Job Overview


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 Copyright Specialist (Documents) serves as the Documents Specialist in the Recordation Section and is accountable to the Recordation Section Head. This position is located in the Recordation Section of the Information and Records Division in Copyright. The position description number for this position is 250432 and 250433. 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.


The Information and Records Division is responsible for providing information to the public and to the copyright community regarding Copyright Office services.  the Division operates the Copyright Public Information Office, the recordation of documents pertaining to copyrighted works and the issuance of certificates of recordation, answers information requests for forms and circulars, retrieves materials for court cases, performs searches on registered materials and other copyright records, provides certified or non-certified copies of copyright deposits, additional certificates and other copyright records, publishes circulars, forms and related materials, maintains the official records of the office, and responds to inspection requests from members of the public or Congress. 

The Recordation Section is responsible for the review and verification of documents submitted, based on the recordation requirements in the statute and Copyright Office regulations.  The team creates and issues an official Certificate of Recordation for those documents which meet the recordation requirements.  This position serves as Documents Specialist in the Recordation Section and is accountable to the Recordation Section head.  While performing daily activities, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring proper handling and security of all Library and Copyright Office materials.