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The Geography and Map Division is responsible for the acquisition, processing, preservation, duplication and reference servicing of the cartographic collections of the Library. These collections consist of maps, atlases, globes, three dimensional objects, digital files (CDs/DVDs/Tapes), research collections, pamphlet collections and reference work sheets pertaining to or describing the collections and the history of cartography globally. The Division maintains a fully equipped digital laboratory to handle the conversion of original cartographic objects to digital format. The Division maintains the Congressional Cartography Program directed to producing maps on demand for Congress, or through the Congressional Research Service. The Geography and Map Division is the largest map collection in the world. The reference librarian provides reference services in the reading room of the Geography and Map Division and serves under the direction of the Team Leader.
This position is located in the Reference Team, Geography and Map, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 112650.
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.
Plans and designs projects pertaining to inventories and information management (such as preparing catalogs, cartobibliograhies, or printed or machine readable inventories) to determine holdings and make collections data more accessible. Develops databases and available resources and most appropriate data to capture. researches new methods applicable to projects and determines available resources and most appropriate methods to use. Writes and submits proposals requesting funding for projects, if necessary.
Provides reference services where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews in person or over the telephone, from written requests or internet requests, and the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are readily-accessible, i.e., found within the library's collection or can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures. Responds orally or in writing to inquiries related to assigned field of responsibility.
Assists in the production of written materials on a specific subject matter. Examines material for conformity to proper style. Prepares written documents, including reports, articles, memoranda, and formal correspondence. Edits portions of documents or reports and assists in the development and presentation of the information. Analyzes changes to the various projects at hand and prepares reports of the changes for review.
Maintains personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Presents information to groups of individuals with a similar understanding of the subject. Orients visitors and conducts tours. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in map librarianship, in the history of cartography, and other relevant fields for the purpose of professional development.
Searches and transcribes information from computerized and manual files. Utilizes data sheets, cards, inventory lists, internal paperwork, reference sources, and containers. Identifies, compiles, verifies, and inputs information in computer systems, for inventories, container lists, shelflists, on-line catalogs, or other kinds of finding aids utilizing knowledge of the organization's collections and subject areas. Organizes and prepares complex material for reformatting. Organizes and completes complex manual and computerized searches in multiple systems. Prepares automated access/inventory records for single items or collections. Compiles and prepares statistical information.
Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments related to one or more specialty areas of librarianship, specifically in map librarianship. Information is obtained, organized and maintained using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices as well as the specialized tools in the fields of cartography, history of cartography, geography, history, libraries, and the social sciences. Monitors the quality of preserved materials to ensure adherence to established standards and specifications. Decides appropriate treatment for deteriorating items and those requiring special handling. Orients users and explains procedures and regulations governing use and handling of materials in the collection.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Current Department Employees - CONSIDERATION UNDER THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE PERMANENT AND INDEFINITE STAFF OF THE COLLECTIONS AND SERVICES DIRECTORATE DUE TO BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS. TEMPORARY NOT-TO-EXCEED (NTE) AND INDEFINITE NOT-TO-EXCEED (NTE) STATUS CANDIDATES ARE INELIGIBLE TO APPLY. (EMPLOYEES MUST MAINTAIN THEIR ELIGIBILITY AT THE TIME OF SELECTION.)
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Conditions Of Employment
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QualificationsApplicants 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.
Ability to provide consultation or liaison services.
Ability to provide reference services. **
Knowledge of cartographic and map collections. **
Ability to communicate in writing. **
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
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. All who meet the eligibility requirements are 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 ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
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.
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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Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).
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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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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