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    This position is located in the Collections Access, Preservation and Analysis Section, Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 12470.

    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.

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    Responsibilities

    Analyzes and arranges bodies of records that may be somewhat disorganized. Studies the origin and nature of the materials and arranges them within appropriate organizational categories in accordance with standard archival theory and techniques and with procedures developed within the American Folklife Center. In cases where the original filing scheme is found to be impractical or undesirable for purposes of providing reference service, devises and recommends an arrangement that will indicate the origins of the records and provide for their most efficient and economical maintenance and use. Documents may be arranged in alphabetical, chronological, numeric, subject, or other order.

    Independently establishes the necessary bibliographic controls over collected materials through the creation of inventories, guides, registers, lists, catalogs, automated databases, and other finding aids. The preparation of finding aids involves conducting background research in the records and other source materials and preparing biographical histories of the creators of the records; analyzing the records to determine the limits of series within the record group; preparing analytical descriptive statements regarding the subject matter content, location, volume and chronological span of the individual series; and supplying cross references to related sources of information. Information is obtained, analyzed, and organized using standard rules, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices. Analyses and organizes standard subject data in order to determine its relationship or relevance to the project-at-hand. Performs original cataloging on a variety of levels in machine-readable cataloging format where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Determines subject content and assigns to the catalog entry one of several subject headings. Develops and maintains expertise in using relevant technology in order to prepare and disseminate electronic finding aids, databases, and other online access aids.

    Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity to researchers where user needs are determined easily from interviews or written, telephone, or electronic media inquiries. Relevant results can be readily obtained through standard search strategies. Develops knowledge of collections for use in performing research tasks. Conducts research and analysis in topics related to a specialized field and provides information in response to reference requests. Assists researchers in finding significant records relating to the subject under consideration, and advises them of relevant records in the Library's collections. Assignments are non-repetitive, require search among several record groups to locate the information, and require evaluation of the information selected for its authenticity, completeness, significance, and relevance to the subject.

    Participates in the development of conservation and preservation policies and contributes to the efforts of project staff and other Library personnel in the implementation of such policies. Coordinates procedures for routing materials for preservation treatment and for preparation of materials to be added to the collections. Recommends technical specifications for supplies, materials, and equipment used in labeling, marking, housing, or reformatting. Monitors the appropriate transportation of project collections, internally and externally, to reduce excessive materials handling and ergonomic impact, ensure security, and protect library materials from unnecessary damage.

    Maintains 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. Communicates with donors, creators, producers, and members of the participating public regarding the use and distribution of unpublished archival materials, and secures information necessary to process and catalog the collections. Shares resources and information with colleagues and constituents.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

  • Job family (Series)

    1420 Archivist

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