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    Summary

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

    The position description number for this position is 012759.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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

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    Responsibilities

    The Librarian (Cataloger) position is located in the Moving Image Section, National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC), Library Services (LS) in the Library Collections and Services Group (LCSG) at the Library of Congress (LOC). 

    The position provides innovative and effective bibliographic control of the Library's collections and leadership to the library and information communities in the development of cataloging theory and practice. A variety of moving image content is cataloged by the NAVCC, including feature films and shorts, television programs, news and public affairs, educational and sponsored films and programs, home movies, and oral histories in many different formats, both analog and digital. The cataloging is done in an electronic environment. The work of the NAVCC affects the development of Library programs and the standards and principles used by librarians and archivists in moving image archives throughout the United States and internationally. Stakeholders include Congress, scholars and the public, and the larger library and information communities.

    Performs original and copy cataloging of moving image materials on a variety of levels in machine-readable cataloging format where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. The material is such that assignment of subject headings and genres can be determined relatively easily by comparing the content with standard lists of terms. Resolves routine problems promptly and independently, involving the supervisor on only the more difficult problems. Provides succinct but detailed summaries of contents and/or scope notes for moving images.

    Searches entries in appropriate electronic and manual catalogs. Examines the item and any information accompanying the item, recording certain significant features of the work; determines the extent, completeness, playback mode, length or duration, sound characteristics, dimensions and generation; obtains and verifies source and date of receipt for each copy or generation and assigns data elements to bibliographic records as required by a standard system.

    Analyzes film and video materials to determine their relationship to the existing collections. Determines subject content and assigns subject and genre/form access points to the catalog entry. Establishes new personal and corporate names and preferred titles, with appropriate cross-references for inclusion in the national authority file. Establishes and recommends new subject and genre/form access points, with appropriate cross-references for inclusion in the subject authority file. Revises bibliographic records and authority records.

    Performs content designation of newly created and updated bibliographic and name authority records, supplying tags, indicators, sub-field codes, delimiters, fixed and variable field information. Performs research in the reference collection, in online databases, on the World Wide Web, and/or in the collections of the library. Resolves problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process. As assigned, assists in the training of technicians, temporary staff, and interns.

    Compiles monthly statistical reports. In conjunction with other catalogers and under the guidance of supervisors, is responsible for writing memos establishing new practices, creating guidelines or describing more fully the procedures of cataloging as new questions, problems, or complications arise.

    Answers, as assigned, queries directed to the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center concerning descriptive and subject cataloging of materials.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    1410 Librarian

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