Librarian Music Reader Services Job in WASHINGTON, DC

Vacancy No. 170108 Department Library of Congress
Salary $66,510.00 to $86,460.00 Grade 11 to 11
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 5/19/2017 Close Date 6/9/2017
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Librarian (Music Reader Services)

Library of Congress

  • 1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Open - Permanent

Opened Friday 5/19/2017

Closes Friday 6/9/2017

  • Salary Range
    $66,510.00 to $86,460.00 / Per Year
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  • Promotion Potential
  • Supervisory Status
  • Who May Apply
    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.
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Job Overview

Job Overview


About the Agency

The incumbent provides service directly to consumers of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and serves as a knowledgeable resource in the specialized area of special format music scores and books for individuals who are blind or physically handicapped. Services are rendered in person, or by correspondence, telephone, or electronic media. Requests originate from the blind and physically handicapped consumers and the NLS network libraries serving them; Congress; U.S. and foreign government agencies; national and International academic, research, and scientific institutions; the professional and business communities; and from the general public. The incumbent exercises initiative, tact, and flexibility in meeting the reference requirements of constituents ranging from students to experts to their fields. The incumbent maintains an in-depth knowledge of the operation and resources of the Music Section and of NLS as a whole, including applications of computer technology to library information and office services.

The position description number for this position is 013165.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flexitime work schedule. This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


Responds to reference inquiries of a complex, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished sources and electronic databases. Inquiries may be received by telephone, electronic means, in person or in writing. Uses knowledge of specialized information sources including the structure, content, and access protocols of relevant databases to produce selected and annotated bibliographies and other types of documents on specific subjects within the music field. Uses a thorough knowledge of NLS music resources and knowledge of information sources in other institutions or service units outside The Library of Congress. Searches an automated database of bibliographic records. Recommends modifications and edits to online records. Inputs information into an automated data file.

Compiles information packages for blind and physically handicapped clientele, and develops other resources, in braille, large-print, audio and electronic formats. Selects items from periodicals and other sources for inclusion in special interest reference files. Implements a comprehensive automated system for charging, discharging, filing, locating, and managing library materials. Has oversight of patron borrowing records and patterns.

Responds to requests for information concerning research in specific areas. Reviews and analyzes specialized or technical information from a wide variety of sources.

Conducts research and analysis in specialized areas of music, as they relate to the needs of blind or physically handicapped music patrons. Searches The Library of Congress and outside databases to obtain technical reports of relevant research and data.

Develops search techniques and files for handling specific types of requests. Reviews information obtained in response to an inquiry from patrons for its relevance to the inquiry. Identifies and examines publications, electronic resources, and trends in field of music. Draws upon solid knowledge of NLS and other music collections and resources in assembling reports, research papers, or other written products.

Recommends to the Head subject areas and new items to round out collections or where there is a demonstrated or anticipated need for materials. Carries out assignments requiring considerable depth of specialized knowledge in a subject area such as the field of music and music literature, or a library specialty (e.g., serials, cataloging, or preservation.

Recommends new materials for the music collections. Recommends new subscriptions and renewals for music reference. Interprets and advises on the contents of the collections, both cataloged and un-cataloged, covering current and retrospective items. Participates in efforts to acquire items by gift. Prepares justifications for acquiring new or additional materials for the collection.

Monitors the quality of preserved materials to ensure adherence to established standards and specifications. Decides appropriate treatment for deteriorating items and those requiring special needs. Recommends to the Head of the section titles or copies of titles for removal from the music print reference collection and from the circulating collections.

Prepares written materials, including the writing and/or editing of documents and reports. Produces material by gathering and verifying facts, writing and/or editing reports and developing and presenting information that is clear and meaningful to the intended audience. Analyzes, prepares, and organizes complex projects applying the appropriate established procedures and practices. Searches automated databases and modifies and edits online records.

Develops personal contacts, with NLS staff, network libraries, consumers, professional workers and researchers to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge. Serves as a liaison in arranging appointments for visitors to NLS and its music section. Explains information to groups and individuals with varying levels of understanding or knowledge of subjects. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship, music, or other relevant fields for the purpose of professional development. Orients visitors and conducts tours.

Reviews and monitors the completion of preservation projects. Suggests and implements methods to improve quality and productivity in preservation reformatting.

Oversees reformatting projects to assure that reformatted materials are complete, accurate, cataloged, and meet NLS standards. Works with catalogers to ensure accurate cataloging of reformatted materials.

Executes project work plans, ensuring that materials are organized, staff members are trained, and that the necessary tools, facilities, and resources are in place. Ensures that all required paper, tracking, and bibliographic records are complete, updated, and accurate.

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Library of Congress


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