Librarian Technician (Information Management Technician)
Posted on Nov 15, 2018 by Library of Congress
The position is located in the Collections Management Division, Library Services. Incumbent is responsible for a variety of activities in support of collections inventory control and tracking, both behind-the-scenes activities, e.g. problem resolution, quality control, searching collections storage areas for items not readily found or for which a problem might be present, support of the inventory program; and for direct public service, e.g. staffing a circulation station.
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Incumbent must possess familiarity with the databases employed by the Library, thorough understanding of LC cataloging and classification practices, and excellent interpersonal skills, frequently serving as the first line of contact for account holders, including Members of Congress and their staff, Library staff, other libraries, special borrowers and others.
Conducts searches in order to identify and resolve problems with library materials generated by collections integrity programs, the transfer of collections from Capitol Hill to off-site storage locations, especially Ft. Meade, special projects and the review of incoming materials. Problem resolution may entail searching collections storage and processing areas for items that are not readily found primarily because of labeling, cataloging or other problems impacting retrieval. Identifies and searches for requested items that are vague or not readily found, using an extensive knowledge of bibliographic tools and procedures. Serves as an expert in the full range of reference and bibliographic tools, both manual and online, e.g. the LC ILS and other automated files, the card shelflist, the Official Catalog, national bibliographies to identify vague or fragmentary entries. Identifies and notes errors in the LC ILS record which may require editing of the entry. Forwards items and notes to the appropriate LC unit to correct the online record. Uses a sound knowledge of the flow of materials through the processing channels of LC, and traces materials which may be at any stage of the processing cycle. Reviews and verifies holdings information in the Shelflist and other available databases, both manual and online. Annotates holding information on the Shelflist cards when necessary. Notifies appropriate personnel of mistakes found on Shelflist cards. Reviews items forwarded to the Section and/or on the shelves that are mislabeled, mis-cataloged, and/or in need of further investigation. Makes the necessary notations to reflect needed or suggested changes. Forwards items to appropriate unit within the Library for correction. Performs complex searches to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole. Forwards misrouted materials to the appropriate custodial divisions. Makes recommendations on items which may be removed from the Library's permanent collections using guidelines prepared by the Library's Selection Officers and Acquisitions Policy Statements. Identifies and processes superseded volumes which have been revised, recompiled or replaced by later dated volumes or editions. Determines items in need of preservation treatment such as boxing, rebinding, and re-housing using established guidelines and procedures. Supports inventory management programs by providing quality control of contractors and Library staff.
Incumbent conducts search requests that contain inaccurate or incomplete information. Bibliographic/Holdings/Item Records. Searches and identifies bibliographic records in the online catalog for items in the Library's collection that are being prepared for circulation. Creates holdings and/or item records where none are already present. Creates basic descriptive cataloging records for items that are not found in the Library's online catalog, suppressing these records from view in the public catalog. Assigns custodial locations when creating new records for materials assigned to locations other than the general collections. Updates existing cataloging records to correct item-specific errors such as call number and location data. Marks duplicate holdings and item records for deletion. Links the barcode on the physical item to the bibliographic record to create an inventory record for that specific item. Patron Records. Searches and identifies patrons in the Library's circulation module in preparation for charging material or updating records. Where necessary, creates new patron records and updates existing records, coordinating closely with the Accounts Management of CMD. Inventory Control and Circulation. Checks out books to the public and Library staff according to the Library's regulations and security procedures. Creates inventory and patron records as necessary. Checks out books to offsite loan patrons, creates inventory records and, as necessary, patron records
Completes complex searches to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole. Receives items referred by staff reviewing new, rebound and relabeled materials coming into the general collections in which a potential problem has been identified. Resolves problems by performing such activities as comparing the accuracy of the label and spine markings on the book in hand with information in the LC ILS Item and Holdings records. Where a discrepancy is found to exist, does the necessary searching/problem resolution to identify what the problem is and what the solution(s) may be.
Supervisory status No
Promotion Potential 08
Job family (Series) 1411 Library Technician
Conditions of Employment
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 provide effective customer service.
Ability to work in a team environment interacting collaboratively with others
Ability to use integrated library systems, databases, and other computer software applications. **
Ability to plan work and meet deadlines
Knowledge of library processes and procedures to identify, analyze and correct problems with library materials.**
Knowledge of library processes and procedures to perform circulation duties in a library setting.**
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
The position description number for this position is 060957
This position is a non supervisory bargaining unit position.
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 (see application details). 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 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 (see application details) or email (see application details). 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.
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.
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