Job Posting: Multiple Librarian positions, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), located on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus, in Bethesda, Maryland is recruiting recent library science graduates to fill entry level librarian positions. The positions offer a unique opportunity to work at the world’s largest biomedical library, with a mission of acquiring, organizing, and disseminating the biomedical knowledge for the benefit of the public’s health.

We anticipate that on Monday, June 2, 2014 there will be an announcement on<> for multiple entry-level positions. The announcement will be posted for five days. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected.

Positions are available in:

Web Site Development and Social Media

  • Support site development, or new responsive web design for MedlinePlus
  • Contribute to social media initiatives of NLM
  • Support development and maintenance of NLM web sites by assisting with content management, usability, accessibility, information architecture, plain language, navigation and mobile access

Technical Services

  • Acquire materials for the NLM collection and support the licensing of electronic resources
  • Create and maintain serial records which serve as the underlying data for various systems throughout NLM; provide quality assurance of NLM serial records in local and national databases to ensure accurate journal citations in databases such as PubMed and PMC (PubMed Central)

Preservation; Digital Preservation

  • Provide proper management, preservation and care of historical and non-historical collections, including monographs, serials, archives, manuscripts, oral histories, prints, photographs, posters, ephemera, motion pictures, video recordings, sound recordings, and other materials
  • Participate in digital technology, digital imaging and preservation of analog and digital formats

Consumer Health

  • Organize consumer health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness, in both English and Spanish through MedlinePlus, the NLM consumer health web site

Data and Literature Management

  • Design qualitative and quantitative assessments of tools and processes used in the indexing of biomedical literature
  • Provide technical and research support for automated (machine-assisted) indexing initiatives involving biomedical literature
  • Assist with data content review and editing of bibliographic citations and Web pages, including HTML or XML tagging and metadata application, to ensure data quality and consistency
  • Test and evaluate NLM search systems, including the content in the systems and the interfaces used to access the systems
  • Participation with customer service, training and outreach services for NLM systems, such as PubMed

Health Services Research, Public Health and Health Information Technology

  • Engage with the public health and health services research communities in order to create and manage health information resources that serve their needs
  • Support development of knowledge and information resources to promote interoperable exchange of data and information using standardized vocabularies and codesets, standardized survey tools and assessment instruments,  and common data elements and measures

Data Science and Big Data

  • Assist with initiatives to enhance access to biomedical data sets resulting from publicly funded research
  • Analyze and develop guidance related to emerging policies that promote data sharing and open science
  • Participate in projects to engage science communities of practice in standards efforts, including common data elements initiatives

Pay: GS-9 level with a pay rate of $52,146

Benefits: health insurance, and other benefits

Eligibility: Eligibility: Must have a library degree from an accredited school; must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; must have graduated on or after 12/27/10 and be a citizen of the United States

Apply for NLM positions through the NIH Pathways for Recent Graduates (Librarian) Program of USAJobs.

We encourage the submission of a cover letter identifying the area(s) you are most interested in working in, so that we can determine the area best suited in our organization.

NLM and NIH are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects diversity. NLM hires, promotes, trains, and provides career development based on merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. It is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.


Kathel Dunn

Associate Fellowship Coordinator

National Library of Medicine<>



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