Technical Services Technician

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 12, 2021
Closes
Jan 14, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Technical Services Section, Prints and Photographs Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 128788.

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 non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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Responsibilities

This position is located in the Technical Services Section of Prints and Photographs Division, which acquires, organizes, describes, preserves, and makes available for research use a wide variety of original and historical visual materials in both physical and digital formats. The incumbent works alone or with a team to prepare collections for service. This processing work involves archival arrangement, bibliographic description, inventory control, and collections management tasks such as recognizing different visual formats, sorting and labeling, foldering and boxing, performing digital reformatting and quality review, and entering pertinent information into inventory databases and library catalogs according to standard procedures. The collections contain more than 14 million items in hundreds of collections stored in local and remote sites. They encompass the full range of subject and geographical specialties collected by the Library and are often in fragile physical condition with attendant concerns for security, preservation, and safe handling.

Incumbent applies numerous established practices in processing materials, consisting of original and historical visual formats including photographic prints and negatives, fine and historical prints, documentary and architectural design drawings, posters, cartoons, and digital files. Recognizes various types of material in order to receive, accession, sort, and arrange collections in different ways (e.g., by format, alphabetic, chronologic, geographic, or numeric). Prepares material for use and storage by performing basic filing, archival housing, hand-marking, automated labeling, barcoding, and shelving tasks. Consults about material that is duplicate, extraneous, or in need of evaluation for special preservation treatment.

Performs collection management activities for a variety of material, including pulling and refilling, transferring material to and from off-site storage, keeping stack location guides up to date, preservation stabilization such as replacing worn folders and boxes, relabeling, marking for identification and security, shelf reading, and collection shifting.

Prepares a variety of material for digital and other reformatting by counting items, transporting to duplication service, and reviewing duplicated images for adherence to established quality standards.Compiles and maintains records of processing activities and completes appropriate forms for statistical reports.

Performs a sequence of detailed routines in searching online databases to identify what physical and digital items are in the division's care and helps track where they are. Compiles and enters information in automated and manual systems for inventories, container lists, or other kinds of finding aids using box and folder information and other data gathered during processing or provided by senior staff. Prepares preliminary access or inventory records for single items or collections using judgment to apply a substantial number of established procedures of the division to capture call numbers, creator names, titles, dates, and physical description. Searches online and print resources to research and verify information including place names and creator names. Proofs records to ensure accuracy and updates data as needed. Determines the correctness of data within the appropriate fields. Identifies duplicated entries.

Develops and maintains a good working knowledge of microcomputer operations and of designated microcomputer software packages for word processing, database management, statistical compilations, and bibliographic production.

Performs other duties as assigned.

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

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
08

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.

Ability to use computerized input and search tools.**

Knowledge of library processes and procedures. **

Knowledge of visual materials in library collections.**

Ability to plan work and meet deadlines.

Ability to communicate and interact with others.

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 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 .

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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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