Position announcement: Electronic Resources Librarian (Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC)

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Electronic Resources Librarian – Career Opportunity

The Research Library at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C., is seeking an Electronic Resources Librarian. This position is available due to the retirement of a much-valued staff member. The position is designed to meet the Board’s need for support in assessing, negotiating for, and acquiring data and electronic resources to meet time-sensitive research needs. The selectee will also serve as part of the Research Library’s reference team, providing research assistance to Board staff.

The Mission
As the central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve’s mission is to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. As a Federal Reserve staff member, you will play a critical role in accomplishing this mission.

The Environment
The Research Library offers a full array of desktop and customized library services to the 2,000 staff members at the Board. Over 200 of the Board’s staff are PhD economists, and many more support the research process. This is a concentration of economic expertise exceeding that of most other institutions. Over 82% of the staff in the three primary research divisions are library customers. Research at the Board is data intensive and Internet dependent. The Research Library has a staff of eleven.

The Position
The Electronic Resources Librarian position is one of two positions working with Board staff to identify and acquire data and electronic resources to meet time-sensitive research needs. The librarian will inform and contribute to the assessment and acquisitions process by conducting evaluations, participating in negotiations, reviewing site licenses and agreements, serving as a liaison to offices involved in the acquisitions process, and by guiding the acquisitions process to the point of activation. The Electronic Resources Librarian will work to raise awareness of the resources acquired, arrange for vendor training and oversee renewal audit activities. Many of the contracts for data and resources involve multiple divisions at the Board; some are consortial agreements including Federal Reserve Bank Libraries. The appointee also will assist existing reference staff in providing financial and economic research assistance to Board staff and may serve as a liaison to divisions in the organization.

The Electronic Resources Librarian reports to the Chief Librarian; the position is non-supervisory.

The successful applicant will have an MLS degree and experience in acquiring and managing data and electronic resources, in negotiating, and in reviewing agreements. Applicants need 2 or 3 years of experience in managing electronic resources, depending on the level hired at. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are essential. Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills, sound judgment, and initiative are required. Specific knowledge of resources in the fields of business, banking, finance, and economics is desirable.

The position is being advertised at both the FR-24 ($61,450-$92,180) and FR-25 ($70,860-$109,830) levels. Additionally, the Board offers an attractive benefits package. The vacancy announcement and information on working at the Board can be found at the Board’s careers website. Here’s the link to the Board’s Online Application System: http://www.federalreserve.gov/careers/jobsearch/default.aspx

The Federal Reserve Board is an equal opportunity employer.

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