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Job Title:  Librarian
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  DOE-14-OSTI-DE-4286B

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$69,497.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 11, 2014 to Thursday, April 24, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Oak Ridge, TN   View Map
All U.S. Citizens
This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, vacancy #DOE-14-OSTI-MP-4286A


About the Agency

A successful candidate in this position will serve as a Librarian for the Department-wide scientific and technical information (STI) program for the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) supporting OSTI's effort to build and maintain agreements with the journal publishing community to provide free public access to DOE's scholarly R&D literature and by performing analytical, evaluative, and coordinative work related to the implementation of STI policy.


  • Occasional Travel
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  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test and random testing after appointment.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


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 As a Librarian, you will:

  • Serve as the interface coordinator for DOE's implementation of public access to scholarly journals;
  • Mine and analyze OSTI information holdings in support of gap analysis activities;
  • Develop methods to identify and compile scholarly literature emanating from DOE-funded research.
  • Serve as a liaison with DOE Field and contractor STI points of contact;
  • Facilitating integration of STI activities and objectives into Departmental Programs and activities;
  • Coordinate with Departmental information management and information acquisition activities and staff; and
  • Advise OSTI staff on library resources, including books, photographs, published and unpublished audio and video recordings, archival materials, electronic database information, digital materials, electronic journals, and bibliographic citations.


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Basic Qualification Requirements:

All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education as shown for GS-7; however, as a standard practice applicants enter at grade GS-9 on the basis of a master's degree in library science.

Since many libraries are highly specialized, some librarian positions require a knowledge of a specialized subject or field of endeavor.  Also, since materials in libraries are often in foreign languages, some librarians must have a proficient knowledge of one or more foreign languages. For such positions, applicants must meet requirements that are directly related to the subject matter or language of the specialization. These requirements are in addition to the basic professional library science requirements that apply to all positions. However, these requirements may be included in or supplemental to those specified for all positions. The following specializations are authorized: biological, medical, social or physical sciences, education, fine arts, business and industry, humanities, law, music, engineering, and the Germanic, Slavic, Oriental, Semitic, or Romance languages.

For GS-7: Applicants must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.

A. Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an
    accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's
    degree; or

B.  A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training,
     and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the
     education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories,
     principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature
     resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and
     information services.


Evaluation of Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-9 and above):

Experience must have demonstrated the ability to perform, supervise, or direct one or more of the functional areas of work covered by this series; to understand the concepts, theories, new developments, and co-relationship of information in related fields; and to maintain up-to-date information on the state of the art. For positions where foreign language proficiency is needed, applicants must be able to read and/or translate material in the appropriate specialized subject-matter field.

In addition to the specialized experience from the OPM qualification standard referenced above a qualified candidate's online application and resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service for this position  Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Experience demonstrating reviewing licensing agreements;
  • Experience demonstrating researching and analyzing information;
  • Experience demonstrating assisting in drafting and review information policy and program implementation guidelines;
  • Experience in reviewing plans to assure consistency with strategic and institutional planning activities; and
  • Experience demonstrating providing assistance with library resources; archival materials, electronic database information, digital materials, electronic journals, and bibliographic citations.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
  • Knowledge of the theories, objectives, principles, and techniques of librarianship;
  • Knowledge of standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles of one or more speciality areas of librarianship;
  • Knowledge of project management techniques and methods;
  • Ability to apply analytical methods and techniques to perform analyses;
  • Skill in writing position papers, reports, recommendations;
  • Skill in persuasive oral communications to present briefings to large and small groups;
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.   
  • If selected you must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • The selectee will be required to submit to a full field background investigation prior to reporting to duty.
  • Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93 579, % USC 552a).   The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
  • You will be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance Federal employees must meet time in grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this Announcement.


This vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.



Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your score places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

 If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
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You can review our benefits at:!benefits.hms?orgId=7&jnum=80177

- Reimbursement of interview, travel, transportation, and/or relocation expenses is not authorized and will not be paid for by the government.


-The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
-Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
-If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category.  Well qualified is defined as meeting minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrating proficiency in nearly all requirements of the position, although some training and/or orientation may be needed in order to satisfactorily perform the specific duties of the position.
-More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
-Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
-All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

Steps to submit a complete application:
-You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
-You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
-Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
-You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
-You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under Merit Promotion procedures as announcement #DOE-14-OSTI-MP-4286A.  You must apply to the vacancy for which you wish to receive consideration. If you wish to be considered for this position under DE and MP procedures, you must apply to all announcements.


If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit.  Some documents may not apply to all applicants.

If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the questionnaire. Your resume must include dates of employment and salary for all positions held, and the series and grade of your current and previous positions, if Federal employment.

You are applying for a position that requires a degree or college coursework as specified in the qualifications requirements. Therefore, ALL APPLICANTS must submit a copy of their college transcript(s), or a diploma which shows the major in the advertised series which supports their meeting the stated qualifications requirements. Note: A copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing inclusion in a specific occupational series does not satisfy this requirement.

-ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
-Specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
-Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
-Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
-Performance Appraisals and Incentive Awards: Applicants may submit performance appraisals or incentive award documentation for consideration by the Selecting Official, if desired.


HR Specialist
Phone: 865-576-9445
Fax: 865-576-6964
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Federal Human Resources Branch
P.O. Box 2001
Attn: AD-442
Oak Ridge, TN
Fax: 865-576-6964


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