Cataloging Policy Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 18, 2019
Closes
Jun 26, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in Library Services. The Cataloging Policy Specialist functions at an expert level in applying knowledge of the principles and rules for cataloging and for the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access and/or the Library of Congress subject headings and classification systems.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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

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Responsibilities

Writes and/or edits information on PSD programs, policies, functions, and research as a recognized expert in a subject area and/or a format area. Written products articulate, interpret, and explain the highly complex and important topics of the particular project. Writes reports, analyses, statements, proposals, and operational documents that are analytically sound and logically presented in their first drafts and that accurately reflect LC cataloging policy and procedures.

Serves as an expert in the development of cataloging criteria for cataloging and classifying highly specialized or new and changing fields of knowledge. Participates actively in developing national policies for all major cataloging programs and activities that expand the national bibliographic and authority control structures Included in this developmental work are contributions to necessary documentation in a systematic effort to promote the national program or activities and disseminate information about the policies formulated for them. Is an authoritative spokesperson on cataloging policies or plans for policies. Organizes and conducts discussions on cataloging matters in meetings with catalogers and supervisors, cataloging division chiefs, and other Library officials. Reviews proposals for changes/additions to basic documents or to the principles on which these documents are based while considering the impact on existing policy and existing records. Advises and guides other experienced catalogers and supervisors. Resolves most technical cataloging problems and advises catalogers and revisers in the application of rules. Through a variety of channels, conducts literature searches to determine appropriate degree of expansion. Interprets present and past cataloging rules.

Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians and other specialists in order to share resources and information as well as to coordinate workflow within the library. As a consultant, makes recommendations regarding major changes in program areas. Explains or presents specialized or technical information to individuals or groups with varying backgrounds or levels of experience. Develops and maintains professional standing through a variety of methods, including participation in professional organizations, which may include presenting papers at conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields. Prepares articles for publication. Represents the organization at conferences, seminars, and exhibits. Collaborates on projects both inside and outside the Library.

Organizes, develops, and schedules training projects for a wide variety of subjects. Develops realistic goals for the training session. Develops, prepares, and presents online or classroom instruction that is well-conceived and effective. Designs, develops and provides a wide variety of training tools aimed at a diversified audience with varying levels of sophistication. Develops individualized training plans and training manuals. Provides technical guidance to lower-graded staff. Offers constructive criticism on ways to improve performance, including materials preparation and practices. Prepares well-researched, timely reports and recommendations on polices affecting the training group. Maintains awareness of current advances in training methods. Analyzes trainees' or cohorts' comments and questions; then suggests new strategies to accommodate those issues. Provides technical expertise in a specific subject area and/or format.

Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects. Directs and shapes the character and overall nature of projects. Oversees projects from conception through development, production, and introduction to the intended audience. Coordinates the work of others for specific tasks for the completion of product development, marketing projects, public programs, or other events. Participates in planning the work of a unit, including formulating goals and objectives, and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures. Manages a variety of functions simultaneously and with flexibility to work under competing demands and deadlines. Serves on committees and other groups involved in investigating new technologies and their possible application to library programs.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


No additional requirements to those listed above.

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.

Knowledge of cataloging rules, practices and procedures.**

Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science.

Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, or other information technologies.

Ability to communicate in writing.**

Ability to plan, coordinate, and evaluate projects.

Ability to provide training.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others to provide consultation and liaison services.**

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

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 the minimum step of the grade.

The position description number for this position is 013199.

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 a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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 spp@loc.gov. 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.

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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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

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 spp@loc.gov. 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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