Seven Positions- Washington, DC

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

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines major duties of both the acquisition specialist and the cataloger. There is a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which cataloging or acquisitions functions are being performed. For example, staff selecting and cataloging materials from South America need knowledge of the Spanish language. The incumbent uses a specific foreign language to perform the following major duties:

  • Catalogs a variety of 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.
  • 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..
  • Obtains, analyzes, and organizes information using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices. Analyzes and organizes standard subject data to determine the relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries.
  • 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.
  • Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information.

Conditions of Employment
Basic Requirement:

All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education.

Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree;

or

A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

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 library metadata rules, practices, and procedures. **
  • Knowledge of library acquisitions rules, practices, and procedures. **
  • Ability to use library software applications, integrated library platforms, and other information/library technologies and tools. **
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships and provide consultation and liaison services.
  • Ability to communicate in English and French.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education
Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master’s in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.

Position: Librarian (Assistant Special Collections)
Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This announcement has an APPLICATION LIMIT of 150 applications. Therefore applicants should apply as soon as possible. If the 150 application limit is not met previously, the job announcement will close at 11:59 pm, on Friday, May 11, 2018. Applicants need to ensure they provide all supporting documentation at the time they apply to the vacancy announcement.

The National Gallery of Art serves the United States in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. As one of the foremost art reference libraries in the country, the Gallery library collections include more than 375,000 books and bound volumes of periodicals and auction catalogues. The image collections comprise 13 million photographs, slides, negatives, and digital images documenting the history of art. The incumbent is responsible for managing the collection development, discovery and research use of the library’s ephemera (vertical files), microforms, and special format materials. The incumbent also contributes to the library’s digitization program by creating digital versions of special collections materials.

Responsibilities
The incumbent:

  • Maintains the library’s special collections, especially vertical files and microforms.
  • Devises and implements policies and procedures for preservation, bibliographic control, access and security of special collection materials.
  • Creates bibliographic records and metadata and manages physical processing and labeling of special collection materials.
  • Participates in planning for future disposition, storage, and access to collections.
  • Supervises one student library technician and volunteers.
  • Prepares digital reproductions and accompanying metadata for special collections materials.
  • Oversees the functioning, use and maintenance of microform readers and scanning devices; monitors special collections project workflows and use of shared equipment, spaces, and resources; provides instruction to new users and training to fellow library staff on the use of these devices.
  • Proposes priorities for scanning and cataloging.
  • Provides support for research, serving curatorial staff, conservators, CASVA fellows, visiting scholars, and the general public; answers reference questions received in person, by telephone, and via e-mail.
  • Conducts orientation and instructional sessions to new readers on all library services, with particular emphasis on special collections.
  • Develops outreach strategies and programs to increase staff and public awareness of the library’s special collections resources.
  • Performs bibliographic searches in print and electronic resources.

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

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position reports to the Head, Reformatting Projects Section or the Head, Micrographics Project Section and is located in the Preservation Reformatting Division (PRD), Preservation Directorate. The Directorate is responsible for the long-term, uninterrupted access to the Library’s collections through a variety of preservation programs. The incumbent provides assistance to PRD programs and projects involving the digitization, processing, performing quality control, and managing of digital materials as part of the Library’s programs to preserve its digital collections and use digital technology to preserve content from analog materials. These programs are expected to rise in prominence as the role for preservation through analog reformatting technology is expected to decrease over time.

This position is located in the Library Services, Preservation Directorate, Preservation Reformatting Division, Reformatting Projects Section.

Responsibilities
Performs arrangement and description work in a limited 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 modifies existing records as appropriate. Consults with senior staff on a regular basis when correcting or significantly altering database entries.

Performs initial searching functions to locate and identify materials. Conducts searches on a limited variety of bibliographic files to identify and locate titles, editions, pages, serial volumes and issues, and reformatted versions in the Library and in other institutions.

Applies knowledge of a limited range of library rules, procedures, and operations to respond to a more routine range of 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 cameras 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.

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. Regularly consults senior staff when record inconsistencies are noted.

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 use computerized search tools, databases, and web-based tools.**

Knowledge of digital conversion principles, procedures, and operations.**

Ability to utilize computer technology/software applications.**

Ability to plan work and meet deadlines.

Knowledge of library processes and procedures.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Library Technician
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $37,113 to $48,249 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Iberia/Rio Office Section of the African, Latin American and Western European Division in the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate. The incumbent of this position performs major technician duties for the functions of acquisitions, cataloging, and serials control. The incumbent must be able to read, write, and understand English and Spanish, and may have knowledge of other Romance languages in order to perform library technician duties for materials from Europe and Latin America.

Responsibilities
Follows well-established procedures and specific instructions from the supervisor, and uses a variety of interrelated steps and procedures, to order and process different types of library materials from different acquisition sources.

Performs rudimentary searches of reference sources which may include print, automated files, and internal and external databases.

Receives, inspects, and processes library material in all formats received from all sources (governmental, exchange, gift, purchase). Learns to prepare acquisition acknowledgment letters. Assists in determining material that needs to be claimed and learns to issue appropriate claims to suppliers. Learns to process cancellations or adjustments to acquisition records.

Records receipts for specific types of serials, such as ink print periodicals, on the appropriate entry in online files. Learns to check in serials in other formats (e.g. bound volumes, microforms, CD-ROMs). Stamps materials with the appropriate acquisition stamp and date.

Opens, sorts, and processes incoming mail, including regular, registered, certified and freight mail. Promptly forwards misrouted mail to its correct destination. Ensures prompt delivery of time-sensitive mail. Maintains supplies and performs basic equipment maintenance.

Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Updates and inputs data and records based on annotations prepared by senior staff. Adds copies to the database, transcribes the correct call number in the item, adds holdings to the file, and assigns copies to the reference or custodial collections.

Works with a trainer to learn to create and revise bibliographic control records, including initial bibliographic control records (IBCRs). Receives training in content designation for newly created and updated bibliographic records. With the assistance of a designated trainer, learns to perform database maintenance including modifications, updates, and corrections. Refers problems and items needing authority work to senior staff.

Receives extensive training in library rules, procedures, and operations, in order to process library collections. Distinguishes the type of material, and separates and properly distributes all types of library collection items for processing. Completes appropriate forms for accessioning, recording, and statistical reports. Using large bibliographic databases receives and sorts materials into bound and unbound categories. Checks in materials. Prepares materials for digital conversion or binding. Attaches labels. Disposes of items not considered useful for library programs.

Performs routine searches of various computer and card catalogs and files to locate and/or verify bibliographic or acquisitions data in support of various library functions for acquisitions and cataloging. Efficiently searches specialized online databases, such as library-related databases including LC/ILS, ISSN, and OCLC to locate records for material in hand.

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 read, write and understand English and Spanish in order to perform Library Technician duties for materials from Europe and Latin America.**

Knowledge of library acquisitions and cataloging rules, practices and procedures.**

Ability to perform library functions that support the unit or section.

Ability to use an Integrated Library System (ILS), computerized search tools, databases and other computer applications.

Ability to communicate in writing.

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

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Assistant Project Managers
Location: LAC Federal, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Federal is seeking Assistant Project Managers to work at a major Federal library in the Washington, DC area overseeing a dynamic and geographically disperse team of library technicians and material handlers in a high demand environment. Each Assistant Project Manager will have responsibility for one of four technical areas including accessioning of new acquisition, collections maintenance, serials bindery and preservation, and inventory management. Must have strong technical background in supervising and managing the work of library technicians, clerks, and other staff and have the ability to write standard operating procedures, manuals and statistical reports using databases and spreadsheets such as Microsoft Access and Excel.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2 years of prior experience working in a law library of over one million volumes
  • 2 years of prior experience in one of the four technical areas (accessioning, collections maintenance, serials bindery/preservation, inventory management).
  • Demonstrated experience in reviewing the work of others as well as library technical services (circulation, retrieval, collection maintenance).
  • Exemplary project-based supervisory skills and experience
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed
  • Ability to address performance and personnel issues
  • Ability to compile statistical data to produce daily, weekly, monthly and annual reports
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are proficient in at least one foreign language and who are able transliterate using Romanization tables.

Position: Library Technician
Location: LAC Federal, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Federal is seeking Library Technicians to work on-site at a major Federal library in the Washington, DC. We are seeking technicians to work in one of four technical service areas: accessioning of new acquisition, collections maintenance, serials bindery and preservation, and inventory management. Must show strong attention to detail and an ability work without direct supervision. Staff are need who can work nights and weekends.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 6 months of prior experience working in a law library of over 500,000 volumes (preferred) or similar experience at any library
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions and organize large quantities of materials
  • Experience retrieving and refiling library materials according to the Library of Congress Classification System.
  • Demonstrated experience in at least one of the four (4) library technical services areas (accessioning, collections maintenance, preservation, inventory control).
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are proficient in at least one foreign language and who are able transliterate using Romanization tables.

Position: Library Project Manager
Location: LAC Federal, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Federal is seeking a Project Manager to work at a major Federal library in the Washington, DC area overseeing a dynamic and geographically disperse team of library technicians and material handlers in a high demand environment. Must have strong technical background in supervising and managing the work of library technicians, clerks, and other staff and have the ability to write standard operating procedures, manuals and statistical reports using databases and spreadsheets such as Microsoft Access and Excel.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1 year of prior experience working in a law library of over one million volumes
  • 1 year of prior experience working with the Voyager Integrated Library System (ILS)
  • Ability to manage collection maintenance operations
  • At least 1 year of experience as supervisory training staff, reviewing the work of others
  • Exemplary project-based supervisory skills and experience
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed
  • Ability to address performance and personnel issues
  • Ability to compile statistical data to produce daily, weekly, monthly and annual reports
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

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