management regarding the status of their position should they be selected for the program but not placed in a permanent position.

    The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, men, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Carmen Reese at or (202) 707-6275. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Completed application packages will be forwarded to a panel of CRS staff that will first assess applicants against basic eligibility and general education requirements of the position. An evaluation panel will then assess the degree to which candidates meet the critical knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of the position and offer the better qualified candidates an opportunity for an interview in person, by telephone or by other telecommunications means. In addition to the critical KSAs listed above, the following competencies will also be addressed during the interview:
    • Ability to Utilize Information Technology
    • Ability to Interact Collaboratively with Others
    • Ability to Focus on the Client
    • Ability to Solve Problems and Make Decisions
    • Ability to Communicate Effectively Other Than in Writing

    A complete applicant package will require applicants to provide responses to a vacancy questionnaire, which includes mandatory submission of a Candidate Statement of Interest. Finalists may be required to submit a writing sample related to their academic discipline.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    It is recommended that you review your application to ensure it contains the following items:
    • Resume (uploaded through
    • Completed vacancy questionnaire
    • Graduate transcripts or a self-prepared course list (attachment to application)

    Note: the "Documents" section of the application may request that you attach Form 1862 Library of Congress Applicant Data Form/Reference Form. You may choose to upload this form as part of your application or submit it at the time of interview. Incomplete applications will not be referred to interview officials and will be disqualified from further consideration.

    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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