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The divisions in General and International Collections are the Library’s primary gateway to the collections and reference services dealing with the non-English speaking world. Reference Librarians in these divisions provide assistance to researchers in the culture, history, literature, politics, political structure, economies, humanities, and social sciences of these countries and regions.
The position description number for this position is 12535.
Uses integrated library systems and technologies to perform library functions, including reference services and acquisitions.
Monitors collection content and reviews a variety of sources in multiple languages, writing systems, and formats to develop and curate collections in areas of linguistic and geographic responsibility.
Provides onsite and/or electronic reference to individual researchers and groups.
Provides onsite and/or electronic instruction to individual researchers and groups.
Assists in preparing research guides and finding aids on specific topics of recognized interest using best practices.
Assists in preparing programming and products on specific topics of recognized interest using best practices.
Orients library visitors and explains collections and procedures for using and handling materials.
Identifies, evaluates and provides authoritative resources, data, statistics, and information.
Evaluates publications and electronic resources for content coverage and trends.
Consults acquisition policies to determine whether items are appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, or other type of acquisition.
Monitors collection content and usage to ensure preservation and access.
Maintains liaison with acquisitions and cataloging staff to determine the quality and usefulness of collection materials.
Assists in developing strategies for the organization and service of materials, collaborating with colleagues to enable appropriate storage, preservation, cataloging and engagement.
Develops knowledge of resources in other agencies or institutions to provide informed referrals.
Other duties as assigned.
Conditions of Employment
No additional requirements to those listed above.
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 use integrated library systems, applications, or other information technologies.**
Ability to develop and manage library collections.**
Ability to provide reference outreach services.**
Knowledge of the languages and cultures of Latin America and/or Spain.**
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
Applicants must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.
- Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree;
- A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have directly related education and/or specialized experience in the amounts required for the grade level as shown in the following table.
GS-9 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master’s in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.
You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.