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    The incumbent exercises initiative, judgment, tact, and flexibility in meeting the reference requirements of constituents, is familiar with the rapidly growing and complex body of library and information science, and maintains a working knowledge of the operation and resources of the Division and the Library as a whole.

    This position is located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Collections and Services, Library Services.

    The incumbent, serves as the Humanities and Social Sciences library technology specialist, serves as the webmaster to design and maintain the division's web presence and coordinates automation and digitization projects.

    The position description number for this position is 12312.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

    The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule, Monday-Friday with occasional evenings and Saturdays.

    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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    The incumbent serves as both a generalist and a subject expert in a subject, geographic or format area providing comprehensive reference, research, advisory, evaluative and instructional services. Constituents include Members of Congress, congressional committees, the White House, government agencies, libraries, scholars, and the general public. Services are extended in person, via telephone, electronic media, and correspondence and comprise the full range of reference work. The incumbent is an expert in reference and information science, both on the structure of research and in a subject area. Advises researchers in advanced fields of knowledge, using a wide variety of databases including full-text databases, research and technical reports, legislative histories, specialized journal articles and/or historical materials to interpret and evaluate information pertinent to the research project at hand. Solves highly complex problems or problems that involve relationships among the different reference functions. Serves as an expert in reference and information research. Meets with researchers and analyzes questions and requirements in depth and suggests search strategies of the highest degree of complexity. Assists patrons with Library of Congress specialized collections, using knowledge of information sources and/or experts in LC and/or other institutions to respond to questions directly and/or refer patrons to appropriate resources. Uses knowledge of the collections of large research libraries, special collections, government agencies, private organizations, and individuals, to instruct researchers in the use of these collections.

    For assigned subject specialty has expert knowledge of resources and collections throughout the Library, other libraries, and institutions, U.S. and international. Is recognized authority in subject area and is consultant to scholars in the field. Maintains liaison with scholarly community on professional issues within subject area. Solves highly complex research problems by analyzing complex questions, information, requirements, and priorities. Makes expert decisions as to which sources will best meet research needs. Performs information searches in a broad subject area, where users need specialized and complex information that may be conflicting, incomplete, or unclear. Acquires information from a wide variety of sources, automated, in print and in other media. Identifies, examines, and analyzes major publications, electronic resources, and trends in subject area for use in preparing in-depth and highly complex research.

    Serves as the Recommending Officer and recognized authority in subject area. Develops programs to fill in gaps and augment collections to improve services to constituents. The specialist ensures the quality and usefulness of the Library's rapidly growing and complex collections by monitoring, evaluating, and selecting resources and publications in all formats. Expands knowledge of publishing and book trade developments and reports on their impact on collection development trends. Expands knowledge of subject and complementary collections at other institutions. Surveys the Library's holdings to assess the quality, completeness, depth, and breadth of the collections to determine any deficiencies. Drafts and updates: Collection Policy Statements. Prepares memos for major purchases. Monitors and reports on trends in scholarship and collections' use, and participates in cooperative collections development programs of which the Library is a part. Participates in acquisition budget preparation by reporting on prices and collections needs. Monitors approval plans as required.

    The subject specialist advises and instructs researchers and staff in the use of electronic reference resources and prepares user documentation. Resolves critical or highly unusual information problems. May assist in creating electronic resources. Resolves problems such as user access, online database use, and collection policy questions; and maintains an expert knowledge of the contents, nature, structure, access protocols, and use of electronic resources and-other information systems in subject area. Resolves problems involving a variety of applications programs, system software, and interlocking equipment systems. Designs and maintains the division's public web pages and coordinates digitization projects.

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