Job Overview


The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 155 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and over 37 million items online. Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

The Director of Global Legal Collection is responsible for the acquisition, organization, and preservation of the Law Library's collection, ensuring the quality of the collection and rapid and effective access to it. The incumbent oversees the planning, development, management and usability of digital legal and legislative information resources hosted on site from the Law Library's physical materials and from remotely-hosted digital materials collaboratively developed with Law Library partners worldwide.

This position is located in the Office of the Law Librarian.

The position description number for this position is 257148.

This position has no promotion potential. The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position may work a flextime work schedule.

This is a managerial, non-bargaining unit position.


Plans and oversees the acquisition, management, security, development, organization, servicing, bibliographic interpretation, and custody of the Law Library collection.  Controls and directs the circulation of materials to Congressional and government offices, as well as to other libraries in the United States and throughout the world.

Directs efforts to develop and promote national and international metadata and technology standards for legal information in the semantic web environment.  Coordinates with appropriate internal and external offices including national and international stakeholders to identify issues, challenges, strategies for success, and best practices for digital legal content.

Establishes performance expectations for staff members that are clearly communicated.  Provides informal and formal feedback and evaluates staff performance on a regular and ongoing basis.  Resolves informal complaints and grievances.  Provides and counsel to staff members and subordinate managers related to work and policy matters. 

Participates in the development, evaluation, and implementation of high-level policy for agency wide programs.  Serves as the key advisor on various programs and events of the Service Unit.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high level individuals, including Library officials, infrastructure unit directors, service unit directors, division chiefs, managers, and their staff.  Participates in outreach initiatives with organizations outside the Law Library.