How to Get a Federal Library Job

Thursday, 10/29/2020
  • 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM-1:30 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM-11:30 AM (Pacific)

The panel will discuss the many different paths to employment as a federal librarian and provide practical tools for navigating these paths. Our subjects will include the USAJobs website, navigating the federal employment process and the differences in how the three branches and independent organizations operate in hiring employees.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Successfully navigate the USA Jobs site, submit federal applications, and prepare a federal resume
  • Understand the federal hiring process and differences between hiring protocols in the three branches (executive, legislative, and judicial) and trust positions (e.g. Smithsonian Institute)
  • Prepare an effective federal job search strategy

Who Should Attend

This webinar is open for all librarians and library staff but specifically for new librarians and experienced librarians interested in a career change


Barbara P. Ferry, Head, Natural and Physical Sciences Department, Smithsonian Libraries will discuss trust organization management employment

Lee Lipscomb, Assistant Librarian, Federal Judicial Center and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland iSchool

Jennifer Manning, Senior Research Librarian, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress will discuss legislative jobs and resources for locating internships

Kate McNamara, Project Manager Librarian Census Bureau will discuss executive branch employment, hybrid positions, and presidential management fellows program

Amanda Wilson,  Head, National Network Coordinating Office, Library Operations, National Library of Medicine will review the medical librarianship hiring process, SES level employment, and job search resources



Registration rates are as follows:

  • RUSA members : $45
  • ALA members: $55
  • ALA student & retired members: $25
  • Non-members: $77

Group rate: $99 single login

*DURING THIS TIME OF COVID-19 RELATED LIBRARY CLOSURES:  For purposes of group registration, RUSA will define a group as up to 20 staff from the single library system working remotely and logging in individually from multiple locations to participate in the live webinar broadcast. It will be the responsibility of the registrants to share the webinar login information with members of their staff who wish to participate. 

How to Register

Register Online

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended. 

This webinar will be presented through GoToWebinar. Check to see if your system supports GoToWebinar. 

Unfortunately this webinar will not be recorded. 


Questions about your registration should be directed to

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, Program Officer-Continuing Education, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!