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    This position is located in the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate (ABA) and can be used in any division in the directorate. Under the direction of the supervisor, the Materials Handler, carries out the duties of distribution of mail and the packing of all materials to be shipped. Incoming mail is distributed to all nine Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate Divisions, and for at least six of the ABA Divisions, the duties include handling mail for both monographs and microfilms. The incumbent of this position will also process books received through the Cataloging in Publication and Pre-Assigned Control Number Programs. The incumbent exercises care to ensure that government property, especially the Library's collection materials, are properly handled and kept secure to avoid loss or damage.

    The position description number for this position is 317948.

    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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    Following basic and well-established library procedures, carries out routine and repetitive collection support functions, such as, the transport of library materials or intra-directorate mail and the sorting of all kinds of materials. Performs routine messenger pick-up and delivery services. Places materials on appropriate shelves or in in-boxes at designated destinations. Ensures time sensitive receipts such as overnight or express mail are immediately delivered to the appropriate areas. Receives and sorts all types of mail and library materials for all of the divisions in the directorate based on sender, language, and format.

    Following standardized library rules, procedures, operations, and assists in processing library collections. Receives, sorts, checks in and attaches labels to materials. Performs security strip targeting, security edge stamping, and perforating of microfilm for security purposes. Performs online searches for bibliographic records. Performs routine and repetitive online updating for bibliographic records and for transactions of statistical record-keeping and materials tracking. Searches remote bibliographic databases to locate bibliographic records matching materials that are being processed. Also, searches the Library's online bibliographic control systems to process duplicate copies of materials.

    Performs searches for routine print and non-print materials in bibliographic and copyright files, using bibliographic tools, such as the Library's Integrated Library System, the Z-Processor, Copyright MetaSearch, and/or OCLC databases to organize data into a catalog record as prescribed by the appropriate rules. Locates bibliographic records in the Library's Integrated Library Systems matching incoming materials and uses a macro to create an inventory record in the Duplicate Materials Exchange Program database. Identifies bibliographic problems, such as misrouted materials, damaged items, and items for which records cannot be located and brings them to the attention of the supervisor. Downloads bibliographic records from outside utilities as needed and authorized.

    Following standardized library rules, procedures, and operations, assists in the retrieval of materials to be shipped to stakeholders. Receives, sorts, and transmits books, serials, or other materials to stakeholders both inside and outside the Library. Utilizes knowledge of the classification system, and the meaning of different shelf markers, to locate materials which may have special requirements such as material within a foreign language.

    Receives and assists participants in the Library's surplus books program. Uses tact and courtesy when dealing with visitors from Congressional offices, federal agencies, and public institutions. Maintains a file of eligible participants in the surplus books program and verifies credentials of all visitors. Monitors visitors to ensure they select from proper bays of material based on their eligibility. Handles security for the area and ensures materials are not removed by unauthorized persons.

    Packs and arranges shipment of materials selected by participants in the Library's surplus books program and in the Duplicate Materials Exchange Program. Ensures materials are shipped by Congressional frank, government agency labels, or by various freight companies.

    Independently operates photocopiers, manual perforating machine, microfiche readers, paper cutters, collators, and facsimile machines to fulfill the needs of Collection Material Processing. Performs basic maintenance such as loading paper and changing ink cartridges and reports malfunctioning of equipment to proper contacts. Follows the safety guidelines in operating the equipment to avoid personal injury and/or property damage.

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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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