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Technical Information Specialist (Metadata, Law Library) - United States Tax Court Library


Announcement No.: 18-04
Open Date: 03-15-2018
Closing Date: 04-02-2018

Position Title/Series/Grade: Technical Information Specialist (Metadata,
Law Library), GS-1412-9/11

Salary Range: GS-9 - $56,233 - $73,105 GS-11 -
$68,036 - $88,450

Location: Office of the Clerk
Library Section

Area of Consideration: U.S. citizenship is required
Position Type: This is an Excepted Service, At-will Position

DUTIES: This position is located in the library of the United States Tax Court and
reports directly to the Supervisory Librarian. The incumbent supports Judicial and Court personnel by
providing a variety of technical and data management services specifically related to the
application of metadata.

Specific duties include:

-- Support the U.S. Tax Court Library’s digital curation initiative in the creation,
selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets.

-- Scan and create digitized materials from the Court’s physical collection and incorporate
external digitized products from outside sources into the digitization project. Set up quality
control and quality assurance procedures. Work with the Supervisory Librarian and other Technical
Information Specialist to establish and document metadata standards unique to the Court.

-- Work with other Technical Information Specialist in editing bibliographic records in the
area of access points, and virtual or internal links in the Integrated Library System (ILS).
Bibliographic record editing and holding field creation and editing using MARC standards will
occupy a substantial portion of this position.

-- Responsible for performing original and complex copy cataloging and preparing
bibliographic records and/or metadata to represent the information and research resources in the
collection and databases. This may include determining elements such as description, subject
analysis, access to content, authority control, quality control,

metadata application, and metadata-related decision making, i.e., the determination of which
metadata standard to use.

-- Work with Supervisory Librarian and Technical Information Specialist on establishment of
metadata standards. Apply these agreed upon standards independently.

-- Effectively link each bibliographic item record to a physical volume in the Court’s ILS
to a third-party vendor RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) system. Create patron access for new

-- Work with Technical Information Specialist in establishing a robust discovery layer over
the ILS and digital repository.

-- Provide subject-area reference services and information searches for Presidentially-
appointed Judges and other Court personnel by performing searches in response to specific requests,
locating and selecting information from a broad range of current and retrospective resources.
Guide Court personnel in the use of internal and external resources.

-- Responsible for interlibrary loan (ILL) materials, including identifying materials using
online catalogs, maintaining a record of all ILLs in the Library’s Open Source Software ILS,
physically retrieving or coordinating the physical retrieval of any material the Court borrows,
monitoring Court materials borrowed by others and recalling materials upon request.

SPECIAL RATING FACTORS: (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required by this position) Applicants are
required to address each Special Rating Factor providing detailed evidence of the listed factors in
the form of clear, concise examples of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. Please use
specific examples to illustrate how your qualifications and accomplishments are relevant.

1. Knowledge of policies, procedures, applications, and practices related to metadata
standards, mapping, transformation and management.

2. Ability to perform program and project management functions related to library metadata,
and provide advice and assistance to managers.

3. Ability to research, evaluate, develop, and implement appropriate metadata standards for
description, inventory, access, retrieval, preservation, and management of the Library’s
collections, both analog and digital.

4. Ability to interact collaboratively with others, particularly about the development and
implementation of bibliographic records.



To qualify at the GS-9 level, applicants must have completed at least two full years of
progressively higher level graduate education or have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of
qualifying specialized experience at the GS-7 level, which demonstrates skill in data management
systems, query languages, table relationships and views, and the ability to identify and evaluate
tools for creating metadata. Promotion to the full performance level of this position is
contingent upon completion of the MLS or MLIS degree as well as successful performance of the
duties listed in the position description.

To qualify for the full performance level GS-11, applicants must have at least one year of
specialized experience, which demonstrates skill in data management systems, query languages, table
relationships and views, and the ability to identify and evaluate tools for creating metadata. at
the GS-9 level and a MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution.


• A cover letter in PDF format stating the position for which you are applying and providing
any supplemental information that may be necessary to address the special rating factors listed in
this vacancy announcement.
• Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications and that
reflect how your background and experience correspond to the special rating factors listed in this
announcement. Include your country of citizenship on your resume.
• Transcripts (may be unofficial to submit with the application, with official transcripts
required if your are selected) supporting any education claims in your application.
• A current SF-50, if currently a Federal government employee.

All required documents listed above must be emailed to the Court at humanresources@ustaxcourt.gov.
The documents must be in PDF format and attached to your email where you identify your name and the
position to which you are applying. Complete application materials must be received in the Office
of Human Resources by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


• The U.S. Tax Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct.

• Employees of the U.S. Tax Court serve under excepted appointments and are considered “AT
WILL” employees. At will employees can be dismissed for any reason, without cause and without


• Employees will be required to complete a 52-week probationary period.

• Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

• Favorable suitability determination - Selection for this position is contingent on a
favorable suitability determination and security background check, including a credit check,
Federal income tax check and criminal check. A candidate selected for this position must be
current on his or her Federal income tax obligations before employment with the Tax Court, and
remain current at all times while employed by the Tax Court. Continued employment post appointment
is subject to satisfactory completion of the background investigation and credit check, and
favorable adjudication. A background reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required
at a later time.

• All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or
omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the conditions herein
outlined may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after
being employed.

• If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the I-9 form and provide
appropriate identification.

• Relocation expenses are not authorized for any selected applicant, and any travel
expenses incurred for an interview will not be reimbursed by the U.S. Tax Court.

• The U.S. Tax Court will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with
disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process,
please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case


If you fail to provide the information as required, your application will not be evaluated beyond
the basic screening process. The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final
determination concerning whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the Court will then 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.




Application of Preference Eligibles: Preference eligibles will be placed above non-preference
eligibles within each rating category. Preference eligibles who meet the eligibility and
qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10
percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is
scientific or professional at the GS-9 level or higher.

Special Appointment Authority Information: In accordance with the Veterans Employment
Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998, veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated
from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service may
also apply. You must provide documentation of veterans' preference or military service (e.g.,
SF-15, DD-214), if applicable.
For questions, call the Office of Human Resources at (202)521-4700.


The United States Tax Court is an equal opportunity employer.


Research & Reference Specialist - WilmerHale


JOB TITLE: Research & Reference Specialist

DATE: March 2018

DEPARTMENT: Library & Research Services


REPORTS TO: Senior Research and Reference Supervisor




Provides reference and research assistance in support of the various legal and administrative departments throughout the firm.  Assists reference staff on research and reference projects.  Works with Director, Manager or Supervisor on Library and Research projects.



  • Provides research and reference assistance to attorneys in all practice areas in a timely and effective manner using various print and electronic resources.  Bills time to client/matters as appropriate. 
  • Provides research and reference assistance to support the functions of the various administrative departments of the firm, including but not limited to, Client Development and New Business/Conflicts. 
  • Performs regular monitoring of news, dockets, legislative and regulatory changes, and other subject area monitoring as necessary.  Assists in the preparation of related updates, newsletters, and other communications.
  • Maintains working knowledge of the library collections, online database resources, interlibrary loan availability, document delivery, and other resources as appropriate.  Shows proficiency in primary database usage, search strategy and syntax, and licensing restrictions.
  • As part of the Research & Reference Services team, provides reference desk coverage as assigned and follows internal procedures for the handling of requests as set by the Director and Research & Reference Services Manager.
  • Works with Research & Reference Services Manager to support the maintenance of intranet reference collections by performing regular link checking and data collection/input to facilitate integration of subject-specific resources into larger firm portal.
  • Participates in resource evaluation projects including pilots of new services, comparisons of resources, and preparation of related evaluative memos.
  • Assigned to focus on areas of the practice, administrative departments, subject or topic areas as required by the Research & Reference Services Manager to meet the needs of the Firm.
  • Works with Director, and Research & Reference Services Manager on departmental projects and initiatives as requested. 
  • §  Contributes to the firm's Service Excellence initiative to consistently improve its image internally and externally.  Displays professionalism, quality service and a "can do" attitude to internal members/departments of the firm as well as external clients and vendors via electronic and print correspondence, over the telephone and in-person.
    • Working knowledge of print and digital legal and business resources and research techniques.
    • Ability to work quickly, and with great attention to detail.    
    • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
    • Excellent organizational skills.




  • MLS, MLIS, J.D., or equivalent required.


  • 3 years of reference or research experience required.
  • Experience in a large law firm or comparable environment, preferred.


  To apply, please contact Natalie K Brooks, Staff Recruiter | WilmerHale at the following email address:  natalie.brooks@wilmerhale.com .


Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability


Knowledge & Research Analyst - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP



  • Responsible for researching and providing information, analysis and expertise to attorneys and staff in all practice areas of the firm.
  • Analyzes legal, corporate and general resources and communicates findings in a clear and concise manner.
  • Helps plan and implement department outreach, training and orientation programs.
  • Assists with the evaluation and recommendation of new information resources.
  • Supports research and Knowledge Management initiatives for firm attorneys and staff across the globe, incorporating  new technology.
  • Performs ready reference and in-depth research on legal, corporate and other topics using online and print resources.
  • Uses question and answer skills to conduct effective reference interviews.
  • Distills research results into clear and concise reports of findings.
  • Creates and maintains new business alert services that identify matters of interest to existing and potential clients.
  • Creates and maintains current awareness alert services.
  • Works independently and with the Knowledge Strategy (KS) team and selected practice areas to choose, collect, organize, maintain, and update content for practice area websites and databases.
  • Provides attorneys with access to and encourages the effective use of internal and external knowledge resources.
  • Disseminates knowledge resources via firm-wide intranet and databases to attorneys.
  • Collaborates with practice group leaders and other attorneys to design effective KS websites and databases.
  • Establishes relationships with attorneys to promote awareness of KS initiatives and to solicit their participation.
  • Uses workflow software for the distribution and recording of  research requests.
  • Monitors email on firm-issued mobile devices while out of the office and during off hours and coordinates with staff in the Washington, DC and other offices to complete pending requests.
  • Ensures continuity of Research & Knowledge Services operations during supervisor absences.


  • Expertise in using computer-based research tools including but not limited to: Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, Intelligize, Securities Mosaic, Practical Law, Fastcase, PLI, Capital IQ, Deal Point Data.
  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems.
  • Proven ability in using WYSIWYG web page editors.


  • Master's Degree in Library Science or equivalent experience (minimum of eight years) and
  • Minimum of two years research experience in a law firm or corporate library.

To apply: https://www.skadden.com/careers/staff/opportunities/washington-dc/research-and-knowledge-analyst

Skadden is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Disability/Vet/other protected categories).  For more information, please visit https://www.skadden.com/careers. 


Research Librarian - Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP 


Department: Library & Information Services


The Position:Research Librarian    


Business Title: Research Librarian 


Reports To:   Brent Burton


Location: New York


FLSA Status:Exempt




Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP is an AMLAW 100 firm with offices located in 16 major financial centers around the world. The firm consists of approximately 1,200 lawyers from more than 50 countries who operate as a single integrated global partnership.


The primary responsibility of this function is: Provide complex business and legal research services to the firm’s attorneys and supporting staff as part of an overall Americas Library and Research Services team.





  • Conduct in-depth research for a wide range of practice areas including capital markets, litigation, international arbitration, antitrust and mergers and acquisitions. 
  • Familiarity with competitive intelligence research and the application of business intelligence as a strategy.
  • Analyze and synthesize research; provide a written summary of findings as required. 
  • Actively support a rich array of electronic content resources through the development of just-in-time videos, pathfinders and onsite learning delivery.
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of resource training programs conducted for new joiners, associates, paralegals, practice development specialists.
  • Participate in professional associations for personal and professional development and to promote strong law firm library relations. 
  • Additional responsibilities include working group projects and intranet content updates as required. 


  • Minimum Degree:
    • MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited institution


  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • JD from an ABA accredited institution
    • Second language proficiency


  • 5-8 years’ experience. AMLAW 100 law firm or ABA accredited Law School Library
  • Expert proficiency with online case law research and business databases
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and communication skills
  • Executive presence
  • Customer service focus
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Ability to reimagine old models and test new methods
  • Adapt to a fast-paced environment by coordinating multiple tasks to completion while maintaining a professional demeanor


To apply, click here.  




Generalist Librarian - LibSource


LibSource, a LAC Group company, seeks a Generalist  Librarian for a major law firm client with a busy library in their  Washington DC office. The Librarian will be required to coordinate technical services and collection maintenance, respond to research requests, and perform cataloging and basic support functions.  This position functions as part of a larger library team dispersed across four office locations.  The candidate will be expected to collaborate and work in a distributed environment.



§  Perform legal research using electronic and print resources via the library’s portal site.

§  Maintain library collection by sorting, shelving and organizing print publications and filing pocket parts,  supplements and loose- leaf sets.

§  Check-in and route materials using library catalog.

  • §  Modify and update catalog records according to set criteria to change location, holdings, etc.
  • §  Print and affix labels.
  • Search and retrieve records in OCLC and the ILS and assist in their processing.
  • Respond to research requests and assist in locating books and publications.
  • Perform related tasks as assigned and participate in special projects as necessary.
  • Perform clerical tasks such as cataloging, data entry, generating reports and processing invoices.


§  1-3  years experience in Information/Library Services preferably in a legal environment or solo environment.

§  A Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s in Library and Information Science, preferred.

§  General knowledge of library services, tasks, programs.

§  Ability to work independently with limited supervision.

§  Experience using an integrated library system such as EOS or Sydney.

§  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.


To apply, please visit: https://goo.gl/7qW4to


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