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    Summary

    This position is located in the Public Services Division, Directorate of Law Library Services, Law Library.

    The position description number for this position is 11004.

    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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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent of this position is exempt from flex-time and comp-flex time and is assigned to work a special fixed/rotational schedule that involves day, evenings, weekends and holiday schedules; and the selected incumbent "must be consistently able and willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays based on the operational and service requirements of the Law Library as a condition of employment."    

    Responds to United States legal and legislative reference inquiries from Members of Congress, congressional committees, the White House, federal courts, Government agencies, libraries, the bar, and the general public. Inquiries may be received by telephone, in person, in writing, and by electronic means. Locates information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished legal and legislative information sources and electronic databases. Conducts legal and legislative research, and produces written responses to United States federal and state legal and legislative reference inquiries requiring tailored responses. Prepares reports, bibliographies, letters, memoranda , finding aids, informational brochures, research guides and other written products. Gathers information from a wide variety of sources, both automated and in print or other media. Facilitates services to readers, analyzes information, and disseminates it in answer to requests. Advises researchers in research methodologies.

    Analyzes and organizes specialized information, and evaluates and prioritizes work. Assesses new or unusual circumstances and develops variations in approach, and/or solutions for incomplete or
    conflicting information. Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and trends in the law. Analyzes, evaluates, organizes, compiles, and disseminates legal and legislative information and materials in various media. Directs users to the proper specialists, resources, or services within the Law Library and other areas of the Library of Congress. Clarifies vague requests for legal and legislative information through the use of proper and/or specialized bibliographic and research tools.

    Surveys and evaluates print and electronic collections to identify currency issues. Identifies, recommends and resolves collection processing issues relating to assigned areas / subjects / jurisdictions of the Reading Room collections. Recommends alternative titles to and the removal of titles from assigned portions of the Law Library reference collections. Searches acquisitions lists for new titles and other materials in various formats for the Reading Room's collection as requested.

    Reviews collections on a continual basis and exercises care to ensure collection material is properly handled and kept secure to avoid loss or damage. Reviews a variety of foreign and domestic sources for information about available materials. Contribute to digital collection developers and management projects, such as web archiving and/or compiling and organizing web-sites based on current public policy issues. Determines permissibility of copying materials based on the preservation needs of the material.  Understands current and public policy issues in his/her area of expertise in order to develop collections that anticipate researcher inquiries and demands.

    Provides training for junior reference and circulation staff, and legal information technicians. May be assigned to review and/or revise work to provide initial quality control and aid in the training process. Conducts analysis of the training needs and services.

    Develops personal contacts to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge. Explains information to groups and individuals with varying levels of understanding or knowledge of the operations, services, mission, and/or programs of the Library of Congress and the Law Library, as well as law, and legal and legislative research methodology. Depending on Law Library priorities and requirements, attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings relating to trends and issues in law and law librarianship for the purpose of professional development. Provides orientations to distinguished visitors and conducts tours, as assigned.

    Maintains liaison or communicates with individuals both within and outside the organization. Professional contacts are with library patrons, supervisors, library staff, other national libraries, library and information networks, information centers, experts in government agencies, associations, the private sector, and/or research groups. Motivates and influences clientele to fully utilize programs and services. Meets with researcher, analyzes questions and requirements; suggests search strategies; and evaluates resources from the general, special and/or reference collections regardless of format.

                                                 

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/522857700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.