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    The incumbent serves as a deck attendant in the Serial and Government Publications Division. Incumbent is responsible for the maintaining, servicing and shelving of collections housed in the Division. This includes retrieving materials for researchers, shelving and maintaining the serial and special collections of the division, utilizing the LC-ILS and other online systems. Critical to this position is the ability to work with a high degree of accuracy, to produce a large quantity of work, often under severe time constraints, and to interact effectively with researchers and other users of the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.

    The position is located in the Serial and Government Publications Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 130130.

    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 except when assigned to public service, when the schedule is fixed. The incumbent will work a Monday through Friday work schedule with some evening, weekend and holiday duty as required; may be requested to work more hours on an as needed basis.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:The incumbent in this position will have some physical exertion such as lifting and carrying materials that vary in weight up to 50 pounds. There is constant walking, standing, bending or carrying of light items.

    A physical examination may be required every two (2) to three (3) years to perform the work of the position.

    After an offer of employment has been made and before commencement of duties, the selectee MUST be physically qualified by the Library’s Health Services Office.

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    Following a body of standardized library rules, procedures, and operations, assists in maintaining the serial and special collections. Maintains simple records and verifies information by comparison. Collates serial material according to classification scheme appropriate for the collection. Files materials in alphabetical or numerical order. Arranges, sorts, and re-shelves materials returned to the stacks according to shelflist order. Reads shelves and assures that they are properly arranged. Learns to use reference tools to identify materials.

    Handles brittle, damaged, or deteriorated material, including special collections in various formats. Identifies and removes items suspected of containing errors in labeling and/or cataloging and forwards items for further determination and disposition. Withdraws materials in need of rebinding, re-labeling, and repair forwarding them for appropriate correction. Effects minor shifts necessitated by the growth of collections.

    Participates in the maintenance of selected reading room collections, including the newspaper, periodical, or reference collections, by shelving material according to established procedures.

    Following a body of standardized library rules, procedures, and operations, assists in retrieval of materials. Receives call slips indicating call number, title, volume, chronology, etc. of materials requested by readers or staff. Draws upon knowledge of the classification system, an understanding of the peculiarities of more than one system of classification, and the meaning of different shelf markers, to locate material which may pose special challenges such as foreign languages or varied formats. Checks title, call number, and other information against call slip. Delivers the requested material. When information is incomplete or inaccurate, seeks assistance and verifies the title, call number, and date in order to locate the requested material. Locates and pulls material from shelves and reshelves material.

    Performs inter-library loan functions by searching guides and shelves for material going out on loan. Examines condition of material returned and re-shelves material.

    Assists patrons participating in standardized library programs and services. Communicates library policy regarding all material retrieved for readers with additional guidance for special collection material. Responds to directional questions posed by readers. Provides messenger services, delivering and picking up material as scheduled. Maintains a high degree of tact and courtesy in dealing with visitors.

    Performs searches for routine print and non-print materials in bibliographic and copyright files, using bibliographic tools. May organize data into an online catalog record as prescribed by the appropriate rules. Identifies problems and brings them to the attention of the supervisor. Inputs and updates manual or automated information systems. Efficiently searches specialized online databases, such as library-related databases, most commonly the LC-ILS.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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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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