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 Information Technology Specialist (Data Specialist) provides technical support to the Office of Strategic Initiatives in a wide variety of activities related both to the transfer of digital data from sources outside and inside the Library, and to the movement of data across multiple applications and data stores within the Library. The data spans multiple content types including text, graphic, photographic, moving image, cartographic, sound/audio, and mixed media data, including website content. The position involves applying technical expertise in digital data and digital data management, developing and adhering to best practices for data transfer, as well as working collaboratively with managers, technical staff, and subject matter experts both inside and outside of the Library.

This position is located in the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Directorate of the Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives.

The position description number for this position is 128812.

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.


Serves as a technical expert, trouble-shooter, or consultant in a team transferring or moving digital content and the metadata related to the content. Works with Library staff to plan, test and execute imports to, and exports from, Library of Congress (LC) systems. Works with Library staff on data management teams to define, develop, implement and monitor plans for managing data sets through multiple phases of a digital life cycle in the context of the LC environment. Works with Library staff on data management teams and partner institutions to define and test efficient data movement procedures, establish and conduct effective and robust operational processes, and coordinate among stakeholders. Work is executed in an environment of continual change, where digital content types and content sources are rapidly expanding, and the supporting processes and technologies are in a state of flux.

Analyzes formats, metadata, and packaging of data sets for a wide variety of content types. Evaluates the characteristics of data sets in terms of the requirements for LC content and metadata systems. Uses automated tools and utilities to analyze, validate, edit, index, inventory, package, move and document data sets.

Serves as liaison to appropriate staff inside the Library of congress as well as outside institutions and partners to ensure the proper assessment of incomplete or conflicting information, and to resolve complex or difficult matters that arise in connection with the movement and processing of digital data. Maintains ongoing relationships with technical staff at LC and partner institutions.