One Position: Washington, D.C.

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

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This position serves as a Children’s and Young Adult cataloger in the Literature Section, U.S. Programs, Law and Literature Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Discovery and Preservation Services.
The position description number for this position is 058498.
The incumbent of this position will work a flexitime work schedule
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
The Literature Section at the Library of Congress seeks a cataloger with strong cataloging and subject analysis skills, primarily for material in one or more of the following subject areas: Children’s Literature, Graphic Novels, General Literature and related areas (e.g., fiction, poetry, history and criticism of literary works). This position requires the ability to communicate effectively in writing in order to write objective and succinct summaries for Children’s and Young Adults’ (CYAC) literature. For more information on the CYAC program:
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, scholarly research tools, the internet, and the collections of the Library. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process.
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.
Provides consultation or performs liaison duties to help solve technical problems, interact collaboratively on projects, and exchange information with persons inside and outside of an organization, including supervisors, experts, colleagues, and/or trainees.
Collaborates with the Section Head 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.
Actively participates in discussions relating to discovery, access, retrieval, and management of objects in ILS, discovery, and digital repository systems. Advises on the application of appropriate current and emerging cataloging/metadata schema to facilitate access to digital resources and physical collections.
Conditions of Employment
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 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.
Knowledge of one or more of the following subject areas: Children’s Literature, Graphic Novels, General Literature and related areas (e.g., fiction, poetry, history and criticism of literary works).**
Ability to communicate in writing.**
Knowledge of library metadata rules, practices, and procedures.**
Ability to use library software applications, integrated library platforms, and other information technology.
Ability to provide consultation and/or liaison duties.
Ability to recognize bibliographic data in a foreign language.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.