Library Technician – Washington, DC

This position is located in the Reader Services Section, Music Division, Collection and Services Directorate in Library Services at the Library of Congress. The position reports directly to the Supervisor, Reader Services Section. The incumbent assists with public reference service in the Performing Arts Reading Room, and collection management and maintenance activities involving the Music Division’s holdings.


The Performing Arts Reading Room is open Monday thru Saturday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. This position requires some Saturday duty on a rotating schedule.The position description number for this position is 379434.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 and some Saturday.This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.The incumbent’s duties include: accurately identifying and retrieving collection materials for researchers; assisting in the work-flows of the Performing Arts Reading Room, including opening and closing procedures, circulation desk duty, and instructing readers on safe handling of collection material and use of various equipment in the reading room; sorting, arranging, and shelving a variety of materials; accessioning, barcoding, inventorying materials; preparing materials for use/offsite storage; performing specialized preservation and phased conservation tasks; filing, housing, preparing items for binding; maintaining records and compiling monthly statistical reports for all areas of work.Applies thorough knowledge of the full range of library rules, procedures, and operations to resolve a wide variety of problems while maintaining the collections. Develops plans to expedite sorting, arranging, and shelving of incoming or returned collection material. Demonstrates initiative in recognizing and solving problems, inconsistencies, and errors in piece identification and labeling before such items reach final destination. Independently recognizes when segments of the collection require shelving attention or shelf-reading to accommodate incoming materials, based on the ability to identify/anticipate complex publishing patterns. Makes necessary arrangements to rearrange or shift items in accordance with available space or participates in planned moves to achieve this purpose.Works independently in the stacks. Has responsibility for conditions within the stacks. Brings cleaning and building maintenance problems to the attention of the head of the Reader Services Section. Oversees the work of cleaning crews, contractors, and repair workers while they are in the stacks. Identifies and reports collection material that needs conservation or preservation treatment. Performs minor in-house conservation maintenance tasks.Collection material maintenance is not sedentary and includes special physical demands such as lifting books, shelving books, emptying carts and tubs, as well as standing for long periods, walking, bending, stretching, pushing loaded book trucks, and carrying moderately heavy items.Retrieves collection material in response to reader requests via call slip and the automated call slip system (ACS), ILL requests, duplication orders, and Congressional inquiries. Utilizes extensive knowledge of the Music Division’s collections to recommend surrogate copies, both microform and digital when they are available. Demonstrates an understanding of the various standard and unique shelf arrangements of the Music Division’s on-site holdings while successfully locating material.When requested material is not on shelf, verifies accuracy of information provided by requester by searching online and manual catalogs and finding aids. Checks to determine if item has been charged outside the library or to a location within the library. Consults the full range of reference and bibliographic sources of all types, as well as print and online catalogs and files to resolve discrepancies in bibliographic information.Processes interlibrary loan (ILL) requests, including tasks of a difficult or unusual nature, by searching collections for material going out on loan. Possesses knowledge of subscription databases and searches to find requested periodical articles to send electronically to requestor, if database permits ILL. Examines condition of material returned and re-shelves material.Retrieval of collection materials is not sedentary and involves pushing book trucks, pulling books and boxes from shelves, extended periods of standing, as well as recurring activities such as bending, stooping, stretching, and reaching.Serves at the circulation desk in the Performing Arts Reading Room (PARR), the central delivery station for collection material. Receives and reviews call slips for accuracy and completion. Identifies material housed in other custodial locations or off-site facilities. Delivers materials or status reports to the requester’s desk in the PARR.


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 maintain material in library collections.
  • Ability to provide reference services.
  • Knowledge of library processes and procedures.
  • Ability to retrieve material from collections.
  • Ability to provide customer service while exercising judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Opening Date: November 26, 2018
Closing Date: December 10, 2018
Minimum Salary: $45,972.00
Maximum Salary: $59,762.00
Availability: Open to All

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