Librarian (Legal Resources) US Judicial Branch

This position is located in the Department of Program Services, Court Services Office, Programs Division, National Programs Branch. The branch supports the federal judiciary’s national library program.


***This position allows for situational and recurring telework, but does not qualify for full-time or remote telework.***

***More than one position may be filled through this job announcement.***

The individual selected for this position will be responsible for legal resource acquisitions, play a key role in researching and developing policies for the library program, serve as a subject matter expert in library and legal research programs, act as a facilitator to various librarian working groups, including the Circuit Librarians Advisory Group, and acts as a liaison between the program office and other entities in and outside the AO.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
Managing national contracts, and providing support to the judiciary’s regional library contracts, for legal resources (both print and online).
Overseeing the judiciary’s Integrated Library System (ILS) and discovery layer and the work by the vendor that supports the ILS, including monitoring legal resource usage trends in order to use the data for budget formulations.
Developing and disseminating procedures, guidelines, and training on library operations and use of the judiciary’s legal resources through formal communications and training events.
Interfacing with vendors and subject specialists to increase understanding of legal publishing issues related to acquisitions and service directory.
Acting as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for several contracts, including the ILS SaaS Hosting/Maintenance contract and other vendors for small purchase orders.
Managing timely publication acquisitions services for the Administrative Office, the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation, and retired Supreme Court justices.
Managing the allotment formula for legal resources and working with Circuit Librarians, acquisitions librarians and others on questions relating to legal resources funding, vendor issues, etc.
Conducting studies of the library program nationwide and reviews of circuit library programs upon request.
Facilitating communication and information-sharing through coordinating and leading, meetings and periodic conference calls of the Circuit Librarians Advisory Group and the ILS Working Group.
Participating in regular online group chat sessions covering ILS and acquisition issues.
Maintaining an awareness of current trends and issues in order to contribute to National Library Program dialogues and assessments related to acquisitions, research databases, ILS, and discovery systems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

1410 Librarian


Conditions of Employment

All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO’s Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience and knowledge in library and legal research programs and management principles and processes.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet ONE of the qualification requirements as described below:
Completion of one 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. (Transcripts Required)
A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant 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. (Transcripts Required)

This position allows for either education or a combination of education and specialized experience. Transcripts must be provided to confirm status.

Additional information

The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required


Required Documents

Required Documents

For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:

Resume – Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
Citizenship – Include country of citizenship on resume.
Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) – All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
Veterans Preference documentation – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran’s present receipt of compensation.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
This job is open to
Federal employees – Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Federal employees – Excepted service

Current excepted service federal employees.

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This vacancy announcement is open to current Federal Judiciary employees, Federal employees, and/or anyone located in the Washington, DC commuting area.

Major Sponsors

Sponsor – Emond Publishing

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