CRS Seeks Librarian To Serve as Head of the American Law Section

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    Celia Mendive

    Supervisory Librarian, American Law Research

    Congressional Research Service, Washington DC

    GS-15 ($123,758-$155,500)

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Knowledge Services Group (KSG) seeks a Supervisory Librarian to serve as Head of the American Law Section within the KSG. The Section works closely with the American Law Division, the CRS research division that responds to congressional requests for legal analysis and information involving federal and state statutory and case law.

    This position is at the GS-15 ($123,758-$155,500). Interested applicants must apply online at and refer to vacancy #100080 in all correspondence. Applications must be received by May 25, 2010.

    In support of the CRS mission of service to Congress, information professionals (law librarians) in the KSG advise and inform both the U.S. Congress and CRS analytical staff by providing expert on-demand information research, information products and resources, products updating information resource management, briefings and seminars, consultations on research methodologies, and customized training on information research and resources for individuals and groups.

    The Supervisory Librarian is responsible for effectively managing staff in order to accomplish the work of the section; anticipating and identifying the changing needs of Congress by keeping informed of the work; using knowledgeable contacts and authoritative resources; collaborating with other CRS managers; and developing information products and service that best meet the needs of congressional clients and CRS research divisions.

    The person selected for this position will be granted a high degree of independence, exercising considerable judgment in carrying out duties and responsibilities in accordance with industry best practices and CRS guidelines and policies. In addition, the person selected for this position will apply knowledge of information resources and the principles and/or best practices of librarianship and information science to integrate information research with legal analysis in response to the range of legal questions that may emerge from the congressional agenda and representational needs of Members, from constitutional questions of separation of powers and executive-legislative relations to inquiries arising out of federal, state, and/or international law.

    CRS is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, we work exclusively for Members of Congress, their committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis. CRS is committed to enhancing diversity — we welcome and encourage minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply.

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