Dr. Renate Chancellor appointed Department Chair

President Garvey has appointed Associate Professor Renate Chancellor as chair of the Department of Library and Information Science (DLIS), a three-year appointment which will commence on August 20th. She will succeed the chair, Dr. Young Choi who will resume her academic duties in DLIS.

Dr. Chancellor joined the faculty in the Spring of 2009, overseeing the Law Librarianship program of study and teaching core classes 553 and 557. She also revitalized the Visions of Italy study abroad program and have made several trips with students from DLIS and other LIS programs around the country. Dr. Chancellor is deeply concerned with achieving equity for people who are made vulnerable by systems of oppression. Her research focuses on human information behavior and social justice in Library and Information Science.

The LIS community thanks Dr. Choi for her service during the past four years, and now welcomes Dr. Chancellor.

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LIS Student Mandy Bernard’s Digital Exhibit, Upon This Granite Block

Check out “Upon This Granite Block,” a digital exhibit created by LIS Student Amanda Bernard, the Archives Assistant in the University Library’s Graduate Library Preprofessional program.

Mandy Bernard

Mandy created the digital exhibit, now part of the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, using Omeka. She was able to parlay a class assignment for Dr. Choi’s LSC 843 Public Programs, Outreach and Digital Exhibits in Libraries, Archives, and Museums class into an informative research tool.

Congratulations, Mandy!

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Alumni to host Patricia Lawton on December 6 for a virtual presentation on the Catholic Library Association

CatholicU DLIS Alumni hosts Patricia Lawton, Special Projects Librarian at the University of Notre Dame, for a virtual presentation on the Catholic Library Association.

The presentation will be held via Google Meet on Sunday, December 6, at 5:30PM. Register now to receive an invitation with the meeting link as the date draws nearer.

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National Library of Medicine recruiting for Associate Fellows 2021-2022

As an NLM (National Library of Medicine) Associate Fellow, you will:

  • Select and work on projects ranging from operations to research and development; project opportunities are in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, policy, and digital communication
  • Grow professionally and learn in a cohort, participating in an established curriculum, as well as through informal facilitated learning workshops, and informational interviews
  • Rotate to the NIH Library (by arrangement); Clinical Informationist experience at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Meet NLM Leadership
  • Develop leadership skills through a leadership curriculum, behavioral assessments, and regular self-development activities
  • Receive support from experienced mentors
  • Attend national professional conferences, including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting, and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA annual meeting
  • Potentially complete a second-year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States (based on funding)

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of the National Library of Medicine. Watch a video about the program or listen to a webinar.

How many: between 3 and 6 Associate Fellows selected each year

Fellowship: one-year to learn about the National Library of Medicine, its products and services; a second optional year depending on funding

Where: National Library of Medicine, campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

When: September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022

Stipend: $59,534; additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance; up to $1,500 in relocation funding

Eligibility: recent graduate (within the past two years) with a master’s in information science/library science

Deadline for applications: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Apply online here

Additional information is available at Associate Fellowship Program: How to Apply . 

Contact information: Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301.827.4284 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2021.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

 The National Library of Medicine is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The 317-acre campus boasts plenty of green space, where we have regular cultural events for staff and the public. Excellent restaurants, shops, transportation, and entertainment make Bethesda a great place to work, and the wealth of museums, monuments, parks, sports and cultural activities in the Washington metropolitan area provides ample recreation opportunities. A metro subway station (Medical Center on the red line) and bus stops on the NIH campus provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and North Virginia. We also have free parking.

NLM and NIH are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects diversity. NLM hires, promotes, trains, and provides career development based on merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation.

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Graduate Recruit-Research Librarian, Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) American Law Division is accepting applications under its 2021 Graduate Recruit Program for a Research Librarian. These positions will be filled at the GS-09 level (see “Duties” below). 

About the Graduate Recruit Program:

Initial appointments under the Graduate Recruit Program will be made for a period up to 120 days.  Initial appointments are expected to convert to permanent, contingent upon the participant’s successful performance, completion of all degree requirements, and availability of funding.  Those students who return to school to complete their advanced degree program may be eligible for a permanent position once they obtain their degree.

Duties for this position include the following:

The Law Librarians selected under this announcement will:

  • Provide reference and research services to CRS legislative attorneys, policy analysts and congressional clients;
  • Develop search techniques and files for handling specific types of requests;
  • Search the Library of Congress, CRS, and external electronic resources in response to requests for information;
  • Examine publications, electronic resources, and trends in a variety of areas;
  • Develop knowledge of collections for use in performing research tasks; and
  • Assist with the creation and maintenance of databases, web pages, collaborative tools and other information systems.

Candidates earning a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent degree and background working in a library, information center, or research organization are encouraged to apply.


Who may be considered: Graduate students and Library of Congress employees who meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

1. U.S. Citizenship

2. Current enrollment in or anticipated graduation from an appropriate, accredited advanced degree program. (Library employees who already possess a graduate degree and maintain Library employment status without a break in service may be considered for appointment under the CRS Graduate Recruit Program).

3. Education requirements for a GS-09 appointment (see table below)


GS-09 Grade Level

Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library or information science, OR master’s degree in library or information science or equivalent graduate degree related to the position, OR enrollment in a master of library or information science degree program or equivalent graduate degree program with one year of relevant work experience equivalent to the GS-07 level.


The critical (**) knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), gained through education, experience and/or training, needed to successfully perform the duties of the position:

Prior Background and Experience / Ability to Apply Knowledge of Legal Reference Sources in Public Policy Research**

Ability to Provide Reference Services**

Ability to Conduct Information Research with a Legal or Public Policy Focus**

In addition to the critical KSAs listed above, the following competencies will also be addressed during the interview:

Ability to Interact Collaboratively with Others

Ability to Utilize Information Technology

Ability to Solve Problems and Make Decisions

Ability to Communicate Effectively Other Than in Writing

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress, CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process—from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity.  Interested applicants must apply online at USAJOBS  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/584596400.    

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Reference Librarian, US State Dept.

The Ralph J. Bunche Library at the U.S. Department of State has just posted a vacancy announcement for a Reference Librarian to join our team.  The position is being recruited at the GS 9/11, with promotion potential to GS 12.

This position is on the Library’s Reference team and the selected candidate will be responsible for assisting with challenging research questions from Bureaus and overseas posts throughout the Department, participating in the Library’s instructional program, contributing to the development of the Library’s collection of both online and print resources, and marketing the library’s programs and services to Department Bureaus and overseas posts.

Please be aware that the initial review of applications will be conducted by non-librarians.  Please pay careful attention to the qualifications and basic requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.  Be sure to address all requirement thoroughly in your application and provide all requested documents.

Government Wide: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/583772600

Open to the Public: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/583773200

Open: 11/06/2020

Closes: 11/20/2020

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Law Librarian – REMOTE

Law Librarian – REMOTE

Our client, an international law firm, is currently seeking an experienced research law librarian to support their busy team on a long-term contract basis. This role will ideally start in December and last through approximately the end of the first quarter in 2021. Depending on the firm’s needs, there is a possibility for extension. This role is entirely remote and offers flexible working hours (provided you work 37.50 hours M-F).   In additional to local Washington, DC (DMV) applicants, our client will look at candidates housed near one of their US office locations. Those states include: California, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and New York. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of legal research experience in a professional services environment.

Duties include the following:

·        Perform sophisticated legal and non-legal research using a variety of resources.

·        Conduct reference interviews via phone, email or instant messaging.

·        Analyze research requests and recommend appropriate resources to patrons.

·        Monitor news, legislation, regulations, cases and other information.

·        Participate in evaluation of new resources and training as needed.

 Qualifications include:

·        Proficiency with Lexis, Westlaw, MS Office and PACER required.

·        Proficiency with additional resources such as Bloomberg Law, Wolters Kluwer, RIA Checkpoint, Lex Machina, Capital IQ, Courtlink, Courthouse News preferred.

·        Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with Research team, attorneys and staff.

·        Ability to analyze and concisely summarize complex legal and non-legal information.

·        Bachelor’s degree and MLS are preferred, although law firm research experience will be considered in lieu of the master’s degree.


Managing Director




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Youth Services Librarian, Caroline County, Maryland

The Caroline County Public Library seeks an innovative, experienced, conscientious, and community-oriented Youth Services Librarian to oversee all aspects of library programs and services for youth aged 0-17 and their families. For more information please read the Job Description and Job Announcement: https://www.carolib.org/careers-at-the-library/

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Experience Design Specialists, Carroll County Public Library, Maryland

Are you enthusiastic about learning new things and teaching others? Are you looking to be a member of a customer service-oriented team that will help our community achieve their professional, educational and personal goals?

Join our team! Carroll County Public Library’s new space, Exploration Commons at 50 East (https://explorationcommons.carr.org), is seeking full and part time Experience Design Specialists who are passionate about new technologies and/or have professional cooking experience.  You will create and implement trainings and programs for a thriving maker and culinary community in our innovative and state of the art makerspace and teaching kitchen. The successful candidates will be highly motivated, able to work independently as well as with a team focused on providing superior customer service, and able to learn and share new technologies and skills.

Experience Design Specialists will plan, prepare and present training on
makerspace, teaching kitchen and meeting room resources; conduct programs on a variety of makerspace and cooking concepts; create content and showcase applications of new technology for the community; work closely with educational, workforce development, and other community partners to develop content; and engage the public through a wide variety of technologies and professional-grade kitchen equipment.

Position 1 (2 openings)
37.5 hours per week
$45,825 annually plus benefits

Position 2 (4 openings)
20 hours per week
$24,440 annually plus benefits

Required Qualifications:
1.      Bachelor’s Degree and 1 – 2 years directly related experience
2.      Requires 90 contact hours of approved in-service training through
Library Associate Training Institute (LATI) within first 2 years of employment
or 9 hours of formal academic course work in library science
3.      Instructional experience preferred
4.      Proficiency with design software (Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk)
5.      Familiarity with the makerspace and/or kitchen equipment
6.      Highly effective communicator via email, telephone, and in person
7.      Or equivalent technical training, education, and experience

How to Apply:
Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Saturday, November 21, 2020.
Applications must be submitted online at

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Virtual Research Analyst

LAC Group is seeking a full-time, experienced Research Analyst to work virtually for our Library as a Service (LaaS) platform. The Research Analyst will join a team of researchers in staffing a busy and diverse virtual research desk, performing and managing requests for legal, corporate, business development, and other research from LaaS clients. All research and communication will be performed online and by phone, using both paid databases and open sources. The Research Analyst will report directly to the Director of Research Services and will work with other Analysts to complete research requests in a timely, professional, and cost-effective manner. Research will be delivered directly to clients using a virtual reference desk platform.

This is a full-time virtual position. Successful candidates must be able to cover the shift : 9 AM – 6 PM PT/12 PM – 9 PM ET.


  • Perform legal, corporate, business development, and other research for LaaS clients using both paid databases (Westlaw, Lexis, etc.) and open sources (web searches, government databases, phone research, etc.)
  • Communicate progress and research findings directly to client in a clear and concise manner
  • Work with clients to clarify research objectives when necessary and provide timely follow-up on pending requests
  • Maintain current understanding of research methods and tools, including database enhancements and updates
  • Keep Director apprised of research activities, client concerns, and issues that arise in the course of research
  • Work as a team with other Research Analysts to provide seamless service to clients, including but not limited to complex and long-term projects
  • Provide training and updates to research team regarding ongoing client projects
  • On occasion, manage small research teams to accomplish more complex research objectives
  • Manage database access and other resources used for research
  • Other duties as they arise according to client requests


  • 3-5 years experience as a researcher in a law firm library, preferably with some business development research experience
  • MLS or JD preferred, though work experience or a similar or related degree may take the place of MLS/JD
  • Specialization in California Law is required.
  • Advanced legal research skills performed in a multi-practice environment, including but not limited to docket and case law research, secondary sources, and general practice guidance
  • Experience with corporate and business development research including gathering information from diverse sources (annual reports, SEC filings, Secretary of State records, case law, patent and trademark applications and records, lobbying activity, etc.)
  • Extensive experience with Lexis and Westlaw and ability to quickly learn and navigate other databases, including but not limited to Monitor Suite, Bloomberg, Capital IQ, and Intelligize
  • Experience with open source research beyond search engine use, including government and non-profit databases, think tanks and academic sources
  • Exceptional client service skills, particularly via written communication
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively and efficiently interact with colleagues and clients alike
  • Current experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as G-Suite applications (Drive, Sheets, Docs)

To apply, visit: https://lac.gp/34qqKly

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Prof. Nick Brown (MSLIS, 2017) pens a feature piece in Library Journal

Prof. Nick Brown, who is Chief Operating Officer for Communication and Outreach, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Maryland, has an article in the current issue of Library Journal on anti-racism programming with Maryland libraries.

Read the article here.

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