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  1. Overview
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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Librarian (LAW)

Department:Legislative Branch

Agency:Library of Congress

Job Announcement Number:130147

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 to Monday, January 13, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1410-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Open - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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.

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The Law Library of Congress seeks a legal reference librarian with education and experience (1) providing legal and legislative information services to diverse and demanding clients in a large law library or similar legal information organization; and (2) creating, organizing and managing web content for dynamic websites. Qualified candidates with both Juris Doctor and Masters in Library/Information Science degrees from accredited universities with appropriate training and experience are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The successful incumbent will demonstrate progressively responsible work experience or combination of education & work experience and proficiency in (1) providing concise and thorough oral and written research guidance utilizing creative methodologies to respond to complex inquiries; (2) applying a strong public service demeanor when providing legal and legislative information services to diverse and demanding clientele; (3) developing, organizing and managing legal and legislative collections (websites, blogs and online resources); (4) creating, organizing and managing legal and legislative content for dynamic websites; and (5) using time management skills to complete multiple time-sensitive assignments and projects.  

This position is located in the Public Services Division, Directorate of Law Library Services, Law Library.  
 
The position description number for this position is 11004. 

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.   
 
This position is exempt from flex-time and comp-flex time and is assigned to work a special fixed/rotational schedule that involves day, evenings, weekends and holiday schedules; and the selected incumbent “must be consistently able and willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays based on the operational and service requirements of the Law Library as a condition of employment.” 

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.  
 

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS


    DUTIES:

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    Responds to United States legal and legislative reference inquiries from Members of Congress, congressional committees, the White House, federal courts, Government agencies, libraries, the bar, and the general public. Inquiries may be received by phone, in person, in writing, and by electronic means. Locates information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished legal and legislative information sources and electronic databases. Conducts legal and legislative research, and prepares written responses to United States federal and state legal and legislative reference inquiries requiring tailored responses. Writes reports, bibliographies, letters, memos, finding aids, informational brochures, research guides and other written materials. Collects information from a wide variety of sources, both automated and in print or other media. Facilitates services to readers, assesses information, and disseminates it in response to requests. Advises researchers in research methods. 
     
    Analyzes and organizes specialized information, and assesses and prioritizes work. Evaluates new or unusual circumstances and develops variations in approach, and/or solutions for incomplete or conflicting information. Clarifies vague requests for legal and legislative information through the use of proper and/or specialized bibliographic and research tools. Meets with clients to evaluate and clarify questions and requirements. Directs users to the proper specialists, resources, or services in the Law Library and other areas of the Library of Congress. 
    Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and legal trends. Analyzes, organizes, compiles, and disseminates legal and legislative information and materials in various media.  May develop expertise in a field of law or legal and/or legislative research methods. Utilizes knowledge of legal and legislative information sources in other Library of Congress service units, and law libraries and research institutions outside the Library of Congress.
     
    Surveys and evaluates print and electronic collections to identify currency issues. Identifies, recommends and solves collection processing issues pertaining to assigned areas / subjects / jurisdictions of the Reading Room collections. Recommends alternative titles to and the removal of titles from assigned portions of the Law Library reference collections. Searches acquisition lists for new titles and other materials in various formats for the Reading Room's collection as requested.
    Reviews collections on an ongoing basis and exercises care to ensure collection material is properly handled and kept secure, avoiding loss or damage. Reviews various foreign and domestic sources for information about available materials. Contribute to digital collection developers and management projects, such as web archiving and/or compiling and organizing web-sites based on current public policy issues. Determines permissibility of copying materials based on the preservation needs of materials. Understands current and public policy issues in his/her area of expertise to develop collections anticipating researcher inquiries and demands. 
     

    Provides training for junior reference and circulation staff, and legal information technicians. May be assigned to review and/or edit work to provide initial quality control and assistance in the training process. Analyzes training needs and services. Provides instruction to staff and Law Library customers on the content, nature, and use of Law Library print and electronic resources. 
     
    Develops personal contacts to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge. Explains information to groups and individuals with varying levels of understanding and/or knowledge of the operations, services, mission, and/or programs of the Library of Congress and the Law Library, as well as law, and legal and legislative research methods. Determined by Law Library priorities and requirements, attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings pertaining to trends and issues in law and law librarianship for professional development. Provides orientations for distinguished visitors and conducts tours, as assigned. 
     
    Liaisons and communicates with individuals inside and outside the organization. Professional contacts are with library patrons, supervisors, library staff, other national libraries, library and information networks, information centers, government agency experts, associations, the private sector, and/or research groups. Motivates and influences clients to fully utilize programs and services. Meets with researchers, analyzes questions and requirements; suggests search strategies; and evaluates resources from the general, special and/or reference collections regardless of format.
     


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 apply knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of Library Science to the organization and dissemination of legal information ** 
     
    Ability to communicate legal and legislative information and analysis in writing.** 
     
    Ability to communicate effectively in a library or Information Center environment.** 
     
    Ability to utilize information technology and online legal resources. 
     
    Ability to plan and implement library programs. 
     
    Ability to interact collaboratively with a diverse group of people.


    No additional requirements to those listed above.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    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.
    To preview questions please click here.


    BENEFITS:

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    OTHER INFORMATION:

    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 spp@loc.gov. 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: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf.

    HOW TO APPLY:

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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 jobhelp@loc.gov , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    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.
     

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Customer Service Center
    Phone: 202-707-5627
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: JobHelp@loc.gov
    Agency Information:
    LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
    101 Independence Ave. SE
    LM-107
    Washington, DC
    20540
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    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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    Job Announcement Number:

    130147

    Control Number:

    357043800