U.S. Tax Court metadata specialist position

Announcement No.: 18-04
Open Date: 03-15-2018
Closing Date: 04-02-2018

Position Title/Series/Grade: Technical Information Specialist (Metadata,

Law Library), GS-1412-9/11
Salary Range: GS-9 – $56,233 – $73,105
GS-11 – $68,036 – $88,450
Location: Office of the Clerk
Library Section

Area of Consideration: U.S. citizenship is required
Position Type: This is an Excepted Service, At-will Position
DUTIES: This position is located in the library of the United States Tax Court and reports
directly to the Supervisory Librarian. The incumbent supports Judicial and Court personnel by providing a variety of technical and data management services specifically related to the application of metadata.
Specific duties include:
— Support the U.S. Tax Court Library’s digital curation initiative in the creation, selection,
preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets.
— Scan and create digitized materials from the Court’s physical collection and incorporate
external digitized products from outside sources into the digitization project. Set up
quality control and quality assurance procedures. Work with the Supervisory Librarian
and other Technical Information Specialist to establish and document metadata standards
unique to the Court.
— Work with other Technical Information Specialist in editing bibliographic records in the
area of access points, and virtual or internal links in the Integrated Library System (ILS).
Bibliographic record editing and holding field creation and editing using MARC
standards will occupy a substantial portion of this position.
— Responsible for performing original and complex copy cataloging and preparing
bibliographic records and/or metadata to represent the information and research resources in the collection and databases. This may include determining elements such as
description, subject analysis, access to content, authority control, quality control, metadata application, and metadata-related decision making, i.e., the determination of
which metadata standard to use.
— Work with Supervisory Librarian and Technical Information Specialist on establishment
of metadata standards. Apply these agreed upon standards independently.
— Effectively link each bibliographic item record to a physical volume in the Court’s ILS to
a third-party vendor RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) system. Create patron access
for new employees.
— Work with Technical Information Specialist in establishing a robust discovery layer over
the ILS and digital repository.

— Provide subject-area reference services and information searches for Presidentially-
appointed Judges and other Court personnel by performing searches in response to

specific requests, locating and selecting information from a broad range of current and
retrospective resources. Guide Court personnel in the use of internal and external
— Responsible for interlibrary loan (ILL) materials, including identifying materials using
online catalogs, maintaining a record of all ILLs in the Library’s Open Source Software
ILS, physically retrieving or coordinating the physical retrieval of any material the Court
borrows, monitoring Court materials borrowed by others and recalling materials upon
SPECIAL RATING FACTORS: (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required by this position)
Applicants are required to address each Special Rating Factor providing detailed evidence of the listed factors in the form of clear, concise examples of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. Please use specific examples to illustrate how your qualifications and
accomplishments are relevant.
1. Knowledge of policies, procedures, applications, and practices related to metadata
standards, mapping, transformation and management.
2. Ability to perform program and project management functions related to library metadata, and provide advice and assistance to managers.
3. Ability to research, evaluate, develop, and implement appropriate metadata standards for description, inventory, access, retrieval, preservation, and management of the Library’s
collections, both analog and digital.
4. Ability to interact collaboratively with others, particularly about the development and
implementation of bibliographic records.

To qualify at the GS-9 level, applicants must have completed at least two full years of
progressively higher level graduate education or have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of qualifying specialized experience at the GS-7 level, which demonstrates skill in data
management systems, query languages, table relationships and views, and the ability to identify and evaluate tools for creating metadata. Promotion to the full performance level of this position is contingent upon completion of the MLS or MLIS degree as well as successful performance of the duties listed in the position description.
To qualify for the full performance level GS-11, applicants must have at least one year of
specialized experience, which demonstrates skill in data management systems, query languages, table relationships and views, and the ability to identify and evaluate tools for creating metadata.
at the GS-9 level and a MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution.
• A cover letter in PDF format stating the position for which you are applying and
providing any supplemental information that may be necessary to address the
special rating factors listed in this vacancy announcement.
• Resume – Any written format you choose to describe your job-related
qualifications and that reflect how your background and experience correspond to
the special rating factors listed in this announcement. Include your country of
citizenship on your resume.
• Transcripts (may be unofficial to submit with the application, with official
transcripts required if your are selected) supporting any education claims in your
• A current SF-50, if currently a Federal government employee.
All required documents listed above must be emailed to the Court at
humanresources@ustaxcourt.gov. The documents must be in PDF format and attached to your email where you identify your name and the position to which you are applying. Complete application materials must be received in the Office of Human Resources by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
• The U.S. Tax Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct.
• Employees of the U.S. Tax Court serve under excepted appointments and are
considered “AT WILL” employees. At will employees can be dismissed for any
reason, without cause and without warning.

• Employees will be required to complete a 52-week probationary period.
• Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
• Favorable suitability determination – Selection for this position is contingent
on a favorable suitability determination and security background check,
including a credit check, Federal income tax check and criminal check. A
candidate selected for this position must be current on his or her Federal
income tax obligations before employment with the Tax Court, and remain
current at all times while employed by the Tax Court. Continued
employment post appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of the
background investigation and credit check, and favorable adjudication. A
background reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at
a later time.
• All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false
answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet
the conditions herein outlined may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an
offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
• If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the I-9 form and
provide appropriate identification.
• Relocation expenses are not authorized for any selected applicant, and any travel
expenses incurred for an interview will not be reimbursed by the U.S. Tax Court.
• The U.S. Tax Court will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with
disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the
application process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable
accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

If you fail to provide the information as required, your application will not be evaluated beyond the basic screening process. The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning whether you meet the minimum qualifications.
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the Court will then evaluate your
application package to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments,
experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

Application of Preference Eligibles: Preference eligibles will be placed above non-preference eligibles within each rating category. Preference eligibles who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 level or higher.
Special Appointment Authority Information: In accordance with the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998, veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service may also apply. You must provide documentation of veterans’ preference or military service (e.g., SF-15, DD-214), if applicable.


For questions, call the Office of Human Resources at (202)521-4700.
The United States Tax Court is an equal opportunity employer.

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