Applicants must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.
A. 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;
B. 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.
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements:
FOR THE GS-9 GRADE LEVEL: You must demonstrate in your resume at least 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a Master's in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position. OR one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector. Examples of specialized experience include: assisting in the selection of library materials; reviewing for appropriateness routine materials received for a library's collection; performing searches of bibliographic databases; assisting in writing portions of procedures manuals for automated library operations; working with serial acquisitions and integrated library systems; assisting in providing library services to meet a clientele's non-specialized needs; performing specialized Internet searches to meet client research needs; arranging inter-library resource loans. OR an equivalent combination of graduate education and specialized experience that equals 100% of the qualification requirements.
FOR THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: You must demonstrate in your resume at least 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science toward a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) related to the position. OR one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector. Examples of specialized experience include: identifying and selecting literature in assigned formats; creating and maintaining acquisitions records; responding to questions or comments regarding library policies and procedures; providing access to information resources through utilization of various automated library systems; providing professional library services to meet a clientele's non-specialized needs, such as general reading, viewing videotaped movies or instructional videos; serving as librarian-in-charge of a limited specialized collection within a larger library; providing reference services where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews or written requests; assisting a senior librarian by writing portions of procedures manuals for automated library operations; independently performing assignments in locating, classifying, selecting, controlling, or preserving information. OR an equivalent combination of graduate education and specialized experience that equals 100% of the qualification requirements.
FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector. Examples of specialized experience include: initiating and carrying out a variety of assignments related to locating, cataloging, classifying, selecting, controlling or preserving information and accessing information through standard and automated systems; performing searches requiring the collection and organization of data including the development of narrative reports, charts, tables, graphs and various statistical reports; gathering data and analyzing usage of library online services to identify various patterns of usage/non-usage; modifying standard library practices, precedents, and techniques; evaluating, selecting, and adapting precedents to meet specialized information requirements; applying standard practices of other disciplines as they relate to the librarian profession (e.g., physical and biological sciences, social sciences and humanities, languages, engineering, law, medicine, archival work, curatorial work, contracting, computer systems analysis); locating information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished sources and electronic data bases; managing a library providing the full range of services.
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If you qualify on the basis of education in lieu of experience, you must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education .
Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:
- Best Qualified for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
- Well Qualified for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
- Qualified for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements
Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.
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If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:
All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm of the closing date, Friday, March 16, 2012, to be considered.