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 155 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and over 37 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 primary duty station is in Landover, MD. The selectee may be assigned to other Library facilities as needed.
The incumbent of this position will work a fixed schedule, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

NOTE: A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED. Physical Requirement: Duties of the position require moderate to heavy lifting, pulling, and pushing and may require standing, stooping, climbing, bending and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions. After an offer of employment has been made and before commencement of duties the selectee must be physically qualified by the Library's Health Office.

This position is located in the Collections Maintenance and Off-Site Storage Section of the Collections Integrity and Maintenance Office. Collections Access, Loan and Management (CALM) Division, Collections & Services Directorate of Library Services. The Materials Handler is responsible for working in a wide array, Library collections-related activities. These include: addressing the proper location of collections materials both on-site and off-site; shelfreading to ensure collections are in proper sequence; shifting; maintenance of the collections, including such tasks as cleaning; security of the collections; and providing service on specific segments such as those stored off-site. Collections include books as well as materials in non-book format, such as manuscripts, prints and photographs, recorded sound, moving image, and maps. Many of these items are rare, valuable and fragile and must be handled with extreme care. Incumbent may be responsible for activities related to collections moves, such as erecting and dismantling shelving, and operating both manual and power equipment such as forklifts and pallet jacks. Incumbent also may be assigned to transport materials from one building to another using a van or car. The position description number for this position is 63840. The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position. Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


Warehouse Storage and Space Utilization Planning 60%
Responsible for the orderly relocation of large segments of the Library's general and special collections. Realignment of these collections must be done in accordance with prescribed procedures including shelving accuracy, adherence to shelfload specifications and knowledge of unique requirements of the specific class being realigned, including the understanding of the different needs of growth potential of both serial and monograph volumes.
Works with a high degree of independence in determining sequences of loading and unloading book trucks and other conveyances containing Library collections, equipment and supplies. Participates in developing space utilization plans, and implementing the movement of materials from one area to another, which may involve intra- or interbuilding transport.
Shifts the various collections to relieve congestion, including materials in non-book formats, such as moving image and recorded sound.
Assists in the erection of security cages for Library materials.
Following agency regulations, coordinates storage and space utilization for a specific product line, commodity, or equipment group, specifically in a library setting, for library collections, supplies and related equipment and hardware. Provides assistance in developing plans for storage and arrangement of collections and related equipment and supplies in accordance with agency regulations that determine the configuration set-up, movement, rearrangement, and traffic flow of materials.
Inputs and files information related to inventory control and tracking for collections items received, sent or moved into the automated inventory control and tracking systems, such as the LC Integrated Library System or the Ft. Meade Library Archival System.
Screens shipping and receiving documents to identify discrepancies. Contacts appropriate Library personnel to resolve issues in question and expedites the resolution of discrepancies.
Materials Handling Work 35%
Handles or oversees one or more product lines in a Library setting. The primary focus is on the Library's collections in all formats and at all Library locations, but focus is also on related equipment (such as shelving) and collections-related files.
Provides support for the Library's off-site storage program. Works as part of a team of Materials Handlers in performing tasks associated with off-site collections storage. Tasks include processing collections for transfer off-site, including: working in the Ft. Meade tracking system database (Library Archival System) to link items to boxes and boxes to a shelf location at the facility: managing the collections at both the Ft. Meade and Landover Center Annex facilities, allocating space, acquiring and shelving newly arriving collections, responding to requests for items stored off-site, and ensuring that the facilities are well managed and collections in their proper location.
Erects, dismantles and reconfigures collections storage shelving units in all of the Library's buildings, both on and off Capitol Hill. These installations include wall hung shelves, work surfaces, standard library shelving, industrial wide span shelving as well as free standing units.
Operates a forklift truck and other materials handling equipment in the loading and unloading of the Library's materials. Performs routine maintenance on this equipment, including checking battery water. power steering fluid, and detecting any equipment malfunctions.
As part of the collections shifting or maintenance program, shelfreads and rearranges the various collections of the Library in order to maintain the proper sequence and uses a good knowledge of the LC? classification scheme to identify volumes with cataloging and labeling errors and forwards these materials to the proper facility for correction.
Provides service to the Library's various collections housed at off-site storage facilities, primarily the High Density Storage Facility at Ft Meade. Maryland and the Landover Center Annex in Landover. Maryland.
Cleans and dusts materials and shelves in both the general and special collections.
Serves on a team of Materials Handlers involved in special projects, such as a conversion to an automated warehouse or the relocation of a major equipment group. Ensures safe receipt, storage, and movement of collections and associated equipment and supplies.
Operates, Maneuvers, and Maintains Motor Vehicles Weighing Up to 26,000 Lbs. 5%
Operates sedans, large station wagons, or 15-passenger vehicles.
Operates vehicles in transporting staff, officials, and property of the agency to and from specified points in connection with a variety of official demands and responsibilities. As required, delivers sensitive documents and valuable collections upon request.
Performs other duties as assigned.