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Job Title:  Library Technician (Ft. Meade Library Technician)
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:  110188

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$46,745.00 to $60,765.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 to Thursday, February 14, 2013
Open - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map
Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.


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 151 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and almost 20 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.

The Ft. Meade collections consist of many millions of items in multiple formats, including books, serials, maps, manuscripts, and sheet music. Working closely with the Materials Handler Supervisor, Ft. Meade Storage Unit and the Ft. Meade Program Specialist, the incumbent is responsible for a variety of activities in support of collections inventory control, tracking, and electronic document delivery service. The incumbent serves as a primary access point for electronic document delivery and serves as the first line of contact for Library staff and contractors. The incumbent is supervised by the Collections Integrity and Maintenance Officer. Because of the geographic separation between the supervisor who is stationed on Capitol Hill, and the incumbent who is stationed at Ft. Meade, the incumbent must be able to work with a great degree of independence and exercise judgment and discretion to a greater extent than if the incumbent were assigned to Capitol Hill.


The position is located in the Off-Site Storage Unit of the Collections Maintenance and Off-Site Storage Section, Collections Integrity and Maintenance Office, Collections Access, Loan and Management Division (CALM), with a primary duty station located at the Library of Congress Ft. Meade Storage Facility at Ft. Meade, MD.

The position description number for this position is 231970.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a fixed work schedule from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.  

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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



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    Reviews operating procedures, library policies, and standard reference services to assist a wide variety of clients and respond to inquiries concerning the collections from various custodial units. Completes complex searches for items not readily available such as specific containers, pieces in a container, and articles in serials. Handles requests containing inaccurate or incomplete information and searches large in-house databases most notably the Library of Congress Integrated Library System (LC ILS) [Voyager], to locate hard to find Library materials or information on specific containers. Locates, identifies, and solves problems and issues with Library materials generated by ongoing inventory and collections improvement programs and special projects. Utilizes the full range of technical library science tools, reference and bibliographic sources of all types, and the full spectrum of printed and computerized catalogs and files to determine the accuracy of information provided by the requestor. Analyzes results of applying guidelines and recommended changes. Gathers additional information through oral and written contacts such as email, telephone, and fax to ensure necessary information is provided. Prepares notices to readers and others who have requested materials related to the availability of the item(s) requested.


    Independently coordinates requests for books, artifacts, photocopies, or digitized scanned documents for the Ft. Meade Facility and ensures the proper handling of these collection materials to avoid loss or damage. Uses a variety of equipment in support of electronic document delivery including digital scanners, fax machines and similar devices. To identify content, incumbent inputs information into the database such as authors, titles and other metadata to the scanned document. Recognizes and solves problems, inconsistencies, and errors in piece identification and labeling before such items reach final destination. Assists in resolving problems arising in the filing and retrieval of collection materials. Writes an explanatory note along with the requested document.

    Searches the many collections to identify and resolve collections-related problems as they are identified either by the incumbent or by others. This problem resolution entails searching the Ft. Meade collections storage and processing areas for items not readily found primarily because of labeling, cataloging or other problems affecting retrieval. Makes necessary notations to reflect needed or recommended changes. Performs complex searches to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole. Corrects many discrepancies on-site, using an in-depth knowledge of the Cataloging module of the LC ILS. Where discrepancies require a level of work outside the purview of the incumbent, the incumbent forwards items to the appropriate unit in the Library for correction. Forwards misrouted materials to the appropriate custodial divisions. Supports inventory management programs by providing quality control of contractors and Library staff using Voyager Unicode modules such as Circulation, Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), and Cataloging.

    Participates in various scanning projects and serves as the coordinator of the digitization of Fort Meade's many collections, especially the special format collections for access and/or preservation. Experienced with the operation of various scanning devices and knowledgeable of the procedures for adding descriptive and other data to scanned documents and knowledgeable concerning preservation requirements needed to ensure the protection and preservation of artifacts. Ensures the quality of digitized copies and transmissions.


    Prepares various reports on a monthly and quarterly basis or upon request related to the activities at the Ft. Meade facility such as statistical analyses and progress reports.


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    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 utilize computer technology and software applications.

    Knowledge of library processes and procedures concerning reference services.**

    Knowledge of library processes and procedures concerning the retrieval and delivery of collection items.**

    Ability to identify, analyze and correct problems with library materials.**

    Ability to plan and execute work autonomously.

    Ability to communicate orally.



    No additional requirements to those listed above.


    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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    Please visit our website at and click Federal Benefits.


    While 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 notify the agency. 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 date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-3960 or email 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.  In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.


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    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 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 "Submit" 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 , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.


    Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

    Disabled applicants claiming Schedule A eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Schedule A is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.


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    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.

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