The Deputy Law Librarian for Collections at the Law Library of Congress is a senior level executive position. Under the general direction of the Law Librarian of Congress, the Deputy Librarian is responsible for the acquisition, organization and preservation of the Law Library's collection, ensuring quality of the collection and rapid and effective access. In addition, the incumbent oversees planning, development, management and usability of digital legal and legislative information resources hosted on the Law Library’s website.
The Deputy Librarian is responsible for:
ensuring Law Library collections and services meet statutorily mandated requirements of the Law Library of Congress to serve foreign and American legal research and analytical needs of the U.S. Congress,
has overall responsibility for oversight and administration of a broad, emerging and critical Law Library digital program, including all aspects of the Law Library's virtual presence,
formulating and administering collection and service policies, including development, evaluation, and implementation of high-level policy for agency wide programs,
serving as a key advisor on various programs and events, advising senior management staff and officials at the Law Library, senior Library of Congress staff, private sector clients, and vendors,
developing and maintaining relationships to further local, national, international and transnational partnerships, and works collaboratively with senior Library of Congress managers to ensure integration of Law Library virtual services with Library of Congress digital priorities,
coordinating with senior Library managers and national/international experts in systems (e.g., semantic web technology) to plan, develop, host and maintain a state-of -the art technology infrastructure to support a robust information system utilizing new technologies, building and sustaining a preeminent portal to a world-class repository of global legal information that includes all levels of government from local governing bodies to transnational governing institutions,
serving on inter-agency, national, and/or international special work groups, task forces, or expert panels, and
supervising 5 managers and supervisors, federal and contract staff.
Ability to lead and execute a critical program.
Ability to build coalitions and professional networks.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and review and assess the writing of others.
Ability to lead people and manage a diverse workforce.
Ability to lead and inspire change.
Ability to apply the principles, concepts and techniques of library science.
Ability to present technical and policy information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations,
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
Candidates with an MLS, MIS, MLIS, MSLS, or equivalent degree are encouraged to apply.
Preferred:J.D. from ABA-accredited school, and/or LLM, five to seven years of increasingly responsible experience working in a law or academic library.
How to apply:
Interested applicants should review position, and view submission guidelines at:
Additional Salary Information: A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Internal Number: VAR000820
About Library of Congress - Law Library
Drawing on its unparalleled collection of domestic, foreign, and international legal material, the Law Library of Congress (Law Library) provides Congress with timely, comprehensive research on questions concerning foreign, comparative, international, and U.S. law. Its staff of experienced foreign and American-trained lawyers and law librarians also serve the federal judiciary and executive branch agencies, as well as the practicing bar, state and local governments, American businesses, scholars, journalists, and anyone with legal research and reference needs.
The Law Library has amassed the world’s largest collection of legal material, representing more than 240 foreign and international jurisdictions. The collection consists of authoritative legal sources in original languages, with more than 2.95 million volumes and 3.1 million pieces of microfiche. The Law Library acquires, maintains, organizes, preserves, and provides access to this collection in print, micro-format, and digital formats. This massive collection and a skilled and multilingual staff enable the Law Library to provide a wealth of unique legal research and reference products and services for government and th...e entire nation.
Many of the Law Library’s lawyers have been trained outside of the U.S., completed advanced degrees from U.S. law schools, and maintain American bar memberships. Their work products incorporate knowledge of the various legal systems, vernacular languages, and socio-cultural contexts of the countries and regions of the world for which they are responsible. Law Library professionals also provide timely legal analysis, research, testimony, and training on federal and legal legislative history research, as well as briefings and orientations in response to requests by Members of Congress and committee staff, justices of the Supreme Court, other federal and state judges, and attorneys at federal agencies.
Law Library staff are also instrumental in maintaining and expanding the Law collection, which is carefully built to incorporate necessary research materials through purchase, copyright deposit, exchange agreements, and federal or state transfer, with an emphasis on those countries and regions of strategic importance to Congress. The collection supports legal research done by both the Law Library and the Congressional Research Service.
The Law Library is a collaborative partner, developing and maintaining the currency of content in Congress.gov, the authoritative legislative information system for Congress and the public. The Law Library also develops electronic information products that provide access to historical and contemporary legal, legislative, administrative, and judicial documents. The Library creates research and collection guides that focus on legal research techniques, issues, and events. Ensuring accuracy, authenticity, authoritativeness, and comprehensiveness of legal documents is a challenge the Law Library manages on a daily basis.