Four Positions — Washington, D.C.

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.

This position located in the Middle East Section, Asian and Middle Eastern Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 058498.

Responsibilities
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. 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.

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 order 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.

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 accordance 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 in order 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.

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.**

Ability to communicate in English and to read and understand materials in the Mongolian language (e.g., the Cyrillic alphabet and the traditional, vertical Mongolian alphabet).**

Ability to use library software applications, integrated library platforms, and other information.**

Knowledge of library acquisitions rules, practices, and procedures.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to develop and maintain relationships and provide consultation and liaison services.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Archivist (Digital)
Location: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The incumbent is responsible for collecting, managing, preserving and providing access to digitized and born digital content.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with Museum staff to develop projects to collect, manage, preserve and provide access to digitized and born digital content;
  • Explores new and innovative approaches to archival functions, including enhanced use of technology and sharing expertise and authority, to support outreach and collaboration.
  • Establishes policies, procedures and priorities for digital preservation and acquisition of born digital content and assists in the development and use of digital preservation and electronic records management tools and training.
  • Applies knowledge of basic archival principles, methods, and procedures and historical research methods, using subject content matter and interrelationships to appraise, access, arrange and describe records and historic documents, in all media, bringing logical order to the material and making it usable and accessible to scholars, researchers and NMAH staff.
  • Assures proper care and preservation of the collection, and to promote use of the collection by scholars and the public. Researches intellectual and cultural property rights as they pertain to archival records and requests.
    Works in collaboration with internal and external partners to develop and support digital preservation, digitization and digital access projects through writing grant proposals and managing funded projects.

Position: Librarian (Technical Services)
Location: Government Publishing Office, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This vacancy announcement will be open from Date to Date or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

This position is part of the Library Services and Content Management, Government Publishing Office in Washington , District of Columbia.

The Selectee will work shift 1 Monday- Friday and a tour of duty from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

This position is located in Library Services and Content Management (LSCM), Library Technical Information Services (LTIS). The mission of LSCM is to administer a variety of GPO initiatives including the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Cataloging and Indexing Program (C&I), the International Exchange Services (IES) and the By-Law Program.

Responsibilities
As a Librarian (Technical Services), your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Life cycle management of Federal Government publications: performs a wide variety of technical services tasks associated with all aspects of life cycle management of government information within LTS. Work specifically requires the incumbent to learn workflows including processes and procedures associated with content acquisitions, bibliographic control, library technical services support, serials management and quality control.
  • Content Acquisitions: identifies appropriate Federal Government information resources (monographs, serials, and other formats) to be acquired for all Programs in LSCM. Performs outreach functions, including contacting agencies and monitoring agency Web sites, in order to identify, acquire and process Federal Government information products. Determines the formats and quantities to acquire for various Programs.
  • Bibliographic Control: catalogs U.S. Government publications in tangible and electronic formats. In doing so, incumbent performs original and derived (copy cataloging) to include descriptive and subject cataloging, PURL assignments, and archiving tasks.
  • Library Technical Services Support: uses the ILS application (Ex Libris, Aleph 500), including the acquisitions, bibliographic control and serials modules and other services associated with ILS (OPAC-Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, http://catalog.gpo.gov). Uses the ILS to perform day-to-day work to catalog, acquire and process information products. This includes performing research and problem resolution, performing quality control of data captured in each module of the ILS. Performs classification of acquired information products using the Superintendent of Documents classification system and assigns Federal depository item numbers for Federal Depository Library acquisitions purposes. Uses knowledge of library technical service processes to make contributions to improve library technical services (LTS) operations. This includes, but not be limited to, the creation of documentation, evaluations of workflows and processes for enhancements in order to improve services for customers in the area of LTS responsibility (askGPO, WEB Tech Notes, ILS, and CGP).
  • Serials Management: identifies information products that are serials and processes accordingly. This includes performing serials check-in using the ILS. Researches and locates missing serial titles including individual issues to fill gaps in the CGP. Under direction of the Administrative Librarian for Serials, works to resolve routine problems in serials control involving bibliographic records and holdings. Creates brief bibliographic records for serials.
  • Customer Outreach: handles inquiries from libraries in the FDLP via Ask-GPO by researching and answering questions concerning issues related to acquisitions, cataloging, serials control and information product processing.
  • Perform Team Assignments: serves on cross-organizational teams and works on projects and tasks assignments related to application/tool development, quality control and business process improvement initiatives.

Position: Digital Archive & Library Systems Administrator
Location: National Geographic, Washington, DC

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Summary
The Digital Archive & Library Systems Administrator is responsible for the optimal technology design, configuration, and management of all digital archives, integrated library systems, collections and asset management systems owned or operated by National Geographic Society. The position will work closely with the NGS Library & Archives, media content producers, and Information Technology teams to ensure that data, applications, and day-to-day support/administration is delivered with a high level of expertise, reliability, and customer satisfaction.

The position will serve as subject matter expert in digital archive, integrated library systems, and collections management software, standards, and operating procedures, and will provide both day-to-day and project-related technology support in these areas as needed. This includes digital preservation, core library and collections systems, metadata and taxonomy management, ingest/submission, workflow design/build, systems administration and engineering, testing and troubleshooting as well as product/industry monitoring and new release tracking. The position will additionally participate in supporting enterprise digital asset management systems in a secondary or backup administrator capacity, ensuring the appropriate level of integration with digital archive systems is established to meet the needs of media content producers, general staff, and business partners. The position is responsible for establishing quality assurance standards and managing quality control for digital files and metadata across all systems, including appropriate levels of documentation, training, and reporting to ensure that assets are managed in alignment with best practices and organizational priorities.

Located within the Information Technology department, the position ensures that all systems are aligned and consistent with corporate security policies, enterprise IT strategies and plans. Participates in operational support procedures with colleagues and managed service providers, taking ownership of incident tickets and service requests, and leading activities such as routine maintenance, pro-active testing, and security audits.

Responsibilities

Digital Archive & Library Systems (60%)

  • Works with Library & Archive staff to ensure that digital archives and library management systems are designed, operated, and managed throughout their lifecycles to reflect industry best practices and drive organizational priorities.
  • Performs technical administration duties required to maintain the systems, including application configuration, system administration, patches/upgrades, etc.
  • Performs application and infrastructure engineering tasks required to optimize and enhance the systems, including workflow design, scripting, database queries, automation/orchestration, etc.
  • Leads migration of content from legacy systems into new collection management ecosystem, and works with metadata specialists to export and map data into new system configuration.
  • Optimizes collections for discovery via Primo, in coordination with library and archives staff.
  • Works with IT infrastructure and operations teams to ensure that the systems are configured and managed with appropriate levels of processing/storage/network capacity, data protection / disaster recovery, and security compliance. Works with service desk and technical support teams to ensure proper response/resolution/fulfillment of incidents, service requests, and change management procedures.
  • Works with library and archives team to identify and track statistics/metrics for library, archives, and media systems, including collection and resource use, retention schedules, and preservation assessment.

Digital Asset Management Systems (20%)

  • Works with media content producers to ensure that digital asset management systems are designed, operated, and managed throughout their lifecycles to reflect industry best practices and drive organizational priorities.
  • Performs technical administration duties required to maintain the systems, including application configuration, system administration, patches/upgrades, etc.
  • Performs application and infrastructure engineering tasks required to optimize and enhance the systems, including workflow design, scripting, database queries, automation/orchestration, etc.
  • Works with IT infrastructure and operations teams to ensure that the systems are configured and managed with appropriate levels of processing/storage/network capacity, data protection, and security compliance. Works with service desk and technical support teams to ensure proper response/resolution/fulfillment of incidents, service requests, and change management procedures.

Enterprise Management and IT (20%)

  • Establishes, monitors, and enforces metadata and quality control standards and procedures for all data/assets stored within the systems, and ensures alignment with IT operating procedures/frameworks as well as the information security policy.
  • Leads and supports all data/systems integrations with other enterprise technology platforms and processes, including identity management, CRM, and data protection.
  • Leads or participates in appropriate customer-facing steering committees and internal technology working groups as needed.
  • Monitors benchmarks, trends, and product developments to anticipate change, minimize risk, and identify opportunities for growth.

Minimum Education Required

Master’s degree in Library/Information Science, Computer Science or related discipline, or equivalent experience. Ex Libris Alma Certification (or willingness to become certified) is required. ITIL v3 certification a plus.

Minimum Years and Type of Experience

At least seven years working with digital archive/preservation technologies and/or integrated library systems, preferably in a special collections or university environment. Experience working with enterprise digital asset management systems and support operations a plus.

Knowledge and Skills Required

Expertise in managing Ex Libris product environments including Rosetta DAM, Alma ILS, Primo discovery platform, as well as Axiell AdLib or other collections management software. Deep knowledge of archival community and metadata content, structure, and preservation standards including MARC, Dublin Core, OAI-PMH, EAD, DACS, METS, MODS, PREMIS, RDA, etc. as well as taxonomy integration and data mapping. Working knowledge of digital asset management systems, including ingest and distribution, workflow design, rights management and access control. Experience with scripting/automation/orchestration and integration with other enterprise platforms in SaaS/PaaS/IaaS environments using APIs, web services, XML, JSON, etc. Experience supporting additional library systems including OCLC, EZ Proxy, Worldcat/Worldshare ILL, SpringShare LibGuides website, subject guides and database A-Z, Proquest Syndetics Unbound and 360 Core.

Broad knowledge of server, database, and storage infrastructures both on-premise and in the cloud, and ability to perform hands-on database and server administration/engineering. Familiarity with information security and IT service management concepts and processes.

Ability to function in a dynamic environment subject to changes in schedules and priorities. Ability to participate in multiple projects concurrently from inception to completion with limited management supervision. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to interact positively and productively with teams across organizational lines. Strong customer service, troubleshooting and problem solving a must.

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