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    The Head of the Main Reading Room (MRR) serves as the Division's liaison for general reference policy and coordinates collection development for both the general collections and the MRR reference collections in the humanities and social sciences. In addition the supervisor serves as liaison for reading room security for the Division. The Head of the Main Reading Room and the Coordinator of Public Services for the Main Reading Room are responsible for the daily operation of the reading room and the administration of reference and reader services to Library patrons and to researchers who are assigned research facilities at the Library of Congress.

    This position is located in Main Reading Room, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Collections and Services Directorate in Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 012551.

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

    This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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

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    Supervises professional staff of reference librarians performing work at the GS-07/09/11/12/13 levels, and technical staff providing support services. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the collection development and reference work of the staff assigned to the Main Reading Room.

    Advises and recommends to the Assistant Chief needed improvements and changes in the policies and organization of the section and assists him/her in framing goals and objectives for the section.

    The incumbent directs and evaluates the reference work of staff assigned to the Main Reading Room including selecting, training, evaluating, rewarding and directing them, and resolving any conflicts. Assigns work to staff and reviews completed work to assure timeliness and conformance with established policies and practices.

    The incumbent furthers the spirit and practice of the Library's values and the Equal Employment Opportunity Program and assures that the Library's commitment to prevent any discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, and national origin is carried out in all aspects of personnel management.

    Serves as an expert in the organization, development, and implementation of multiple projects. Serves as a supervisory project leader, team leader, or chairperson for working groups, task forces, and/or committees which have been assigned responsibility for projects and programs related to public service and/or research in the humanities and social sciences.

    Plans collection management and development procedures that build and maintain comprehensive collections for the general collections in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Coordinates activities related to collection development across all functional areas of the library. Interprets and advises on the contents of a collection, both cataloged and un-cataloged, covering current and retrospective items. Evaluates offers of gifts for compatibility with library acquisition policies and recommends acceptance or rejection. Monitors the various funds available for Division acquisitions to ensure the comprehensiveness and accessibility of library collections. Develops collection development and acquisition policies, programs, services, and/or products for the Division. Recommends preservation treatment as appropriate for deteriorating items and those requiring special needs.

    Serves as an expert in managing general reference and research methodology to effectively and efficiently provide information services to a diverse and demanding clientele. Serves as a senior specialist in the humanities and social sciences for the Library, and officially represents the collections to other offices and staff in the Library, as well as to persons, groups, or organizations outside the Library, by means of speeches, publications, and correspondence.

    Serves as a principal liaison for the organization at professional conferences, seminars, and exhibits. Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians and other specialists in order to share resources and information. Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with scholars and academicians, librarians and other information specialists in order to share resources and information. Represents the MRR when it is opened for special events for Congressional and National Programs.

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