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Video Preservation Specialist (Digital File Fulfillment)

Posted on Nov 16, 2018 by Library of Congress

Culpeper, VA 22701
Design & Creative
Immediate Start
Annual Salary


This position is located in the Operations and Public Service Office Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.
The duty location for this position is the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Culpeper, VA.
The position description number for this position is 372432.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
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Receives files from an external source, verifies them against an inventory list with SHA-1 checksums and imports the files into temporary storage. This may be done via hard drives, data tapes or the Internet.
Operates a tape robotic system designed to read files from various data tapes. Uses, understands and modifies scripts which control the data tape robot, queries a database, analyzes the retrieved files and creates an XML document to facilitate ingest of the file and its derivatives into the deep archive.
Monitors the progress of all projects and gives timely reports to their supervisor. Generates searchable log files and/or database entries for all file transactions for later auditing. Loads tapes into the data tape robot and executes command line scripts to initiate transfers from the tape robot. Ensures that the files ingest correctly and when one fails takes appropriate action to see that the problem is addressed.
Operator will be proficient with the following systems: data tape robotic systems, file transcoding systems and MySQL.
On request retrieves preservation files from the deep archive, transcodes them to the requested file format, determines that the files are complete & of an acceptable quality, and delivers the files to the client via a prearranged method (i.e. Internet, hard drive, tape).
Assists in planning workflows for new projects with the other digital file staff; and monitors actual performance against projections and gives timely reports of the same.
Writes up discrepancy reports and interacts with maintenance staff to see that all equipment is serviceable, so that digital preservation targets are consistently met and that machine downtime is minimized.

Travel Required
Not required
Supervisory status No
Promotion Potential 12
Job family (Series) 1001 General Arts And Information


Conditions of Employment
No additional requirements to those listed above.

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 analyze, organize, plan and carry out file-based activities in a professional setting.**
Knowledge of the principles, concepts and techniques of file-based media transcoding activities in a professional setting.**
Ability to manage data and tables in a database.
Ability to coordinate and assist in planning workflows for new projects.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


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

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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.

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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance Not Applicable
Drug test required No

Required Documents
Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent). Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.
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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