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    This position is located in Library Services. The Cataloging Policy Specialist functions at an expert level in applying knowledge of the principles and rules for cataloging and for the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access and/or the Library of Congress subject headings and classification systems.

    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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    Writes and/or edits information on PSD programs, policies, functions, and research as a recognized expert in a subject area and/or a format area. Written products articulate, interpret, and explain the highly complex and important topics of the particular project. Writes reports, analyses, statements, proposals, and operational documents that are analytically sound and logically presented in their first drafts and that accurately reflect LC cataloging policy and procedures.

    Serves as an expert in the development of cataloging criteria for cataloging and classifying highly specialized or new and changing fields of knowledge. Participates actively in developing national policies for all major cataloging programs and activities that expand the national bibliographic and authority control structures Included in this developmental work are contributions to necessary documentation in a systematic effort to promote the national program or activities and disseminate information about the policies formulated for them. Is an authoritative spokesperson on cataloging policies or plans for policies. Organizes and conducts discussions on cataloging matters in meetings with catalogers and supervisors, cataloging division chiefs, and other Library officials. Reviews proposals for changes/additions to basic documents or to the principles on which these documents are based while considering the impact on existing policy and existing records. Advises and guides other experienced catalogers and supervisors. Resolves most technical cataloging problems and advises catalogers and revisers in the application of rules. Through a variety of channels, conducts literature searches to determine appropriate degree of expansion. Interprets present and past cataloging rules.

    Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians and other specialists in order to share resources and information as well as to coordinate workflow within the library. As a consultant, makes recommendations regarding major changes in program areas. Explains or presents specialized or technical information to individuals or groups with varying backgrounds or levels of experience. Develops and maintains professional standing through a variety of methods, including participation in professional organizations, which may include presenting papers at conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields. Prepares articles for publication. Represents the organization at conferences, seminars, and exhibits. Collaborates on projects both inside and outside the Library.

    Organizes, develops, and schedules training projects for a wide variety of subjects. Develops realistic goals for the training session. Develops, prepares, and presents online or classroom instruction that is well-conceived and effective. Designs, develops and provides a wide variety of training tools aimed at a diversified audience with varying levels of sophistication. Develops individualized training plans and training manuals. Provides technical guidance to lower-graded staff. Offers constructive criticism on ways to improve performance, including materials preparation and practices. Prepares well-researched, timely reports and recommendations on polices affecting the training group. Maintains awareness of current advances in training methods. Analyzes trainees' or cohorts' comments and questions; then suggests new strategies to accommodate those issues. Provides technical expertise in a specific subject area and/or format.

    Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects. Directs and shapes the character and overall nature of projects. Oversees projects from conception through development, production, and introduction to the intended audience. Coordinates the work of others for specific tasks for the completion of product development, marketing projects, public programs, or other events. Participates in planning the work of a unit, including formulating goals and objectives, and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures. Manages a variety of functions simultaneously and with flexibility to work under competing demands and deadlines. Serves on committees and other groups involved in investigating new technologies and their possible application to library programs.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1410 Librarian

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536193800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.