Librarian, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

By IS Lab May 27, 2020

Website Wilson Center

Job Details

Open & closing dates: 05/27/2020 to 06/03/2020
Service: Competitive
Pay scale & grade: GS 11
Salary: $72,030 to $93,638 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time
Location: Washington, DC
Relocation Expenses:
Yes Relocation MAY be authorized, and it is subject to funding availability.
Telework eligible: Yes as determined by agency policy


The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by an Act of Congress in 1968 & headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center provides an essential link between the policy & academic communities by creating programs & communication opportunities that examine current & emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. It is a non-partisan/non-advocacy institution supported by both public & private funds.

Job Responsibilities

The incumbent serves as a Librarian within the Wilson Center’s Library, with different functional duties, but all serving to fulfill the research mission of the Wilson Center by providing access to and instruction in the use of specialized research materials in the social sciences, particularly those in public policy, area studies, international relations, and modern history.

Major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Manages and requests materials for loan directly from the Library of Congress, inputs and maintains records for tracking, and ensures timely return of material.
  • Serves as a liaison with Library of Congress reading room librarians and Loan Division to negotiate and implement specific loan policies and procedures, resolve problems, and encourage use of Library of Congress resources by Wilson Center researchers.
  • Manages, adapts, and implements the Ex Libris 360 Core A-Z journal and e-book software program and other linking technologies.
  • Participates in research and planning for future technology acquisitions; works with library management and vendor on planning for future implementation of linking and/or content discovery services.
  • Conducts comprehensive library orientations covering Wilson Center and Library of Congress resources, and demonstrates use of relevant online materials, providing instruction in use of specialized information resources.
  • Responds to reference inquiries by locating bibliographic, factual and statistical material using relevant academic journals, books, articles from the press, and reports from a wide array of social science resources, particularly in public policy, area studies, international relations, and modern history.
  • Works closely with program staff and website manager to track Wilson Center publications, both online and in print.
  • Organizes publication listings and creates bibliographies.
  • Participates in planning, selecting or designing new database or other program to house citations and helps to design output to meet Center needs.


Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a citizen or national of the United States.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, if applicable
  • You may be required to complete a probationary period.
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit.
  • You must have a valid social security number.

All Eligibility and Qualifications criteria must be met by the closing date of announcement.

Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.

Required Qualifications

To minimally qualify for the Librarian position, you must meet BOTH the Basic Requirement (Item A) and the Qualifications Requirement (Item B):

Item A: Basic Requirement

To qualify for the Librarian (GS-1410), you must meet the basic requirement outlined by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). You must meet one of the items listed below.

A. Completion of 1 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 in any field;


B. A total of at least 5 years of combined college-level education, training, and/or experience. To qualify on this basis, you 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.

Item B: Qualifications Requirement

In addition to the basic education requirement, to qualify for the GS-11 level, you must meet one of the following:

A. Specialized Experience: You qualify for the GS-11 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal government (or comparable market standards), performing the following duties:

  • Developing and presenting library-led educational training and orientations;
  • Providing advanced reference and research services in the social sciences (particularly public policy, area studies, international affairs, and modern history) using a variety of specialized sources;
  • Assisting senior library staff in evaluating library tools and systems;
  • Managing the Ex Libris 360 Core A-Z program to provide access to e-journals and e-books;
  • Managing microfilm scanner software to provide best tools for users doing digital research on microfilm;
  • Using a circulation system that is part of an integrated library system (ILS) and using Microsoft Access databases; and
  • Managing, requesting, and tracking interlibrary loans with the Library of Congress and university libraries.


B .Education: 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science or doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) related to the position; or a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level.


C. Combination: A combination of specialized experience and education that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for the position. Only graduate education / post baccalaureate in library science (or equivalent major) is qualifying.

A graduate degree in Library Science is highly desirable. 

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

If using education to qualify, you are required to submit a copy of your unofficial academic transcript to show completion of the requirement. If selected for the position, you will be required to submit a copy of your official academic transcript. 


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at

You are required to include a copy of your unofficial academic transcript/s showing the conferment of your degree at the time of application. Your application will be marked “ineligible” if you fail to provide a copy of your academic transcript/s. If selected for the position, you will be required to provide a copy of your official academic transcript/s.

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