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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is in the Music Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at Taylor Street. The Music Section is part of the Network Division at NLS, which is part of the Library Collections and Services Group, Office of the Librarian, The Library of Congress.  

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent provides service directly to consumers of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and serves as a knowledgeable resource in the specialized area of special format music scores and books for individuals who are blind or otherwise reading disabled. Services are rendered in person, or by correspondence, telephone, or digital media. Requests originate from the blind and visually impaired consumers or persons with physical disabilities making them unable to hold or manipulate a book or focus or move their eyes to read, and the NLS network libraries serving them; Congress; U.S. and foreign government agencies; national and international academic, research, and scientific institutions; the professional and business communities; and from the general public. The incumbent exercises initiative, tact, and flexibility in meeting the reference requirements of constituents ranging from students to experts in their fields. The incumbent maintains an in-depth knowledge of the operation and resources of the Music Section and of NLS as a whole, including information technologies as they apply to library, information and office services. The incumbent participates in the effort to make NLS music materials available in accessible digital formats.

    Responds to reference inquiries of a complex, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished sources and databases. Inquiries may be received by telephone, digital means, in person or in writing. Uses knowledge of specialized information sources including the structure, content, and access protocols of relevant sources to produce selected and annotated bibliographies and other types of documents on specific subjects within the music field. Searches authoritative sources of bibliographic records. Uses a thorough knowledge of NLS music resources and knowledge of information sources in other institutions or service units outside The Library of Congress.

    Digitizes music materials following NLS Music Section guidelines and processes files to make them accessible and available via download for NLS patrons. Processes digital audio materials according to NLS guidelines for inclusion in the music collection. Prepares digitized materials for online cataloging and for inclusion on BARD. Works with NLS colleagues and specialists from The Library of Congress on digitization, encoding and metadata standards and implements latest standards. May create or edit and verify catalog records to conform with established cataloging rules and policies. May assist with management of digitization projects for braille music, large print and audio materials for inclusion in the music collection.

    Monitors the quality of preserved materials to ensure adherence to established standards and specifications. Decides appropriate treatment for deteriorating items and those requiring special needs. Reviews and monitors the completion of preservation projects. Suggests and implements methods to improve quality and productivity in preservation reformatting. Recommends to the Head of the section titles or copies of titles for removal from the music print reference collection and from the circulating collections. Searches acquisitions lists and other sources for new titles and other materials in various formats for the collections.

    Prepares written materials, including the writing and/or editing of documents, catalog records, guidelines, metadata, NLS music magazines, blog entries for the Music Section’s blog, and reports. Compiles information packages for blind or otherwise reading disabled patrons. Selects items from periodicals and other sources for inclusion in special interest reference files. Produces material by gathering and verifying facts, writing and/or editing reports and developing and presenting information that is clear and meaningful to the intended audience. Analyzes, prepares, and organizes complex projects applying the appropriate established procedures and practices. Searches authoritative databases and modifies and edits online records.

    Develops personal contacts, with NLS staff, network libraries, consumers, professional workers and researchers to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge. Serves as a liaison in arranging appointments for visitors to NLS and its music section.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position. Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

    The position description number for this position is 383079.

    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.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    1410 Librarian

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    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.

    Ability to provide reference and research services.**

    Advanced knowledge of Music.**

    Ability to perform writing and editing duties.**

    Knowledge of collections, development and management of digital collections.

    Knowledge of the subject area of music within a library’s collection.

    Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science.

    Ability to plan and carry out digital reference service.

    Knowledge of library resources for the blind, visually impaired, and print disabled community.

    Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

    Education

    • All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education.

       Applicants must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.

    1. Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree;

    or

    A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

    Additional Education And Experience Requirements for Positions at GS-11

    3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science or doctoral degree (J.D., Ph.D. or equivalent) related to the position.

    You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application. 

    Foreign Education – Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE).

    Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

    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.

    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 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 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 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. 

    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.

    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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    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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    Benefits

    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.

    https://www.loc.gov/careers/working-at-the-library/benefits/

    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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    How to Apply

    Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position.
    You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.
    Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. Although you must enter your Social Security Number for USAJOBS, this information will not be provided to the Library of Congress.
    Step 2: Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you go to the end of the Qualification and Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 4. You may wish to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.
    Step 3: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.
    Step 4: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly. Step 5: Hiring Management offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.
    (1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.
    (2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation of the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
    (3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.
    Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system. Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, the last one sent will overwrite the first one. Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible in our system. If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.
    Step 6: Click on "Finish" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.
    If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact jobhelp@loc.gov , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.

    Agency contact information

    Customer Service Center

    Phone

    202-707-5620

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    JobHelp@loc.gov

    Address

    LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
    101 Independence Ave. SE
    LM-107
    Washington, District of Columbia 20540
    United States
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    The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 158 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and over 37 million items online. Located primarily on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

    Next steps

    Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications." You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527873000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.