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    This position is located in the Cooperative Programs and Policy Section, Policy, Training and Cooperative Programs Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 388013.

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

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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    Analyzes, evaluates, and proposes new cataloging practices and standards that are cited as authoritative by other libraries. Initiates and participates in studies of proposed changes in cataloging policies and practices initiated by the Library or external organizations. Initiates and coordinates studies to assist in evaluating operational benefits of introducing new technology. Works with the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and colleagues to develop standards that are international in scope and harmonized among standards. Works with others in the community to help coordinate the overall process of bibliographic control and access for resources. Prepares reports, analyses, statements, proposals, and documents that and authoritatively convey national-level cataloging policy. Advises and informs others on policies and procedures related to cataloging. Researches, analyzes, and interprets major new concepts and techniques in cataloging.

    Provides expertise to multiple projects especially in the areas of organization, development, and implementation. Serves as a project leader, team leader, or chairperson for working groups, task forces, committees, etc., which have been assigned responsibility for specific automated system development, enhancement projects and tasks. Coordinates the activities of a national and international cooperative cataloging program and recruits new members from the United States and other countries, assigns mentors and trainers, and reviews progress. Organizes and develops projects utilizing critical judgment to determine scope, emphasis, approach, appropriate techniques, and manner of presentation. Develops technical standards and/or protocols applicable to library functions. Participates in planning the work of the division, including formulating goals and objectives, and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures.

    Analyzes and plans all phases of the production process for a writing project.  Directs others in the writing process, reviews their work, and makes recommendation for improvements.  Writes and/or edits information on Library of Congress programs, policies, functions, and research as a recognized expert in a subject area.  Written products articulate, interpret, and explain the highly complex and important topics of the particular project. 

    Serves as a principal liaison for the organization at professional conferences, seminars, and exhibits.  Serves as a major spokesperson for the directorate at meetings within the Library and around the library community.  Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians and other specialists in order to share resources and information.  Works with colleagues to identify key issues for discussion at professional forums, oversees the preparation of background papers; decides on the most appropriate strategies for and coordinates the discussion; oversees follow through after the meeting.

    Consults with colleagues as well as the staff of libraries throughout the nation involved in cooperative cataloging projects.  Presents papers at conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields.  Prepares articles for publication. 

    Comments on and drafts discussion papers and proposals for changes to cataloging formats.  Coordinates and leads meetings at the American Library Association’s annual and midwinter meetings.  

    Provides presentations and training at ALA meetings, and meetings of other library associations and special interest groups.  Represents the directorate at international meetings, and serves on international task forces, as appropriate.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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