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    This position is located in the Collection Services Division within the Global Legal Collection Directorate in the Law Library of Congress, which has custody of legal serials and monographs. It is a hybrid position that combines the major technician duties of cataloging, serials control and acquisitions.

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    Creates and revises initial bibliographic control records (IBCRs) for a variety of materials and formats in an automated cataloging environment. Completes routine authority work; consults with librarians for more complex headings, and refers problems to librarians. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Performs content designation on newly created and updated bibliographic records. Performs database maintenance including modifications, updates, and corrections. Resolves routine problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process promptly and independently, involving librarians or the section head on only more difficult problems.

    Receives and accessions one or more special category materials. Retrieves material for reclassification, cataloging or reassignment from various locations. Logs materials into and out of the workflow. Distributes material to the correct location, shelf, or individual staff member. Handles returns from the bindery, conservation or the Rare Book Cataloging Team (RBCT). Inventories new material and older material never before inventoried. Files loose-leaf materials when necessary. Performs end-stage processing for materials; creates labels for materials. Routes processed materials to the correct locations in the Law Library. Works to resolve bibliographic problems raised during shelf-list conversions, pin & linking activities and physical inventories of the collection. Follows a substantial number of pertinent instructions concerning the recognition and comparison of dates, authors, titles, etc.

    Communicates with a wide variety of patrons by telephone, letter or electronic means regarding routine and non-routine questions on services to publishers and other specialized library services. Assists public patrons in finding material. Provides complex technical information in clear, straightforward language. Provides referrals to library and non-library services such Copyright, Cataloging in Publication (CIP), U.S. Postal Service (USPS), etc. based on an extensive knowledge of these services and the differences among them. Determines the best way to formulate requests, and select and present information.

    Efficiently searches online databases such as OCLC or integrated library systems, to locate records to use for copy cataloging, or to identify duplicate records of previously processed records. Searches names, uniforms titles, series, and subject access points on bibliographic records to verify their existence in the appropriate Library authority files. Performs special searches of various online catalogs to locate and/or verify bibliographic data for acquisitions functions. At times, incumbent will also have need to consult various print resources such as shelf-lists, National Union Catalog (NUC) volumes, etc. to complete searches begun using online tools. Completes complex manual and computerized searches in multiple systems to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1411 Library Technician

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