• Help



    This position is located in the Physical Collections Services, Serial and Government Publications Division, General and International Collections, Library Services. 

    Learn more about this agency


    This position is located in the Physical Collections Services Section of the Serial and Government Publications Division, General and International Collections Directorate. The position reports to the Head, Physical Collections Services Section. The Serial and Government Publications Division is custodian for and provides public access to newspapers, current periodicals, comic books, and various types of government publications in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. The incumbent serves as a Supervisory Technician for the Collections Management and Retrieval Team or the Collections Processing Team and is responsible for a variety of activities in support of serials collections management and preservation activities, serials binding and reformatting preparation, and related inventory and description of the serial collections in the Library of Congress integrated library system (LC-ILS). The incumbent may supervise the work of staff in a combination of serial processing technicians, vault technicians, deck attendants, contract technicians, interns and volunteers. The incumbent ensures the preparation and quality review of materials temporarily housed in the division as well as the preservation, housing, and access to the permanent custodial collections of the division. The incumbent may edit or review bibliographic records in OCLC Connexion, enter or edit bibliographic holdings and item records in the LC ILS, search the ILS, binding preparation software, and other computerized systems, and uses common spreadsheet and database software.

    Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-08 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments and the capabilities of employees. Observes workers’ performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff and clearly communicates these through the formal employee performance management system. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Recommends appointment, promotion, or reassignment and develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. 

    Searches and transcribes information from computerized and manual files. Organizes and completes complex manual and computerized searches in multiple systems. Prepares automated access/inventory records for single items or collections. Compiles, prepares and analyzes statistical information. Effectively utilizes spreadsheet and database software to maintain records and compile reports.

    Effectively searches online LC and external databases for automated records corresponding to newly received materials, including the OPAC and cataloguing and acquisitions modules of the Library of Congress integrated library system (LC-ILS), identifying specific types and problematic materials; and importing and editing records as needed. Understands and properly utilizes MARC fields as they pertain to serials and serial government documents.

    Determines appropriate treatment for physical collection items, including those routed for library binding, reformatting, and items that require labeling, additional repair or support prior to final processing.

    Working with the section head, monitors and coordinates procedures for routing materials for preservation treatment and for preparation of materials to be added to the collections. This includes examining any items in the custody of the division and recommending treatments such as binding, rebinding, boxing, reformatting, tip-in, and repair. Serves as an expert in serials reformatting and preservation for the division. Recommends technical specifications for binding such as method of leaf attachment, cover material, or spine lettering. 

    Identifies and searches for requested items that are vague or not readily found, using an array of extensive knowledge of bibliographic tools and procedures. Responds to reference inquiries (telephone, written, electronic means and in person) relating to serials holdings, bibliographic information, binding status for unbound periodical issues, microfilm status of newspapers and special collections of the division

    The position description number for this position is 415088. 

    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 supervisory, non-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/616728600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.