Librarian (Reference Specialist)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 08, 2019
Closes
Oct 16, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in African and Middle Eastern Division, Near East Section of Library Services. Reference Librarians in these divisions provide assistance to researchers in the culture, history, literature, politics, political structure, economies, humanities, and social sciences of these countries and regions.

The position description number for this position is 012538.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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Responsibilities

Plans for the effective acquisition, storage, service and preservation of the collections under his/her area of subject responsibility.

Develops programs to fill in gaps and augment collections to improve services, based on a substantial depth of knowledge of the use of the collections and the scope of other research libraries' resources. Determines the quality and usefulness of materials, advising on retention and preservation priorities.

Monitors the condition of collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards. Works with preservation experts to decide appropriate treatment for deteriorating items.

Advises catalogers on supplementing the classification system and cataloging terms so that the catalogs reflect the changes in terminology in evolving fields of knowledge in order to enhance access to collection items.

Assumes a leadership role in ensuring the quality and usefulness of the Library's collections. Decisions are based on authoritative and comprehensive knowledge of the librarian's area of specialization. Surveys the Library's holdings to assess the quality, completeness, depth and breadth of collections to determine any deficiencies. Methods and techniques serve as models for other libraries and library systems.

Recommends appropriate titles in all formats, justifying requests for major purchases. Uses highly specialized knowledge to acquire hard-to-find materials. Employs a mastery of current policy issues in his/her area of expertise in order to develop collections which anticipate researcher inquiries. Analyzes and evaluates new sources, both print and electronic, for quality, content, reliability and effectiveness. Plans for significant enhancements to established methods of collection development and preservation.

Provides leadership in performing a variety of professional activities which include directing Library-wide ad hoc committees, providing consultative services to the Congress and Federal Government, conducting workshops, demonstrating new information services, and making presentations at professional meetings.

Provides advice and instruction to readers and staff on use of new reference resources. Prepares guides for user documentation. Motivates and influences clientele to fully utilize programs and services. Proposes new policies to address problems of user access to Library systems and services. lncumbent's work in these areas is authoritative and often develops into policies, programs, services and products with application both internally and to research libraries throughout the US.

Maintains professional standing through a variety of methods, including, but not limited to, membership in professional organizations, publication in library or professional journals, and serving on programs or public events pertaining to the incumbents' area of subject expertise. Establishes and maintains liaison with library and research colleagues both in the US and abroad, especially in the country or region of responsibility, in order to improve the Library's collections and services covering that area.

Serves as a recognized authority in a specialized field. Solves highly complex research problems, conducting extensive and intensive research to locate, analyze, evaluate, and present information often in the form of descriptive reports, brochures, monographs, guides, and memoranda. Research is frequently performed on a deadline basis and may require knowledge of multiple languages.

Develops comprehensive information resources on subjects that require extensive electronic searching and resource development based on extensive knowledge of primary source materials in other libraries and multiple complex databases. Prepares analytical bibliographies, monographs, guides, studies, including electronic finding aids that are considered state-of-the-art and authoritative and are widely disseminated throughout the world.

Evaluates new methods for information transfer. Serves on internal and external committees to develop state-of-the-art reference resources and to investigate new technologies and their possible application to library programs, such as electronic document delivery and remote access to electronic data. Serves as an authority to develop new approaches, methods, and standards to resolve critical or highly unusual information problems and to improve the quality and effectiveness of public services.

Other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

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 Armenia and its historical neighbors.**

Ability to communicate in English and Modern Armenian, with Georgian and Classical Armenian desirable.**

Ability to provide reference and research services.

Ability to develop and manage library collections in Modern Armenian, with Georgian and Classical Armenian desirable.

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

Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education.
  • Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree;

  • or
  • A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

  • Additional Education And Experience Requirements for Positions at GS-11 and Above

    In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have directly related education and/or specialized experience in the amounts required for the grade level as shown in the following table.

    GS-11 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science or doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) related to the position.

    You MUST submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.

    Foreign Education - Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE). Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

    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 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.

    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 .

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    You MUST submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.

    Foreign Education - Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE). Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

    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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