Four Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Technical Services Technician
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $43,798 to $56,939 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Technical Services Section, Prints and Photographs Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 128788.

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
This position is located in the Technical Services Section of Prints and Photographs Division, which acquires, organizes, describes, preserves, and makes available for research use a wide variety of original and historical visual materials in both physical and digital formats. The incumbent works alone or with a team to prepare collections for service. This processing work involves archival arrangement, bibliographic description, inventory control, and collections management tasks such as recognizing different visual formats, sorting and labeling, foldering and boxing, performing digital reformatting and quality review, and entering pertinent information into inventory databases and library catalogs according to standard procedures. The collections contain more than 14 million items in hundreds of collections stored in local and remote sites. They encompass the full range of subject and geographical specialties collected by the Library and are often in fragile physical condition with attendant concerns for security, preservation, and safe handling.

Incumbent applies numerous established practices in processing materials, consisting of original and historical visual formats including photographic prints and negatives, fine and historical prints, documentary and architectural design drawings, posters, cartoons, and digital files. Recognizes various types of material in order to receive, accession, sort, and arrange collections in different ways (e.g., by format, alphabetic, chronologic, geographic, or numeric). Prepares material for use and storage by performing basic filing, archival housing, hand-marking, automated labeling, barcoding, and shelving tasks. Consults about material that is duplicate, extraneous, or in need of evaluation for special preservation treatment.

Performs collection management activities for a variety of material, including pulling and refilling, transferring material to and from off-site storage, keeping stack location guides up to date, preservation stabilization such as replacing worn folders and boxes, relabeling, marking for identification and security, shelf reading, and collection shifting.

Prepares a variety of material for digital and other reformatting by counting items, transporting to duplication service, and reviewing duplicated images for adherence to established quality standards.Compiles and maintains records of processing activities and completes appropriate forms for statistical reports.

Performs a sequence of detailed routines in searching online databases to identify what physical and digital items are in the division’s care and helps track where they are. Compiles and enters information in automated and manual systems for inventories, container lists, or other kinds of finding aids using box and folder information and other data gathered during processing or provided by senior staff. Prepares preliminary access or inventory records for single items or collections using judgment to apply a substantial number of established procedures of the division to capture call numbers, creator names, titles, dates, and physical description. Searches online and print resources to research and verify information including place names and creator names. Proofs records to ensure accuracy and updates data as needed. Determines the correctness of data within the appropriate fields. Identifies duplicated entries.

Develops and maintains a good working knowledge of microcomputer operations and of designated microcomputer software packages for word processing, database management, statistical compilations, and bibliographic production.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Position: Research Manager (Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Macroeconomic Policy)
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $142,701 to $170,800 per year

Full vacancy announcements available on USAJOBS.

Summary
The Congressional Research Service seeks a Research Manager for the Banking, Insurance, Securities and Macroeconomics Policy Section in the Government and Finance Division. This position will be filled as a GS-0101 (social science analyst) or GS-0110 (economist). Applicants can request to be considered for either or both series (see Vacancy Questionnaire).

Applicants who apply for only one series will not be considered for the other series.

Responsibilities
The Section Research Manager leads a team of policy analysts in the development of policy research and analysis for Congress. The section covers a broad array of financial regulatory and economic policy issues including, but not limited to, banking, financial institutions, insurance, housing finance, securities, monetary policy, and macroeconomics. The section’s work intersects with many related areas including trade, energy, labor, and economic development.

The Research Manager duties include:

  • managing and supervising policy analysts, including communicating performance standards and expectations to staff, observing staff performance, giving feedback, and assessing performance;
  • ensuring that the work results in objective, authoritative analysis with which the Congress can assess the consequences of legislative/policy options;
  • proactively establishing relationships with committees of jurisdiction, building long-term relationships with clients, and taking initiative to seek out new congressional contacts for CRS;
  • managing congressional requests, concerns, and needs in policy areas within the research management responsibility;
  • collaborating with other managers to ensure an integrative approach to the work by fully identifying significant policy problems facing the Congress, developing analytical approaches to address these problems, and applying appropriate resources; and
  • performing special assignments as directed by the Assistant/Deputy Assistant Director.

Candidates with research and research management experience in issues covered by the Banking, Insurance, Securities and Macroeconomics Policy Section and who have strong interpersonal skills and are capable of leading a highly motivated and talented research staff committed to providing Congress the highest level of nonpartisan, authoritative, objective policy analysis are encouraged to apply. Previous experience in writing, research, and analysis, and knowledge of congressional decision making and legislative process is desired. Candidates with experience explaining complex policies, programs, and economic principles in terms that resonate with audiences without their level of expertise are encouraged to apply.

The Research Manager directly supervises 10-12 staff members in the Banking, Insurance, Securities and Macroeconomics Policy Section of the Government and Finance Division. The Research Manager advises the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director, leads staff toward meeting the Library’s and CRS’s vision, mission, and goals by managing performance, communicating effectively, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, building and maintaining relationships, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, thinking systematically and inspiring change and exhibits commitment to the Library’s Supervisor Core Competencies.

Ensures that research and analysis is conducted in a fully collaborative manner both within and outside the section, reflects the congressional agenda, and is relevant to congressional policy making. Leads, plans, organizes and coordinates research, including major research projects related to sensitive or complex public policies of national or international significance, which are often multidisciplinary in nature. Ensures that research and analysis undertaken is of the highest quality and meets CRS’s standards of objectivity, responsiveness, non-partisanship, balance, timeliness, legislative relevance, authoritativeness, and accessibility. Reviews research to ensure that it complements other Service research and analyses; is accurate, well organized, and cogent; meets professional and service standards; adheres to CRS policy guidelines; and is responsive to the legislative needs of Members and committees of Congress. Establishes and maintains relationships with Members and committees of Congress.

Contributes to and assists in developing CRS-wide strategic goals and priorities. Communicates those goals and priorities to staff. Oversees the implementation of CRS-wide policies, procedures, standards and guidelines by staff. Effectively communicates management initiatives to staff and ensures that staff are able to acclimate to the changing needs of Congress and the CRS research community. Conveys to senior management information and concerns from staff.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for over a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is accurate, authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

Position: Librarian (Digital Collections Specialist)
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $59,534 to $77,396 per year

Full vacancy announcements available on USAJOBS.

This position serves as a Digital Collection Specialist located within the Digital Content Management Section, Digital Collections Management and Services Division, Digital Services Directorate, Library Services. The position reports to the Digital Content Management Section and is responsible for acquisitions, management of digital collections, project development, management, consultation, and liaison work.

The position description number for this position is 385309.

Responsibilities
The Digital Content Management Section is responsible for providing digital acquisitions support to Library Services, and for the lifecycle management of digital collections that are not otherwise under the care of a custodial division. The section also is responsible for managing the Library’s web archiving program and collections, and provides advice and assistance to the Law Library as needed. Digital Content Management Section staff collaborates with other Library curatorial units, technical staff and external organizations to establish best practices, implement new and streamline existing digital workflows, and identify digital content management problems and propose solutions for the content within the scope of the section.

Serves as a digital collections specialist for assigned tasks and workflows within the Digital Content Management Section. Applies knowledge of library policies and procedures related to the assigned tasks and workflows in order to acquire digital collection materials. Implements, tests, and improves workflows in order to achieve digital content management goals for the assigned tasks and workflows. Consults with senior members of the unit to resolve problems or issues. Ensures that content for the assigned workflows meets the Library’s format and metadata technical standards for acceptance.

According to the practices of the unit, acquires, creates or oversees creation of descriptive, technical and administrative metadata as needed for collection materials received. Manages automated workflows for ingesting, reviewing, describing, inventorying, and storing digital content. Performs or coordinates quality review of metadata elements for the assigned tasks and workflows. Processes files after ingest as necessary prior to storage. Implements corrective actions, including solutions to preempt problems, as appropriate. Conducts or initiates and coordinates re-work for files not meeting project requirements. Uses software and hardware tools to transfer digital collections received from various sources into LC systems, including both physical and virtual locations. Deletes or replaces digital objects; makes corrections. Utilizes software and hardware tools to assure proper storage locations and identifications. Creates and manages predominantly automated streams from acquisitions sources to storage on appropriate LC systems. Produces or coordinates production of derivative files as appropriate.

Applies approved digital content management technologies to digital content as assigned. Monitors indicators of preservation status of custodial materials as assigned. Takes appropriate corrective action as needed.

Assists in planning and implementing assigned portions of digital acquisitions projects. Suggests improvements to workflows for assigned content. Adheres to priorities and time-frames established by management.

Assists in implementing approved plans for assigned portions of projects, including recommendations on division of work between specialists and technicians assigned to a project. Tracks assigned portions of project workflow using software tools and schedules activities to move projects to completion, as assigned. Assists higher level staff of the unit to document and execute workflows. Makes recommendations for future improvements.

Develops personal contacts to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge related to the assigned tasks or workflows.

Consults with supervisors and team leads to resolve problems or issues. Contributes to the planning and implementation of workflow procedures and provides input for setting production goals for assigned tasks or workflows. In support of digital content management, assists in the training of staff within the section and service unit. Assists others inside and outside the section with resolving digital collections management questions related to the assigned tasks or workflows. Creates and makes presentations to internal stakeholders as needed.

Consults with stakeholders to assist in implementing digital collections projects. Offers suggestions and advice on operational and technical problems. Serves as point of contact and provides technical advice related to assigned digital content tasks or workflows.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Position: Librarian II, LAC Group-DC
Location: Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Group seeks a Librarian II to join a contract supporting a well-known governmental organization focused on international development located in Washington, D.C. The Librarian provides reference and research services, using library resources and specialized databases. They perform original and copy cataloging, maintain the ILS, maintain the library’s website, support library outreach and promotions, and perform other projects as assigned. This is a full-time, benfited, on-site position, though it is temporarily remote due to COVID-19.

Responsibilities:

  • Respond to reference questions both virtually and at the reference desk using a wide variety of databases (eg Factiva, EBSCO, Dun & Bradstreet, World Bank e-Library, LexisNexis and others).
  • Prepares in-depth research on special topics
  • Engage actively with technical developments in library software, technology and platform developments
  • Manage collection development and maintenance.
  • Help maintain electronic resources and Library supported web sites.
  • Train clients and staff on effective search techniques for library e-resources.
  • Perform copy cataloging using recognized standards.
  • Assist with projects as needed: software implementation, needs assessments, database launches, strategic planning exercises, and special events.
  • Stay abreast of the information needs and trends within the areas of foreign assistance and economic development
  • Contribute to all aspects of the library, including maintenance of the integrated library system (ILS), cataloging and processing materials, interlibrary loan operations, and collection development.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA‑accredited library science program.
  • Three years of library experience.
  • Experience with providing ready and in-depth reference. Preferred: familiarity with LexisNexis, Factiva, business and international databases
  • Experience with the Springshare Suite.
  • Strong knowledge of library information technologies, including internet and online database searching, e-journal and discovery platforms (EDS a plus), ILS platforms (SirsiDynix a plus)
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite applications.
  • Experience with library and journal usage statistics preferred.
  • Experience with copy cataloging and authority control.
  • Experience using the OCLC system and Connexion.
  • Willingness to learn new things and problem solve independently.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with others to achieve project goals.
  • U.S. citizenship required.

Preferred:

  • Secret clearance a plus.
  • Knowledge of international development and foreign assistance programs and familiarity with print materials, e-resources and websites in the international development field a plus.