Government Documents/Catalog Librarian

Legislative Branch, Legislati...
Washington D.C.
Mar 07, 2017
Apr 05, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Formally established as the Senate Library in 1871, the formation of a Senate collection of state and federal materials dates back to 1791. Today, the Senate Library provides reference services, offers research instruction, maintains a large collection of Congressional and general materials, and serves as a place for staff to read and research.


Department: Senate Library
Reports to: Head of Technical Services, Cataloging Supervisor


This is professional work supporting the delivery of information services to Senate and Library staff, coordinating the Library’s participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), and contributing to national and international cooperative cataloging programs. Work involves performing a wide range of technical services and administrative functions to manage and provide access to federal government documents received through the FDLP, including creating bibliographic and authority records for new acquisitions, organizing and analyzing complex materials, and maintaining the accuracy of the Library's bibliographic and authority databases. Work is bound by FDLP guidelines and requirements, Library of Congress classification and subject heading guidelines, Resource Description and Access cataloging rules, MARC standards for bibliographic and authority records, Secretary of the Senate policies and procedures, the U.S. Senate Handbook, and the Senate Ethics Manual, but requires independent judgment in setting priorities and handling assignments. Work is performed under the immediate supervision of the Cataloging Supervisor and the general supervision of the Head of Technical Services.

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Work requires a Master’s Degree in Library Science or Information Science from an ALA accredited program, one to three years of library experience, including work with federal government documents, and a minimum of one year of professional cataloging experience, providing the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
*Knowledge of FDLP guidelines and requirements.
*Knowledge of cataloging standards, including: MARC bibliographic and authority formats, Resource Description and Access cataloging rules, Library of Congress classification and subject heading guidelines, and Superintendent of Documents classification. Knowledge of PCC policy statements and guidelines preferred.
*Knowledge of the U.S. Congress, the federal legislative process, and congressional documents.
*Knowledge of the Senate as an institution.
*Skill in the use of online tools for managing FDLP collections. Experience using the Depository Selection Information Management System, Item Lister, List of Classes, Documents Data Miner 2, and ASERL Documents Disposition Database preferred.
*Skill in the use of computer software, integrated library management systems, and online cataloging tools. Experience using OCLC Connexion, RDA Toolkit, Cataloger’s Desktop, Classification Web, TLC Library Solution ILS, spreadsheets, database management software, and content management systems preferred.
*Ability to create original bibliographic records and perform complex copy cataloging.
*Ability to create and revise name and subject authority records. Experience applying PCC NACO and SACO policies and procedures preferred.
*Ability to research topic areas, analyze library materials, and determine intellectual content for the assignment of subject headings and classification numbers.
*Ability to work cooperatively and effectively in a team setting, both within the Library and outside organizational lines.
*Ability to set and manage project work requirements, multitask, and meet deadlines.
*Ability to implement operational guidelines and procedures.
*Ability to provide prompt, responsive, and courteous customer service.
*Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
*Ability to maintain confidentiality.



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