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Senior Research Librarian, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Job Summary

Grade: GS-13

Series: 1410

Availability: U.S. Citizens Only

Duration: 6 months with the possibility of extension(s), not-to-exceed 10 months. Full-time.

Anticipated Start Date: Early to mid-March, 2023.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Domestic Social Policy Division, is seeking a Senior Research Librarian to analyze and solve research problems within designated issue areas, often under deadlines. Factors that affect the complexity of these problems include novelty, the difficulty in locating authoritative information, and the specialized nature of the issue area.


Conducts research projects for congressional and internal clients that often require substantial knowledge of public policy issues and specialized resources. Identifies, proposes, develops, and executes specialized research projects for clients. Collaborates and consults with internal and external subject specialists to develop and improve the projects. Uses specialized knowledge to negotiate with clients on the substance of research projects, which may include developing an array of different options and facilitating decisions related to sources, methodology, and form of a final product. Executes research methodologies and, in consultation with internal and external stakeholders, revises those methodologies as needed.

Designs and writes products describing the findings of specialized research projects that may include abstracts, methodological descriptions, summaries, and tables. Authors or co-authors, in collaboration with analysts/attorneys and librarians, timely requested or anticipatory products. Uses and provides peer review of products. Updates own and others’ products. Works within a multi-level review process to ensure accuracy, appropriate scope, adherence to organizational policies and values, and responsiveness of all products. Delivers products to clients in writing, by phone, and in person.

Develops and maintains knowledge of the content in, and methods for accessing the content of, general and specialized research resources. Identifies, tests, and evaluates general and specialized research resources; performs market analyses on competing resources; recommends research resources for purchase or renewal; promotes the use of research resources by congressional and internal clients; and provides training and instruction to congressional and internal clients on research resources, including on relevant applications, features, and value in relation to other available resources.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Expected

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

  • Ability to apply knowledge of research resources in domestic social policy
  • Ability to conduct information research
  • Ability to communicate in writing
  • Ability to utilize information technology
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others
  • Ability to focus on the client
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent graduate degree and 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level of the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.

To Apply

If you are interested in being considered, please submit an e-mail to Meredith Sund, [email protected], with a cover letter, a resume that includes the start and end dates and number of hours per week for each work experience, and a copy of college transcripts (if applicable).