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    The Assistant Specialist position is located in the Policy, Training and Cooperative Programs division of the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate and serves all cataloging policy specialists mastering a variety of activities.

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    The Assistant Specialist plays a major role in database maintenance, prepares proposals for the tentative and approved subject heading and classification lists, and related duties. The Assistant Specialist participates in projects related to maintaining descriptive policy and guidance, provides training and review, and supports Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) activities as assigned.

    Obtains, organizes, and analyzes specialized information using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices. Evaluates, selects, and adapts precedents to meet specialized information requirements. Searches and transcribes information from computerized and manual files. Utilizes data sheets and source documents to determine which elements to include. Identifies, verifies, and inputs information into online systems catalogs, utilizing knowledge of the organization’s collections, metadata, subject areas, and various workflows and inventory control policies.

    Organizes and analyzes standard bibliographic and authority metadata in order to determine its relationships or relevance to the standard rules and guidelines, and established techniques and practices.

    Searches online files, edits, and adjusts authority record data received from catalogers, specialists, and PCC participants to conform to MARC 21 content designation, written standards, policies, and practices. Attends and contributes at the weekly subject and descriptive policy meeting as appropriate.

    Organizes and completes complex computerized searches in multiple systems. Performs the full range of database maintenance/input work, and indexing. Completes special projects as assigned, independently applying the full range of appropriate established procedures and practices.

    Uses automated tools such as the LC ILS, Classification Web, Cataloger’s Desktop, Subject Proposal System, RDA Tool Kit, macro software, and processing software to complete assigned duties. Analyzes each item, interpreting the bibliographic data and determining individual(s) and/or organizations(s) having responsibility for a publication, title, subtitle, author statements and other statements that determine the book number, often from texts in many foreign languages and non-roman scripts. Organizes the data in the authority and/or catalog record as prescribed by the appropriate rules for varying levels of cataloging and inputs/updates the data online.

    Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Presents information to groups and individuals with a similar understanding of the subject. Develops personal contacts to establish and maintain cooperative work in order to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge. Explains information to groups and individuals with varying levels of understanding or knowledge of cataloging and authority work. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields for the purpose of professional development.

    Supports the specialists by assisting in the delivery of prepared training courses and materials for the division. Develops, coordinates and/or conducts training programs related to the work of the division and assists with review. As called upon, provides explanations and examples of the correct methods for addressing a variety of situations that occur in the policy work of the division. Prepares reports and makes recommendations on policies for training programs. Applies and adapts new principles, concepts, methods, training devices, etc. to improve training programs.

    The position description number for this position is 387663.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

    The incumbent of this position will work a Compflex; or Flextime; or Maxiflex 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.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1410 Librarian

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