Supervisory Librarian (Cataloger) (Head, Bibliographic Control Section)

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Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 24, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Bibliographic Control Section, Materials Development Section, National Library Services Blind/Print Disabled, Library Collections and Services Group, Taylor Street.

The position description number for this position is 367412.

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.

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Working independently of detailed guidance, supervises the Bibliographic Control Section. Provides administrative, technical, and policy-related supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the section. Sets priorities; plans, schedules, and coordinates the work of the section staff. Directs the work performed and assigns tasks in order to accomplish section goals and objectives, including technical improvements and innovations, development of policy and procedural documents, acquisition activities, and metadata services. Directly oversees the work of catalogers responsible for descriptive and subject cataloging, name and series authority work, data entry, and maintenance of the catalog and authority files. Develops and implements rules and standards for the cataloging of reading materials designed for the use of blind and disabled individuals. Establishes guidelines and procedures to be followed by cataloging staff and serves as final authority in matters of rule interpretation. Develops and maintains written standards for cataloging and for the MARC formatting of the bibliographic records for these materials.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised, including: establishment of guidelines and performance expectations through the employee performance management system; feedback and evaluation; training; personnel actions; resolution of informal complaints and grievances; time and attendance; and awards and/or disciplinary measures as warranted. Furthers the goals of equal employment opportunity. Takes positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives. Adheres to non-discriminatory employment in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.

Manages the activities of a section with a national scope. Provides administrative oversight of all program functions under the direction of the division chief. Establishes strategic and operational goals for the program, plans and implements strategies to achieve those goals, and is accountable for the section's overall performance. Prepares management plans for the section. Works closely with key NLS staff and with the staffs of cooperating agencies providing reading materials for the blind and print disabled as well as others concerned with access to the NLS Catalog. The incumbent must stay abreast of current developments in cataloging and classification and in areas of automation relevant to the catalog.

Analyzes and develops new practices and standards for metadata that are cited as authoritative by other libraries. Participates in the development of national policies for major cataloging programs. Consults with colleagues as well as the staff of libraries throughout the nation and the world involved in cooperative cataloging projects. Prepares reports, analyses, statements, proposals, and documents that authoritatively convey national-level cataloging policy. Participates in studies of proposed changes in policies or practices.

Serves as contract monitor for all contracts entered into for the purpose of achieving management goals in the areas of cataloging, enhancements to automated bibliographic systems, and production of the NLS Catalog. Responsible for the evaluation of adherence to cataloging standards and contract specifications. Analyzes performance and suggests corrective action.

Evaluates need for contract services in the areas of cataloging, enhancements to automated bibliographic systems, and production of the NLS Catalog and recommends issuance of bid packages. Develops specifications for contract performance. Confers with contractors on other projects that relate to bibliographic control.

Acts as the primary NLS liaison to Library of Congress Collections Discovery Group and LC offices on matters of cataloging, classification, MARC format, and bibliographic control. Participates in meetings with staff members of other LC offices and divisions for the purposes of exchanging information, molding concepts, and coordinating activities related to bibliographic control. Advises LC staff on issues related to cataloging braille and other accessible formats.

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

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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: .


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 supervise and manage staff.**

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

Ability to direct and manage a major organizational program relating to bibliographic control.**

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

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others to provide consultations and liaison services.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


A. 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;
B. 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 a 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.

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. All who meet the eligibility requirements are 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 notify The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of disability when applying for this position. The certificate of disability must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, a Disability Services or Career Services Office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within three (3) years of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-3960 or email 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. In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee or internal selectee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.

The selected applicant may be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

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.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: .

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.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent). Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.

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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