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    This position is located in the Collections Division, Library Collections and Services Group.

    The position description number for this position is 409883.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

    The incumbent of this position will work a flexitime work schedule.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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    The Production Specialist is responsible for all production in the NLS recording studio of audio material intended for distribution to the patrons of the NLS Talking Book Program.

    Assesses the content and organizes the audio files of recorded work that originates in the NLS recording studio, into navigable units. Converts into the standardized NLS talking book format, to be available for use on NLS digital audio players and online on the BARD website. Encrypts the material to restrict its access to only NLS patrons. This process requires a detailed knowledge of NLS Specifications 1201 (Narration), 1202 (DTB Mastering), 1203 (Construction of a DTB), without which knowledge, the production specialist will produce books which will fail the Quality Assurance process.

    Converts many types of audio books that originate outside of the NLS recording studio in order to enhance the NLS collection online, including: Analog to Digital (ATD), Digital to Digital (DTD), shared masters, and commercial audiobooks into the standardized NLS digital talking book format.

    Produces born digital talking books (DTBs), magazines, and resource materials, as well as converting older books to be added to BARD. This process requires a detailed knowledge of NLS Specifications 1205 (Protected DTBs) and 1208 (Preparation of Commercial Audiobooks)

    Applies specialized knowledge of audio software support, sound engineering, and audio recording navigation mark-up format, incorporating both technical and artistic judgments. Performs all aspects of audio technical post-production work.

    Analyzes book structure to determine optimal navigational markup and places navigational markers to maximize accessibility for the patrons while complying with NLS specifications. Conducts preliminary examination of magazines, determining appropriate playback structure and formatting for DTB players. Prepares project files using Hindenburg ABC for the recording process (if recorded in-house) or downloading and reformatting commercial books and/or magazines to meet NLS standards.

    Converts and reformats previously recorded (analog or digital) NLS talking books to meet current Quality Assurance standards. Compiles finished recorded audio, then adds navigable markers using Hindenburg ABC for playback on DTB players. Runs validators and creates md5 checksums to guarantee data accuracy, encrypting DTBs for DRM compliance.

    Archives all books and magazines produced in the studio by compressing them for long-term storage and uploads items to NLS servers, as well as entering and updating them in the studio’s database.

    Coordinates with Audio and Braille Production and Content Quality Assurance Sections for special projects. Assists with the timely releases of converted commercially recorded audiobooks into the NLS collection, by obtaining the recorded audio material, determining navigational structure, addressing post-production needs, and providing assistance in moving files to the server in order to be released on the BARD website on the same day as their commercial release.

    Works with all NLS sections to provide high standards of customer satisfaction according to NLS specifications. Provides technical expertise to other NLS sections in audio and DTB related issues.

    Advises, trains, and assists network libraries in digital recording and DTB production, upon request, coordinating and supporting network library production;  

    Coordinates with the Content Quality Assurance Section to address patron requests in a timely manner.

    Provides technical feedback to Collections Division regarding various audio book production issues, by attending meetings, serving as in-house experts, and providing written reports and analyses of new and emerging technologies, consistently and professionally.

    Tests playback of final audio of recorded books and/or magazines before being uploaded to Quality Assurance for review and uploading the completed product to NLS servers.

    Assists Channel Design and Deployment Section with the testing of new technologies and new recording software intended for use by other producers in the Network Library System.

    Facilitates narration of complex titles including experimental formats and assists in the development of concepts to enhance accessibility of images, including audio and tactile approaches.

    Supports technical aspects of format conversion, e.g. music or Marrakesh titles, to NLS format and assists in creating potential new formats, such as Text-to-Speech or ePUB titles for proof of concept and pilot use.

    Coordinates and collaborates with other NLS departments, including the Music Section, Reference Section, Network Services, and Audio and Braille Production with the planning and execution of special projects and new procedures.

    Conducts tours of the NLS Studio for new employees, library groups, and visitors from around the world.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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