Two Positions: Washington, DC & Maryland

Position: Reference Librarian (Southeast Asia or South Asia)
Location: Scholarly Services Section, Asian Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Library Services., Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Scholarly Services Section, Asian Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 012535.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

The divisions in General and International Collections are the Library’s primary gateway to the collections and reference services dealing with the non-English-speaking world. Reference librarians in these divisions provide assistance to researchers in the culture, history, literature, politics, political structure, economies, humanities, and social sciences of these countries and regions. Clients include Congress, foreign and U.S. Government agencies, national and international academics and scholars, research and scientific institutions, the professional and business communities, and the general public. Librarians respond to inquiries that are received in person, by telephone, by correspondence and by electronic media.

Reviews various brochures, catalogs, journals, and other sources of items for possible acquisition to develop collections in areas of subject or geographic responsibility. Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments, which may involve materials in multiple languages and writing systems.

Assists senior reference staff in determining the quality and usefulness of collection materials. Assists in developing strategies for the organization, storage, preservation, and service of materials.

Monitors the condition of collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards and specifications. Brings deteriorating items and those with special needs to the attention of division management. Orients users and explains procedures and regulations governing use and handling of materials in the collection.

Provides reference and instruction to individual researchers and groups where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews in person or over the telephone, or from written requests, and the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are readily-accessible, i.e., found in the Library’s collection or can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures.

Provides in-person and telephone reference services in a reading room. Responds orally or in writing to inquiries related to assigned field of responsibility. Searches standard databases where the information is relatively stable, such as for bibliographic citations of a general nature. Seeks assistance for locating materials that are not readily accessible.

Develops knowledge of resources in other agencies or institutions to provide informed referrals. Assists patrons with specialized collections under the direction of senior staff.

Coordinates the acquisition of items of limited technical complexity, or those easily acquired. Consults acquisition policies to determine whether items are appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify out-of-scope materials.

Maintains liaison with recommending officers and subject specialists to coordinate acquisition of materials. Provides proper purchasing information and correct bibliographic identification to dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, exchange partners, etc. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material.

Assists in preparing research guides and finding aids on specific topics of recognized client interest using standard search strategies. Assists senior librarians in revising or updating research materials.

Identifies foreign and international print and electronic resources in a field of specialty to address user needs that are easily determined from interviews or written requests. Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity. Prepares and updates standard guides to specialized collections and resources.

Position: Library Associate
Location: Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD
Salary: $14.21 – $16.35 (Hourly Wage)

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The Library Associate provides customer service at the Library circulation desk and performs a wide range of technical services functions. Duties include, but are not limited to, registering new Library patrons, checking books and other computer and digital equipment in and out, collecting fines and fees, creating student ID cards, and other tasks associated with the circulation desk; assisting and instructing patrons in the use of computer workstations, printers, and other equipment; assisting library users with Microsoft software applications on HCC systems; cataloging library materials in multiple formats; facilitating interlibrary sharing and borrowing; data entry; and other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Work schedule is up to 20 hours per week, to include day, evening and weekend hours.

An associate’s degree and a minimum of two years of library or related paraprofessional, customer service experience are required. Intermediate-level ability to trouble-shoot computers and printers in a Windows environment; and excellent communication skills are also required. Knowledge of library-specific computerized systems such as Integrated Library Systems (ILS) and national databases such as OCLC is desired.

Physical requirements include the ability to shelve books, including the ability to lift up to 10 lbs. overhead, stand and stoop for extended periods, and go up and down a step ladder multiple time.

For best consideration apply online by January 29, 2019.