Librarian-Reference Specialist (Music)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 17, 2021
Closes
Sep 23, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Librarian- Reference Specialist (Music) position is located within the Reader Services Section, Music Division, Special Collections Directorate in Library Services. The Music Division is the Library's primary gateway to the collections and reference services dealing with music, theater, and dance. These collections consist of books, serials, and scores; and special collections that include scores, correspondence, writings and business papers, iconography, and musical instruments.

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Responsibilities

The librarian reports directly to the Head, Reader Services Section. The incumbent may be an authority in a specialized field of music and is an expert in digital reference service. Performs duties which encompass very complex and wide ranging reference, research, and outreach assignments in his/her field of specialization. Plans comprehensive, in-depth means by which to improve and support all automated reference activities. Librarians respond to inquiries that are received in person, by telephone, by correspondence and by electronic media. These requests originate from Congress, foreign and U.S. Government agencies, national and international academics and scholars, research and scientific institutions, the professional and business communities and from the general public. Maintains current and extensive knowledge of trends in his/her specialized area in the fields of music or performing arts and of advances in the area of reference librarianship.

Instructs patrons how to find relevant information. Provides assistance to patrons in searching library databases, on-line resources, and other information resources.

Serves as a specialist in a field within the scope of the Music Division collections, or as an authority in general music reference. Conducts a thorough reference interview, analyzes questions and requirements, and suggests search strategies.

Interprets and evaluates information found in a variety of databases, reports, specialized journal articles and/or historical materials in the field of music. Produces reports, research guides, and bibliographic aids.

Conducts extensive research. Gathers information from a wide variety of sources, both automated and in print or other media. Presents information in the form of descriptive reports and memoranda. Facilitates services to readers and analyzes information in response to inquiries from a variety of sources. Advises researchers in research methodologies. Develops files, bibliographies, finding aids, and other sources. Monitors and reports on trends such as those involving scholarship and collections use.

Manages the development and growth of library collections. Solicits information and recommends acquisitions of new materials for collections. Develops the reference collections and the general collections, including materials in all formats (print, microform and electronic), emphasizing projects that focus on filling major gaps in the collections.

Reviews collections on a continual basis for correcting deficiencies, updating, rearranging, and shipment to off-site storage. Reviews a variety of foreign and domestic sources for information when assessing collection development needs. Maintains special files of information on subjects of recurring or emerging interest as indicated by popular, political, or scholarly trends. Determines permissibility of copying materials based on legal copyright constraints and the preservation needs of the material.

Carries out assignments requiring considerable depth of specialized knowledge in a subject area within the field of music and often involving multiple languages. Determines the quality and usefulness of materials acquired from worldwide sources. Monitors the condition of Music Division collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards and specifications. Recommends strategies for storage, preservation, and service. Utilizes acquisition and collection development procedures, policies, and responsibilities and regularly reports on collection development trends and activities.

Resolves problems involving user access, online database use, and collection policy questions. Understands current and public policy issues in the area of expertise to develop collections that anticipate researcher inquiries and demands.

Makes acquisitions through purchase procurement activities, exchanges, gifts, transfers, or loans. All forms of materials are acquired including printed books, serial publications, print and on-line reference sources, microforms, monographs, musical scores, or autographed letters.

Selects and recommends appropriate titles in all formats, and prepares and justifies requests for major purchases, recommends replacement or claiming of missing materials, and monitors approval plans as required.

The position description number for this position is 136668.

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.

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

This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

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 the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science and music librarianship.**

Knowledge of integrated library systems and other technology tools relevant to performing arts collections.**

Knowledge of the history and literature of music.**

Ability to provide reference and research services in the performing arts.

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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