Job Posting: Librarian, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Job Title:Librarian (Medical and Biological Sciences)-ORS-CR-DE

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-ORS-DE-CR-13-892084


$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Friday, June 14, 2013 to Tuesday, June 18, 2013




Full Time – Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United StatesView Map


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The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview

The Division of Library Services (DLS) is the focal point for the exchange of biomedical information vital to support of the research activities conducted at the NIH and in selected agencies of the HHS, including the Office of the Secretary.  The Library’s interdisciplinary collection is extensive in scope and intensive in depth of coverage. The collection consists of over 6000 electronic and print journals and more than 200,000 bound volumes.

The Information Architecture Branch (IAB) is responsible for: (1) providing management and leadership for the Library’s information architecture, including information systems integration, design and implementation of relational databases, and user interface design; (2) leading and maintaining the Library’s web content management solution; (3) ensuring open standards compliance, data security, and certification and accreditation; and (4) managing the Library maintenance and systems contracts. In addition to the infrastructural aspects of information architecture also responsible for assuring reliable access to library resources by (5) document delivery and inter-library loan (ILL); (6) self-service photocopy services; (7) managing the library services contract; (8) responding to reference inquiries and performing mediated searches; (9) providing editorial support for manuscript and poster preparation; and (10) circulation of the print collection.
The IAB plays a key role in achieving the Division’s vision of providing seamless access to an ever-expanding network of electronic resources and services for the NIH scientific and administrative staff and selected HHS agencies.  As part of this effort, the IAB identifies and implements technical solutions to integrate Division resources and services into the workflow of users. It manages the content of Division web sites and continually seeks to improve web site performance and usability.  The IAB participates in a broad range of Division digital initiatives such as the creation of an institutional repository.

If you have experience in administering the structure of information systems for a research library, AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the NIH Division of Library Services!  For more information, visit
The position is located in the Information Architecture Branch (IAB), Division of Library Services (DLS), Office of Research Services (ORS), National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).



  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • This position has an education requirement.


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If selected for this position, you will:

  • create, deploy and administer the structure of information systems for the Library and Library clients;
  • maintain and enhance current information and knowledge management system services ensuring reliable performance, data integrity, and operability;
  • provide expertise in internal database development, to include the delivery of custom services in the creation of new bibliographic databases;
  • conduct marketing research, user needs assessment, or user satisfaction surveys to improve communication and marketing efforts and Branch services;
  • serve as team leader or coordinator for various projects ongoing throughout the Library;
  • plan and implement a program of instruction and provide instruction in the use of Library resources, bibliographic management software, microcomputers, and national network resources.;
  • select relevant materials for a select set of subject areas.



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Qualification Requirements:

You must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.
A. Completed one (1) full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree;
B. Have a total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the you must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.


In addition, you must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government.   Examples of qualifying experience include:  creating, deploying and administering information systems or its components for a research library; maintaining and enhancing library information and knowledge management system services; creating bibliographic databases for a research library; creating and maintaining an institutional repository for a research library; and planning and implementing a program of instruction in the use of library resources, software, microcomputers and network resources.

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This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.  Click here for information on Foreign Education .  If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
  • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
  • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date,  Tuesday, June 18, 2013, to be considered.



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The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM’s Employee Benefits Information.



PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.


We are unable to pay relocation expenses.


A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.


Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


For more information and to apply online, please visit

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