How to Get a Federal Library Job

Tuesday, 3/19/2024
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (Pacific)

The U.S. government operates more than 1,000 libraries across all 50 states and around the world. Librarians and library technicians work for all three branches of the federal government -- legislative, executive, and judicial -- and in both civilian and military agencies. From the Library of Congress in Washington to the National Park of American Samoa Library in Pago Pago, federal and armed forces librarians provide a wide range of services in a variety of settings.

This “How to Get a Federal Library Job" panel will discuss the different paths to employment as a federal or military librarian, and provide practical tools for navigating these paths. We will discuss the USAJOBS website, the mysteries of the federal resume format, how to navigate the federal hiring process, and the differences among federal agencies in terms of hiring and operations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Successfully navigate the USAJOBS 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).
  • Prepare an effective federal job search strategy.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is open to all librarians, library staff, and students. It is aimed at students, new librarians, and experienced librarians interested in a career change.


The following federal librarians will join us to share tips, tricks, and advice:

  • Dianne Babski, Director, User Services and Collection Division, National Library of Medicine in Maryland
  • Lee Lipscomb, Assistant Librarian, Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC
  • Sundeep Mahendra, Head of Research Access and Collection Development, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress in Washington, DC
  • Ebony McDonald, Librarian, 39th Force Support Squadron, Incirlik Air Base in Turkey 
  • Dr. Stephanie Rollins, Director of Library Services, Air University Library, Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama



  • $46.61 for RUSA members
  • $71.10 for ALA members
  • $79.00 for non-ALA members
  • $37.12 for student members 

How to Register

  • Online 
  • By Email: download, complete and email form (PDF) to
  • By Mail: Download, complete and mail form (PDF) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. The webinar will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Ninah Moore at


Continuing Education Credit- A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion of a course.

Although this course is not CEU-certified, many licensing boards will accept it for credit. Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certification and continuing education credits. The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district. If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility. Some states will review your certificate of completion and course description to determine eligibility. 



Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the course should be directed to Ninah Moore at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!