Colleagues –


The Ralph J. Bunche Library at the U.S. Department of State has just posted a vacancy announcement for an Acquisitions Librarian to join our team.  The position is being recruited at the GS 9/11 level, with promotion potential to GS 12.


This is a perfect opportunity for candidates who are looking to begin a career as a federal librarian.  Come join the team of the Ralph J. Bunche Library as we deliver state-of-the-art library services to U.S. diplomats around the world!  This position is on the Library’s Acquisitions team, and the selected candidate will be responsible for ordering information resources for the Library as well as Bureaus and overseas posts throughout the Department.  


Please be aware that the initial review of applications will be conducted by non-librarians.  Please pay careful attention to the qualifications and basic requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.  Be sure to address all requirements thoroughly in your application and provide all requested documents.


Open: 07/30/2020

Closes: 08/13/2020



About the Ralph J. Bunche Library: Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1789 by Thomas Jefferson, the Library has the distinction of being the oldest federal library and is currently in its 230th year of continuous service to the men and women of the Department of State.  In 1997, it was dedicated to diplomat and Nobel Prize Winner Ralph J. Bunche.  Its extensive collection includes a number of historic documents and chronicles the history of the Department and U.S. international relations.  The Library currently serves the 70,000 employees of the State Department serving throughout the United States and in hundreds of U.S. diplomatic missions in every part of the world.



Julie Arrighetti

Chief Librarian

Ralph J. Bunche Library
Office of Information Programs and Services

U.S. Department of State


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