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Data Acquisitions Librarian - Career Opportunity, Washington DC


The Research Library at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is seeking a Data Acquisitions Librarian.  The position is designed to meet the Board's need for support in assessing, negotiating for, and acquiring data resources to meet time-sensitive research needs.  Staff come to this position from backgrounds in reference or acquisitions.  For additional information about this position, see gThe Next Frontier: Federal Librarians and Datah in Information Today, v. 32, Jan/Feb 2015.


The Mission


As the central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve's mission is to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. As a Federal Reserve staff member, you will play a critical role in accomplishing this mission.


The Environment


Research at the Federal Reserve Board is data intensive and time-sensitive.  The Board licenses hundreds of data resources that must be managed closely to ensure that the information is the best match for the Boardfs business needs. In addition, the Board continues to explore new sources for data and research to make sure that the researchers and analysts have the most accurate and up-to-date financial and economic information possible. Many of the contracts for data involve multiple divisions at the Board; some are consortial agreements including the Federal Reserve Banks. 


The Position


The librarian will work closely with three colleagues to manage the Boardfs portfolio of data resources.  For a portfolio of specific data resources and subject areas, the librarian will conduct reference interviews to learn about new data needs, maintain relationships with content vendors, negotiate both renewal of existing licenses and new licenses, arrange training, work with technical services and data analysts to ensure cataloging and access to date, and assist managers with budget projections.  The Data Acquisitions Librarian reports to the Chief Librarian; the position is non-supervisory.


The successful applicant will have a masters degree in library or information science, or other relevant specialty and 2 or more years of experience in acquiring and managing data and electronic resources, and in negotiating, and reviewing agreements.  The position requires impeccable attention to detail and the ability to manage competing projects.  Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are essential. Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills, sound judgment, and initiative are required. The librarian should enjoy working collaboratively as part of a team while at the same time be able to work efficiently and effectively as an individual.

Specific knowledge of data and resources in the fields of business, banking, finance, and economics is desirable, as is knowledge of data and database structure..


The position is being advertised at both the FR-24 and FR-25 levels. Additionally, the Board offers an attractive benefits package.  The vacancy announcement and information on working at the Board can be found at the Boardfs website:, job ID number 10364.