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    This position is located in the Collections & Services Division of Library Services. Reference Librarians in these divisions provide assistance to researchers in the culture, history, literature, politics, political structure, economies, humanities, and social sciences of these countries and regions.

    The position description number for this position is 012538.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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    Plans for the effective acquisition, storage, service and preservation of the collections under his/her area of subject responsibility.

    Develops programs to fill in gaps and augment collections to improve services, based on a substantial depth of knowledge of the use of the collections and the scope of other research libraries' resources. Determines the quality and usefulness of materials, advising on retention and preservation priorities.

    Monitors the condition of collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards. Works with preservation experts to decide appropriate treatment for deteriorating items.

    Advises catalogers on supplementing the classification system and cataloging terms so that the catalogs reflect the changes in terminology in evolving fields of knowledge in order to enhance access to collection items.

    Assumes a leadership role in ensuring the quality and usefulness of the Library's collections. Decisions are based on authoritative and comprehensive knowledge of the librarian's area of specialization. Surveys the Library's holdings to assess the quality, completeness, depth and breadth of collections to determine any deficiencies. Methods and techniques serve as models for other libraries and library systems.

    Recommends appropriate titles in all formats, justifying requests for major purchases. Uses highly specialized knowledge to acquire hard-to-find materials. Employs a mastery of current policy issues in his/her area of expertise in order to develop collections which anticipate researcher inquiries. Analyzes and evaluates new sources, both print and electronic, for quality, content, reliability and effectiveness. Plans for significant enhancements to established methods of collection development and preservation.

    Provides leadership in performing a variety of professional activities which include directing Library-wide ad hoc committees, providing consultative services to the Congress and Federal Government, conducting workshops, demonstrating new information services, and making presentations at professional meetings.

    Provides advice and instruction to readers and staff on use of new reference resources. Prepares guides for user documentation. Motivates and influences clientele to fully utilize programs and services. Proposes new policies to address problems of user access to Library systems and services. Incumbent's work in these areas is authoritative and often develops into policies, programs, services and products with application both internally and to research libraries throughout the US.

    Maintains professional standing through a variety of methods, including, but not limited to, membership in professional organizations, publication in library or professional journals, and serving on programs or public events pertaining to the incumbents' area of subject expertise. Establishes and maintains liaison with library and research colleagues both in the US and abroad, especially in the country or region of responsibility, in order to improve the Library's collections and services covering that area.

    Serves as a recognized authority in a specialized field. Solves highly complex research problems, conducting extensive and intensive research to locate, analyze, evaluate, and present information often in the form of descriptive reports, brochures, monographs, guides, and memoranda. Research is frequently performed on a deadline basis and may require knowledge of multiple languages.

    Develops comprehensive information resources on subjects that require extensive electronic searching and resource development based on extensive knowledge of primary source materials in other libraries and multiple complex databases. Prepares analytical bibliographies, monographs, guides, studies, including electronic finding aids that are considered state-of-the-art and authoritative and are widely disseminated throughout the world.

    Evaluates new methods for information transfer. Serves on internal and external committees to develop state-of-the-art reference resources and to investigate new technologies and their possible application to library programs, such as electronic document delivery and remote access to electronic data. Serves as an authority to develop new approaches, methods, and standards to resolve critical or highly unusual information problems and to improve the quality and effectiveness of public services.

    Other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1410 Librarian

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