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    This position is located in the Digital Resources Division, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Law Library. 

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    The Library Technician (Metadata) is supervised by the Chief of the Digital Resources Division, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Law Library of Congress. The incumbent's duties include creation of descriptive metadata for legal documents, including primary and secondary source materials, based upon an examination of the materials. The incumbent also assigns metatags for each document based upon analysis of elements including: description, type, creator, subject, spatial coverage, temporal coverage, and collection; develops familiarity with the Law Library's established metadata standards and guidelines, in order to apply such guidelines to a variety of digitized legal materials to facilitate online searching; works with standard office software to update, organize, and track metadata for digital legal materials; and serves as a resource for information about Law Library metadata standards and creation.

    The incumbent generates descriptive metadata for a large volume and wide-range of digital legal documents including primary and secondary source materials; reads document content and assigns appropriate metatags that may reflect any or all of the following elements: description, type, creator, subject, spatial coverage, temporal coverage, and collection; develops knowledge of Law Library's metadata standards and guidelines, in order to assign appropriate metatags to specific documents. 

    The incumbent uses various software tools to enter and update descriptive metadata in documents and web pages; and utilizes spreadsheets or similar tools to organize large amounts of metadata and transfers information to metadata fields in digital files, including PDF documents.

    Based on work with legal documents, the incumbent may recommend new terms or updates to existing terms for the Law Library's controlled vocabulary list; and finds examples to justify proposed changes to terminology and may be directed to present this information to the Controlled Vocabulary Committee for their consideration.

    The incumbent uses pre-designed spreadsheets or similar tools to organize and track information about digital legal documents and related metadata. As directed, updates information and maintains version control of spreadsheets containing metadata; maintains integrity of digital legal documents and ensures that metadata status of documents is apparent through a file-naming convention or similar methods; and helps develop organizational schemes for ongoing metadata projects that will facilitate review and updates on project status.

    The incumbent organizes digital legal collection materials to facilitate the provision of online access; uses appropriate folders and files to organize digital objects; works from samples provided by legal subject matter experts to create additional spreadsheets that reflect the organizational structure of different types of legal materials that will be used to provide online access to such materials; and follows webpage templates and web posting guidelines to publish and maintain digital files and metadata online.

    The incumbent assists with the lifecycle management of digital legal collection materials through the creation and addition of metadata that facilitates access; processes digital legal materials in PDF or other format by adding metadata in applicable fields using appropriate software tools. As directed, participates in metadata remediation efforts based on new institutional standards; and implements procedures for processing new digital collection materials, especially in recommending appropriate descriptive metadata.

    The incumbent assists in the implementation of projects related to digital collection management; performs work assignments to support achievement of project goals; serves as a member of project teams and may serve as team leader to provide guidance in the creation project-related metadata and provide quality review of the work of team members. As directed, tries out work flows and work procedures to establish productivity benchmarks and identify potential bottlenecks. 

    The incumbent maintains effective working relationships with various individuals in the Division and across the Law Library; participates in Division meetings and contributes to discussions related to search and retrieval of legal materials via the Law Library's website; serves as a resource for information about Law Library metadata creation and standards. 

    The position description number for this position is 344548.

    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


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