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Job Announcement - 3 Unit Head Positions - Library Operations:
Bibliographic Services Division,
Public Services Division,
and Technical Services Division

The following position announcement will be posted on from Thursday, October 10, 2019 to Saturday, October 19, 2019. 

This position announcement is for 3-Supervisory Technical Information Specialist GS-1412-13 positions, with a salary range from $99,172 to $128,920 per year.

Data Management Unit, MEDLARS Management Section, Bibliographic Services Division

This position directs the work of approximately six professional staff who support the following programs and activities: Terminology products, such as Common Data Elements or the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC); data products such as the NLM Data Distribution Program or Serials data support; and toxicology, chemical or drug products such as ChemIDplus.  The Unit Head will be supporting staff providing customer support services and documentation; quality control of data and quality assurance of systems; evaluation of system processes for enhancement, usability and efficiency and testing of data and systems.

Please contact Sara Tybaert, Head, MEDLARS Management Section, at with questions about the position.


Unit One, Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division

This position supervises eight professional librarians, technical information specialists, and library technical support personnel.  Major areas of responsibility include overseeing negotiation of license agreements for access to electronic journals and other electronic information resources; establishing guidelines for acceptable license terms to support NLM's mission and internal processing needs, including MEDLINE indexing, with a wide variety of publishers and intermediaries; and working closely with other in the unit to support the work of the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC), a U.S. government Federal Advisory Committee responsible for selecting journals for MEDLINE. 

Please contact Julie Silverman, Head, Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, at with questions about the position.


Unit Head, Reference & Web Services Section, Public Services Division

This position serves as a Unit Head in the Reference and Web Services Section, Public Services Division, Library Operations, National Library of Medicine and is the technical expert for the provision of customer services, health information to the public, patients and families, or web services at the NLM.  The Reference and Web Services Section serves these functions: (1) Provides centralized reference and customer services to users of NLM’s products, collections, and databases worldwide; (2) Manages a national information resource for the public, patients, and families by providing electronic access to reliable health information issued by the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources; (3) Supports NLM websites and other technologies that provide services to the nation; (4) Provides and manages electronic and print reading room collections; (5) Supports outreach to professionals and the public through training, exhibitions, bibliographies, and print and electronic guides to health information.; (6) Carries out these programs in coordination with other government agencies, national organizations, libraries, and international organizations.

Please contact Terry Ahmed, Head, Reference & Web Services Section, at  with questions about the position.


Links to the USAJOBS listings:

Supervisory Technical Information Specialist (DE)

Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NLM-DE-20-10593095

DE stands for delegated examining. Typically, candidates who are entering Federal service for the first time from the private sector will need to apply for delegated examining positions.


Supervisory Technical Information Specialist (MP) NIH-NLM-MP-19-10597041

Job Announcement Number: NIH-NLM-MP-20-10597041

MP stands for merit promotion. Applicants for MP announcements must be a qualified current or former federal employee.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. A Metro subway station (Medical Center on the Red Line) and bus stops on the NIH campus provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. To learn more about working at NLM see the NLM careers page.

Please contact David Wittenberg, Human Resources Specialist, at  with questions about the application process or status of the application.

NLM and NIH are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects diversity. NLM hires, promotes, trains, and provides career development based on merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation.

Last Reviewed: October 8, 2019