This position is located in the History and Genealogy Section, Researcher and Reference Services Division, General and International Collections, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 010703.
This position requires some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
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The Researcher and Reference Services Division plans and administers general reference and research services at the Local History and Genealogy reference desk, and in the Main Reading Room and the Microform and Electronic Resources Center by providing assistance to researchers seeking solutions to research problems. Constituents include Congress, other government agencies, scholars and the general public. To facilitate such research, the Division's specialists recommend the acquisition of materials of research value in a variety of formats (e.g., print, electronic, microform, etc.) in the areas of history, genealogy, and the humanities and social sciences.
The Division maintains reference collections for its reading room and bears the responsibility for the development, bibliographic control, processing, and general custody of these collections.
For visiting scholars the Division offers a program of special services and facilities, including colloquia and intellectual exchange. The work of the Division affects the development of Library programs and the policies, standards, and principles used by librarians in government, public and academic libraries throughout the United States. The incumbent exercises initiative, judgment, tact, and flexibility in meeting the reference requirements of constituents, is familiar with the rapidly growing and complex body of library and information science, and maintains a working knowledge of the operation and resources of the Division and the Library as a whole.
Provides reference services in person, by telephone, electronic media, and formal correspondence; the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are found within the Library's collection. Serves as both a generalist and subject specialist providing the Library's constituents basic information and reference research services. Conducts a thorough reference interview, analyzes questions and requirements, and suggests search strategies. Is knowledgeable of the Library's resources from the general, special and/or reference collections in all formats. Acquires knowledge of special catalogs and collections, areas of specialization of Library staff members (language as well as subject), and printed, non-print, and electronic reference sources. Is knowledgeable about a wide of variety of sources including those of other libraries and organizations. Directs users to the proper specialists, resources, services, divisions, or reading rooms within the Library, or to other agencies or institutions. Utilizes knowledge of the general resources of other libraries and organizations.
Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity. Is assigned a subject specialty and is knowledgeable of the basic resources in assigned subject area. Develops knowledge of historical and current trends in subject area. With supervisor, identifies and completes training opportunities in subject area. Gains knowledge of Division resources in subject area in all formats. Writes, compiles, or revises research materials. Monitors and reports on trends in scholarship and collection use.
Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments. Participates in developing the reference collections and the general collections as assigned, including materials in all formats (print, microform and electronic). Selects and recommends appropriate titles and drafts requests for major purchases. Recommends replacement or claiming of missing materials, identifies the need for additional copies of titles in heavy demand and monitors approval plans as required. Surveys the Library's holdings to familiarize him/her with the Library's collections.
Activates and controls standardized computer system and peripheral equipment operations. Provides guidance and access to information resources, both inside and outside the Library, through databases, telecommunication networks, and cooperative arrangements. Troubleshoots and resolves problems encountered during searches. Trains and assists the public in the use of the OPAC, electronic databases, and reference resources.
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