One Position: Maryland

Position: Librarian (Acquisitions)

Location: Department of Agriculture (Beltsville, MD)

Originally posted on USAJobs

This position is located with USDA, ARS, Field Organization, National Agricultural Library, Data Production Division, Acquisitions and Metadata Branch in Beltsville, MD.

In this position, you are responsible for assisting in the acquisition of and processing payments for print and electronic materials and related supplies purchased by the National Agricultural Library.

Duties

Serves as a government purchase card holder and Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for acquisition of materials, services, and equipment necessary for digitization and collection operations.

Maintains records in NAL, ARS, and USDA financial management and other library management systems.

Serves as the point of contact for databases vendors to gather usage statistics and make necessary adjustments as per contracting rules and regulations.

Interprets library policy, regulations, and directives on own initiative in terms of established objectives.

Assists in developing acquisitions standard operating procedures and written instructions for branch processes.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

You must be a US Citizen or US National.

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.

Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Basic Requirements:
A. Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree;
OR
B. A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

GS-11:
Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are: Qualifying experience for GS-11 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-09 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience assisting with the acquisition of electronic materials and related supplies for a library; maintaining records in financial management or other library management systems; and reviewing library acquisitions and library technology, procedures, policies and procedures.
OR
Education: 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science or doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) related to the position.
OR
A combination of education and experience as described above.

Applicants must also possess specialized knowledge of Acquisitions. An applicant’s education or experience must have included or been supplemented by the requirements specified in one of the paragraphs below:

A. A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university that meets all academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree that included at least 24 semester hours in the specialized field for which the applicant is being considered, e.g., acquisitions; or that included any combination of subjects with at least 15 semester hours in a major subject (such as acquisitions) that is especially applicable to the position for which the applicant is being considered;
OR
B. Four years of pertinent experience of such nature and level to provide a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, terminology and expressions of the appropriate discipline or subject-matter field (Acquisitions); an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; ability to acquire additional information about the field and related fields; and some knowledge of literature resources in the field. Such experience should be equivalent to that which would have been acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year curriculum in an accredited college or university with major study in appropriate subjects, or combination of subjects as specified in (a) above.
OR
C. Any time equivalent combination of experience as described in (b) with education as described in (a) above.

GS-12:
Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are: Qualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience performing the acquisition of and processing payments for print and electronic materials and related supplies for a library; monitoring quality and quantity of bibliographic maintenance; and assisting in developing library acquisitions standard operating procedures and written instructions.

Applicants must also possess specialized knowledge of Acquisitions. An applicant’s education or experience must have included or been supplemented by the requirements specified in one of the paragraphs below:

A. A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university that meets all academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree that included at least 24 semester hours in the specialized field for which the applicant is being considered, e.g., acquisitions; or that included any combination of subjects with at least 15 semester hours in a major subject (such as acquisitions) that is especially applicable to the position for which the applicant is being considered;
OR
B. Four years of pertinent experience of such nature and level to provide a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, terminology and expressions of the appropriate discipline or subject-matter field (Acquisitions); an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; ability to acquire additional information about the field and related fields; and some knowledge of literature resources in the field. Such experience should be equivalent to that which would have been acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year curriculum in an accredited college or university with major study in appropriate subjects, or combination of subjects, as specified in (a) above.
OR
C. Any time equivalent combination of experience as described in (b) with education as described in (a) above.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.