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    The Cataloger position is located in the American Folklife Center, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.

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    The purpose of this position is to assist in providing descriptive access to the Center's archives, one of the largest repositories of ethnographic materials from the United States and around the world. These collections include extensive audiovisual documentation of traditional arts, cultural expression, and oral histories, documenting the songs, stories, and other creative expressions of people from diverse communities. Under the direction of the Head of the Archives, the incumbent performs the full range of original cataloging duties for unpublished or rare materials, which requires specialized knowledge of folklife, ethnomusicology, documentary studies, oral history, and/or considerable knowledge of analog and digital specialized format areas (manuscripts, photographs, audio and moving image materials, etc.).

    Working in a team environment, follows cataloging rules and applies archival theory and practice for describing collection materials. Creates and edits MARC catalog records and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids. Establishes new personal and corporate names and uniform titles, with appropriate cross-references, for inclusion in the name authority file. Joins a team that administers the American Folklore Society (AFS) Ethnographic Thesaurus.

    Analyzes material to determine its relationship to the existing collections. Assists in ensuring that records adhere to appropriate national and international standards. Interprets present and past cataloging rules. Demonstrates a high degree of accuracy, consistency, and cultural competency in performing work assignments.

    The position description number for this position is 012616

    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.

    The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1410 Librarian

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