Position: Librarian (Loan)
Location: General and International Collections Directorate, Researcher and Reference Services Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $57,510 to $74,759 per year
Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.
This position is located in the General and International Collections Directorate, Researcher and Reference Services Division.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
The position description number for this vacancy is 063873.
The incumbent for this position will work fixed schedule of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The incumbent serves as a Reference Specialist providing essential and critical collection services primarily to off-site users of the Library’s collections including Members of Congress, Congressional staff, other government agencies, the Court, and other Libraries through the Library of Congress’s inter-library loan program.
Provides reference services to varied constituents, including Members of Congress and their staffs, other libraries within the United States as well as internationally in support of the Library’s inter-library loan program. Determines needs through telephone interviews and or written requests, where the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are readily accessible, such as those found within the library’s collection or that can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures. Engages in an extensive telephone interaction with Congressional borrowers. Responds orally and or in writing to inquiries related to assigned field of responsibility.
Performs extensive references searches for materials that cannot be located through standard search procedures. Requests assistance from higher-level staff to locate materials that are not readily accessible. Develops and maintains current knowledge of resources in other agencies and or institutions in order to provide informed referrals. Assists patrons with specialized collections requests. Uses knowledge of these collections, the patron, and the subject matter to complete a request.
Coordinates proper purchasing information, correct bibliographic identification, and correct coding in the information system. Provides collection services and deals with non-technical products that are of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired, and consults the acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase.
Develops all or a portion of the collections acquired by Researcher and Reference Services Division including books, X copies, travel guides, and other items in support of the Library’s congressional, inter-library loan and other programs. Participates in decisions related to the need to digitize items in response to requests. Reviews recommendations for acquisitions in order to identify processing and custodial requirements as well as to identify acquisition of out-of-scope materials. Cultivates and maintains liaison with recommending officials and subject-matter specialists in order to understand their requirements and needs.
Documents and prepares complete preliminary inventories for the records of an agency having a limited variety of functions and a fairly stable organizational and administrative history. Provides curatorial services utilizing the basic collection knowledge, working familiarity with a standard bibliography, and the ability to perform basic historical and technical research. Provides accurate, competent research guidance and special reference services and assists with the full range of reference, collections development, processing and preservation duties in the designated area.
Develops and maintains personal contracts and cooperative work relationships with all clients including congressional offices, inter-library loan partners, Library units, and other specialists in order to provide and or exchange information. Presents information to groups and individuals with a similar understanding of the subject. Conducts tours, workshops and orientation sessions for constituent groups. Represents the organization at conferences, seminars and exhibits. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields for the purpose of professional development.