Librarian (Reference Hispanic Division) Library of Congress

The Librarian (Reference Hispanic Division) position reports to the Division Chief of the Hispanic Division of the Collection...

Librarian (Reference Hispanic Division) (Vacancy #: 150018)
GS-1410-09 — Library Services (Hispanic Division of the Collection and Services Directorate) — $52,668.00 - $68,465.00
Opening Date: Mar 10, 2015
Closing Date: Apr 13, 2015
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Job Title:Librarian (Reference Hispanic Division)

Department:Legislative Branch
Agency:Library of Congress

Job Announcement Number:150018


$52,668.00 to $68,465.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 to Monday, April 13, 2015




Open - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.


Not Applicable




About the Agency
The Librarian (Reference Hispanic Division) position reports to the Division Chief of the Hispanic Division of the Collection and Services Directorate of Library Services.
This position is located in the Hispanic Division, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 12535.
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.


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Manages the development and growth of library collections. Solicits information and recommends acquisitions of new materials for collections. Develops the reference collections and the general collections, including materials in all formats (print, microform and electronic), emphasizing projects that focus on filling major gaps in the collections. Reviews collections on a continual basis for correcting deficiencies, updating, rearranging, weeding, arrearage reduction, and shipment to off-site storage. Reviews a variety of foreign and domestic sources for information about available materials. Maintains special files of information on subjects of recurring or emerging interest as indicated by popular, political, or scholarly trends. Determines permissibility of copying materials based on legal copyright constraints and the preservation needs of the material. Identifies items in the collection that need special housing, preservation, and/or special handling. Ensures the security and the appropriate handling of the collections, as well as assuring their safe transport. Cooperates with scholarly and library associations relevant to the collection development activities of the organization. Utilizes acquisition and collection development procedures, policies, and responsibilities and regularly reports on collection development trends and activities. Resolves problems involving user access, online database use, and collection policy questions. Understands current and public policy issues in the area of expertise to develop collections that anticipate researcher inquiries and demands.
Provides guidance and access to information resources, both inside the library and beyond the library, through databases, telecommunications networks, and cooperative arrangements. Answers questions directly, or guides patrons to resources that include books, photographs, published and unpublished audio and video recordings, archival materials, electronic database information, digital materials, electronic journals, and bibliographic citations. Instructs patrons how to find relevant information. Provides assistance to patrons in searching library databases, on-line resources, and other information resources. Conducts a thorough reference interview, analyzes questions and requirements, and suggests search strategies. Troubleshoots and resolves problems encountered during searches. Prepares analytical bibliographies, monographs, guides, and studies, including electronic finding aids. Accepts referrals from within the library involving authority work and bibliographic records in area(s) of expertise.
Selects and recommends appropriate titles in all formats, and prepares and justifies requests for major purchases, recommends replacement of missing materials, and monitors approval plans as required.
Under the direction of the Division Chief, and the Head of the Reading Room, maintains liaison or communicates with individuals both within and outside the organization. Professional contacts are with library patrons, supervisors, library staff, other national libraries, library and information networks, information centers, experts in government agencies, associations, the private sector, and/or research groups. Provides reference, research advisory, and instructional service to individuals and groups who come to the Library or who reach it through other means. Motivates and influences clientele to fully utilize collections and services. Meets with researchers, analyzes questions and requirements; suggests search strategies; and evaluates resources from the general, special and/or reference collections regardless of format. Develops and maintains collegial relationships with librarians within and outside the organization and maintains close liaisons with scholarly associations.
Conducts extensive and intensive research. Gathers information from a wide variety of sources, both automated and in print or other media. Presents information in the form of descriptive reports and memoranda. Facilitates services to readers, analyzes information, and disseminates it in answer to requests or inquiries from a variety of sources. Advises researchers in research methodologies. Develops files, bibliographies, finding aids, and other sources. Monitors and reports on trends such as those involving scholarship and collections use.


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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 the language and cultures of Spain or Portugal or Latin America and other countries where Spanish or Portuguese spoken. **
Knowledge of research materials and collections, in a variety of formats, required for the study of Spain or Portugal and other countries where Spanish or Portuguese is spoken. **
Ability to communicate in English and Spanish or Portuguese. **
Ability to provide reference, information, and library operation services.
Ability to utilize computer technology.
No additional requirements to those listed above.