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Research Librarian, Library of Congress, Washington, DC


The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division is accepting applications under its 2021 Graduate Recruit Program for a Research Librarian. This position will be filled at the GS-09 level (see “Duties” below). This is a fulltime position, the salary is $ 60,129 to $78,167 per year.

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:

This Research Librarian position will provide research and library services to CRS policy analysts and congressional clients, focusing on the areas of the world in particular with a legislative function. 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. Previous experience with public speaking in an instructional capacity is desired.


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

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • 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).
  • Education requirements for a GS-09 appointment (see table below)

Education Requirements for Law Librarian Positions:

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.

Knowledge Skill and Ability Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Research Resources in Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade
  • 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

How to Apply:

CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity.  Interested applicants must apply online at USAJOBS here. Position closes 03/01/2021.