Supervisory Librarian (Chief, Digital Collections Management and Services)

Washington D.C.
Jul 11, 2017
Aug 25, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position reports to the Director, Technology Policy, in Library Services and is responsible for leading the newly established Digital Collections Management & Services Division. The division is responsible for providing support for the full lifecycle management of digital collections. This includes executing digitization projects using in-house or contractor digitization services. Digital Collection Management & Services staff collaborate with Library curatorial units, technical staff, and cross-service unit organizations to establish policies, implement new and streamline existing digital workflows, identify digital content management problems and propose solutions, provide training, and communicate best practices.

This position is located in the Digital Collections Management and Services Division, Technology Policy Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 350565.

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 supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

  • See requirements listed below under Qualifications Required.
  • The competencies below are required for this position. Those marked with a double asterisk (**) are considered the most critical competencies for this position.

    A candidate's resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates he or she has:

    1. Knowledge and application of policies, standards, best practices and technologies in the field of digital libraries and digital preservation**: Appliedprofessional knowledge of digital libraries and information management principles, processes, and systems to manage functions and carry out library programs that involved the full lifecycle management of born digital and digitized content in multiple formats, including 1) ingest into a digital repository; 2) manual or automated generation of metadata and metadata maintenance systems; 3) processes for content preparation and/or transformation; 4) long-term preservation; 5) knowledge of digital formats; 6) digitization and digitization standards; and 7) tools and technical infrastructures for managing digital content.

    2. Ability to lead and execute a critical program**: Accomplished strategic and operational goals for a major program area and in doing so had the following responsibilities: 1) defined objectives and goals for the program; 2) defined and managed business requirements related to the program area; 3) analyzed complex problems and implemented solutions; 4) developed and integrated policies and processes; 5) formulated strategies for achieving program objectives; 6) developed program performance objectives/targets; 7) conducted regular reviews and prepared annual assessments of accomplishments and outcomes/results; 8) advised senior level officials on current and future program directions, 9) evaluated current and proposed programs and operations and recommended actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects; and 10) oversaw contracts and procurements that supported the programs.

    3. Ability to lead people and manage a diverse workforce**:Led, supervised, and managed a diverse staff in a multi-disciplinary environment and in doing so, performed the following activities: 1) identified current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals, objectives, and capacity gaps; 2) recruited and hired staff to meet those needs; 3) communicated performance expectations to staff; 4) conducted periodic performance evaluations; 5) provided advice and counsel to staff; 6) addressed performance and disciplinary issues; 7) delegated or planned and assigned work; 8) provided appropriate training and professional development opportunities to staff; 9) encouraged staff participation in planning and decision making; and 10) identified and implemented methods to improve staff productivity.

    4. Ability to lead collaborative initiatives: Led collaborative efforts to identify and implement solutions impacting technical and organizational systems, policies, processes, and procedures. The work involved balancing multiple viewpoints of both internal and external stakeholders.

    5. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and review and assess the writing of others: Wrote clear, cogent, accurate, well-organized, and understandable written products in the area of information or library management, such as: 1) program goals and objectives; 2) program performance documentation; 3) budget request documentation; 4) project plans; 5) annual reports; 6) statements of work; 7) strategic planning and forecasting documents; 8) policies; and 9) funding proposals. This included targeting the amount, form, depth and level of detail, and content of the information to the needs of the receiver/audience. Evaluated the written products of others to meet the quality standards of the organization.

    6. Ability to present technical and policy information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations: Conveyed analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations, in both planned and extemporaneous situations. This included shaping the appropriate amount, form, depth and level of detail, and content of information to the needs of the receiver/audience.

    7. Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing: The person in this position must have the ability to speak clearly, politely, and under control to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information. This also includes actively listening to and understanding information; and listening to and answering questions thoughtfully and completely.

    Your resume is important to this application process. It will be reviewed to determine whether you possess the qualifications referenced above. All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what you would bring to the position. The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library’s vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link:

    Not Applicable


    Leads the development of strategies for planning and developing major agency programs of national scope and impact related to digital collections. Contributes to the development of a vision and strategy for acquiring and managing the Library's digital collections. Oversees and administers digital content management programs within the scope of the division. Participates in the evaluation, development, and documentation of long-and short-term efforts. Ensures that the two subordinate units within the division, Digitization Services Section and Digital Content Management Section, achieve their strategic goals and objectives. Evaluates current and proposed programs, develops new programs, and recommends actions to be initiated or discontinued. Designs and implements digital lifecycle management efforts to be undertaken within existing resource levels and advises on the impact of efforts requiring additional resources. Ensures that digital collections under the care of the unit are managed in accordance with established policies.

    Establishes performance expectations for a group of staff members performing work up to the GS-15 level. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates staff on organizational performance. Provides advice and counsel to staff members and subordinate managers. Effects disciplinary measures. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests, telework, and other work-related arrangements.

    Coordinates the formulation and administration of policy related to the lifecycle management of the Library's digital collections, exercising considerable discretion and judgment concerning the implementation and interpretation of new and existing policies, and in making analytical and technical decisions. Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with agency officials and various working groups to develop the policy framework and establish the curatorial and long-term preservation policies and requirements for the Library's digital collections. Examples of policy areas include required processes for inventorying digital content, data security for digital content, and life cycle management of digital holdings to include long-term preservation and rights-protected access. Facilitates the development of a cohesive digital preservation program for Library Services. Ensures consistent application of approved library methodologies and processes across relevant digital projects. Ensures that proposed and active digital projects and programs are aligned to Library and service unit strategic objectives. Provides expert advice related to requirements for digital repository tools and services and their associated technical infrastructure. Works collegially with other service units, agency officials and various working groups to explore and formulate long-range strategic plans and ensures that digital project and program goals and objectives are aligned to library and service unit strategic objectives. Participates in interagency, national, and international task forces, expert panels, and meetings related to the lifecycle management of digital collections forces. Chairs working groups and task forces related to policy development and planning related to digital collections content.

    Serves as a nationally and internationally recognized expert on digital lifecycle management and preservation. Stays current with developments in the field, and provides expert policy advice and guidance on the most challenging problems in the lifecycle management of digital collections. Advises senior managers, officials at multiple levels in the Library, professional colleagues at libraries at all levels, Congressional staff, researchers, scholars, and the general public. Works closely with and advises digital collections staff throughout the library. Serves on interagency, national and/or international special work groups, task forces, or expert panels.

    Serves as a principal LC liaison at professional conferences, seminars, and exhibits. Represents Library Services and its organizational interests and perspectives at high level internal and external meetings involving discussion and establishment of policy, or consideration of issues or Initiatives with potential Library-wide impact. Chairs tasks groups for the development of programs and events that may have Library-wide impact. Establishes and maintains

    effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including Members of Congress and their staff, other legislative and executive agencies, executives of major corporations, professional associates, research libraries and institutions, foundations, and distinguished members of the public. Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with management and officials at the library of Congress, government agencies, and private sector partners in order to advance the programs and long-term projects of Library Services and the Library of Congress.

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