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Reference Librarian - LAC Group

Location: USA - DC - Washington DC

LAC Group is seeking a qualified Reference Librarian to work for a federal agency in Washington, DC. The Reference Librarian responds to reference questions, prepares online research guides, and contribute to projects as assigned. This is a long-term full time (40 hours a week; Monday to Friday) contract position with benefits. Candidates must be able to work on-site, must be a US citizen and able to pass a background check.

  • Provides reference services through regular duty at the reference desk and by responding to virtual information requests using a wide variety of databases including EBSCO social science databases, news databases, and legal and legislative databases.
  • Responds to complex reference questions, including conducting systematic literature searches that produce thousands of relevant citations; synthesizes and packages results in a report template.
  • Prepares online research guides on education topics by working closely with the client to develop content and user-friendly architecture.
  • Evaluates new e-resources and other services; participates in trials; makes recommendations.
  • Investigates, researches and participates in the implementation of technologies that make it easier for clients to access information resources online without assistance.
  • Manages or contributes to special projects as assigned.
  • Trains clients in effective search techniques for e-resources.
  • Contributes to outreach activities to promote the use of the NLE’s services and collections.
  • Stays abreast of information needs and trends within the areas of education policy and research; stays abreast of trends in library and information technology.
  • Contributes to the reporting requirements of the contract, including inputting monthly statistics into the management information system.

  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in the provision of reference services, including training patrons to use commercial databases.
  • Experience using integrated library systems.
  • Experience searching online databases such as EBSCO, ProQuest, and Nexis.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Attention to detail; demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • U.S. citizenship required.

LAC Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action Employer who values diversity in the workplace.