Six Positions- Washington DC

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Original Cataloging)
Location: Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Salary: $81,548 to $106,012 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in Discovery Services Division, Original Cataloging Department, Smithsonian Libraries (SIL), Smithsonian Institution (SI), located in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, DC.

The Smithsonian Libraries is a complex, research library system located within Smithsonian museums, research institutes and other offices in New York City, the Republic of Panama, and the Washington, D.C. area. The Supervisory Librarian (Head Original Cataloging) is knowledgeable about the cataloging requirements of each of the SIL branches and works to maintain timely, accurate access to their collections through SIRIS (the SIL online catalog), OCLC (an international bibliographic utility), and, through the Libraries’ discovery service. The Head Original Cataloging oversees the creation and editing of catalog records in the local bibliographic database (SIRIS) and in OCLC, ensuring that these conform to appropriate local, national and international standards for description, classification, subject analysis and encoding. The Head Original Cataloging manages authority control processes, oversees other related project work involving the cataloging services contract, and sets and documents the policies and procedures that govern the Division’s cataloging work.

Responsibilities

  • Supervises professional librarians (including the Senior Collections Cataloger) and oversees the management of the department.
  • Plans, coordinates and supervises all aspects of the department’s work: original and complex copy cataloging, rare book cataloging, authority control, NACO and BIBCO participation, and special projects, and maintenance and upkeep of the Libraries’ online catalog.
  • Monitors and implements developments and changes in technology, software tools, and resources that support and facilitate cataloging activity. Leads the Division’s work with OCLC’s Macro Express, MarcEdit, SirsiDynix Horizon, and vendor services to enhance and expand access to collections.
  • Works closely with, and directly supports, branch staff that are involved in contributing records to SIRIS and OCLC. Coordinates their work with cataloging policies and procedures and provides technical advice and support. Provides tools, support, and training for branch staff who create records in SIRIS.

Position: Librarian
Location: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the ISSN Section of the U.S. Programs, Law & Literature Division, Library of Congress Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access and provides an exciting opportunity to work with all formats of serials and other continuing resources in both national and international environments. The ISSN Section functions as the U.S. ISSN Center, part of the 90-country ISSN Network. The U.S. ISSN Center is responsible for assigning International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN) to U.S. continuing resources, including serials and integrating resources. Over 40% of the ISSN assigned by the U.S. ISSN Center are for online resources that can include databases, web sites, conference proceedings, and institutional repositories as well as e-journals. The incumbent of this position will assign ISSN primarily in response to requests from publishers but also from requesters such as the U. S. Postal Service, digitizers, aggregators and other vendors, CONSER libraries and other ISSN centers worldwide. The incumbent will also interact with U.S. ISSN requesters by email and telephone as well as with staff of the ISSN International Centre in Paris and other ISSN centers worldwide. The incumbent follows the ISSN Manual as well as LC, CONSER, and RDA documentation to assign ISSN and create or update CONSER records to document ISSN assignments. The most critical function of this position is uniquely identifying continuing resources and distinguishing them from similar resources by assigning ISSN and creating unique key titles and accompanying bibliographic records. Other key functions include relating continuing resources appropriately to other resources, searching multiple complex bibliographic databases to interpret and identify bibliographic records, locating the corresponding electronic resources online; responding to email queries; using a program to create initial bibliographic control records in an integrated library system from publisher-supplied data and other technical and communication tasks.

The position description number for this position is 58498.

Responsibilities
Catalogs various materials in an automated cataloging environment where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Establishes personal and corporate names and uniform titles for inclusion in the name authority file. Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file and classification schedule. Creates and revises bibliographic records, authority records, and classification schedules. Performs content designation of bibliographic and authority records. Performs research in the cataloger’s reference collection, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process.

Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments related to collection development support, with review by supervisor, senior staff and/or recommending officers. Assists in examination of incoming shipments to select items appropriate for the collections, in accord with established guidelines. Assists in examination of recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements, and to ensure conformity with established guidelines. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to collection development policies.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships to provide or exchange information. Consults with Team Leader and cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive and subject cataloging rules. Offers suggestions and advice to Team Leader on operational and technical problems. Collaborates with Team Leader and other staff in planning and implementing team activities including: workflow procedures, team priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting and strategies for meeting team production goals. Assists others inside and outside the Library with language, subject and cataloging problems.

Provides services and deals with materials that are non-technical in nature, of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Coordinates proper purchasing information, correct bibliographic identification, and correct coding in the information system. Contacts dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, government agencies, and/or exchange partners to coordinate the ordering process. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, loan, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify acquisition of out-of-scope materials. Maintains liaison with recommending officials and subject specialists to understand their needs. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material. Determines availability of funds.

Obtains, analyzes, and organizes information using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices. Analyzes and organizes standard subject data to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries. Analyzes material to determine subject content. Applies standard rules, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to cataloging-related issues.

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 with electronic resources.**

Ability to provide consultation and perform liaison services.**

Ability to apply national and international library cataloging and metadata creation standards, rules, practices, and procedures to perform library functions, particularly related to serials.**

Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, or other information technologies.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Knowledge of journal publishing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Library Technician (Digital Conversion Technician)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Salary: $41,369 to $53,774 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Digital Conversion Team, Digitization Services Section, Digital Collections Management and Services Division, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Library Services.

The incumbent will be assigned to the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library’s Capitol Hill campus.

The incumbent provides assistance to Digital Conversion Team staff and others on projects to present digitally reformatted Library collections via the Library’s web site. These collections are primarily photographic film, but may include photographic prints or other still image graphic materials. The technician works primarily with Prints & Photographs Division staff but also maintains contacts as needed with Digital Collections Management and Services staff, other custodial division staff, production staff in other parts of the Library, as well as occasional contacts with production or other stakeholders outside the Library.

The position description number for this position is 132948.

Responsibilities
Applies knowledge of the full range of library rules, procedures, and operations to respond to a wide variety of non-standard library collection maintenance issues. Prepares, organizes, and collates collection materials as necessary for digitization and processes the digital files produced as needed so that they may be included in digital projects. May physically transport collection materials between custodial divisions, conservation offices, scanning operations, and/or contractors. As required, digitizes library materials using scanners or digital camera according to specifications provided. Receives computer files representing digitized items and files containing associated metadata and places in appropriate locations on servers. Checks files representing digitized items against established quality standards prior to acceptance. Where files fail to meet such standards, documents problems and works with senior staff to request rework.

Performs arrangement and description work in a major body of records that describe digitized materials. Assesses the correctness of item entries in different fields and makes corrections as needed. Identifies duplicate entries. Copies records when needed. Creates new records or adds to or edits existing records as appropriate. Consults with senior staff frequently prior to correcting or significantly altering questionable database entries.

Completes a sequence of detailed routines in searching online databases. Uses search tools in a variety of online databases that have different search interfaces and protocols. Follows a limited number of applicable instructions concerning the recognition and comparison of dates, authors, titles, filenames, directory structures, and other conventions. Determines whether records describe items in hand or items represented by digital files. Assists in the implementation of digital projects as assigned by senior staff. Creates and updates data in in-house databases for digital project production.

Performs other duties as assigned.

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 digital conversion principles, procedures, and operations.**

Ability to utilize computer technology/software applications.**

Ability to attend to details in securing records.

Ability to use computerized search tools, databases and web-based tools.

Ability to plan and organize work assignments in order to meet deadlines.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Metadata Librarian
Location: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Salary: $96,970 to $148,967 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

Summary
This position serves as the Metadata Librarian and reports to the Chief of the Integrated Library System Program Office (ILSPO) in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Library Services. ILSPO manages enterprise-wide systems in support of the Library’s operations and mission to manage and provide access to the Library’s collections. ILSPO staff collaborates with staff in all service units to manage projects; recommend, develop, test, and implement technology solutions that comply with the Library’s established technical architecture and security requirements; support the creation, management, and distribution of the Library’s high-quality descriptive metadata; and ensure integration within the Library’s information technology environment.

This position is located in the Integrated Library System Program Office, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 360891 (GS-13) and 360892 (GS-14).

Responsibilities
GS-13 Duties: Develops routine specifications and mappings of data elements to ensure the metadata comply with existing metadata policies and standards and meet indexing requirements. With a developed expertise in the metadata technical standards and practices, plans and carries out the work, resolving most of the conflicts that arise, and integrates and coordinates the work with other library areas. Under the general direction of the division chief who sets the general objectives and indicates available resources, the incumbent plans and manages metadata projects, applying standard project management methodologies. Performs data integrity testing. Develops and manages project plans for metadata migration and maintenance. Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects and data sets. Develops data structures and access strategies in alignment with business and mission requirements for review by senior staff. Participates in the research, evaluation, development, and implementation of appropriate metadata standards for description, inventory, access, retrieval, preservation, and management of the Library’s collections, both analog and digital. Contributes to oral and written reports and presentations on metadata systems and issues of concern to senior managers. Produces analyses and evaluations of metadata and related projects. Serves as liaison with internal stakeholders. Participates on Library teams working on metadata and library system projects.

GS-14 Duties: Independently develops, plans, and manages complex metadata projects, applying standard project management methodologies. Develops and manages project plans for metadata migration and maintenance. Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects and data sets. Manages projects from conception through implementation applying best practices and library standards. Ensures clear and frequent communication with stakeholders and managers across the Library and with external stakeholders nationally and internationally. Serves as an expert in library metadata technical standards and practices. Oversees the development of specifications and mappings of data elements to ensure the metadata comply with existing metadata policies and standards and meet indexing requirements. Exercises (join this area up with the next line)considerable discretion and judgement concerning the interpretation and implementation of existing policy and makes analytical and technical decisions that lead to, or form the basis for major library policy on metadata by top management. Plans and coordinates the development of data structures and access strategies in alignment with business and mission requirements. Manages the research, evaluation, development, and implementation of appropriate metadata standards for description, inventory, access, retrieval, preservation, and management of the Library’s collections, both analog and digital. Prepares and delivers oral and written reports and presentations on metadata systems and issues of concern to senior managers and external stakeholders. Produces analyses and evaluations of metadata and related projects and presents them to stakeholders at all levels of the Library.

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 policies, procedures, applications, and practices related to metadata standards, mapping, transformation and management.**

Ability to perform program and project management functions related to library metadata, and provide advice and assistance to managers.**

Ability to evaluate and implement metadata standards.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others and provide consultation or liaison services.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Supervisor, Reference Team and Reading Room)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

The Reference and Reading Room Supervisor is a key member of the division’s administrative and management staff. Reporting directly to the Chief, the Reference and Reading Room Supervisor works highly independently, exercising judgment, making immediate decisions and taking necessary action in the position’s key areas. These include leading the staff, overseeing access to and research and reference use of the on-site and online collections, managing reference services and the rare and valuable vault collections, collections’ security and maintenance, and consultation and liaison services.

This position is located on the Reference Team, Geography and Map Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 307627.

Responsibilities
Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-13 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for the team to accomplish its work. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the stall’ supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes the team members’ performance, and demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides feedback and evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans and recommends personnel actions as needed. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests and timesheets. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of safety regulations.

Plans, establishes, and directs the Geography and Map Division’s reference program. Coordinates staff efforts related to geographic and cartographic reference and access services, instruction and training. Establishes policies and directs reference work involving all aspects of the collection and the furnishing of information via a wide variety of communication media to Members of Congress, other libraries, Federal agencies, professional organizations and institutions, scholars, members of the general public and the media. Receives routes and controls written and electronic reference inquiries directed to the reference librarians and reviews replies for responsiveness and quality.

Performs a broad range of technical information activities that require a substantial depth of analysis and the solving of problems in information access and dissemination in particularly difficult and responsible circumstances. Analyzes and responds to broad and complex researcher questions, requirements and priorities related to geographic and cartographic matters and suggests the most appropriate research strategies to implement. Directs researchers to the proper resources, services, specialist or reading room. Makes expert decisions on the sources that will best meet the researchers’ needs. Provides services to professional scholars, legislators and their staffs, candidates for advanced degrees, those involved in preserving historic maps and other geographic materials, documentary editors Journalists, publishers, multimedia producers, creators of digital products and staff of libraries, museums, historical societies and specialized research institution. Trains new staff and others outside the immediate work environment, familiarizing them with the sources, technical expertise and skills needed to conduct geographic and cartographic research. Oversees assistance given to the Geography and Map Division’s researchers on-site and remotely. Conducts research and analysis on geographic and cartographic topics, providing authoritative and definitive results. Performs information searches of a multifaceted and challenging nature, using familiarity with resources in the Library of Congress and primary source materials in other libraries, museums and academic institutions. Identifies, examines and analyzes major publications and electronic and other resources for their validity, relevance to research goals and applicability for in-depth and highly complex research. Uses an expert-level depth and breadth of subject area knowledge and the position of being a recognized expert or source of information in geography and cartography to prepare highly complex responses to inquiries and to respond to request for contributions to reports, research papers, publications and other materials. Defines and provides a framework for research activities, priorities, programs and resources for the Reference and Reading Room Team of the Division.

Initiates, establishes and maintains professional relationships with geographers, cartographers, librarians, historians, map collectors, documentary editors and others producing or obtaining materials in order to share resources and information. Serves as one of the principal liaisons for the division with research centers, map societies, other interested groups ami individuals, and at professional conferences, seminars and exhibits. Prepares articles for publication and presents papers at conferences, seminars or meetings on the collection of geographic and cartographic materials and the provisions of reference services. Uses an expert knowledge of geographic and cartographic materials as primary documentation and a comprehensive knowledge of the division’s collection and related collections in the Library and other institutions to provide outreach programs and tours for fellow professionals, scholars and the general public.

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 lead and supervise a diverse workforce.**

Knowledge of integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies.**

Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and develop solutions to plan and carry out library programs.**

Ability to plan, establish, and direct a library reference and research program.

Ability to provide consultation and liaison services.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Knowledge of geographic and cartographic reference and access services.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Supervisory Librarian
Location: Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Salary: $81,548 to $106,012 per year

Full vacancy announcement available at USAJOBS.

This position is located in Discovery Services Division, Copy Cataloging Department, Smithsonian Libraries (SIL), Smithsonian Institution (SI), located in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, DC.

The Smithsonian Libraries is a complex, research library system located within Smithsonian museums, research institutes and other offices in New York City, the Republic of Panama, and the Washington, D.C. area. The Supervisory Librarian (Head, Copy Cataloging) directs the copy cataloging of materials in all formats and leads efforts for the enrichment and maintenance of the Libraries’ bibliographic metadata and records. The incumbent works closely with the Head, Original Cataloging to ensure that data and records conform to local, national and international standards. The Head, Copy Cataloging implements and manages vendor-provided services for the receiving, physical processing, and cataloging of new purchased materials. The incumbent works closely with the Head, Acquisitions to ensure purchased and gift materials are available to researchers and the Institution in a timely manner. The Head, Copy Cataloging serves as a representative to the cataloging services contract, and collaborates to write specifications for vendor contracts and with funding proposals.

Responsibilities

  • Supervises staff members of the Smithsonian Libraries.
  • Plans, coordinates and supervises the department’s work: copy cataloging in all subjects, languages and physical formats; receiving and processing materials and records through vendor-supplied services; project management involving collaboration with contract and collections staff; and maintenance of the Libraries’
  • Collection records in SIRIS.
  • Leads and trains staff to resolve complex copy cataloging and post-cataloging data problems. Troubleshoots and resolves data integrity issues and errors.
  • Manages the supply and use of vendor-supplied bibliographic records, including working with vendors to provide catalog records that meet national and international standards. Develops and implements changes and improvements to cross-departmental workflows.

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