Sr. Collections Management Librarian

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Feb 18, 2021
Closes
Feb 27, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Knowledge Services Group (KSG) seeks a Senior Collections Management Librarian to join its Acquisition and Collections Section. The selectee will develop and manage projects related to digital and print collections; oversee collections maintenance, staffing of the CRS Library and circulation of library materials; and compile reports on collections status and usage.

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Responsibilities

Project Management

Plans, organizes, and/or coordinates development and implementation of projects related to the development and management of print and digital collections. Directs and shapes the character and overall nature of projects. Oversees project from conception through development, production, introduction to the intended users, and implementation. Participates in planning the work of the project team, including formulating goals and objectives and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures.

Provides expert advice to project team members and ensures involvement of stakeholders. Develops criteria, standards, and expected outcomes for projects. Keeps tasks on schedule, monitors project performance, identifies and resolves problems that impede progress and presents progress reports to stakeholders. Evaluates project effectiveness, and documents and shares best practices with stakeholders.

Collections Management

Ensures that materials in the collection meet user requirements. Identifies gaps in collections and collaborates with CRS research divisions, electronic resources coordinators, and acquisitions/collection development librarians in CRS and LC to identify materials or actions to fill collection gaps. Oversees the proper handling and care of materials, identifies and oversees the preparation of materials for binding, and ensures that obsolete materials are weeded regularly. The incumbent monitors the condition of collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards for print and digital collections to facilitate their long-term access. Prepares reports on metrics related to the state of CRS research collections, usage of print and digital collections, and usage of Library space.

Library Services

Is responsible for staffing the CRS Library, and coordinates scheduling with other KSG section heads, as necessary. Oversees the self-service system and circulation desk and manages circulation of e-books via Overdrive and/or similar platforms. Independently resolves the full range of collections maintenance and materials circulation issues that arise in the CRS Library. Assists CRS staff as necessary to locate materials (print and digital) and ensures physical materials are properly arranged and shelved in order to facilitate browsing and retrieval. Works with catalogers as necessary to ensure the CRS Catalog reflects the inventory of materials housed in the CRS Library.

Consultation and Liaison Services

Serves as a liaison within and between CRS divisions/offices and other Library of Congress units/offices. Consults with other information professionals regarding the management of print and digital collections. Identifies, develops, communicates, and implements best practices in the management and circulation of research materials. Engages with members of the CRS Research Materials Committee to ensure that CRS collections are kept up to date and meet the needs of research divisions and offices. May represent CRS on various collections-related working groups and committees in LC such as the Collections Security Working Group, and the surplus book program.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

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.

Ability to manage and develop collections.**

Ability to manage projects.**

Ability to solve problems and make decisions.**

Ability to provide library services.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

Additional information

The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 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.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is 405193.

The selectee will work a 40-hour week.

The incumbent of this position is eligible to work a flexitime and/or compflex work schedule.

RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THE PERSON(S) SELECTED UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

Applicants who are referred for interview will be required to submit a completed OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment .

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made 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 certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of an applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information view the directive on the Library's Selective Placement Program and/or contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-3960 (voice or TTY) or email spp@loc.gov . FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

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, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference , and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library's Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D . 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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