Two Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Librarian (Cataloging Policy Specialist) 
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $102,663 to $133,465 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Cooperative Programs & Policy Section, Policy, Training & Cooperative Programs, Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 388013.

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.

Responsibilities
Analyzes, evaluates, and proposes new cataloging practices and standards that are cited as authoritative by other libraries. Initiates and participates in studies of proposed changes in cataloging policies and practices initiated by the Library or external organizations. Initiates and coordinates studies to assist in evaluating operational benefits of introducing new technology. Works with the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and colleagues to develop standards that are international in scope and harmonized among standards. Works with others in the community to help coordinate the overall process of bibliographic control and access for resources. Prepares reports, analyses, statements, proposals, and documents that and authoritatively convey national-level cataloging policy. Advises and informs others on policies and procedures related to cataloging. Researches, analyzes, and interprets major new concepts and techniques in cataloging.

Provides expertise to multiple projects especially in the areas of organization, development, and implementation. Serves as a project leader, team leader, or chairperson for working groups, task forces, committees, etc., which have been assigned responsibility for specific automated system development, enhancement projects and tasks. Coordinates the activities of a national and international cooperative cataloging program and recruits new members from the United States and other countries, assigns mentors and trainers, and reviews progress. Organizes and develops projects utilizing critical judgment to determine scope, emphasis, approach, appropriate techniques, and manner of presentation. Develops technical standards and/or protocols applicable to library functions. Participates in planning the work of the division, including formulating goals and objectives, and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures.

Analyzes and plans all phases of the production process for a writing project. Directs others in the writing process, reviews their work, and makes recommendation for improvements. Writes and/or edits information on Library of Congress programs, policies, functions, and research as a recognized expert in a subject area. Written products articulate, interpret, and explain the highly complex and important topics of the particular project.

Serves as a principal liaison for the organization at professional conferences, seminars, and exhibits. Serves as a major spokesperson for the directorate at meetings within the Library and around the library community. Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians and other specialists in order to share resources and information. Works with colleagues to identify key issues for discussion at professional forums, oversees the preparation of background papers; decides on the most appropriate strategies for and coordinates the discussion; oversees follow through after the meeting.

Consults with colleagues as well as the staff of libraries throughout the nation involved in cooperative cataloging projects. Presents papers at conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields. Prepares articles for publication.

Comments on and drafts discussion papers and proposals for changes to cataloging formats. Coordinates and leads meetings at the American Library Association’s annual and midwinter meetings.

Provides presentations and training at ALA meetings, and meetings of other library associations and special interest groups. Represents the directorate at international meetings, and serves on international task forces, as appropriate.

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Cataloger) (Head, Bibliographic Control Section)
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $121,316 to $157,709 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Bibliographic Control Section, Materials Development Section, National Library Services Blind/Print Disabled, Library Collections and Services Group, Taylor Street.

The position description number for this position is 367412.

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 supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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Responsibilities
Working independently of detailed guidance, supervises the Bibliographic Control Section. Provides administrative, technical, and policy-related supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the section. Sets priorities; plans, schedules, and coordinates the work of the section staff. Directs the work performed and assigns tasks in order to accomplish section goals and objectives, including technical improvements and innovations, development of policy and procedural documents, acquisition activities, and metadata services. Directly oversees the work of catalogers responsible for descriptive and subject cataloging, name and series authority work, data entry, and maintenance of the catalog and authority files. Develops and implements rules and standards for the cataloging of reading materials designed for the use of blind and disabled individuals. Establishes guidelines and procedures to be followed by cataloging staff and serves as final authority in matters of rule interpretation. Develops and maintains written standards for cataloging and for the MARC formatting of the bibliographic records for these materials.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised, including: establishment of guidelines and performance expectations through the employee performance management system; feedback and evaluation; training; personnel actions; resolution of informal complaints and grievances; time and attendance; and awards and/or disciplinary measures as warranted. Furthers the goals of equal employment opportunity. Takes positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives. Adheres to non-discriminatory employment in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.

Manages the activities of a section with a national scope. Provides administrative oversight of all program functions under the direction of the division chief. Establishes strategic and operational goals for the program, plans and implements strategies to achieve those goals, and is accountable for the section’s overall performance. Prepares management plans for the section. Works closely with key NLS staff and with the staffs of cooperating agencies providing reading materials for the blind and print disabled as well as others concerned with access to the NLS Catalog. The incumbent must stay abreast of current developments in cataloging and classification and in areas of automation relevant to the catalog.

Analyzes and develops new practices and standards for metadata that are cited as authoritative by other libraries. Participates in the development of national policies for major cataloging programs. Consults with colleagues as well as the staff of libraries throughout the nation and the world involved in cooperative cataloging projects. Prepares reports, analyses, statements, proposals, and documents that authoritatively convey national-level cataloging policy. Participates in studies of proposed changes in policies or practices.

Serves as contract monitor for all contracts entered into for the purpose of achieving management goals in the areas of cataloging, enhancements to automated bibliographic systems, and production of the NLS Catalog. Responsible for the evaluation of adherence to cataloging standards and contract specifications. Analyzes performance and suggests corrective action.

Evaluates need for contract services in the areas of cataloging, enhancements to automated bibliographic systems, and production of the NLS Catalog and recommends issuance of bid packages. Develops specifications for contract performance. Confers with contractors on other projects that relate to bibliographic control.

Acts as the primary NLS liaison to Library of Congress Collections Discovery Group and LC offices on matters of cataloging, classification, MARC format, and bibliographic control. Participates in meetings with staff members of other LC offices and divisions for the purposes of exchanging information, molding concepts, and coordinating activities related to bibliographic control. Advises LC staff on issues related to cataloging braille and other accessible formats.

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