Department: Legislative Branch
Agency: Library of Congress
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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Supervisory Librarian to serve as Head of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Consulting Section within the Knowledge Services Group (KSG). The Section works closely with the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division (FDT), the CRS research division that responds to requests for public policy analysis in issue areas including: defense policies and budgets and related issues, international trade and economics, foreign policy, transnational issues, and area studies.
In support of the CRS mission of service to Congress, information professionals 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, product 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 unit; 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 services that best meet the needs of congressional clients and CRS research divisions. The incumbent is 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 incumbent must possess knowledge of information resources and the principles and/or best practices of librarianship and information science to integrate information research with public policy analysis in issue areas covered by FDT.
CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.
CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.
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