Special Reference and Research Librarian – DC Metro Area

Special Reference and Research Librarian – DC Metro Area


We are looking for a detail-oriented librarian to work in a government medical library in the DC metro area.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist with the creation and production of user educational material in a variety of formats (print, digital, video, etc.) to aid in teaching others how to use the library’s services and electronic resources
  • Create live trainings and webinars and organize trainings with database vendors to educate patrons in the use of electronic library resources
  • Hold responsibility for library webpage and SharePoint page updates and content management
  • Participate in library outreach and marketing activities, including creation, distribution, and analysis of user surveys
  • Assist with public relations activities including creation of flyers, digital and print displays, signs, promotional emails, newsletters, etc.
  • Provide reference desk coverage and assist with circulation and re-shelving of materials
  • Generate weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual statistics and reports related to library resource and service usage
  • Manage and develop the print reference collection
  • Assist with managing workflow of student workers and interns
  • Periodically check, submit help tickets, and assist patrons with library computers, printers, and scanners
  • Make suggestions for strategic plan and collection development policy, based on user interviews
  • Assist in developing policies and procedures and make recommendations for the creation of a modern and collaborative information center
  • Evaluate information needs and conduct interviews to clarify keywords and build search strategies
  • Conduct complex searches and perform research, efficiently searching a variety of specialized databases (PubMed, DTIC, NIH RePORTER, AGRICOLA, Embase, other biomedical databases through ProQuest Dialog, etc.)
  • Serve as backup for interlibrary loan through DOCLINE and OCLC WorldShare


  • ALA-Accredited Masters Degree in Library Science
  • Website administration experience
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills a must
  • Experience performing research involving biomedical information
  • Ability to bend, stoop, and reach to access or shelve collection items and microfilm
  • Ability to carry up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to push and pull objects on wheels weighing 60 to 80 pounds


  • SharePoint experience
  • LibGuide experience
  • Experience with Adobe Captivate
  • Experience with EndNote, Web of Science, Scopus, and ProQuest Dialog
  • Experience with EZproxy
  • Experience with instructional design and adult learning best practices
  • Experience with emerging technologies in libraries (3D printers, makerspaces, etc.) a plus
  • Experience with bibliometrics (using Scopus, SciVal, Web of Science, etc.) a plus

For more information and to post your resume, go to http://www.cadence-group.com/job-descriptions/#special-reference-and-research-librarian-dc-metro-area

Mary Beth Weaver, MLS, CRM, PMP, CIP
Vice President, DC Services
Cadence Group

202-243-9546 (Cell)
571-372-0472 (Client Site)

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