Position: Supervisory Librarian
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $126,233 – $164,102
Full post available on USAjobs.
This position is located in the Scholarly Services Section, Asian Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Researcher and Collections Services.
The position description number for this position is 056721.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
The incumbent of the position serves as the Head, Scholarly Services Section in the Asian Division, and is responsible for the day-today operation of the Asian Division’s reference service and scholarly activities, supervising the reference staff and area specialists, and serving as a specialist in matters dealing with the countries, languages and regions within the Division’s geographic area of responsibility. The incumbent assures the provision of timely and accurate reference service to the Congress and other Library patrons, directs the development and maintenance of the Library’s collections pertaining to the region and facilitates the effective uses of these collections by scholars, researchers, and other users. The incumbent plans and produces scholarly programs, exhibits, seminars, and colloquies to bring attention to research developments and collections of interest to both scholars and the general public. The incumbent may be responsible for cultivating relations with potential donors, securing
funds for new initiatives, acquiring new collections, and establishing new services. In addition, the incumbent may also be assigned to perform general administrative duties for the division and to serve in lieu of the chief or assistant chief as required.
Supervises a group of employees performing reference and scholarly work up to the GS-13 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Performs the administrative and human resources management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, 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 appropriate to the delegated authority. Reviews and approves, or disapproves leave requests. Ensures subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations.
Analyzes major issues in information access and dissemination, and develops authoritative new approaches, methods and standards to resolve critical or highly unusual reference information problems. Uses broad knowledge of multiple information sources and/or experts outside The Library of Congress, both domestic and international to resolve reference issues. Meets with researchers and scholars and analyzes questions and requirements in-depth and detail and suggests search strategies involving the greatest complexity or time. Provides research services for users involving not only directing the user to information sources, but also locating and evaluating the information itself.
For acquisition services, incumbent assesses the availability of financial and human resources, and independently plans, schedules, coordinates and carries out activities related to the Asian Division’s acquisitions program. Ensures the comprehensiveness and accessibility of Library collections. Reviews publishing trends and the book market to check for new collection sources. Plans and develops programs to fill gaps and augment collections to improve services to clientele. Develops and maintains services and guidance for the library system to facilitate operations in the field.
Assignments consist of a broad range of technical information activities or require substantial depth of analysis, and typically require solving problems in information access and dissemination in particularly difficult and responsible circumstances. Reviews and analyzes major issues in information research and dissemination including lenders services to scholars, research scientists, professionals, military personnel, legislators and their staffs, or other clientele, and officials within and outside The Library of Congress.
Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with research and reference librarians and other specialists to share resources and information. Presents papers at conferences, seminars, and meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields.
The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library’s vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link: https://www.loc.gov/extranet/cld/development-programs/supervisor/supervisorcompetencies.html
Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
Ability to lead a diverse workforce.**
Knowledge of the history, politics, and literature of an Asian country/area.
Ability to communicate in one or more Asian languages and English.
Knowledge of the principles and techniques of library collections development.
Knowledge of automated systems and tools used in research libraries to carry out reference services.
Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties.
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
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;
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.
You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.
Foreign Education – Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE). Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.
Position: Special Collections Technician, Law Library
Location: Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown Law Library maintains a robust Special Collections Department which features a large collection of rare legal material. The Special Collections Technician plays a crucial role in supporting the needs of the Law Library, the Law Center faculty and administrative offices, the broader University, and the greater scholarly community.
The Special Collections Technician maintains collections and public access records for the department, ensuring accurate description to facilitate patron access in duties that include but are not limited to:
Use archival best practices to process manuscript and archive collections for the purposes of establishing order and intellectual control over the material – including creating inventories, indexes, and finding aids
Use established library practices to work with and provide access to rare books, including ensuring that bibliographic records are accurate
Provide access and reference support to all patrons using historical materials, and coordinate and carry out special projects or other duties as assigned to adapt to the changing needs of the department and the library – for example, inventory projects and local large-scale shifting projects
Reporting directly to the Special Collections Librarian, the Special Collections Technician performs work according to the supervisor’s priorities and within guidelines and procedures established for the department.
Within the department, they also work directly with the Law Center Archivist and the Conservation Technician; and interact with staff from other library departments, as well as students, faculty, alumni and external patrons.
Working primarily in an office environment, the Special Collections Technician uses a computer and works on physical materials; and as needed, retrieves and reshelves materials, pushes carts, and shifts books from one stack area to another.
Bachelor’s or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
At least 3 to 5 years of library experience
Attention to detail
Flexibility to take on new responsibilities and projects
Analytical and problem-solving skills
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team in a complex and changing environment
Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certification
Experience working with historical and archival materials
Experience with DACS archival standard preferred
Experience with MARC bibliographic records preferred
Familiarity with LC subject headings preferred
Work Mode: Hybrid. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.