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Job Title:Librarian (Medical and Biological Sciences Informationist)-ORS-MP

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-ORS-MP-14-1042803

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$63,091.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year


Thursday, March 20, 2014 to Monday, March 24, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Bethesda, MD View Map


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Not Applicable




The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

The Division of Library Services (DLS) is the focal point for the exchange of biomedical and scientific information vital to the support of the research activities conducted at the National Institutes of Health.   DLS also provides information services and resources to several other agencies within the Department of Health & Human Services. The Education Services Branch (ESB) is responsible for (1) initiating outreach activities such as the informationist program and other consulting activities; (2) providing a dynamic instructional program that includes information management education and end-user search training; (3) developing the information commons; and (4) property management.

If you have experience in bibliometric and search analysis, reference and/or informationist duties, AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the NIH Division of Library Services!  For more information, visit

This position is located in the Education Services Branch (ESB), Division of Library Services (DLS), Office of Research Services (ORS), National Institutes of Health (NIH).


  • Not Required


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  • Time in grade met within 30 days of closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Position has an education requirement.


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If selected for this position, you will:


- provide informationist advisory and consultant services, analyze potential user groups and identify appropriate audiences for targeting library services and programs;


- serve as team leader or coordinator; identify initiatives and develop strategies to meet them;


- provide reference and research services in response to requests for information on biomedical subjects, and prepare literature searches and bibliographies on medical and/or scientific subjects using bibliographic biological research databases;


- provide comprehensive reference, research and information services for a broad range of current and retrospective areas of biomedical science in order to create customized products or information packages for customers;


- provide instruction in the use of bibliometric tools, print and electronic resources, bibliographic management software, microcomputers, library and national resources; designs and writes training plans, class manuals, and publicity for the instruction program; and


- design, develop and maintain online tutorials for NIH instruction classes using appropriate authoring software.



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Qualification Requirements:

You must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.

A. Completed one (1) full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree;


B. Have a total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the you must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.




FOR THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL:You must demonstrate in your resume at least 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science toward a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) related to the position;

OR have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector. Examples of specialized experience include: performing duties of a search analyst and reference librarian, serving as a data resources specialist for a library, instructing in data services for a library, researching and developing bibliographies for a library;

OR have an equivalent combination of graduate education and specialized experience that equals 100% of the qualification requirements.


FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL:  You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector.  Examples of specialized experience include: developing new information products and services for a library, researching and developing bibliographies, briefing guides or specialized publication lists for a library, utilizing publication and citation databases to respond to specialized data calls for a library, or developing a program of instruction and providing instruction in the use of bibliometric tools, print and electronic resources.


FOR THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL:  You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Government.   Examples of qualifying experience include: developing new and innovative information products and services needed by clinical and research groups, with a focus on bibliometric or portfolio analysis; providing comprehensive reference, research and information services for a broad range of current and retrospective areas of biomedical science in order to create customized products or information packages for customers; interpreting or developing innovative information programs or approaches used and adapted by experienced librarians at a research library; serving as team leader or coordinator, identifying iniatives in support of a research library and developing strategies to meet them.

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This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copyof your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hourscompleted and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in theapplication package. Official transcripts will be required from all selecteesprior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education . If you are currently orwere previously in this occupation series you do not need to submittranscripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


Evaluation Method


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


We are unable to pay relocation expenses.


A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.


Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.  You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:


  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)



  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)


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The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Monday, March 24, 2014.

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.
  4. If submitting a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), or equivalent, submit one that shows the effective date of your current position and the full performance level. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL, 62295; FAX - 618-935-3014; Email CPR; or visit the National Archives Website.


Bess Mac Leod
Phone: (301)594-3929
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Monday, March 24, 2014, you may check your status online at USAJOBS We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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