Three LIS Faculty Members Granted Tenure

The Department of Library and Information Science takes great pleasure in announcing that the Board of Trustees of the University voted to grant appointment with continuous tenure, and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, three members of our faculty:  Dr. Renate Chancellor, Dr. Sue Yeon Syn, and Dr. Jane Zhang.

Dr. Renate Chancellor

Dr. Renate Chancellor received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research and teaching interests include legal information seeking behavior, multicultural library and information services, library and information science education, and social justice in library and information science. Dr. Chancellor is professionally active in the American Library Association, the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and several other professional associations. She is recipient of the ALISE Leadership Award in 2012 and the ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. She is also a University Pre-Law Advisor. Dr. Chancellor joined The Catholic University of America Library and Information Science faculty in 2009.

Dr. Sue Yeon Syn

Dr. Sue Yeon Syn joined the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science in 2011 after earning a Ph.D. in Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science. Her research interests focus on social media and social informatics, and user involvement in information creation and sharing. She uses social media as a channel for users to participate in creating information, and applies various methods to make the best use of user generated information for different purposes such as metadata generation, information organization, and information sharing. Her research also addresses user’s information behavior in social media settings. Her research projects include understanding user generated tags for digital humanities collection and analyzing users’ activities in social media for health-related information sharing and personal documentation. Recent publications focus on her research of health information and tagging behavior in social media.

Dr. Jane Zhang

Dr. Jane Zhang holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies with archives concentration from Simmons College, Boston, and a joint Master of Archival Studies and Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Prior to joining the faculty of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America in 2011, Dr. Zhang worked at the Harvard University Archives and the University of Calgary Archives. She teaches courses in Archives Management, Digital Curation, Electronic Records and Digital Archives, Organization of Information, and Metadata. Her research areas cover records and recordkeeping, digital archival representation, and archival education and scholarship. Her research papers appeared in key archival journals and other LIS journals such as ArchivariaAmerican Archivist, Archives and Manuscripts, Journal of Archival Organization, Records Management Journal, Information and Culture, Knowledge Organization, and Journal of Education for Library and Information Science.

Congratulations to all three of these faculty!

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Project Manager for School ARCHIVES project (unpaid)

School ARCHIVES project (unpaid)

Private Catholic girls middle-high school is seeking someone to help establish a school archives.

Candidate would have opportunity to demonstrate leadership, organizational, project management, team building skills.


GOAL:  Create a comprehensive Archives plan

Organize current materials

Create or identify cataloging system

Identify strategies for collecting oral histories

Identify technological needs

Identify personnel needs

Work with volunteers who will help with all stages of archival endeavor


Please contact:

Carol Sinwell

703 – 629 – 6103 text

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Resource Description Specialist, American University

The Resource Description Specialist provides the timely, accurate, and comprehensive bibliographic description and organization that make it possible for students, faculty, and researchers to gain access to the Library’s materials.  This position plays a role in planning strategically for describing digital collections within the Institutional Repository. More information and application available here:

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Digitization Librarian – 1-year assignment

Corestaff Services is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Digitization Librarian for a one year assignment on a government contract. The position is located at a museum library in Washington, DC, but may be relocated to the Museum’s collections facility in Bowie, Maryland during the course of the year. The Library requires the Librarian to manage a project to digitize approximately 750 rare books, thereby providing preservation and access of these materials. The physical digitization is performed by an outside vendor. More than 500 books have already been digitized during earlier phases of the project. The Librarian will continue efforts initiated by his/her predecessor to enhance the efficiency of the project. Furthermore, the Librarian will help develop and manage other projects related to digital access to Library materials.


 Working with Library staff to determine publications to be included in the project based on established criteria, and to designate publications to be included in each shipment to the vendor performing the scanning.

 Retrieving and returning rare books from/to their designated storage.

 Assessing each item on the basis of condition; documenting condition issues; referring items for review and treatment by Conservation staff as needed.

 Reviewing condition of materials upon return from the vendor; documenting and reporting condition issues; rehousing.

 Tracking location/status of items throughout the project using the Library’s ILS (Voyager), the Library’s tracking spreadsheet, and/or other tools.

 Preparing and editing metadata from ILS and transferring the metadata to the  vendor in the appropriate format.

 Packing/unpacking materials; exercising best practices in handling rare, fragile library materials.  Coordinating materials pick up and delivery with vendor and delivery service.

 Performing quality control on digital files and metadata returned from the vendor.

 Updating MARC records to include links to the digital surrogates.

 Coordinating digital asset management with the Digital Asset Management and Preservation staff.

 Providing instructions and feedback to the vendor as needed.

 Training and reviewing other staff as needed.

 Recommending and documenting enhancements to the workflow and procedures.

 Reporting progress and issues to the Library Director or designee on a regular basis.

 Supporting and/or managing other projects related to the digitization of, or digital access to, library resources.

Qualifications:  MLIS and at least one year of experience or equivalent knowledge and experience (at least three years)

 Experience inputting data into an ILS

 Experience handling, assessing condition, housing and packing rare and fragile materials

 Experience conducting and/or managing a digitization project

 Knowledge of professionally accepted principles, techniques, and methods of library science

 Excellent organizational skills; attention to detail

 Reading knowledge of at least one European language and/or Hebrew or Yiddish

 Knowledge of the history of the Holocaust and related subject matter.

This is a full time position for one year with an hourly pay of $26.43 and benefits, including ten paid federal holidays, paid vacation, paid sick leave, ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant subsidized health insurance and a company sponsored 401(k) plan. Corestaff Services, is a nationwide professional staffing services firm, specializing in administrative/clerical, information technology and engineering, library/records management and human resources placement. Corestaff Services is an Equal Opportunity Employment Employer. People from racial minority groups, veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration email your resume to

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Half-Time Library Assistant, Sandy Spring Friends School, Montgomery County Maryland

Half-time Library Assistant at Sandy Spring Friends School –  “We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.  And there will be a full time professional position coming up for next fall.  It is great place to work.”
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Government Documents Librarian, Temporary- DC Area

LAC Federal is seeking a Government Documents Librarian to work for a federal agency in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Librarian will oversee daily operations of collection management for the Federal Depository Library Program collection. This is a 12 week full time position (40 hour a week; Monday-Friday), no benefits.



  • Oversee daily operations of collection management such as item intake and cataloging, record keeping, weeding, and the retrieval of pertinent un-selected items from the New Electronic Titles list
  • Manages Government Documents page on library website
  • Provides assistance to patrons in accessing depository items and resources.
  • Review of the library’s depository selection profile and makes resulting changes.
  • Create original and copy-cataloged records for monograph, serial, and monograph-as-serial items and uploads these records into the library’s OPAC
  • Proficient in the use of constant data forms



  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an institution accredited by the ALA
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in cataloging workflows; Experience with RDA, OCLC, MARC21 and other standards used in cataloging
  • Experience providing reference support
  • GovDocs experience is preferred
  • Various branding, marketing, and promotional activities experience preferred


To apply, please visit:

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Acquisitions Associate Position at Marymount University in Arlington, VA

Acquisitions Associate, Associate II

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Job Category Staff and Administrator
Title Acquisitions Associate, Associate II
Posting Number M00816
Department Library & Learning Svc
Reports To Collection Management/Acquisitions Librarian
Point of Contact Emily Fernandez
Responsibilities Responsible for acquiring and managing library materials in all formats in support of Marymount University academic programs.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Library Science or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 1 year related experience.
  • Experience acquiring and managing library materials, such as monographs, e-books, serials, or electronic resources, using Voyager or another Integrated Library System (ILS). Experience using an electronic resource management system and link resolver.
  • Basic supervision experience.
  • Intermediate skills using Microsoft Word and Excel required; aptitude for accurate detail-oriented work; mathematical skills and ability to prioritize effectively.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Library technical services preferred.
  • Experience with Alma preferred.
Special Notes to Applicants
Application materials must be received by 08/28/2017
Open Until Filled
University Profile Marymount is a comprehensive Catholic university that emphasizes the liberal arts, career preparation, and personal and professional development. A diverse and welcoming learning community, Marymount serves nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s location in suburban Arlington, Virginia, offers easy access to the rich resources of the nation’s capital. Marymount University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Job Duties

Percent of total time 50
Responsibility / Duty Order, receive and process all library materials purchases and subscriptions. This includes: search for and order appropriate item from vendors and publishers, renew all subscriptions, receive materials using Voyager Acquisitions Module, track and claim items not received, ensure materials are cataloged and processed for library use. For electronic resources: ensure provider has information necessary to provide online access, verify that links are working correctly through the catalog (Voyager, transitioning to Alma) and link resolver (ProQuest 360 Link) and that access to content is available, register for administrative accounts to manage resources, collect usage statistics, etc. Process invoices for library materials in all formats; ensure that payments are processed and assigned to the proper general ledger account using Datatel; maintain all budget spreadsheets, provide budget support to Collections Team through Voyager budget reports, projection reports and other budget reports as needed.
Percent of total time 30
Responsibility / Duty Establish and maintain accurate Acquisitions and Catalog records for monograph and serial holdings in all formats. This includes performing basic descriptive cataloging for new holdings as well as updating records for deletions using OCLC Connexion and Voyager. Maintain the electronic resources management system (ProQuest SerialsSolutions) for electronic resources. Keep current with all platform, publisher, collection and title changes.
Percent of total time 5
Responsibility / Duty Maintain collections spreadsheets for subscriptions (periodicals, standing orders and databases) containing data needed to create reports such as current/canceled titles, core titles, fund code, format, etc.
Percent of total time 10
Responsibility / Duty Collects CSG statistics for collections, budget, and other miscellaneous data; maintain the statistics spreadsheet, and prepare annual national surveys (ACRL and IPEDS) for CSG. Collect usage statistics, compile data, and prepare reports.
Percent of total time 5
Responsibility / Duty Hires, trains and supervises student employees.

Performs other duties as assigned.

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Digital Asset Cataloger – Part-time, US Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD

SUMMARY:  The United States Naval Institute is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual for paid Digital Asset Cataloger positions. This is an entry-level position suitable for those enrolled or considering enrollment in Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) programs, Museum Studies, and similar fields.


  • Creating inventories, forming collections, and creating metadata for materials in the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS).
  • Preparing archival photographs for digitization
  • Assisting in the development of catalog structures and metadata taxonomies
  • Assisting in the development of Asset Management workflows and automation
  • Other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires attention to detail and the ability to perform repetitive tasks. Successful catalogers will learn to interpret information and parse it into standardized fields within a digital asset management system.


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in information science, history, or a related field preferred.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: No special requirement

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: No special requirement.

REASONING ABILITY: Must be able to prioritize.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: No special requirements.

COMPENSATION: The position pays $15 per hour for no more than 29 hours per week

Application Instructions: For full consideration, interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references, to, specifying “Digital Asset Cataloger” in the subject of your email.

A .pdf of this posting can be downloaded here.

The Naval Institute is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V). For more information, visit

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Metadata & Research Librarian, Federal Library in DC Area

LAC Federal, an LAC Group company, is looking for an experienced Metadata and Research Librarian to work at a major Federal Library in the DC area. The Librarian will work with a Federal information center to assist in acquiring, evaluating and synthesizing research and information products focused on scientific research related to food safety and nutrition. We are looking for someone with sufficient knowledge and expertise to collect, track, and store data in databases and communicate the needs of the information center with the agency’s IT specialists. This is a 12 month contract, full time (40 hour a week; Monday to Friday) benefited position.


  • Master’s Degree in information or library science with 1-2 years’ experience
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or graduate work in food and nutrition is preferred but not required.
  • Practical knowledge of a wide range of techniques, methods, sources and procedures within the functional information area (e.g., database searching and automated data collection techniques, web site management and development, and use of new and emerging technology tools to share information).
  • Experience with Drupal, digital asset management software, and RSS feed management preferred.
  • Ability to effectively search and use the internet and bibliographic databases.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, and be able to manage several tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to organize thoughts and to express them clearly and concisely in both written and oral communication.
  • Knowledge of information management, thesauri, taxonomies, and the construction of bibliographies is essential.
  • Ability to meet strict standards for quality and compliance.

To apply, please visit:


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Web Services and Digital Resources Librarian – Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations is hiring a Web Services and Digital Resources Librarian in its DC office. The position is posted here:


CFR’s Library and Research Services department seeks a versatile and creative information professional to join us as we continue to integrate the library’s digital research collections and services with the institution’s strategic enterprise content management plan.  The institution is moving to a SharePoint environment, conducting content audits and reviewing information architecture that will underpin administrative and research processes.   The Library is continually redesigning its presentation and institutional integration of core research sources to support information discovery and maximize effective use of resources. We are looking for a librarian who brings experience in the management of web services and digital projects (e.g., digitization, metadata creation) as well as social science reference and research skills.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Work with colleagues to develop the library research portal, prepare and maintain web-based library guides, and design information delivery programs that support CFR projects and administrative processes
  • Serve as administrator of the library management system (LMS) and web integration tools (e.g., Summon, LibGuides), including coordinating maintenance, technical support, and vendor relations
  • Provide general and in-depth reference services and consultation on CFR research projects in a team-based setting
  • Assume responsibility for cataloging and classification of CFR publications and a small collection of library materials, including revision of copy cataloging and creating indexes for access to information on CFR history and archives
  • Work with fellow librarians to create and deliver innovative instructional resources (orientations, workshops, etc.)
  • Serve as one of two departmental homepage administrators for CFR’s Sharepoint intranet
  • Collaborate with other departments to identify, implement, and assess effectiveness of various technology solutions for the discovery of and access to digital research resources
  • Participate in departmental strategic planning and the evaluation of the Library’s contribution to institutional missions and goals
  • Supervise part-time library assistant (10 hours/week)


  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program
  • Three to four years of professional library experience managing web services and digital library collections in a complex environment
  • Ability to implement technological innovations to facilitate and improve analysis of research needs and to assess web services
  • Demonstrated familiarity with databases, publications, and data sources that support international affairs and geoeconomic research as well as in metadata creation and controlled vocabularies
  • Working knowledge of information management principles, techniques, and technology for classification, preservation, search and records management in both print and digital formats
  • Strong creative, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, as well as ability to manage capacity and workload with flexibility and responsiveness
  • Exceptional communication skills and proficiency in the use of technology in all facets of work (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Experience with integrating library and research services into a Sharepoint environment a plus

About CFR

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR’s 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,


The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.


The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.


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