Library Technician

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Feb 23, 2021
Closes
Mar 04, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Books Support Team Section, U.S. Arts, Science & Humanities Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate of Library Service. The incumbent of this position performs major technician duties for the functions of acquisitions, cataloging, and serials control.

The position description number for this position is 128318.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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Responsibilities

Uses standard techniques to perform further sorting and distribution for items not destined for the collections. Identifies items for the Duplicate Material Exchange Program (DMEP), for the National Agriculture Library, for the National Library of Medicine, for surplus, and for discard. Records receipts for all formats (e.g., bound and unbound ink prints, microforms, CD-ROMs, and special formats) on the appropriate entry in online and manual files. Independently performs serials control activities in an online environment.

Updates entries in online and manual files. Resolves a wide variety of editorial problems such as duplicate entries, additions or changes to treatment and selection decisions, updates to reference or routing assignments, consolidation of holdings, and claims of missing items.

Performs copy cataloging for various materials and formats in an automated cataloging environment. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns content designation on newly created and updated bibliographic records. Performs database maintenance including modifications, updates, and corrections. Creates and revises bibliographic records, including initial bibliographic control records (IBCRs). Refers problems and items needing authority work to senior staff.

Shelflists materials independently, adjusting procedures as needed. Consults the shelflist or the appropriate classification schedule to verify whether the class number assigned is consistent with the subject heading(s). Learns to identify possible errors in the cataloging process and then consults with senior personnel before correcting the problem.

Receives and accessions various types of materials. Searches collection data in large in-house databases. Logs materials into and out of the workflow. Distributes materials to the appropriate section, shelf, or individual cataloger. Creates labels for materials and performs other end-stage processing tasks as required. Routes accessioned and processed materials to the correct locations in the Library.

Communicates with a broad spectrum of clients regarding routine questions on services to publishers and other specialized library services. Provides forms and instructions for securing these services. Provides technical information in clear, straightforward language. Provides referrals to library services such as ISSN, Copyright, CIP, ISBN, U.S. Postal Service, Patent and Trademark Office, etc. based on knowledge of these services and their differences. Prepares acquisition acknowledgment letters.

Performs special searches of various computer and card catalogs and files to locate and/or verify bibliographic or acquisitions data supporting various library functions for acquisitions and cataloging. Efficiently searches online databases such as LC/ILS, ISSN, and OCLC to locate records for materials in hand. Recognizes the need for appropriate alternative search strategies to locate records.

Uses automated tools, such as macros, preprocessors, and Cataloger's Desktop to process titles. Enters data related to production into statistical or management databases and runs reports as needed.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
07

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 library processes and procedures.**

Ability to use computer technology and software applications.**

Ability to plan work and meet deadlines.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to interact collaboratively 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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