Two Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Library Technician (Copyright)
Location: United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $37,113 to $48,249 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. Within the United States Copyright Office, the Office of Public Records and Repositories preserves, maintains, and services copyright-related records in physical and digital formats. The Library Technician prepares records for long-term storage, and retrieves and transports records in the Records Management Section

The United States Copyright Office, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Law; advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registration system; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world’s largest database of copyright public records; and provides information and reference services to the public.

Staff of the Office of Public Records and Repositories retrieve materials for court cases, perform searches and write search reports based on registered materials and other copyright records, provide certified and non-certified copies of copyright deposits, additional certificates and other copyright records, maintain the official records of the office, and respond to inspection requests from members of the public or Congress.

The position description number for this position is 354221.

This position has promotion potential to GS-06.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Provides support to public service librarians or other staff members assigned to work in the reading room. Charges records materials in and out of their assigned locations using manual and automated systems, and shelves library and records materials in proper sequence. Retrieves patron requested materials from storage. Routes collections, records or materials to other organizations as required. Validates the internal or external routing of materials, securing items prior to routing or transporting to ensure safe delivery. Ensures materials are transported using secure conveyances. Inspects materials while handling them, and notifies supervisor or librarians of condition of materials needing attention. Identifies and prepares library materials (such as unbound periodicals and books needing repairs) for binding or rebinding. Repairs minor damage to print materials.

Posts official record changes or updates in manual or automated records or files. Conducts limited bibliographic searches of data bases. Verifies bibliographic citations.

Ensures materials are stored according to established archival storage standards, properly labeling storage containers as directed and ensures materials within containers is listed on required manifest sheets, or, is contained within a properly configured, labeled, and cataloged container.

Assists in locating records, personally conducting searches for records. Prepares equipment to accept standard and non-standard records. Answers routine questions regarding policies and procedures. Performs basic cataloging indexing duties.

Other duties as assigned.

Position: Data Acquisitions Librarian (Knowledge Analyst)
Location: Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC

Originally posted on the iSchool Discussion listserv.

Position Description
The Knowledge Analyst participates in technical operations in the area of data and information acquisition, management, analysis or dissemination. The analyst provides analytical support to economists and other professionals at the Board and in the System. The support includes research and data services, information analysis, and contributions to the design and maintenance of metadata and knowledge management solutions.

Position Requirements
The Research Library at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is seeking a Data Acquisitions Librarian (within the Knowledge Analyst job family).

As the central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve’s mission is to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. As a Federal Reserve staff member, you will play a critical role in accomplishing this mission.

Research at the Federal Reserve Board is data intensive and time-sensitive. The Research Library, with a full-time staff of 16 librarians and 2 technicians, offers a full array of desktop and customized library services to the approximately 2,700 staff members at the Board. More than 400 of the Board’s staff are Ph.D. economists, and many more participate in the Board’s research efforts.

For a portfolio of specific data and electronic subscription resources and subject areas, the data acquisitions librarian conducts reference interviews to learn about new data needs, maintains strong relationships with content vendors and data providers, negotiates both renewal of existing licenses and new licenses, arranges training, works with metadata librarians to ensure cataloging and access to data, and assists managers with budget projections. The librarian works with four colleagues engaged in similar activities including:

  • Actively coordinating multiple contracts concurrently, assuring that acquisitions are completed to meet time-critical research needs.
  • Working closely and communicating effectively with staff throughout the acquisitions process, including economists, vendors, managers and Board administrative, technical, procurement and legal staff.
  • Meeting with vendors to understand the products and data available, communicating information to Board researchers, negotiating agreements, reviewing and editing contract documents, and preparing memos justifying purchases.
  • Representing the interests of the Board in the development of consortial agreements within the Federal Reserve System, comprised of the Board and twelve Reserve Banks.
  • Advising management and end users on copyright and data usage restrictions including participation on the Library’s Data Review Team which ensures data used in projects are in compliance with license terms.