Five Positions: Washington, DC & Virginia

Position: Library Clerk (Preservation Technician)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $47,016 to $61,122 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Book Conservation Section, Conservation Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services.

This position is located in the Preservation Directorate of Library Services and can be used in Collections Conservation Section of the Binding and Collections Care Division and in any section of the Conservation Division. To assure long-term access to collections, the Library regularly labels, binds, repairs and provides custom protective enclosures for new acquisitions, at-risk materials, and fragile and damaged media in all formats. The incumbent works under the direction of the Head, Book Conservation Section, performs repairs, and constructs housing and protective enclosures for the Library’s collections.

Serves as a point of contact for most technical aspects involved in performing the preservation and maintenance of collection materials. Uses an automated box-making system to construct custom-fitted enclosures for Library materials from the permanent research collections for which binding, repair, or other physical treatments are inappropriate. Houses materials by hand using protective enclosures, such as folders, envelopes, sleeves, and polyester encapsulations.

Determines the appropriate boxes, archival boards, and other materials needed to construct housings for the collections.

Performs all levels of repair, such as tipping-in or hinging-in of loose leaves and replacement pages; dry cleaning; tightening hinges; repairing paper using heat-set tissue or Japanese paper; repairing spines; re-casing; and providing new covers.

When needed, conducts advanced treatments to collection materials, such as text block consolidating, board attaching, consolidating leather, and non-aqueous de-acidifying. Humidifies and flattens materials as appropriate and constructs pockets to house accompanying material. Performs a variety of chemical tests and analytical procedures to determine the stability of pigment, inks, or other media. Performs quality assurance on the full range of treatments performed in the Section.

Ensures that the equipment is in optimum working order. Coordinates equipment usage with mechanical repair to ensure optimum working level. Demonstrates troubleshooting techniques for malfunctioning equipment to others.

Maintains extensive records on the use of equipment and problems with equipment and reports all malfunctions. Equipment used may include board shears, guillotine cutter, book presses, computers, ultrasonic or heat welding equipment, fume hood, pressure and spray equipment for de-acidification preparation, sewing frames, or automated box-making machines.

Performs special searches of various computer and card catalogs and files to locate and/or verify bibliographic data in support of various preservation functions, to verify entry or call number, and to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole.

Determines and enters bibliographic information into the computer following established policies and guidelines.

Attends meetings and participates more actively in individual and group discussions. Demonstrates independence in being able to respond to questions of a more difficult nature from the custodial divisions. Prepares and delivers more detailed oral presentations. Also participates on Library committees such as the Library-wide disaster preparedness and response efforts.

Drafts letters that require original wording and translates information into terms understandable by others. Corresponds with others via e-mail, memoranda, and other documents related to the business of the division or section. Operates computer word processing applications. Prepares statistical reports and assists in compiling other special statistics or documents.

Performs other duties as assigned.

The position description number for this position is 062254.

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.

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 preservation techniques for library collection materials.**
  • Ability to use computerized search tools, databases, and other computer applications.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and execute work within specified deadlines.**
  • Ability to operate and maintain specialized equipment.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Librarian (Collection Development)
Location: Government Publishing Office, Washington, DC
Salary: $99,172 to $128,920 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Selectee will work Shift-1 Monday- Friday and a tour of duty from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

The mission of Library Services and Content Management 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.

Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement.

As a Librarian (Collection Development), your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Leads efforts and engages in extensive outreach to Federal agency publishing officials to ensure that Federal agencies maintain an awareness of GPO’s and the FDLP’s mission in information dissemination.
  • Serves as subject matter expert on all issues related to discovery, acquisitions and collection development. Responds to complex questions related to collection development and provides advice on policy, procedure and practice to LSCM and GPO staff.
  • Provides guidance and direction to staff in applying collection development practices for the life-cycle processes for Federal information resources/publications in all of LSCM collections including FDsys/, materials harvested or made available through the FDLP Electronic Collection, collections accessible through the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP), material acquired for the Cataloging & Indexing (C&I), Program, and the distributed collections accessible through the FDLP.
  • Leads the Collection Development Working Group. The group is comprised of staff from Library Technical Services, the Preservation Librarian and staff working on the FDLP digital collections, LSCM Archival staff, and GPO Program, Strategy and Technology (PST) staff to coordinate the discovery and acquisitions of fugitive and historic in-scope content for all information dissemination programs.
  • Maintains, monitors, and modifies operating procedures, desk guides, and instructions and key documents related to collection development,such as GPO’s System of Online Action: Collection Development Plan and internal guidance such as LSCM’s Guidance G400.1, Guidelines for Acquiring Information Products for the FDLP and Cataloging and Indexing Programs: Basic Criteria.
  • Recommends collection development priorities and changes to collection development policy and procedure to the Chief, Library Technical Services and LSCM Management.
  • Serves as a Subject Matter Expert for key tools related to collection development in LSCM; DSIMS (Depository Stem and Item Management System), FDLP eXchange and the acquisitions module of the Integrated Library System, Aleph 500. Works with the Systems staff in Projects and Systems, Supervisory Technical Services Librarians and others to coordinate the maintenance of data and handling of problems/issues with the various tools used in collection development work. Helps to coordinate the training of LSCM staff on the use of these tools.
  • Responsible for working with LSCM staff and GPO Public Relations Office to identify and acquire Federal information resources/publications materials to promote on a quarterly basis for inclusion into FDsys/, and other miscellaneous resources, such as GovBook Talk blog.
  • Designs and independently executes a variety of short and long-term projects related to collection development for all LSCM programs.
  • Maintains active communication with Federal agency publishing officials to develop an expert knowledge of trends and practices in Federal agency publishing, including the use of emerging technologies for information dissemination.

Position: Supervisory Librarian
Location: Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, Library and Research Services Division, Washington, DC
Salary: $137,849 to $166,500 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, Library and Research Services Division. The incumbent will serve as the Division Director, providing the full range of leadership, policy guidance, expert advisory services to senior management officials and political appointees in the area of library and research services and providing reference, research, and technical services to all EOP components.

As a Supervisory Librarian, GS-1410-15, your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Promotes professional development and excellence in subordinates by guiding, coaching, mentoring, counseling, and disciplining subordinates as required.
  • Manages subordinate supervisors that are responsible for providing reference service, literature searches and bibliographies, utilizing both printed resources and on-line databases; circulation and inter-library loan services, professional journals and other bibliographic sources for announcements of significant new studies/reports.
  • Serves as the Principal Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer for developing and monitoring the execution of plans, policies, and procedures for the management of the Library and Research Services Division.
  • Directs the administration and management of all policy, standards development, and operation for the management of information and research resources and services in support of the agency requirements.
  • Oversees the selection of information resources in the subject areas related to economics, political science, U.S. government, law, public administration, international relations, business administration, and management.
  • Serves as the Principal Expert, for the development of comprehensive plans regarding information and research resources and library initiatives that are innovative, efficient and economical, and are essential to the accomplish the agency’s missions.
  • Represents the agency at a variety of meetings, conferences, inter-agency group meetings and various ad-hoc work groups presenting ideas, conclusions, and recommendations in an effective manner.
    Travel Required

Position: Library Technician NF-02
Location: Army Installation Management Command, Fort Myer, VA
Salary: $15 to $18.50 per hour

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

The Area of Consideration for this vacancy announcement is Local. (Military Spouse Preference (MSP) and Involuntarily Separated Military Preference (ISMP) eligible candidates are included in the area of consideration.)

This position is located at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH)

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  • Provides technician support by performing a wide variety of direct services to the public
  • Registers patrons, charges/discharges materials, processes overdues and reserves, assists with interlibrary loans and reserves, shelves library materials, prepares displays, programs activities
  • Answers basic reference questions, and assists customers in locating materials; and/or provides technical services support in a variety of functions: basic/copy cataloging, ordering/receiving/processing and de-acquisitioning of library materials.
  • Assists in maintaining accountability records and in performing shelf inventories.
  • Performs simple maintenance on the library’s automated systems.
  • Incumbent may perform physical exertion such as long periods of standing, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, pushing of loaded trucks; and recurring lifting of heavy items such as boxes of books or journals.

Position: Librarian (LAW) – DE
Location: Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA
Salary: $99,172 to $128,920 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Jobs Website.

Office Overview
This position is located in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Office of the Solicitor. The Office of the Solicitor (SO) acts as legal counsel to the USPTO on intellectual property (IP) law matters and also works in collaboration with the Department of Commerce on interagency intellectual property law matters. The SO Law Library serves as a repository of resources on U.S. intellectual property law and provides professional librarian services in support of USPTO litigation and other mission-related research and information requirements.

The individual selected for this position will…

  • Provide professional librarian services to SO attorneys and other staff responsible for delivering timely and quality reference and research assistance, training, and information products and services to meet the needs of SO attorneys and to act as a liaison with other USPTO librarians.
  • Analyze research requests; independently devise appropriate search strategies; conduct in depth, highly specific information searches spanning a full range of information resources and interchanges; analyze and evaluate results, skillfully sorting out references which establish and support arguments; and prepare reports (with recommendations) on the results of research efforts.
  • Oversee research and information requests, and develops and maintains SO’s knowledge management website and database(s).
  • Evaluate the law library collection to determine materials needed, review collection for replacement of obsolete and worn materials, and recommend changes to collection policies and practices.
  • Develop library organizational goals, policies, and procedures, and ideas for program improvements. Evaluate library services and resources and assesses changing needs.
  • Teach research techniques to library customers, provide guidance on how to access information, and provide expert technical assistance on automated approaches to research problems.
  • Serves as a member of advisory committees and panels in support of the SO Library and other special projects.