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 Humanities and Social Sciences Division plans and administers general reference and research services in the Local History and Genealogy, Main, and Microform Reading Rooms 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 print, microformat and computer file materials of research value in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, the Division has custodial responsibility for the Library's growing holdings of microformat material, and computer file material, such as CD-ROMs, computer software and books with disks. The Division maintains reference collections for its reading rooms, bearing responsibility for the development, bibliographic control, processing, and general custody of these collections.
Provide 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. Participates on Division, Library and/or professional committees. Prepares statistics and reports. As assigned, acquires a knowledge of administrative functions which contribute to the effective operation of reference services. Performs other related duties as assigned.
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 a 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. Prepares analytical bibliographies, guides, and studies, including electronic finding aids. Establishes collegial relationships with librarians and other specialists within and outside the Library and affiliates with scholarly and professional associations. Provides tours and other oral presentations for staff, research groups and visitors to the Division and the Library. May represent the Division at conferences and seminars and participate in planning interpretive programs.
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 ail 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/herself with the Library's collections. Solicits information on collection needs, evaluates the collection and recommends actions to alleviate deficiencies. Becomes knowledgeable of Division and Library acquisition and collection development procedures, policies and responsibilities. Exercises care to ensure that collection material is properly handled and kept secure to avoid loss or damage.
Activates and controls standardized computer system and peripheral equipment operations. Provides guidance and access to information resources, both inside the library and beyond the library, through databases, telecommunication networks, and cooperative arrangements. Troubleshoots and resolves problems encountered during searches.
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