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    The position is located in the Newspaper Section of the Serial and Government Publications Division. The incumbent is responsible for a wide variety of activities related to the processing of special collections material (18th century newspapers, historic newspapers, comic books, pulp magazines) in the custody of the Serial and Government Publications Division.

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    The incumbent has a thorough knowledge of the division's collections and the policies, procedures, and workflow related to the processing of special collections materials in English and foreign languages. The incumbent has knowledge of the LC-ILS (Integrated Library System) online public access catalog (OPAC) and cataloging module and of the RDA format for serials and newspapers in order to locate bibliographic data, perform OCLC copy cataloging as needed, and create IBC, summary holdings and item records. The incumbent utilizes word processing, spreadsheet software, and database software for the creation of reports and to perform collection­ related analysis. The incumbent is able to conduct historical research in order to expedite processing and to assess material for exhibit purposes. Additionally, the incumbent communicates orally and in writing to assist researchers and division staff in accessing and using materials in person and virtually.

    This position is located in the Newspaper Section,Serial And Government Publications Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 345702.

    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.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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

    In an automated cataloging environment, the incumbent performs copy cataloging from OCLC for special collections titles as needed. Under review of senior staff, creates and revises bibliographic records, including Initial Bibliographic Control (IBC) records and performs content designation on newly created and updated bibliographic records. Creates and updates holdings and item records for special collection material. Resolves routine problems and refers difficult problems and items needing authority work to division cataloger.

    Performs all aspects of acquisition support work to acquire and process special collection material from purchase, Copyright, gift, exchange, or transfer upon receipt by the division. Reviews special collection serials to determine if material needs to be claimed and completes appropriate claiming paperwork.

    Consults the full range of reference sources, which may include print, automated files, and internal and external databases or web sites.

    Searches large in-house databases and the ILS to identify appropriate custody of acquired material and possible duplicates. Performs preliminary cataloging, identifies variant editions of special collections material (notably of comic books), and processes special collections material. Locates, identifies and resolves problems with special collections generated by inventory and special projects.

    Develops plans to expedite sorting, arranging, and shelving of incoming or returned material. Demonstrates initiative in recognizing and solving problems, inconsistencies, and errors in piece identification and housing. Works independently with the collections.

    Identifies at-risk items for conservation needs. Performs minor in house conservation maintenance for the division's use. Observes and arranges for the secure handling of materials.

    Retrieves special collection materials for library staff, researchers, or exhibits. Independently locates items not readily available on the shelf.

    Assists researchers virtually and in-person with the use of the library's resources including the use of the division's bibliographic reference sources. Communicates orally and in writing with a broad spectrum of clients regarding routine question on using materials in the division's special collections. Provides information to library staff, researchers, and other libraries.

    Writes and/or edits documents and reports. Researches items in special collections for the creation of captions for exhibits as well as descriptions appropriate for finding aids and division web pages.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1411 Library Technician

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