This position is located in the Collections Services Division, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Law Library.
The incumbent for this position will work a flexitime work schedule.
The position description number for this position is 311003.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
The incumbent is responsible for assisting Division supervisors and staff with the resolution of processing workflow problems and for providing input for the resolution of technical discrepancies arising from the implementation of the Library's Integrated Library System (ILS) and its specific applications to Law Library workflow.
Makes decisions regarding collections maintenance issues for a unit. Applies in-depth knowledge to complex collections maintenance issues in the ILS. Maintains statistical reports of work performed and submits them on a weekly basis. Develops plans to expedite sorting, arranging, and shelving of special collections material such as legal Gazettes, computer disks or microform receipts.
Demonstrates initiative in recognizing and solving problems, inconsistencies, and errors in ILS bibliographic, holdings and item records. Maintains ILS records for current and retrospective materials, along with their associated advance sheets, supplementary pamphlets or pocket parts, to include suppression, masking and removing reference locations of materials in the ILS.
Identities, investigates, searches, and resolves technical processing problems and discrepancies associated with implementation of the integrated library system modules. Performs preliminary searching of non-duplicates, recording such information as title data, personal name, edition data, publisher, and place and date of publication. Completes complex searches to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole, identifying variant editions, and slipping them with annotated slips to facilitate the cataloging process. Locates, identities and resolves problems with library materials generated by ongoing inventory and collections improvement programs and special projects. Reviews rebound and relabeled materials coming into the law collections. Checks the accuracy of the label and spine markings. Monitors incoming serial and monographic receipts including supplements and loose-leaf updates from acquisition and cataloging units throughout the library. Takes responsibility for seeing that legal serials and journals are sorted and distributed for prompt identification. Marking and distribution. Proposes and implements workflow improvements for processing incoming materials and takes the appropriate steps to avoid backlogs which impede access to the processed receipts.
Serves as an expert in the intricacies of the library's many catalogs and retrieval tools. Performs the most difficult special search requests. Identifies items that are vague or not readily found in the library's catalogs, publishers' lists, or in the other bibliographic lists. Locates and expedites the retrieval of elusive and difficult to locate materials. Utilizes all possible means of originality and inventiveness in identifying specific items in book reviews, trade lists, bibliographies and other authoritative sources.
Job family (Series)
1411 Library Technician
Conditions of Employment
No additional requirements to those listed above.
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 Process and Maintain Materials in Library Collections.**
Ability to use integrated library system (ILS), other computerized search tools and databases.**
Knowledge of legal subject matter for library collection.**
Ability to retrieve material from collections.
Ability to focus on the customer.**
Ability to analyze problems and develop solutions to plan and carry out library programs.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.
The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant’s college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.
The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.
Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.
The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.
Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.
The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.
A “Not to Exceed“ (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.
Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf.
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Drug test required
Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).
Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant’s college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email email@example.com. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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