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The Reference Librarian contributes to the overall goals of a major research library, and plays a dynamic role with the librarian profession. The Reference Librarian provides in-person and virtual comprehensive reference, research, and advisory services to scientists, veterinarians, animal keepers, biologists and staff located in geographically dispersed locations: the National Zoological Park, a hilly 163 acre campus in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC; the Conservation Biology Institute, 3,200 acres in the rolling hills of Front Royal, VA; additional departments located around the National Mall, DC; and field researchers stationed globally. Subjects include veterinary science, conservation biology, ecology, animal care, nutrition, pathology, agriculture, horticulture, and zoology. The Reference Librarian provides reference assistance to a diverse clientele, searches bibliographic databases, oversees inter-library loan, and circulation. Subjects include veterinary science, conservation biology, ecology, animal care, nutrition, pathology, agriculture, horticulture, and zoology.
- Serves as Reference Librarian of specialized collections within the Natural and Physical Sciences department of the National Museum of Natural History libraries (National Mall, Washington, DC), the National Zoological Park (Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC) and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Front Royal, VA).
- Uses knowledge of specialized information sources including the structure, content, and access protocols of the electronic databases to produce selected and annotated bibliographies on specific subjects.
- Selects materials to provide comprehensive reference, research and advisory services to scientists, veterinarians, animal handlers, conservators, museum staff, and professional staff in various disciplines such as biology, ecology, evolution, biodiversity, geology, paleontology, and other subjects in general science.
- Provides comprehensive classroom, one-on-one, remote, and recorded instruction in disciplines such as biology, ecology, evolution, biodiversity, geology, paleontology, and other subjects in general science
Who May Apply
This job is open to…This position is open to current and former Federal employees with permanent status or reinstatement eligibility. Individuals who are eligible for a special appointing authority may also apply; such as applicants with a disability, former Peace Corps volunteers, certain military spouses, veterans seeking a VRA/VEOA appointment, or veterans who have been separated from armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.
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