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    This position is locate in the Reference Section, Serial & Government Publications Division, General & International Collections Directorate, Library Services. The Serial and Government Publications Division serves as a primary access point for a wide variety of serial collections and is responsible for the development and management of its custodial collections. 

    The position description number for this position is 132599.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position. 

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    Provides reference and instructional service to individual researchers and groups where needs are relatively easy to determine from client interviews in person or over the telephone, from written requests, or Internet requests, and the bibliographic source materials are of limited technical complexity and are readily-accessible, i.e., found within the library's collection or can be located within a database by use of standard search procedures.

    Provides in-person reference service in a reading room, and responds to telephone, written and Internet requests. Responds orally or in writing to inquiries related to assigned field of responsibility. Searches standard databases where the information is relatively stable, such as for bibliographic citations of a general nature. Seeks assistance for locating materials that are not readily accessible. Develops knowledge of resources in other agencies or institutions in order to provide informed referrals. Assists patrons with specialized collections in the Newspaper & Current Periodical Room under the direction of senior staff.

    Provides basic legal and legislative reference services utilizing on-line and in-print resources. Inquiries are received by telephone, in person, or in writing. Identifies primary and secondary source legal information relative to United States federal and state legal and legislative proposals utilizing finding aids, on-line services, general and government publications, catalogs and directories.

    Reviews a variety of brochures, catalogs, journals, and other sources of items for possible acquisition in order to develop collections in areas by subjects, publication format or geographic responsibility. Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments, which may involve materials in multiple languages and formats.

    Assists senior reference staff in determining the quality and usefulness of collection materials. Makes recommendations to fill in gaps in custodial collections. Assists in developing strategies for the organization, storage, preservation and regulations governing use and handling of custodial materials.

    Monitors the condition of collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards and specifications. Brings deteriorating items and those with special needs to the attention of division management. Orients users and explains procedures and regulations governing use and handling of materials.

    Assists in the management of a limited size law collection within a larger library, such as legal research materials on federal laws, business and economics, or public administration; or a contractor reading room.

    Participates in the formulation of plans for collection development limited to developing factual data, such as usage statistics for certain journals or books. Provides assistance in investigating minor library collections problems issues, or questions to recommend solutions or courses of action, such as recommending alternative titles to and the removal of titles from assigned portions of the Law Library reference collections.

    Assists in preparing research guides and finding aids on specific topics of recognized client interest using standard search strategies. Provides reference and research services of limited technical complexity where needs are determined easily from interviews and written requests. Reviews the professional literature and reference guides, and makes recommendations for additions to the reading room reference collection and for library-wide licensed databases applicable to newspaper1 periodical, or government document reference service.

    Performs other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1410 Librarian

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