Job Analysis Part 1

Dream Job #1: Taken directly from the CIA website:

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $48,682 – $95,026
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

Librarians are the U.S. Intelligence Community experts in acquiring, researching, exploiting, and managing information sources. The Open Source Center is seeking Librarian applicants with a passion for innovation, customer service, and library science expertise to join the CIA Library. Our Librarians play an essential role in the intelligence mission by acquiring, researching, and making accessible the most critical information resources that meet CIA and Intelligence Community information requirements. Librarians also have opportunities to serve as embedded, or forward deployed, information experts in CIA offices and select Intelligence Community agencies. The CIA Library maintains strong relationships with the Library of Congress, other Intelligence Community libraries, select academic institutions, and other public and private sector institutions and information resource providers.

Applicants interested in a Librarian position must have strong skills in at least one area of the library science profession: research, training, briefing, technical services (acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, special collections) or customer services.

Minimum requirements include a Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, excellent communications skills, strong critical thinking/analytic skills, documented knowledge and/or job experience in at least one facet of library science. Applicants with reading and research ability in a foreign language are desired.

All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

To Apply:

Make a note of the position(s) that interest you, as you can apply for up to four positions in one application. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application, and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.


I would not view this position as a stepping stone; I view it as more of the destination. This is not a job that I would want to invest my time and energy in at this stage of my life. I have two young children who need stability, a home close to family, and a present mother. This would be a job that I would be interested in when my children are raised and on their own.

The listing mentions that interested applicants must have strong skills in at least one area of the library science profession. The area that interests me most is research. I love digging around for nuggets of information that no one else can find.

I meet most of the minimum requirements. I am working on my MLIS, so I can check that off of my “to-do” list. The only requirement I do not currently meet is the ability to read and research in a foreign language.

Dream Job #2: Taken from an article in the National Catholic Register:

Benedict XVI Dreamed of Becoming Vatican’s Librarian

                   by Edward Pentin                    Friday, August 10, 2012 10:54 AM Comments (3)

Rome ReportsBenedict XVI locking a bookcase in the library at  Castel Gandolfo in 2010.

– Rome Reports

Before becoming Pope, Benedict XVI once dreamed he would become the  Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church, a prelate recently appointed  to that post has revealed.

In an interview in today’s L’Osservatore Romano, Archbishop  Jean-Louis Bruguès, who was appointed as Librarian of the Apostolic Library and  Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives on June 26th, said the Pope made the  disclosure to the archbishop when he entrusted him with the post.

“He told me that before he became Pope, he had a dream: it was to go to the  Library as librarian and archivist,” the French Dominican archbishop recounted.  “It was a dream, he told me, that he would now want to see realized through me.  He did not say how. My task now is to try to figure out how I can realize  it.”

The disclosure is understandable given the Holy Father’s love of books, how  he treasures his own personal library and his skill in teaching the  faith. “When you look at the wealth and power of the Pope’s catecheses –  such as his Wednesday audiences or homilies, not to mention his highest  discourses, such as those in Regensburg, in London or the Federal Parliament of  Germany – you cannot imagine that this man, so gifted for catechesis, has not  thought about a direct connection with the Library,” Archbishop  Bruguès said.

Asked what is the nature of that connection, the archbishop replied: “I  asked myself this question and I told myself: it must be like the keel of the  ship, which is not seen. In fact, few people are able to see it. So it is with  the library: there are few, apart from specialists…who understand the amount  of work that takes place in the Library and Archives.

“It is really these institutions that allow the barque of the Church to stay  afloat and move forward,” he continued. “If it were not for the keel, the ship  would be subjected to doctrinal winds of any nature or fashions. It is this keel  which gives depth to the catechetical work of the Church and her teaching.”

Archbishop Bruguès also described the Apostolic Library and the Vatican  Secret Archives as “jewels in the crown of the Church”  as it prevents  people from losing their historical memory, exposing themselves to dangerous  amnesia, and watching the possibility for progress slip farther away, he  said.

“I believe that memory is fundamental for constructing a solid basis for the  future”, the former Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education said.  “And it is even more important”, he continued, “if the memory to which we are  referring is that of the Church”.

The Vatican Library contains a treasure trove of about 1,600,000 volumes, and  80,000 ancient manuscripts and incunabula (early books, especially printed  before 1501). The manuscripts, among others, are stored digitally in the FITS  format (Flexible Images Transport System)  – a format used by NASA that was  designed to store images taken by satellites and orbital telescopes such as the  Hubble Space Telescope. The Library also preserves the texts of the invaluable  Codex Vaticanus – one of the oldest extant manuscripts of the Greek  Bible.

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There isn’t currently a listing for any of the departments within the Vatican Library, but that does not change the fact that working in the Vatican Library in any capacity would be a dream of mine. This seems very unrealistic to me, but it is a dream nonetheless. I would think that in addition to library experience, it would be to my credit to go beyond an MLIS earning a doctorate in a related discipline – Library Science or Theology. Looking at the listing of Vatican Librarians it appears they may all be male. That could be a hurdle. Anyway, dreams are always worth dreaming.

How do the CIA and Vatican relate to each other?

At first glance, it may appear that my dream jobs couldn’t be further apart on the spectrum. The one element that ties them together are the elements of intrigue and mystery that shroud them. Both organizations are very secretive. It is this secrecy that lures me in. I like to have the inside scoop. I like to know things that other people do not. I like to be trusted with secrets and information. I also like to do a lot of research, and I cannot think of any other places that would be more interesting to research in and research for.

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