Data & Electronic Content Librarian – Career Opportunity in Washington, D.C.
The Research Library at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is seeking a Data & Electronic Content Librarian. 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.
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 Research Library, with a staff of eleven, 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. The Library plays an integral role in the work of the Board with more than 82% of the staff in the three primary research divisions utilizing the Library’s services.
The Data & Electronic Content Librarian is one of two positions responsible for guiding the acquisition of data and electronic content from the data reference interview with the requester through negotiating terms and pricing, assisting procurement, and culminating in the access to the data.
The Data and Electronic Content Librarian actively works on multiple contracts concurrently, assuring that acquisitions are completed to meet time-critical research needs. He/she works closely and communicates effectively with staff throughout the acquisitions process, including economists, vendors, managers and Board administrative, technical, procurement and legal staff. He/she meets with vendors to understand the products and data available, communicates information to Board researchers, negotiates agreements, reviews and edits contractual documents, and prepares memos justifying purchases.
Working with librarian colleagues, he/she manages the Federal Reserve Board’s portfolio of data and electronic resources, maintains relationships with key content vendors, and assists managers with data and content budget projections. The Data & Electronic Content Librarian works to raise awareness of data and electronic resources, arranges vendor training, and oversees renewal audit activities. He/she may represent the interests of the Board of Governors in the development of consortial agreements within the Federal Reserve System, comprised of the Board and twelve Reserve Banks. The Data & Electronic Content Librarian provides information on fair use guidelines and permitted uses of licensed data. The Data & Electronic Content Librarian reports to the Chief Librarian; the position is non-supervisory.
Experience in negotiating contracts and pricing for data and electronic content.
The position requires:
– impeccable attention to detail
– initiative and the ability to manage competing projects
– strong analytical and problem-solving skills
– excellent interpersonal skills, with strong oral and written communications skills in face-to-face meetings, conference calls, and via electronic mail
– enjoy working collaboratively as part of a team while at the same time be able to work efficiently and effectively as an individual.
– knowledge of economics, banking, finance, or business topics demonstrated through college coursework or work experiences.
– experience and understanding of data and its use in research.
– Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent experience
Salary and Benefits:
The position is being advertised at both the FR-24 ($61,450-$94,480) and
FR-25 ($70,860-$112,580) levels; salary commensurate with experience.
Additionally, the Board offers an attractive benefits package.
Applications received before May 15 will receive first consideration.
The Board accepts traditional résumés via the Board’s streamlined online application system. The vacancy announcement, online application, and information on working at the Board can be found at the Board careers
The vacancy announcement is titled Librarian, Job ID #: 7955.
The Federal Reserve Board is an equal opportunity employer.