Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The Librarian (Cataloger) position reports to the Processing Unit Head, Moving Image Section, MBRS Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services. The MBRS Division is responsible for the acquisition, processing, preservation, duplication and reference servicing of the moving image and sound recording collections of the Library of Congress. Content contained on a variety of moving image and sound recording formats and in a number of different languages is cataloged, including associated documentation pertaining to or describing the collections.
The incumbent catalogs a variety of difficult material sometimes requiring specialized knowledge. Performs the full range of original cataloging duties for a variety of moving image materials. Resolves problems promptly and independently, involving the supervisor on only the most difficult problems and assists in ensuring that records are compatible with appropriate national and international standards. The incumbent trains and reviews the work of technicians, temporary staff, interns, and catalogers functioning at lower levels of proficiency in the cataloging and processing duties assigned them.
This position is located in the Processing Unit, Moving Image Section, MBRS Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 337471.
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.
Catalogs a variety of difficult material sometimes requiring specialized knowledge. Performs the full range of original cataloging duties for a variety of National Audio Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) moving image materials. Performs original cataloging and catalog maintenance activities according to specified standards and guidelines in support of digital preservation and access initiatives. Assigns the title of the work and its various instantiations on a single bibliographic record. Establishes new personal and corporate names, with appropriate cross-references, for inclusion in the name authority file. Provides subject and genre/form analysis. Provides succinct but detailed summaries of contents and/or scope notes for moving images. Performs research in the reference collection, in online databases, in the World Wide Web, and/or collections of the Library.
Analyzes NAVCC moving image materials to determine their relationship to the existing collections, for proper title main entry, and the need for added entries. Assists in ensuring that records are compatible with appropriate national and international standards. Interprets present and past cataloging rules and emerging metadata standards. Establishes and recommends new subject and genre/form headings, with appropriate cross references for inclusion in the subject and genre/form authority file. Revises bibliographic records and authority records. Analyzes and organizes specialized information that pertains to moving image materials. In collaboration with unit head, evaluates, selects, and adapts procedures and processes for assigned content areas. Assesses strategies for mapping metadata received from other sources into a standard system. Determines strategies for describing materials with incomplete or conflicting information.
Trains and reviews the work of technicians, temporary staff, interns, and catalogers functioning at lower levels of proficiency in the cataloging and processing duties assigned them. Conducts analysis of the training needs and services for special projects as assigned by managers. Makes recommendations on policies for training programs. Prepares technical manuals, training manuals, and/or user manuals. Updates existing materials to reflect new developments and modifications in policies and processes.
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
Knowledge of cataloging rules, procedures, and practices. **
Knowledge of television broadcast history and formats. **
Ability to conduct metadata mapping. **
Ability to train others.
Ability to analyze and organize information and materials.
Ability to utilize information technology.
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to interact collaboratively with others.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
No additional requirements to those listed above.