Three Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Librarian
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $64,957 – $84,441

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the South America Section, African, Latin American and Western European Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Discovery and Preservation Services.

Duties

Catalogs a variety of materials in an automated cataloging environment where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Establishes personal and corporate names and uniform titles for inclusion in the name authority file.

Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file and classification schedule. Creates and revises bibliographic records, authority records, and classification schedules. Performs content designation of bibliographic and authority records. Performs research in the cataloger’s reference collection, online databases, the World Wide Web, and the collections of the Library. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process.

Provides services and deals with materials that are non-technical in nature, of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Coordinates proper purchasing information, correct bibliographic identification, and correct coding in the information system. Contacts dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, government agencies, and/or exchange partners to coordinate the order process. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, loan, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify acquisition of out-of-scope materials. Maintains liaison with recommending officials and subject specialists to understand their needs. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material. Determines availability of funds.

Obtains, analyzes, and organizes information using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices. Analyzes and organizes standard subject data to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries. Analyzes material to determine subject content. Applies standard rules, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to cataloging-related issues.

Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments related to collection development support, with review by supervisor, senior staff and/or recommending officers. Assists in examination of incoming shipments to select items appropriate for the collections, in accordance with established guidelines. Assists in examination of recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements, and to ensure conformity with established guidelines. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to collection development policies.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Consults with Team Leader and cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive and subject cataloging rules. Offers suggestions and advice to Team Leader on operational and technical problems. Collaborates with Team Leader and other staff in planning and implementing team activities including: workflow procedures, team priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting and strategies for meeting team production goals. Assists others inside and outside the Library with language, subject and cataloging problems.

The position description number for this position is 058498.
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: Librarian (Education and Training)
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $64,957 – $84,441

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary

This position is located in the General Collections Conservation Section, Conservation Division, Preservation Directorate, Discovery And Preservation Service.
The position description number for this position is 169972.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Duties

The incumbent recommends policy with regard to outreach, reference, education and training in the areas of conservation, preservation, and collections care; defines and carries out projects; and establishes priorities for reference education and outreach activities. This position is responsible for maintaining expertise in one or more specialized preservation or conservation activities such as emergency preparedness, storage and environmental controls, or collections care, and provides reference and training using a working knowledge in all areas as assigned. At entry level (GS-9), the incumbent completes routine assignments using specialized knowledge, and assists the division chiefs with major programs and services in training and outreach.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to share information about the Preservation Directorate program, publications, and preservation services.

Supports the Preservation Directorate training program by assisting in the implementation of prepared training courses and materials. Assists in developing, coordinating, and conducting training programs related to preservation. Implements course plans while presenting classroom instruction. Provides training to custodial staff at LC in the area of care and handling and other preservation areas.

Presents information to groups and individuals within the Library community and within the Library of Congress. As assigned, provides support to LC custodial divisions; serves on other LC committees or task forces as the work requires.

Coordinates the use of audio-visual aids/technological tools for instruction. Prepares instructional guides, information packets, and other resource materials. Researches training needs as new functions are added and changes in existing procedures take place. Maintains current knowledge and implements the use of the latest advancements in technical tools, methodologies, and other instructional material.

Organizes and analyses standard subject data in order to determine its relationship or relevance to the project-at-hand. Information is obtained, analyzed, and organized using standard rules, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements in approaches to the work relating to preservation education, and provides responses to inquiries.

Assists in the production of written materials on a specific subject matter in the Preservation Directorate program. Examines material for conformity to proper style. Prepares written documents, including reports, articles, and formal correspondence through “Ask a Librarian” queries through Question Point scripts and other means of inquiry. Edits portions of documents or reports and assists in the development and presentation of the information. When required, produces materials in formats ready for electronic publication via the web and e-mail. Analyzes changes to the various projects at hand and prepares reports of the changes for review.

Position: Library Technician
Location: Smithsonian Institution
Salary: $53,105 – $60,185

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 21 museums and the National Zoo. This position is located in The Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (SLA). SLA provides authoritative information and innovative services for Smithsonian Institution researchers and curators, as well as scholars and the public worldwide, to further their quest for knowledge.

Duties

The Library Technician will provide limited support to the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of the Special Collections Department in collection management, materials acquisition, research services, and similar activities. In addition, this position will occasionally support the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology.

In this position, you will:

  • Ensure the safety and security of a significantly valuable national collection.
  • Provide basic research and reference assistance.
  • Maintain circulation records by accurately tracking reader use of rare materials with an automated circulation system.
  • Assist with donor and benefactor events, the Special Collections web pages and social media efforts.