7th Circuit – Library Technician

Position: LIBRARY TECHNICIAN (Chicago Headquarters)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Salary Range: CL 25 ($48,656 – $79,116)
This position has promotional potential to the CL 26 without further competition.

Closing Date: Resumes received on or before July 29, 2022 will receive full consideration; position is
open until filled.

Position Overview:
The Library Technician position will support library operations and is responsible for providing specialized support in one or more functional areas of library operations. The incumbent also:

  • Staff the reference desk and provide assistance to library visitors including court staff and public patrons.
  • Maintain CALR password records by adding/removing judicial externs as they arrive/depart.
  • Library stack maintenance, including shelving, shifting, and discarding books and shelf-reading.
  • Edit serial prediction records for Circuit Library and/or branch library as publication patterns change.
  • Process new books and library materials (checking -in, filing, etc.).
  • Assist with basic research and services to court staff.
  • Train and assist court staff in finding/using library materials.
  • Deliver and retrieve items throughout the court.
  • Assist with disposal and the Excess program.
  • Create and maintain routing lists for circulating materials within the court.
  • Receive, check-in and file loose-leaf services, pocket parts, and advance sheets.
  • Conduct online searches to arrange for and maintains records of Interlibrary Loans.
  • Recommend improvements to operations and notify librarian of workflow problems.
  • Communicate professionally with court staff and non-court staff visitors.
  • Adhere to the Guide to Judiciary Policy and Judiciary Procurement Program Procedures regarding procurement practices.


Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of two years of progressively responsible library experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL 24 level.
  • Familiarity with Library of Congress Call Number system.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle moderate to heavy lifting and pulling/pushing carts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Law library experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience with an Integrated Library System, SIRSI preferred.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Benefits include eleven paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, participation in the Federal Employees
Retirement System (FERS), Thrift Savings Plan (401k), and public transit subsidy. Optional participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB), Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI), Flexible Benefits Program, Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP), and Dental and Vision Insurance.

Information can be found on our website, under Human Resources, at: www.ca7.uscourts.gov


Please forward resume with cover letter and resume electronically to:

Stephanie Crawford, Librarian
William J. Campbell Library of the U.S. Courts
219 South Dearborn Street – Room 1637
Chicago, Illinois 60604
E-Mail: Stephanie_Crawford@ca7.uscourts.gov

Resumes will be screened and only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Due to the anticipated large response to this announcement only those interviewed will be notified of the selection outcome. No telephone calls please.

The court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without written notice to applicants. If a subsequent vacancy of the same position becomes available within a reasonable time of the original announcement, the court may elect to select a candidate from the original qualified applicant pool.

The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019 (FCA), also known as the federal “ban the box” law, prohibits federal employers, including employing offices in the judicial branch, from requesting that applicants for most jobs disclose information on arrest and conviction history before a conditional job offer is extended to the applicant. A conditional offer of employment is an offer that is conditioned only on the results of a criminal history inquiry. The FCA is intended to give formerly incarcerated individuals a fair chance to compete for employment in the federal government by barring most requests for criminal history record information until the end of the hiring process. The FCA does not change the discretion of an employing office to determine that an individual’s criminal history disqualifies them from a particular position. The FCA became effective on Dec. 20, 2021.

The successful candidate for this position will be required to undergo a FBI fingerprint check or five-year background investigation with updates every five years thereafter, depending on the position classification. Pursuant to the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, selection is contingent upon providing proof of being legally eligible to work in and for the United States. Employees are required to use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.


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