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, CFR.org.


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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