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.
Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments related to catalog quality assurance support. Performs catalog searches for problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process. Under the supervision of senior staff and Team Leader revises existing catalog and authority records. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process. Resolves some simple technical cataloging problems. Participates in studies of proposed changes in cataloging policies or the introduction of new technology. Participates in revisions process to instructional documents as needed.
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.
Participates and monitors all cataloging and production systems enhancements and upgrades. Follows directions and recommendations of the senior staff and/or Team Leader during all upgrades and enhancements processes. Participates in training sessions for the PICS (Production Information Control System) and staff Voyager system. Participate in testing of Voyager from both the library and user perspectives.
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 the proper main entry, and the need for added entries. Analyzes material to determine subject content. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to catalog-related issues. RequirementsConditions 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 or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.Qualifications
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 organize, analyze, and interpret data related to acquiring and/or cataloging library materials.**Ability to apply knowledge of cataloging rules, procedures and practices.**Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, or other information technologies.Ability to develop and maintain relationships and provide consultation and liaison services.Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.Additional information
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 at step one 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.
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