Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $60,129 to $78,167 per year
Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.
This position is located in the Library Collections and Services Group, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 112650.
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.
The Geography and Map Division is responsible for the acquisition, processing, preservation, duplication and reference servicing of the cartographic collections of the Library. These collections consist of maps, atlases, globes, three-dimensional objects, digital files, research collections, pamphlet collections and reference works pertaining to or describing the collections and the history of cartography globally. The Division maintains a fully equipped digital laboratory to handle the conversion of original cartographic objects to digital format. The Division maintains the Congressional Cartography Program directed to producing maps on demand for Congress, or through the Congressional Research Service. The Geography and Map Division is the largest map collection in the world. The reference librarian provides reference services in the reading room of the Geography and Map Division and serves under the direction of the Team Leader.
Plans and designs projects pertaining to inventories and information management (such as preparing catalogs, cartobibliographies, or printed or machine-readable inventories) to determine holdings and make collections data more accessible. Develops databases and determines available resources and most appropriate data to capture. Researches new methods applicable to projects and determines available resources and most appropriate methods to use. Writes and submits proposals requesting funding for projects, if necessary.
Provides reference services where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews in person or over the telephone, from written requests or internet requests, and the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are readily-accessible, i.e., found within the library’s collection or can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures. Responds orally or in writing to inquiries related to assigned field of responsibility.
Searches standard databases where the information is relatively stable, such as for bibliographic citations of a general nature and for cartographic records. Searches an automated database of bibliographic records. Inputs information into an automated data file. Prepares current awareness bibliographies based on user interest profiles. Clarifies vague requests for materials through the use of proper bibliographic tools. Verifies correct bibliographic citation for requested items. Performs extensive reference searches for materials that cannot be located. Seeks assistance for locating materials that are not readily accessible. Develops knowledge of resources in other agencies or institutions in order to provide informed referrals. Assist patrons with the specialized collections of the Geography and Map Division, using
knowledge of these collections, subject matter, and the patrons who require them.
Assists in the production of written materials on a specific subject matter. Examines material for conformity to proper style. Prepares written documents, including reports, articles, memoranda, and formal correspondence. Edits portions of documents or reports and assists in the development and presentation of the information. Analyzes changes to the various projects at hand and prepares reports of the changes for review.
Maintains personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Presents information to groups and individuals with a similar understanding of the subject. Orients visitors and conducts tours. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in map librarianship, in the history of cartography, and cartography, and other relevant fields for the purpose of professional development.