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    The Librarian- Reference Specialist (Music) position is located within the Reader Services Section, Music Division, Special Collections Directorate in Library Services. The Music Division is the Library's primary gateway to the collections and reference services dealing with music, theater, and dance. These collections consist of books, serials, and scores; and special collections that include scores, correspondence, writings and business papers, iconography, and musical instruments.

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    The librarian reports directly to the Head, Reader Services Section. The incumbent may be an authority in a specialized field of music and is an expert in digital reference service. Performs duties which encompass very complex and wide ranging reference, research, and outreach assignments in his/her field of specialization. Plans comprehensive, in-depth means by which to improve and support all automated reference activities. Librarians respond to inquiries that are received in person, by telephone, by correspondence and by electronic media. These requests originate from Congress, foreign and U.S. Government agencies, national and international academics and scholars, research and scientific institutions, the professional and business communities and from the general public. Maintains current and extensive knowledge of trends in his/her specialized area in the fields of music or performing arts and of advances in the area of reference librarianship.

    Instructs patrons how to find relevant information. Provides assistance to patrons in searching library databases, on-line resources, and other information resources.

    Serves as a specialist in a field within the scope of the Music Division collections, or as an authority in general music reference. Conducts a thorough reference interview, analyzes questions and requirements, and suggests search strategies.

    Interprets and evaluates information found in a variety of databases, reports, specialized journal articles and/or historical materials in the field of music. Produces reports, research guides, and bibliographic aids.

    Conducts extensive research. Gathers information from a wide variety of sources, both automated and in print or other media. Presents information in the form of descriptive reports and memoranda. Facilitates services to readers and analyzes information in response to inquiries from a variety of sources. Advises researchers in research methodologies. Develops files, bibliographies, finding aids, and other sources. Monitors and reports on trends such as those involving scholarship and collections use.

    Manages the development and growth of library collections. Solicits information and recommends acquisitions of new materials for collections. Develops the reference collections and the general collections, including materials in all formats (print, microform and electronic), emphasizing projects that focus on filling major gaps in the collections.

    Reviews collections on a continual basis for correcting deficiencies, updating, rearranging, and shipment to off-site storage. Reviews a variety of foreign and domestic sources for information when assessing collection development needs. Maintains special files of information on subjects of recurring or emerging interest as indicated by popular, political, or scholarly trends. Determines permissibility of copying materials based on legal copyright constraints and the preservation needs of the material.

    Carries out assignments requiring considerable depth of specialized knowledge in a subject area within the field of music and often involving multiple languages. Determines the quality and usefulness of materials acquired from worldwide sources. Monitors the condition of Music Division collection materials to ensure adherence to established preservation standards and specifications. Recommends strategies for storage, preservation, and service. Utilizes acquisition and collection development procedures, policies, and responsibilities and regularly reports on collection development trends and activities.

    Resolves problems involving user access, online database use, and collection policy questions. Understands current and public policy issues in the area of expertise to develop collections that anticipate researcher inquiries and demands.

    Makes acquisitions through purchase procurement activities, exchanges, gifts, transfers, or loans. All forms of materials are acquired including printed books, serial publications, print and on-line reference sources, microforms, monographs, musical scores, or autographed letters.

    Selects and recommends appropriate titles in all formats, and prepares and justifies requests for major purchases, recommends replacement or claiming of missing materials, and monitors approval plans as required.

    The position description number for this position is 136668. 

    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.

    Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

    This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613291800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.