Librarian (Metadata)

  • National Agricultural Library
  • Beltsville, Maryland
  • Sep 15, 2020
Full time Other

Job Description

Dear Colleagues,

The National Agricultural Library has vacancies for two GS-12 metadata (cataloging) librarians.  The positions are located in Beltsville, Maryland, in the Data Production Division, Acquisition and Metadata Branch.  The vacancy announcements close on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

 The position is open to the public and merit promotion for current Federal employees. 

Public – Please apply here –

Merit Promotion and Career transition, individuals with disabilities, land & base management, military spouses, Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista, Veterans, and other special hiring authorities – Please apply here --

These two positions in the Acquisitions and Metadata Branch will provide library technical services for bibliographic, scientific, and cultural heritage metadata services.  We are seeking candidates with specialized experience in cataloging both print and non-print materials; monitoring quality and quantity of bibliographic maintenance, and supporting the technical implementation of automated systems to assess data and resolve technical problems.

 Major Duties Include:

  • Catalogs both print and non-print material in agricultural and related fields using specialized knowledge of descriptive cataloging, classification, and subject analysis
  • Develops new and revised methods, techniques, and procedures for dealing with a wide array of cataloging, workflow, library system usage and data flows that do not lend themselves to traditional approaches.
  • Prepare complex documents for staff use.
  • Attends and participates in meetings, conferences, seminars, and projects, both internal and external to the National Agricultural Library (NAL).
  • Evaluates policies, plans, systems, and related recommendations developed by NAL staff. 

Occasional travel may be required.

Please direct questions to:

Elaine Livingstone

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  We also request that you share this announcement with other potential candidates.

Please excuse any cross-posting.


Susan McCarthy, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Knowledge Services

National Agricultural Library






$86,335 to $112,240 per year