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    This position is located in the Conservation Division of Library Services. To assure long-term access to collections, the Library regularly labels, binds, repairs and provides custom protective enclosures for new acquisitions, at-risk materials, and fragile and damaged media in all formats. The incumbent works under the direction of the Head of the Conservation Division Collection Stabilization Section and performs repairs, and constructs housing and protective enclosures for the Library's collections.

    The position description number for this position is 062252.

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

    The incumbent of this position will work a flexitime work schedule.

    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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    Follows unrelated procedures and methods to support preservation and maintenance functions for collection materials. Uses an automated box-making system to construct custom-fitted enclosures for Library materials from the permanent research collections for which binding, repair, or other physical treatments are inappropriate. Houses collections-level materials by hand using protective enclosures such as folders, envelopes, sleeves, folders, or polyester encapsulations.

    Places collection-level materials in alkaline file folders and manuscript boxes. Safely removes materials from acidic binders or containers and places them in appropriate protective enclosures.

    Performs basic repairs to collection materials, such as tipping-in or hinging-in of loose leaves and replacement pages; dry cleaning; tightening hinges; and repairing paper using heat-set tissue or Japanese paper. Humidifies and flattens materials as appropriate and constructs pockets to house material. Conducts treatment in a production environment by batching similar treatments.

    Performs treatments, such as stiffening and pamphlet binding.

    Ensures equipment is in optimum working order. Orders needed supplies; troubleshoots equipment malfunction problems; and refers to service calls when appropriate. Participates in ensuring the safe operation of equipment. Equipment used may include board shears, guillotine cutter, book presses, computers, mounting presses, Velo-bind machines, ultrasonic or heat-welding equipment, box-making machines, fume hood, pressure and spray equipment for de-acidification preparation or sewing frames.

    Completes a sequence of detailed routines in searching online databases and entering predetermined bibliographic information as prescribed by the appropriate rules for varying levels of cataloging.

    Develops and maintains a good working knowledge of microcomputer operations and of designated microcomputer software packages for word processing, database management, graphic design, statistical compilations, and bibliographic production.

    Participates in meetings and in individual and group discussions on a very limited basis. Participates on Library committees and/or task forces and contributes to the Library-wide disaster preparedness and response efforts. Makes very limited brief and uncomplicated oral presentations.

    Under minimal supervision, prepares a variety of simple, routine written materials in support of the unit or office, such as form letters or standard response forms. Prepares and/or drafts general correspondence in accordance with established policies and procedures, and in accordance with specific instructions from the supervisor.

    Performs routine editorial operations, such as verifying spelling, capitalization, and punctuation; and reading proofs. Performs simple typing duties not requiring speed, such as typing headings on cards, form letters, general correspondence, and memoranda.

    Learns the correct cataloging rules and procedures for preparing and inputting citations for a bibliographic database. Compiles monthly statistics.

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    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.

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