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Job Title:  Materials Handler
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:  130122

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$19.49 to $22.75 / Per Hour
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 to Thursday, September 19, 2013
Open - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Landover, MD, USView Map
Anyone may apply - 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 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.



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    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.


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    Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

    Ability to read and follow written instructions.**
    Ability to operate a forklift and warehouse related equipment (i.e., order pickers, walk behind jacks, etc.) and other power tools and non-mechanical equipment such as wrenches, screwdrivers and hammers.**

    Ability to utilize computer technology.**

    Ability to interact with others.

    Ability to operate with dexterity and safety.

    Ability to do the work of the position without close supervision.
    Ability to communicate orally.

    No additional requirements to those listed above.


    The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
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    Please visit our website at and click Federal Benefits.


    FURLOUGH NOTICE:  New employees of the Library of Congress who enter on duty after April 7, 2013 but before September 7, 2013 will be required to take 12 hours Leave Without Pay before September 7, 2013.  Specific hours should be coordinated with the supervisor of the position. 
    While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.
    The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
    Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.
    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
    Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-3960 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.
    The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.
    Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.
    The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.
    Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.  In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.
    Are you a veteran?  Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim.  Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214.  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.
    For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at:


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    Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position.
    You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.
    Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. Although you must enter your Social Security Number for USAJOBS, this information will not be provided to the Library of Congress.
    Step 2: Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you go to the end of the Qualification and Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 4. You may wish to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.
    Step 3: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.
    Step 4: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly. Step 5: Hiring Management offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.
    (1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.
    (2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation of the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
    (3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.
    Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system. Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, the last one sent will overwrite the first one. Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible in our system. If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.
    Step 6: Click on "Finish" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.
    If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.


    Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent). Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.


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    Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications". You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.

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