Librarian (Cataloging) – Library of Congress, Washington, DC

The Librarian is located in the Preparation Section, Manuscript Division, Special Collections Directorate (SCD), Library Services (LS) in the Library Collections and Services Group (LCSG) at the Library of Congress (LOC).

This position requires occasional Saturday service in the Manuscript Reading Room.

The position provides innovative and effective bibliographic control of the Library’s collections and leadership to the library and information communities in the development of cataloging theory and practice. A variety of material is cataloged by the Directorate, including moving images, graphic materials, sound recordings, manuscripts and archives, electronic resources, maps, and microforms in many different languages. The cataloging is done in an electronic environment. The work of the Directorate affects the development of Library programs and the standards and principles used by librarians in government, public, and academic libraries throughout the United States. Stakeholders include Congress, scholars and the public, and the larger library and information communities.

The incumbent will have regular and ongoing access to gold-level collections. Performs the full range of original cataloging duties for a variety of Manuscript Division collection materials sometimes requiring specialized knowledge of bibliographic and subject areas. Creates and revises bibliographic records, authority records, object records, and holdings and item records for inventory control. Accessions incoming collections to be cataloged including gifts, transfers, and purchases. Maintains and recommends enhancements to the existing automated accession database. Establishes personal and corporate names and uniform titles for inclusion in the name authority file.

Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file. Performs research in the cataloger’s reference collection, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library. Resolves cataloging and accessioning problems reported by supervisor and other Division staff promptly and independently. Recommends additions and clarifications to the authority files. Identifies items which do not require cataloging (e.g., duplicates); items which are out of scope (e.g., serials); and items for which a record already exists.

Develops personal contacts to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Consults with supervisor and Division staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive and subject cataloging procedures. Offers suggestions and advice on operational and technical challenges including those involving EAD, the Library’s integrated library system, and its web strategy plan. Collaborates with staff in planning and implementing the following team activities: workflow procedures, team priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting and strategies for meeting team production goals. Assists in the training of others on matters related to cataloging, EAD, the integrated library system, its web strategy plan, and other emerging descriptive and metadata standards issues. Assists others inside and outside the Library with subject and cataloging problems.

Analyzes and organizes specialized information to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries. Analyzes material to determine subject content. Applies library and archival standards, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to cataloging-related issues. Evaluates and selects procedures to meet specialized information requirements. Evaluates work to determine priorities. Identifies, examines, and evaluates information resources in the area of specialization. Reviews and revises work to provide initial quality control and aid in the training process.

Performs other duties as assigned.

The position description number for this position is 393988.

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.

Conditions of Employment
No additional requirements to those listed above.

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.

Ability to perform cataloging duties for collection materials with specialized knowledge of bibliographic and subject areas. **

Ability to interact collaboratively with others to provide liaison and consultation services.

Knowledge of library cataloging rules, practices and procedures**

Ability to analyze and organize information and archival manuscript materials.

Ability to utilize information technology and online systems.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Additional information
Although it is the Library’s policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant’s college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library’s Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

A “Not to Exceed“ (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans’ Preference will not be considered in the application process.

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