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.

This position is a Part Time tour of duty and the incumbent will work 24 hours per week.

The position is located in the Prints & Photographs Division, which acquires, organizes, describes, preserves and makes available for research use a wide variety of original and historical visual materials in both physical and digital formats. The collections contain more than 15 million items in hundreds of collections stored in local and remote sites. They encompass the full range of subject and geographical specialties collected by the Library and are often in fragile physical condition with attendant concerns for security, preservation and safe handling.

The incumbent provides reference, research, writing and editorial support for projects or programs relating to the designated collection area of the Division: Architecture, Design and Engineering. Assignments may embrace any or all facets of the collection area and related fields of study.

The position description number for this position is 254000. 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.


Special Project Planning:       25%

Uses standard approaches to perform a variety of duties related to special projects involving administrative and program issues.  Conducts extensive research and compiles data from diverse sources.  Extracts and assembles information, conducts analysis and develops reports or presentations.

 Coordinates special events such as public program lectures and meetings with donors.  Schedules and receives special visitors; gives tours of Library facilities, collections and/or operations; and arranges visits to other institutions and benefactors.

 Research Services:    50%

 Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity to researchers where user needs are determined easily from interviews and/or written requests.  Provides accurate, competent research guidance on the use and technical aspects of special collections.  Examines publications, electronic resources and trends in topics related to a specialized field.  Develops knowledge of collections for use in performing research tasks.  Prepares basic and standard responses to written, telephone or electronic media inquiries.

 Assists with the full range of librarian duties, including reference, processing, preservation, publication and exhibition work.  Identifies and provides basic documentation on items and collections for purposes of preservation, processing and cataloging.  Monitors condition and preservation needs of items in collections.  Assists with special reference services, such as unprocessed collections.  May participate in professional associations related to the field.

 Writing and Editing Services:           25%

 Assists in producing written materials on a specific subject matter.  Examines material for conformity to proper style.  Prepares written documents, including reports, articles, memos and formal correspondence.  Edits portions of documents or reports and assists in developing and presenting information.  Analyzes changes to various projects and prepares reports of the changes for review.

Work may involve drafting in publishable form expository, descriptive or analytical text for such products as online or printed publications, catalogs, checklists, brochures, finding aids, collections guides, monographs, articles and consumer products.  Through correspondence, research assistance and personal contacts, may inform the interested public (government officials, scholars, publishers, writers, learned societies, etc.) of the Library's resources and services.


Performs various other duties as assigned.