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    Formally established as the Senate Library in 1871, the formation of a Senate collection of state and federal materials dates back to 1791. Today, the Senate Library provides reference services, offers research instruction, maintains a large collection of Congressional and general materials, and serves as a place for staff to read and research.


    Department: Senate Library
    Reports to: Head of Technical Services, Cataloging Supervisor


    This is professional work supporting the delivery of information services to Senate and Library staff, coordinating the Library’s participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), and contributing to national and international cooperative cataloging programs. Work involves performing a wide range of technical services and administrative functions to manage and provide access to federal government documents received through the FDLP, including creating bibliographic and authority records for new acquisitions, organizing and analyzing complex materials, and maintaining the accuracy of the Library's bibliographic and authority databases. Work is bound by FDLP guidelines and requirements, Library of Congress classification and subject heading guidelines, Resource Description and Access cataloging rules, MARC standards for bibliographic and authority records, Secretary of the Senate policies and procedures, the U.S. Senate Handbook, and the Senate Ethics Manual, but requires independent judgment in setting priorities and handling assignments. Work is performed under the immediate supervision of the Cataloging Supervisor and the general supervision of the Head of Technical Services.

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    Coordinates the Library’s participation in the FDLP; tracks and routes new receipts of federal government documents; selects offers lists posted by other depository libraries for review with collection development staff and requests materials needed for the Library’s collections; prepares and posts disposal lists of surplus material for acquisition by other depository libraries; and fulfills requests for discarded material from other depository libraries in compliance with office policy and guidelines established by the FDLP.

    Creates and revises bibliographic records for federal government documents received through the FDLP in accordance with national and local standards; analyzes content to determine appropriate assignment of classification numbers, subject headings, and authorized access points for names and titles; formulates subject headings and authorized access points in accordance with established standards and procedures to ensure consistent retrieval in the Library’s catalog; contributes authority records to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) through the Name Authority Cooperative (NACO) and Subject Authority Cooperative (SACO) programs; investigates and resolves cataloging problems; and assists with the preparation of cataloging documentation and the compiling of statistics.

    Coordinates the Library’s government documents collection development, working with a reference librarian in the selection and retention of material and customization of the Library’s FDLP item selection profile; assists reference librarians in answering inquiries about federal government documents; maintains regular liaison with the Government Publishing Office (GPO), the Library of Congress, and the regional depository at the University of Maryland; monitors and maintains current awareness of issues relating to government documents; coordinates the Library’s response to FDLP biennial and other surveys; and serves as the Library’s representative at regional, selective, and federal depository meetings.

    Maintains current knowledge of the Senate Library’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan; participates in periodic exercises and drills.


    Work is performed in an office environment and involves everyday risks or discomforts which requires normal safety precautions when performing the work. Work requires frequent walking, standing, bending and carrying items up to 25 pounds. Must demonstrate physical mobility and manual dexterity to shelve and retrieve materials from overhead book stacks and microform cabinets.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens. All those who meet minimum qualifications can apply. See announcement located here: http://www.senate.gov/employment. Hiring for this position will be governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (“VEOA”), as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995.

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    1410 Librarian

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/465408600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.