Four Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Chief, Serial and Government Publications (Supervisory Librarian)
Location: Serial and Government Publications Division, General and International Collections, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $142,701 to $170,800

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Serial and Government Publications Division, General and International Collections, Library Services.
he position description number for this position is 65187.
This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.
The incumbent will work a flexitime work schedule.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Responsibilities
The Serial and Government Publication Division at the Library of Congress is one of the world’s great hubs for access to and research of newspapers, magazines, journals, comics, and government publications. The division maintains one of the largest and most comprehensive newspaper collections in the world, spanning four centuries of local, national and international people and events. The division oversees the flagship service ‘Chronicling America’, the product of an on-going partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress, a website and searchable database providing access to historic U.S. newspapers. The division is also home to the largest publicly available collection of comic books in the United States, starting from the ‘Golden Age’ in the 1930s up to present day copyright and independent publisher titles. The division also makes available some 55,000 current foreign and domestic serial titles on a daily basis. Additionally, the division collects and serves current U.S. federal, state, municipal, and foreign and international serial government publications in Western European languages. These collections and expert assistance are available online and onsite in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room which won the Washington City Paper ‘Best of D.C. 2019’ award for ‘Best Place to Learn About the Past’.

The Chief of Serial and Government Publication Division is a senior management position at the Library of Congress, responsible for bringing vision, leadership, and innovation to the role. The Chief provides national leadership in the fields of research, reference, and information science as they relate to the division’s collections and services, and represents the library at national and international meetings, events, and programs. The role involves setting strategies to organize, digitize and make content and information accessible; ensuring community-based engagement and diversity in collections development for the national library; implementing innovative onsite and online user experiences that support traditional and evolving forms of research; and pursuing creative and practical channels for increasing user engagement with the Library, its staff, and collections.

The Chief of the Serial and Government Publications Division is responsible for the custodial collection management, development, preservation, security, and service of those collections in the Division’s custody including, bound serial collections, government publications, periodicals, Federal Advisory Committee Collection, Federal Agencies Collection, newspaper collections (including the 18th century and other Gold-level newspaper collections), a Gold-level comic book collection, and other custodial collections in print, non-print, and electronic formats, as well as the related reference and information services to the Library’s many constituencies, including Members of Congress and their staff, the Congressional Research Service, representatives of other government agencies, the general public, scholars, researchers, academic institutions and others. The incumbent serves as the senior advisor to the Director, General and International Collections, on all matters pertaining devising and implementing policies, procedures, and methods relating to custodial collection management, development, preservation and security efforts to ensure compliance with U.S. Government and Library-wide polices of service and access to public and sensitive Library collections.

In accordance with established Library of Congress procedures, regulations and collective bargaining agreements, the Chief sets policy for and has broad administrative supervision of the division. Supervises and directs the work of a group of employees performing work at the GS-14 level (the assistant chief and the heads of the reference, newspaper and government publications and periodicals sections), as well as other administrative staff.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including Members of Congress and their staff, other legislative and executive agencies, world-class scholars, and managers of other libraries and information providers. Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with other agency or department management and officials. Serves as a principal liaison for the organization at professional conferences, seminars, and exhibits, and with other cultural, academic and government agencies.

Position: Librarian (Preservation Specialist)
Location: Paper Conservation Section, Conservation Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $86,335 to $112,240

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Paper Conservation Section, Conservation Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 012805.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Responsibilities
The position of Librarian (Preservation Specialist) is a conservator position in the Conservation Divisions of the Preservation Directorate.

The incumbent uses expert knowledge and skills to preserve and conserve the Library’s rarest, most valuable, and heavily accessed art, books, manuscripts, photographs, 3-D objects and other special media collections and prepare these materials for exhibition with a great deal of independence in an exemplary manner. The incumbent will maintain high standards of practice as defined by the American Institute for Conservation.

The incumbent surveys internal collections, identifying and inventorying groups of materials. The incumbent analyzes, preservation requirements to determine and prioritize preservation requirements for display, travel and storage.

Prepares plans for conservation treatment utilizing a high level of technical knowledge of preservation and conservation, materials, housing, storage design, effect of mechanical devices on books and documents, and fabrication and storage housing issues. Assures that all conservation treatment and preparation required for each item to be stored, exhibited, handled or moved meets specified deadlines.

Coordinates and assigns work to assure that work is completed within set deadlines. Organizes and coordinates assignments that involve complex and novel or obscure problems and/or special requirements.

Participates in research projects to improve the preservation and safe handling of materials to preclude any damage. This research might include scientific analysis, design and review of case fabrication materials, and effect of environment and lighting. Keeps abreast of current research and development of new materials, techniques and/or equipment in relation to the display of library and archives materials and makes recommendations for their application, when appropriate to the Library of Congress.

Assists in the development and review of proposals for policy and implementation of procedures in the area of conservation and preservation. Coordinates testing of storage, display, and housing designs and materials in support of display and storage of collections off-site.

Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians, cooperative partners, and other specialists in order to share resources and information as well as to coordinate workflow within the library.

As a consultant, recommends changes in procedures, workflows, and tools. Regularly explains technical information to individuals or groups. Might conducts tours, workshops, and orientation sessions for staff and visitors.

Represents the organization at conferences, seminars, and exhibits. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in conservation/preservation and other relevant fields for the purpose of professional development.

Other duties as assigned.

Position: Library Technician
Location: Preservation Research and Testing Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $48,670 to $63,267

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in in the Preservation Research and Testing Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 317063.
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.

Responsibilities
This position reports to the Chief, Preservation Research and Testing Division (PRTD), Preservation Directorate. The Directorate is responsible for the long-term, uninterrupted access to the Library’s numerous and diverse collections through a variety of preservation programs. The incumbent provides assistance to PRTD programs and projects involving scientific analysis and research related to the preservation of collections; the development and maintenance of scientific reference collections; and the testing of housing and building materials used to exhibit, house, or store collections to ensure they meet current Library specifications.

Operates scientific, imaging, monitoring and other data-collection equipment to conduct capture of preservation and technical data on a variety of library materials and scientific reference samples using standard and customized test methods. Conducts post-processing of collected data and files for statistical and comparative analytics and use in reference databases.

Performs organization, arrangement, and description work on many scientific records or data files. Assesses the correctness of data and metadata and makes both minor and some major corrections as needed. Consults with senior staff on an as needed basis when correcting or significantly re-processing data or metadata.

Performs organization, arrangement, and description work on a number of physical and digital materials in scientific sample collections (such as the Center for Library Scientific Samples (CLASS) and the Center for Library Scientific Samples – Digital (CLASS-D).

Conducts basic and moderately complex testing and quality assurance procedures on a variety of materials to evaluate the materials considered to exhibit, house, or store collection materials using both well-defined and more general test methodologies and specifications. Compiles data and reports on testing results for review. Assists supervisor in developing new testing or quality assurance procedures. Performs routine maintenance and calibration of equipment according to specifications provided and maintains program documentation. Performs routine and difficult maintenance activities related to testing and quality assurance, including assisting with inventory control and management of computing and software systems. Assists supervisor in training staff on testing and quality assurance procedures.

Position: Research Librarian (Domestic Social Policy)
Location: Congressional Research Service (CRS) Domestic Social Policy Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $59,534 to $77,396

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Domestic Social Policy Division is accepting applications under its 2020 Graduate Recruit Program for a Research Librarian. This position will be filled at the GS-09 level (see “Duties” below).

Responsibilities
ABOUT THE GRADUATE RECRUIT PROGRAM:

Initial appointments under the Graduate Recruit Program will be made for a period up to 120 days. Initial appointments are expected to convert to permanent, contingent upon the participant’s successful performance, completion of all degree requirements, and availability of funding. Those students who return to school to complete their advanced degree program may be eligible for a permanent position once they obtain their degree.