Four Positions- Washington DC and Northern VA

 

Position: Collections Management Technician
Location: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Salary: $36,281 to $47,171 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

The incumbent serves as a Collections Management Technician in the Collections Access, Loan and Management Division (CALM). The incumbent will report to the Team Leader, Request and User Support Unit. The incumbent is responsible for the maintenance, servicing and shelving of collections housed in the CALM Division during hours of public service. These activities include: retrieving materials for requesters; shelving newly acquired items as well as items returning from use; ensuring collections in the stacks are in proper order and neatly housed; and utilizing the LC Integrated Library System (LC ILS), Automated Call Slip (ACS) and other online systems. Critical to this position is the ability to work with a high degree of accuracy, to produce a large quantity of work often under severe time constraints, to understand and utilize a number of automated systems, to meet the physical requirements, and to be able to work in a cool work area.

Responsibilities
Following extensive library rules, procedures and operations, incumbent performs an array of activities involved in maintaining the collections, including ensuring that collections are in the proper order, safe from hazards and readily retrievable when requested. Arranges, sorts and reshelves materials returned to the stacks according to the prescribed order for that portion of the collection. Maintains assigned areas to ensure that each item is in proper order according to collections management and maintenance guidelines for each collection. Frequent shelf reading of the collections, i.e., ensuring that the items on the shelves are in proper order, is a critical component of collections maintenance. Incumbent uses multiple shelving and classification arrangements including LC Classification, fixed location arrangement and others utilized by CALM to ensure that collections are properly shelved, arranged and accessible for use.

Identifies and removes items suspected of containing errors in labeling and/or cataloging and forwards items to the Preservation Directorate, the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, or other Library units for further determination or disposition. Withdraws materials in need of rebinding, relabeling and/or repair, forwarding these primarily to the Binding and Collections Care Division in the Preservation Directorate for appropriate correction. Effects minor shifts necessitated by growth or rearrangement of collections. Ensures that the collections storage areas are neat and orderly.

Following extensive library rules, procedures and operations, retrieves materials from the collection. Applies judgement in retrieving materials. Receives retrieval requests through a number of methods including paper call slips, Automated Call Slip (online request system) and from lists. With some projects, incumbent follows general guidelines on what to pull, and must adhere to these guidelines which might include criteria such as item condition, date of publication, or format.

The incumbent must have an in-depth understanding of a number of databases. Most importantly, the incumbent must be thoroughly familiar with the features and proper use of the ACS and the LC ILS in order to interpret and follow information provided for each retrieval activity, to fill requests, to know when it is acceptable to substitute an alternate edition, and to check the online ACS request screen for another copy when copies may be in different locations.

Composes and sends a free text message to requesters through the free text message field of ACS regarding the need for additional information or elaboration on, or clarification of a computer-generated response. Utilizes an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the LC ILS, the database used by the Library to reflect what the Library owns, the number of copies, and the location of an item.

Utilizes the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) and the Cataloging Module in order to clarify requests, ascertain whether other copies exist, and the location of copies and other information.

Performs an array of preservation-related activities in support of stabilizing the collections and preventing further damage. Examples of activities required by the incumbent are: placing items in acid free envelopes; and placing small items in envelopes and slings. As part of this activity, incumbent must legibly and accurately write information on the outside of an enclosure and place other labels and markings on the enclosure. The technician makes the supervisor aware of any potential issues or threats to the book stacks such as water incursion; possible insect infestations; and possible mold on items.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

  • Ability to follow library rules, procedures, and operations to arrange, sort, shelve, and maintain materials in library collections**
  • Ability to identify and retrieve material from collections**
  • Ability to use Integrated Library System (ILS), other computerized search tools and databases.
  • Ability to organize, and execute work within specified deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

 
Position: Librarian-Reference Specialist (Music)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Salary: $54,972 to $71,467 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

The Music Division in the Collections and Services Directorate is the Library’s primary gateway to the collections and reference services dealing with the subjects of music, theater, and dance. These collections consist of books, serials, and scores; and special collections that include scores, correspondence, writings and business papers, iconography, and musical instruments. The incumbent reports directly to the Head, Reader Services Section. The incumbent may be an authority in a specialized field of music and is an expert in digital reference service. Performs duties which encompass very complex and wide ranging reference, research, and outreach assignments in his/her field of specialization. Plans comprehensive, in-depth means by which to improve and support all automated reference activities. Librarians respond to inquiries that are received in person, by telephone, by correspondence and by electronic media. These requests originate from Congress, foreign and U.S. Government agencies, national and international academics and scholars, research and scientific institutions, the professional and business communities and from the general public. Maintains current and extensive knowledge of trends in his/her specialized area in the fields of music or performing arts and of advances in the area of reference librarianship.

This position is located in the Readers Services Section, Music Division, Collections and Services, Library Services.

Responsibilities
Provides reference services to individual researchers and groups where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews in person or over the telephone, or from written requests, and the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are readily accessible, i.e., found within the Library’s Music Division collection or can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures. Responds orally or in writing to inquiries related to assigned field of responsibility.

Provides in-person and telephone reference service in the Performing Arts Reading Room. Searches standard databases where the information is relatively stable, such as for bibliographic citations of a general nature. Clarifies vague requests for materials through the use of proper bibliographic tools. Verifies correct bibliographic citation for requested items. Seeks assistance for locating materials that are not readily accessible. Develops knowledge of resources in other agencies or institutions in order to provide informed referrals. Assists patrons with specialized collections, using knowledge of these collections, subject matter, and the patrons who require them.

Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity in the Music Division.

Examines publications, electronic resources, and trends in topics related to the collections and services of the Music Division. Develops knowledge of collections for use in performing research tasks. Assists in preparing research guides and finding aids on specific topics of recognized client interest using standard search strategies and describing research methodologies. Assists senior librarians in revising or updating research materials, and collection development activities including searches, and completing claim and order forms.

Identifies foreign and international print and electronic resources in the field of music to address user needs that are easily determined from interviews or written requests.

Prepares and updates standard guides to specialized collections and resources in the Music Division.

Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments in the Music Division, which may involve materials in multiple languages.

Assists senior reference staff in determining the quality and usefulness of collection materials in the Music Division. Assists in developing strategies for the organization, storage, preservation, and service of these materials.

Monitors the condition of collection materials in the Music Division to ensure adherence to established preservation standards and specifications. Brings deteriorating items and those with special needs to the attention of division management. Orients users and explains procedures and regulations governing use and handling of materials in the collection.

Coordinates the acquisition of items for the Music Division that are of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Reviews a variety of brochures, catalogs, journals, and other sources of items for possible acquisition in order to develop collections in the Music Division. Consults acquisition policies to determine whether items are appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify out-of-scope materials.

Maintains liaison with recommending officers and subject specialists to coordinate acquisition of material. Provides proper purchasing information and correct bibliographic identification to dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, exchange partners, etc. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science and music librarianship.**
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems and other technology tools relevant to performing arts collections.**
  • Knowledge of the history and literature of music.**
  • Ability to provide reference and research services in the performing arts.
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Digital Publishing Lead
Location: George Mason University Libraries, Fairfax, VA

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

George Mason University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented individual to lead efforts in management of digital publishing platforms and tools for Mason Publishing and the George Mason University Press. Reporting to the director of Mason Publishing/GMU Press, the digital publishing lead will interact with faculty, students, and library staff in supporting digital publishing platforms, software, and other publishing tools.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Mason Publishing Group (http://publishing.gmu.edu/) unites the University Libraries’ digital publishing activities with the George Mason University Press to form a set of publishing services for the university.

Duties:

Focus on use of platforms to publish digital content, including e-journal and e-book hosting platforms such as OJS, PressBooks, and others, by providing project management and user support;

Manage the daily operations of the university’s institutional repository—Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS);

Work closely with our metadata services group to insure consistent metadata across all digital platforms;

Provide support and training for Fenwick Library’s Research Commons, which includes a Digital Scholarship Center and Scholarly Productions Lab;

Provide support for digital publishing projects and platforms;

Consult with students, faculty and researchers who want to publish e-content; and

Maintain and enhance Mason Publishing’s web presence.

Requirements
Required Qualifications:

Graduate degree in relevant discipline, such as ALA-accredited masters in library or information science, masters in publishing, and/or other advanced or terminal degree;

Demonstrated success managing and/or developing digital publications and collections within an academic library, publisher, or knowledge institution;

Outstanding analytical, organizational, project, and time management skills and ability to simultaneously lead multiple projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines, leveraging demonstrated creative and innovative problem-solving skills;

Ability to document relevant policies, procedures, and local standards; and

Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

Two to four years of professional experience in digital publishing initiatives, digital collections, or digital repositories;

Experience working with digital publishing or institutional repository platform/software (e.g., Fedora, DSpace, Eprints, Digital Commons, OJS, PressBooks);

Knowledge of current metadata standards and understanding of metadata principles and practices, such as ONIX, MARC, or other;

Facility with the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly In-Design (CS5 or later) a plus; and

Familiarity with a range of web-based technologies and expertise in at least one of the following: XML, CSS3, EPUB, or HTML5.

Appointment/Benefits/To Apply:

Twelve-month professional faculty appointment, with or without librarian rank, dependent upon academic qualifications; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; and tuition waiver for self.

All applications for this position (FA463z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page (https://jobs.gmu.edu/). Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (rprokop@gmu.edu), Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017.

Position: Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing Lead 
Location: George Mason University Libraries, Fairfax, VA

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

George Mason University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented individual to lead efforts in scholarly communication, copyright, and open access publishing for Mason Publishing and the George Mason University Press. Reporting to the director of Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press, the Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Lead provides guidance and compliance assistance on copyright and fair use issues, including copyright use in classroom teaching and technology, online courses, Mason Publishing supported journals, and university press publications. The position administers Mason’s open access publishing fund, provides guidance on open access publishing, promotes awareness of and assists in the development of open educational resources.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Mason Publishing Group (http://publishing.gmu.edu/) unites the George Mason University Libraries’ digital publishing activities with the George Mason University Press to form a set of publishing services for the university.

Duties:

Serves as the university’s primary resource on fair use and other copyright issues, assists faculty, staff and students to understand copyright issues regarding their research and publications; advises library staff, faculty, staff and students on how to apply appropriate “fair use” and educational uses of copyrighted material;

Works with faculty, administrators, and library staff to promote awareness and development of open educational resources (OERs) in Mason’s curriculum, both traditional and online;

Administers and promotes the open access publishing fund, and educates faculty, students, and library staff about open access publishing issues;

Provides editorial assistance for the George Mason University Press, in aspects of acquisitions and peer review, copyright and permissions, and editing;

Works with the institutional repository (MARS) lead to devise strategies for populating and promoting use of the repository and explore opportunities to facilitate alternative publication opportunities for Mason researchers; and

Represents George Mason University in Virginia statewide higher education initiatives regarding open access, scholarly communication, and open educational resources.

Requirements
Required Qualifications:

MLIS, MLS, or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution; or master’s degree in a related field such as publishing, English, journalism, or social sciences;

Significant (three to five years is preferred) demonstrated experience with copyright educational compliance; scholarly publishing; scholarly communication; outreach, or editorial;

Strong analytical and organizational skills as well as effective interpersonal, collegial and communication skills (both oral and written); and

Experience in a publishing environment or as a leader in scholarly communication initiatives in an academic library (at least three years is preferred).

Preferred Qualifications:

Familiarity with OJS publishing software and D-Space platform;

Familiarity with Adobe InDesign or publishing platforms and software; and

Formal educational training in copyright compliance/intellectual property.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of the publishing landscape across academia; issues related to open access and open educational resources; emerging trends in digital scholarship; intellectual property issues and related U.S. copyright law; and the dissemination of publications, research, and data across various platforms;

Ability to work both independently and collegially, and to collaborate effectively;

Familiarity with the technologies and standards associated with digital scholarly publishing, open access, and institutional repositories;

Experience developing outreach materials and services, such as publications, training materials, workshops, conferences, and other tools relevant to scholarly communication;

Ability to set and adjust priorities and work flows in a dynamic and changing environment and accept new challenges to realize departmental and library goals;

Knowledge of editorial processes, including acquisitions, peer review, and developmental and/or copy editing; and

Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth.

Appointment/Benefits/To Apply:

Twelve-month professional faculty appointment, with or without librarian rank, dependent upon academic qualifications; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; and tuition waiver for self.

All applications for this position (FA129z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page (https://jobs.gmu.edu/). Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (rprokop@gmu.edu), Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017.

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