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 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.

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 Supervisory Program Specialist assures long-term access to content, the Library copies at-risk material on fragile or unstable media to formats which meet preservation specifications. The Preservation Reformatting Division manages a Preservation Reformatting Program which includes conversion to microfilm and facsimile paper copying, as well as a Digital Preservation Program which develops, tests, and evaluates emerging digital preservation practices and reformatting technologies. The Division applies nationally recognized preservation reformatting and digitization standards and guidelines and develops its own requirements when necessary.  Work is performed by a variety of internal and external service bureaus and is coordinated with collections managers and curators throughout the Library.  The Preservation Reformatting Division manages a quality assurance program to assure that reformatted products meets standards, the Library's requirements, and end-users' needs. 

The position description number for this position is 012628.

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

The incumbent of this position will work a flexitime work schedule.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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


Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the Preservation Reformatting Division, the unit for which the incumbent serves as the chief. Plans the work of the Preservation Reformatting Division, including formulating goals and objectives and identifying opportunities for improvement in methods and procedures.  Manages a preservation reformatting program in which work is accomplished by contractors, external and internal service bureaus and Library staff in the Preservation Reformatting Division and other divisions. Develops and establishes preservation reformatting policies and procedures in collaboration with other directorates and divisions. Plans organizes, and carries through to completion applied research that is intended to advance the science, art, and practice of Digital Preservation and of related digital and reformatting activities. Preservation and of related digital and reformatting activities.  Focuses on researching, testing, and implementing new and emerging digital reformatting and preservation techniques that will enable the Library