Technology Services Librarian - United States Courts of the District of Columbia Circuit

Announcement #:      USCA 21-04
Location:                    Washington, D.C.
Grade/Salary:           CL-27 ($58,189-$94,593) to CL-28 ($69,756-$113,362).  Salary is
                                    commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Opening Date:           March 22, 2021
Closing Date:             Open until filled.  To ensure consideration, please submit documents by
                                    April 26, 2021.

Position Overview


The Circuit Library of the D.C. Circuit is comprised of one headquarters library located in Washington, D.C. The Technology Services Librarian provides technical, operational, and customer service support in the equally weighted functions of legal resources procurement, cataloging, information discovery, creation of digital repositories, evaluation and implementation of emerging technology products, and creation of both traditional and innovative interactive user services, for the purpose of maintaining a well-organized and accessible court library system in the circuit. The Circuit Library serves the judges, law clerks, and court executives for the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and appellate offices. This is a full-time, permanent position.


Representative Duties


  • Manages subscriptions and prepare orders for the purchase of materials.
  • Catalogs and classifies materials utilizing the Library of Congress classification system.
  • Resolves acquisition issues and coordinates with vendors.
  • Monitors the library’s SirsiDynix Integrated Library System to ensure the integrity of the system’s data and the timely generation of accurate reports. When necessary, manages periodic system upgrades and troubleshoots occasional system errors.
  • Adopts and maintains discovery systems.
  • Improves user discoverability, staff usability, and intelligent collection development statistics.
  • Builds interactive experiences through websites, mobile apps, branded email, and electronic and physical newsletters.
  • Creates digital repositories.
  • Creates and manages metadata for digital collections.
  • Maintains current awareness of new and emerging technology resources to support the research and procurement functions of the Circuit Library.
  • Evaluates emerging technology and electronic products (including value of content, usability, and technical requirements) and makes recommendations.
  • Assists in the delivery of digital services to all library users and library staff.  Advises in all aspects of digital delivery needs, objectives, and capabilities.  Assists with special digital projects, which includes addressing any unique issues related to digital products and services. Assists with the library’s intranet presence for the circuit.
  • Provides advice on the development of judiciary-wide policies by serving on various working groups and/or focus groups.
  • Assists with designing and managing the library’s current awareness services.
  • Performs all other tasks as assigned by the Circuit Librarian.

Required Qualifications


  • CL-27: Applicants must have an MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited library school and a minimum of three years of progressively responsible and successful law library experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at CL-27.
  • CL-28: Applicants must have an MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited library school and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible and successful law library experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at CL-28.
  • A comprehensive understanding of library operations and systems, including OCLC and SirsiDynix ILS or a similar integrated library system.
  • Experience in library technical services.
  • Knowledge of current cataloging principles and best practices.
  • Knowledge of legal research resources and legal bibliography. Familiarity with Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and other digital resources.
  • Knowledge of discovery products and other digital products relevant to the successful operation of a law library.
  • Excellent analytical skill, oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and a committed customer-service orientation.
  • Effective training skills, utilizing both virtual programs and in-person training techniques.
  • Experience working with web design and electronic publishing software.

Desirable Qualifications


  • A second degree or certification in computer programming, web design, graphic design, or any other related technical area.
  • Knowledge of the federal judiciary’s financial accounting system (JIFMS)

Conditions of Employment


Applicants must be a United States citizen or eligible to work in the United States. Employees of the federal courts are excepted service appointments. Excepted service appointments are “at will” and may be terminated with or without good cause by the Court. All applicant information is subject to verification. The candidate selected for the position will be hired provisionally pending the results of a background investigation. Direct deposit of pay is required. Information about benefits is available at

Application Process


Because of the anticipated large volume of applications, only those candidates who will be interviewed will be contacted. Position is open until filled, but preference will be given to resumes received by April 26, 2021.

Instructions on how to apply can be found here:

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is an Equal Opportunity Employer