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Job Title:  Library Technician (Processing Technician)
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:  130131

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

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$46,745.00 to $60,765.00 / Per Year
Monday, November 25, 2013 to Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Open; - Indefinite
2 vacancies in the following location:
Culpeper, VA View 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 Processing Technician position is located in the Moving Image Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound (MBRS) Division at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC). Incumbent reports to the Section Head and is responsible for the accessioning, processing, conservation, and reference servicing of the moving image collections of the Library of Congress.This position is located in the Office of Library Services, Collections and Services,MBRS Division, Moving Image Section. 

The position description number for this position is 137135.



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    Completes complex searches to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole, identifying variant editions, and slipping them with annotated slips to facilitate the cataloging process. Using wide range of in-depth knowledge, the incumbent independently performs the following tasks:
    Following extensive library rules, procedures, and operations, processes and prepares library collections for use, preservation and storage. Receives incoming collections. Distinguishes the type of material, and separates and properly distributes all types of library collection items for processing; completes appropriate forms and/or data records for accessioning, recording, and statistical reports. For the most complex materials, uses primary bibliographic databases, receives and sorts materials into categories and identifies duplicates. Accessions newly received material. Prepares materials for long-term storage and/or digital conversion. Performs basic conservation on materials as needed, including re-housing, cleaning, rewinding and labeling. Prints and attaches labels and barcodes.

    Alerts the supervisor to the presence of material requiring evaluation for special treatment and other considerations. For the most complex materials, identifies, in a variety of formats, moving image materials, title, source, date of acquisition, and other important data to serve as the basis for initial processing and cataloging. Inputs information in manual/automated systems for inventories, container lists, shelf lists, or other kinds of finding aids using box/folder information, series titles, and other data compiled during processing and/or provided by a librarian, cataloger, curator, specialist, or supervisor. In various databases, updates and/or creates initial bibliographic records for items or collections following the established procedures of the section, often under the guidance of catalogers. Work may be reviewed upon completion.

    Resolves complex collections maintenance issues, while responding to the full range of issues and/or problems. Following fundamental library rules, procedures, and operations, maintains the collections. Handles most complex requests for collections materials. Retrieves items from storage and delivers them to the proper location or staff. Arranges, sorts, shelves new materials and re-shelves materials returned to the stacks according to shelf order. Identifies and removes items suspected of containing errors in labeling and/or cataloging and forwards items for further determination of disposition. Examines collection materials to assess physical condition. Selects best copies for retention. Using conservation knowledge, withdraws materials in need of conservation treatment and re-labeling, forwarding them for appropriate correction. Effects shifts necessitated by growth of collection. Inputs information in manual/automated systems for inventories, container lists, shelf lists, or other kinds of finding aids using box/folder information, series titles, and other data compiled during processing and/or provided by a librarian, cataloger, curator, specialist, or supervisor.

    Using a wide range of in-depth knowledge, the incumbent independently performs the following tasks:   Prepares most complex materials for digitization.  Uses audio-visual digitization workstations, various document scanners, and digital camera stations to digitize a variety of audio-visual formats, documents and images for access and preservation.  Such preparation includes, but is not limited to, counting and marking pages and items, examining completed copies against the original material, and linking scanned images to appropriate bibliographic and inventory data records. Scans complex collections for access and preservation. Retrieves and returns scanned materials to collections storage areas.

    Serves as an expert in all aspects of the library's preservation effort to save all materials on microfilm or digital files. 

    Independently conducts background research on the collections for varied and complex reference and research correspondence assigned. Carries out basic research to refine and amplify the curatorial files; to provide preliminary records for the creation of catalog entries, captions, and other documentation necessary for the control and access to the collections; to create finding aids, catalogs, and other publications; and to develop caption information and documentation.

    Utilizes expertise to train and mentor other technical staff, and under the guidance of supervisors, catalogers, curators, and managers, may serve as work leader on appropriate projects and tasks as needed.


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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.

    Knowledge of moving image documentation, processes and procedures.**

    Ability to maintain materials in a moving image collection.**

    Knowledge of moving image history and formats.**

    Ability to handle motion picture film stocks.

    Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

    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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    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.
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    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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