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    This position is located in the History and Military Science Section, U.S. Arts, Sciences, and Humanities Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 132882.

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

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

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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    This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

    Performs copy cataloging for a variety of materials and formats in an automated cataloging environment.  Descriptively catalogs original materials where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Performs CIP verification independently. Completes cataloging data for publications initially cataloged as Cataloging in Publication (CIP) materials. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Performs content designation on newly created and updated bibliographic records. Performs database maintenance including modifications, updates, and corrections. Creates and revises bibliographic records, including initial bibliographic control records (IBCRs). Resolves routine problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process promptly and independently, involving supervisor or designee on only the more difficult problems. Refers items needing authority work to librarians.

    Shelflists materials independently, adjusting procedures as needed and verifying that the class number assigned is consistent with the subject heading(s). Recognizes possible errors made in the cataloging process and then consults with senior personnel to correct the problem. Investigates and interprets authority records to ensure accuracy of series treatment, analysis, form of numbering, and call number. Communicates with a wide variety of patrons by telephone, letter, or electronic means regarding routine and non-routine questions on services to publishers and other specialized library services. Provides complex technical information in clear, straightforward language. Provides referrals to library and non-library services such as ISSN, Copyright, CIP, ISBN, U.S. Postal Service, Patent and Trademark Office, etc., based on an extensive knowledge of these services and the differences among them. Exercises good public relations practices and demonstrates sound knowledge in soliciting and providing information. Demonstrates an understanding of the demands and attitudes of various interested and affected groups. Determines the best way of formulating requests and utilizes good judgment and discretion in the selection and presentation of the information. Is called on to deal with difficult patrons or callers or clients. Acts as a liaison for specific clients, negotiates and resolves problems, drafts original correspondence for specialized requests or explaining specific problems, prepares acquisition acknowledgment letters, etc.

    Efficiently searches online databases, such as OCLC, RLIN, or an integrated library system, to locate records to use for copy cataloging, or to identify duplicate records or previously processed records. Searches names, uniform titles, series, and subject access points on bibliographic records to verify their existence in the appropriate Library authority files. Performs special searches of various on line catalogs to locate and/or verify bibliographic data for acquisitions functions. To identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole completes complex manual and computerized searches in multiple systems. Follows a substantial number of pertinent instructions concerning the recognition and comparison of dates, authors, titles, etc.

    Receives and accessions one or more special category materials. Logs materials into and out of the workflow. Distributes materials to the correct section, shelf, or individual staff member. Handles returns from the bindery. Performs end-stage processing for materials; creates labels for materials. Routes processed materials to the correct locations in the Library. Works closely with Collections Improvement Section or custodial divisions to resolve bibliographic problems raised during shelflist conversions, pinning-and-linking activities, and physical inventories of the collection.

    Adopts a proactive attitude toward the flow of work within the team as well as toward individual workflow. Maintains awareness of deadlines and adjusts workflow to accommodate interruptions from patrons or staff with a variety of questions, requests, etc. that occur throughout the workday. As required, shares the workload of absent team members.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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