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    This position is located in the Serial and Government Publications Division, General and International Collections, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 65187.

    This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

    The incumbent will work a flexitime work schedule.

    Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

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    The Serial and Government Publication Division at the Library of Congress is one of the world’s great hubs for access to and research of newspapers, magazines, journals, comics, and government publications. The division maintains one of the largest and most comprehensive newspaper collections in the world, spanning four centuries of local, national and international people and events. The division oversees the flagship service ‘Chronicling America’, the product of an on-going partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress, a website and searchable database providing access to historic U.S. newspapers. The division is also home to the largest publicly available collection of comic books in the United States, starting from the ‘Golden Age’ in the 1930s up to present day copyright and independent publisher titles. The division also makes available some 55,000 current foreign and domestic serial titles on a daily basis. Additionally, the division collects and serves current U.S. federal, state, municipal, and foreign and international serial government publications in Western European languages. These collections and expert assistance are available online and onsite in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room which won the Washington City Paper ‘Best of D.C. 2019’ award for ‘Best Place to Learn About the Past’.

    The Chief of Serial and Government Publication Division is a senior management position at the Library of Congress, responsible for bringing vision, leadership, and innovation to the role. The Chief provides national leadership in the fields of research, reference, and information science as they relate to the division's collections and services, and represents the library at national and international meetings, events, and programs. The role involves setting strategies to organize, digitize and make content and information accessible; ensuring community-based engagement and diversity in collections development for the national library; implementing innovative onsite and online user experiences that support traditional and evolving forms of research; and pursuing creative and practical channels for increasing user engagement with the Library, its staff, and collections.

    The Chief of the Serial and Government Publications Division is responsible for the custodial collection management, development, preservation, security, and service of those collections in the Division's custody including, bound serial collections, government publications, periodicals, Federal Advisory Committee Collection, Federal Agencies Collection, newspaper collections (including the 18th century and other Gold-level newspaper collections), a Gold-level comic book collection, and other custodial collections in print, non-print, and electronic formats, as well as the related reference and information services to the Library's many constituencies, including Members of Congress and their staff, the Congressional Research Service, representatives of other government agencies, the general public, scholars, researchers, academic institutions and others. The incumbent serves as the senior advisor to the Director, General and International Collections, on all matters pertaining devising and implementing policies, procedures, and methods relating to custodial collection management, development, preservation and security efforts to ensure compliance with U.S. Government and Library-wide polices of service and access to public and sensitive Library collections.

    In accordance with established Library of Congress procedures, regulations and collective bargaining agreements, the Chief sets policy for and has broad administrative supervision of the division. Supervises and directs the work of a group of employees performing work at the GS-14 level (the assistant chief and the heads of the reference, newspaper and government publications and periodicals sections), as well as other administrative staff.

    Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including Members of Congress and their staff, other legislative and executive agencies, world-class scholars, and managers of other libraries and information providers. Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with other agency or department management and officials. Serves as a principal liaison for the organization at professional conferences, seminars, and exhibits, and with other cultural, academic and government agencies.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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