Two Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Library Technician (Collections)
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $48,670 to $63,267 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Collections Services Division, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Law Library.

The incumbent retrieves and supplies the legal materials; performs preliminary searching of non-duplicates; conducts all steps necessary to complete baseline inventory of retrospective volumes in the Law Library. This include creating and updating the holding records, with the proper construction of summary holding information for serial materials; sorts, arranges, and shelves incoming or returning materials in the various Law collection areas; maintains the most current and comprehensive sets of legal materials along with their associated advance sheets, supplementary pamphlets or pocket parts. Identifies and processes superseded volumes.

Inputs, searches and maintains inventory and/or bibliographic control information for the Law Library’s collection. The incumbent ensures accountability of receipts by timely check-in and/or inventory of each piece received in the Law Library. Incumbent also conducts physical inventory on existing collection items. Proficiency in using information technology to process, manage, maintain, track, and identify a voluminous and highly complex acquisition and distribution system for all different types of legal material.

Applies knowledge of the full range of library rules, procedures, and operations to resolve a wide variety of problems relating to managing maintaining and securing a voluminous and complex legal and government document collection of approximately 2.9 million items. Demonstrates initiative in recognizing and solving problems, inconsistencies, and errors in piece identification and labeling before such items reach final destination.

Collates materials in a variety of formats and languages for making a preliminary determination on whether the set or series are complete. Creates item records in the ILS for all volumes collated for binding or filming. Creates online binding tickets for units to be sent to the Library’s binding unit and/or updates the holdings records to reflect newly bound or filmed material. Working with the collection, takes the appropriate steps to suppress issues sent for binding/filming from public display in the catalog.

Prepares items for digitization, including creating basic metadata and updating holding records to reflect new formatting. Independently locates items not readily available on the shelf. Determines advanced search strategies and conducts bibliographic and special searches in automated or manual files for incompletely or inaccurately cited requests or insufficient bibliographic data. Assists Law Library of Congress staff and clients with locating items by checking in files, such as the Class K Shelf-list and other automated and manual Law Library files. Searches the Library’s ILS to determine the location of the requested item. Reports findings on specific identification of items and other pertinent information, such as number and location of copies/sets, assignments, date recorded, etc.

Performs special searches of various computer, card catalogs and files to locate and/or verify receipt, location, and internal distribution of legal and government document publications. Ensures bibliographic and/or acquisitions data elements are accurate and input into software applications, reflecting item level control of the material.

Performs other duties as assigned.

The position description number for this position is 363669.

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.

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Assistant Chief, Collections Management Division)
Location: Department of Congress
Salary: $142,701 to $170,800 per year

Full vacancy announcements available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Collections Management Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 12710.

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.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers’ performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.

Serves as a primary advisor on various programs and events, develops authoritative new approaches, methods or standards to resolve critical or highly unusual reference information problems. Advises and counsels appropriate management staff and officials within the agency on matters related to the management of the collections including issues of access, security, inventory control, space, retrieval and organization. Advises on the appropriate methods and techniques to use in order to achieve program goals and objectives.

With the Chief, formulates and administers policies affecting the mission of the agency in the areas of access to the collections, provision of collections service to the Library’s various constituents including Members of Congress and their staffs; government agencies; other libraries through Interlibrary loan; researchers; and the general public. Coordinates activities related to collection development across all functional areas of the Library. Develops, evaluates and implements policy for agency-wide programs. Explores and plans long-range development plans, as well as short-term strategies.

Serves as an expert in the organization, development, and implementation of multiple projects. Serves as a project leader, team leader, or chairperson for working groups, task forces, committees, etc., which have been assigned responsibility for specific programs related to the inventory, security, access, and circulation of collections Library-wide. Coordinates the details involved in special projects of lasting importance. Organizes and develops projects utilizing critical judgment to determine scope, emphasis, approach, appropriate techniques, and manner of presentation. Develops technical standards or protocols applicable to a library function. Participates in planning the work of the division, including formulating goals and objectives and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures.

Shares with the Chief the responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of an entire department or a highly complex program within the department or agency. Primarily responsible for the direction and management of inventory management, access, and security of the Library’s collections. Serves as an expert evaluating current and proposed programs and operations and recommends action to Initiate, modify, or discontinue projects as appropriate.

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.