Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia

Librarian (Cataloger)  – closes Monday, February 27

Currently 2 vacancies available at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia


This position is located in the Moving Image Processing Unit, Moving Image Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library services.

The position description number for this position is 12759.

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.


Performs original and copy cataloging of a variety of moving image resources in an automated cataloging environment where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. The material is such that assignment of subject headings and genres can be determined relatively easily by comparing the content with standard lists of terms. Resolves routine problems promptly and independently, involving the supervisor on only the more difficult problems. Provides succinct but detailed summaries of contents and/or scope notes for moving images.

Searches entries in appropriate automated and manual catalogs. Examines the item and any information accompanying the item, recording certain significant features of the work; determining the extent, completeness, playback mode, length or duration, sound characteristics, dimensions and generation; obtains and verifies source and date of receipt for each copy or generation and assigns data elements to bibliographic records as required by a standard system.

Analyzes film and video materials to determine their relationship to the existing collections, for proper title entry, and the need for access points. Determines subject content and assigns subject headings to the catalog entry. Establishes new personal and corporate names and -preferred titles, with appropriate cross-references for inclusion in the name authority file. Establishes and recommends new subject and genre/form headings, with appropriate cross-references for inclusion in the subject authority file. Revises bibliographic records and authority records.

Performs content designation of newly created and updated bibliographic and name authority records, supplying tags, indicators, sub-field codes, delimiters, fixed and variable field information. Performs research in the reference collection, online databases, the world wide web, and/or the collections of the library. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process. As assigned, assists in the training of technicians, temporary staff, and interns.

Compiles monthly statistical reports. In conjunction with other catalogers and under the guidance of supervisors, is responsible for writing memos establishing new practices, creating guidelines or describing more fully the procedures of cataloging as new questions, problems, or complications arise.

Answers, as assigned, queries directed to the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division concerning entries chosen, form of entries, description of materials, etc.

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