Librabrian-Reference Librarian
Progressive Technology Federal Systems - Fort Belvoir, VA

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Position Title: Reference Librarian

Description: PTFS, a privately owned, Maryland-based company providing digital archiving and library solutions, as well as professional services including digitization, library staffing, and integration services, has an immediate opening for a Reference Librarian at a client site at Ft. Belvoir, VA.


The Reference Librarian will have the following responsibilities:
  • Perform original research and reference service for faculty, staff and students.
  • Provide service within available resources to all patrons.
  • Perform reference interviews in-person, via e-mail and over the phone.
  • Research sources and tools.
  • Design instructional media as needed.
  • Market library services.
  • Teach library users how to use the library subscription databases and the online catalog and to do effective research using the open internet.
  • Prepare instructional lessons. Teaching sessions will be recorded and broadcast on the internet, via live video teleconferencing or other electronic media.
  • Apply innovative skills to recommend new library reference services.
  • Maintain reference services metrics.
  • Perform charge, discharge, renew and hold operations at circulation desk using Symphony.
  • Create patrons and edit patron records.
  • Help library patrons using the self-check machine, the reading room and equipment.
  • Process inter-library loans via OCLC.
  • Identify needed updates to content on the library’s internet and intranet sites.
  • Compose content relevant to client mission.
  • Work with the library’s database service providers to customize interface.
  • Compile and report on the metrics/statistics for the library’s research and reference services.
  • Assist faculty with special projects involving library resources.
  • Assist library patrons in the use of all digital resources.
  • Create and maintain documentation related to all duties.

The candidate must have the following experience:
  • 4 years experience performing providing library reference support
  • Demonstrated experience using electronic reference tools (WESTLAW, EBSCOHost, DIALOG) and technical services resources (OCLC)
  • Knowledge of online bibliographic records
  • Experience assisting library patrons with the use of online public access catalogs
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Windows, word processing and other office software applications.
Desired Skills:
  • Knowledge and experience in legal and legislative research, including the ability to prepare current and retrospective legislative histories.
  • Reference work experience in military libraries.

Masters’ Library Science Required.

Security Clearance Required: None

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