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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Research Librarian for the Government & Finance Division (G&F).
This position will provide research and library services to CRS colleagues and congressional clients in areas covered by G&F, such as appropriations, budgeting, Congress, cybersecurity, economic policy, elections, emergency management, executive and judicial branch oversight, financial services, legislative process, and public finance.Learn more about this agency
CRS works exclusively for the U.S. 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 more than 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.
The Government and Finance (G&F) Division's work focuses on how the three branches of government are organized, managed, and funded. This includes the organization, structure, operations and management of Congress, the executive and judicial branches; the congressional budget and appropriations process, the legislative process and congressional history; and issues related to American federalism, elections, emergency management, community development, and homeland security. Financial issues covered include banking, financial institutions, insurance and securities, taxation, public finance, fiscal and monetary policy, the public debt, and the economic impact of tax and budget policy. The division also covers entities with unique government responsibilities such as the Census Bureau, Federal Reserve, Postal Service, and FEMA.
Research Librarians work individually and as part of a team to provide research and library services across the full range of policy areas covered by the division and author products used each year by thousands of congressional clients on topics that include appointments/nominations, appropriations status tracking, federal awards tracking, federal disaster assistance programs, federal employees, grants work in a congressional office, and various types of congressional and legislative information.
Research Librarians are often involved in the following activities.
- Working under deadlines within specialized issue areas that may be obscure, ambiguous, and contentious.
- Rapidly building working knowledge of specialized issue areas and resources as part of successfully identifying, proposing, developing, and executing research projects.
- Collaborating and consulting with internal and external subject specialists to develop and improve research projects.
- Negotiating with clients and colleagues on the substance of research projects, which may include developing an array of different options and facilitating decisions related to sources, methodology, and form of a final product.
- Designing and writing products as a solo author or co-author that describe the findings of research projects. These products often include multiple elements such as abstracts, methodological descriptions, summaries, and tables.
- Making effective use of peer review of products by incorporating feedback from multiple colleagues into coherent and cohesive products.
- Working within a multi-level product development and review process to ensure accuracy, appropriate scope, adherence to organizational policies and values, and responsiveness of products.
- Delivering products to clients in writing, by phone, and in-person, often in combination, and in accordance with the circumstances of each unique research project and resulting product.
Candidates with a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent degree and background working in a library, college/university, information center, or other research organization are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with public speaking in an instructional capacity is desired.
Research Librarian duties include:
- Information Research
- Analyzing and solving moderately complex research problems within specialized policy research areas.
- Assessing and negotiating the scope and deadlines of congressional and internal requests.
- Responding to congressional and internal requests for information related to moderately complex issues requiring in-depth knowledge of the context/background of the issue and that is difficult to find and/or requires filtering/synthesis.
- Developing and executing research methodologies for specialized topics and for moderately complex topics.
- Preparing moderately complex responses to inquiries.
- Promptly informing supervisor of potential problems with requests or delays in responding.
- Designing, writing, and collaborating on various anticipatory products for Congress.
- Information Resources and Research Materials
- Developing and maintaining knowledge of specialized research resources.
- Identifying, testing and evaluating new specialized research resources; performing market analyses on competing resources; and recommending specialized information resources and research materials for purchase or renewal.
- Instruction and Outreach
- Providing orientation and training/instruction to congressional clients, colleagues and peers on research methods and research resources.
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