Two Positions- Washington DC

Position: Library Technician
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $32,428 to $42,151 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate (ABA) and can be used in any division in the directorate. Under the direction of the supervisor, the Materials Handler, carries out the duties of distribution of mail and the packing of all materials to be shipped. Incoming mail is distributed to all nine Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate Divisions, and for at least six of the ABA Divisions, the duties include handling mail for both monographs and microfilms. The incumbent of this position will also process books received through the Cataloging in Publication and Pre-Assigned Control Number Programs. The incumbent exercises care to ensure that government property, especially the Library’s collection materials, are properly handled and kept secure to avoid loss or damage.

Responsibilities
Following basic and well-established library procedures, carries out routine and repetitive collection support functions, such as, the transport of library materials or intra-directorate mail and the sorting of all kinds of materials. Performs routine messenger pick-up and delivery services. Places materials on appropriate shelves or in in-boxes at designated destinations. Ensures time sensitive receipts such as overnight or express mail are immediately delivered to the appropriate areas. Receives and sorts all types of mail and library materials for all of the divisions in the directorate based on sender, language, and format.

Following standardized library rules, procedures, operations, and assists in processing library collections. Receives, sorts, checks in and attaches labels to materials. Performs security strip targeting, security edge stamping, and perforating of microfilm for security purposes. Performs online searches for bibliographic records. Performs routine and repetitive online updating for bibliographic records and for transactions of statistical record-keeping and materials tracking. Searches remote bibliographic databases to locate bibliographic records matching materials that are being processed. Also, searches the Library’s online bibliographic control systems to process duplicate copies of materials.

Performs searches for routine print and non-print materials in bibliographic and copyright files, using bibliographic tools, such as the Library’s Integrated Library System, the Z-Processor, Copyright MetaSearch, and/or OCLC databases to organize data into a catalog record as prescribed by the appropriate rules. Locates bibliographic records in the Library’s Integrated Library Systems matching incoming materials and uses a macro to create an inventory record in the Duplicate Materials Exchange Program database. Identifies bibliographic problems, such as misrouted materials, damaged items, and items for which records cannot be located and brings them to the attention of the supervisor. Downloads bibliographic records from outside utilities as needed and authorized.

Following standardized library rules, procedures, and operations, assists in the retrieval of materials to be shipped to stakeholders. Receives, sorts, and transmits books, serials, or other materials to stakeholders both inside and outside the Library. Utilizes knowledge of the classification system, and the meaning of different shelf markers, to locate materials which may have special requirements such as material within a foreign language.

Receives and assists participants in the Library’s surplus books program. Uses tact and courtesy when dealing with visitors from Congressional offices, federal agencies, and public institutions. Maintains a file of eligible participants in the surplus books program and verifies credentials of all visitors. Monitors visitors to ensure they select from proper bays of material based on their eligibility. Handles security for the area and ensures materials are not removed by unauthorized persons.

Packs and arranges shipment of materials selected by participants in the Library’s surplus books program and in the Duplicate Materials Exchange Program. Ensures materials are shipped by Congressional frank, government agency labels, or by various freight companies.

Independently operates photocopiers, manual perforating machine, microfiche readers, paper cutters, collators, and facsimile machines to fulfill the needs of Collection Material Processing. Performs basic maintenance such as loading paper and changing ink cartridges and reports malfunctioning of equipment to proper contacts. Follows the safety guidelines in operating the equipment to avoid personal injury and/or property damage.

Conditions of Employment
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Position requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; or recurring activities such as stretching, reaching and bending into tubs and shelving books. The incumbent is required to lift items (up to 30lbs) on a regular and recurring basis, push mail cages with a maximum weight load (up to 50lbs) and book carts with a maximum weight load (up to 250lbs), reach and bend into tubs and shelve books. Heavier items are moved with weight handled equipment or with the assistance from other workers.

After an offer of employment is made and before commencement of duties the selectee must be physically qualified by the Library’s Health Services Office.

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 work and meet deadlines. **

Knowledge of library processes and procedures.**

Ability to focus on the customer.**

Ability to retrieve and deliver materials from collections.

Ability to use information systems and equipment.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

 

Position: Library Technician (Deck Attendant)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Salary: $112,021 to $145,629 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

Summary
The incumbent serves as a deck attendant in the Serial and Government Publications Division. Incumbent is responsible for the maintaining, servicing and shelving of collections housed in the Division. This includes retrieving materials for researchers, shelving and maintaining the serial and special collections of the division, utilizing the LC-ILS 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, and to interact effectively with researchers and other users of the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.

The position is located in the Serial and Government Publications Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.

Responsibilities
Following a body of standardized library rules, procedures, and operations, assists in maintaining the serial and special collections. Maintains simple records and verifies information by comparison. Collates serial material according to classification scheme appropriate for the collection. Files materials in alphabetical or numerical order. Arranges, sorts, and re-shelves materials returned to the stacks according to shelflist order. Reads shelves and assures that they are properly arranged. Learns to use reference tools to identify materials.

Handles brittle, damaged, or deteriorated material, including special collections in various formats. Identifies and removes items suspected of containing errors in labeling and/or cataloging and forwards items for further determination and disposition. Withdraws materials in need of rebinding, re-labeling, and repair forwarding them for appropriate correction. Effects minor shifts necessitated by the growth of collections.

Participates in the maintenance of selected reading room collections, including the newspaper, periodical, or reference collections, by shelving material according to established procedures.

Following a body of standardized library rules, procedures, and operations, assists in retrieval of materials. Receives call slips indicating call number, title, volume, chronology, etc. of materials requested by readers or staff. Draws upon knowledge of the classification system, an understanding of the peculiarities of more than one system of classification, and the meaning of different shelf markers, to locate material which may pose special challenges such as foreign languages or varied formats. Checks title, call number, and other information against call slip. Delivers the requested material. When information is incomplete or inaccurate, seeks assistance and verifies the title, call number, and date in order to locate the requested material. Locates and pulls material from shelves and reshelves material.

Performs inter-library loan functions by searching guides and shelves for material going out on loan. Examines condition of material returned and re-shelves material.

Assists patrons participating in standardized library programs and services. Communicates library policy regarding all material retrieved for readers with additional guidance for special collection material. Responds to directional questions posed by readers. Provides messenger services, delivering and picking up material as scheduled. Maintains a high degree of tact and courtesy in dealing with visitors.

Performs searches for routine print and non-print materials in bibliographic and copyright files, using bibliographic tools. May organize data into an online catalog record as prescribed by the appropriate rules. Identifies problems and brings them to the attention of the supervisor. Inputs and updates manual or automated information systems. Efficiently searches specialized online databases, such as library-related databases, most commonly the LC-ILS.

Conditions of Employment
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The incumbent in this position will have some physical exertion such as lifting and carrying materials that vary in weight up to 50 pounds. There is constant walking, standing, bending or carrying of light 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 retrieve materials.**

Ability to maintain materials in library collections.**

Ability to provide customer service in a library setting while exercising judgment and discretion.

Ability to search and perform data entry using computerized search tools and databases.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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