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Library Technician (Processing Technician) (Vacancy #: 160179)
GS-1411-05 — Library Services (Asian Division) — $35,265.00 - $45,844.00
Opening Date: Jun 28, 2016
Closing Date: Jul 20, 2016
SummaryThis position is located in the Collections Services Section, Asian Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.
The Asian Division provides services to members of Congress and their staff, librarians, scholars, government agencies, academic institutions, the press, publishers, profit and non-profit organizations, and the general public.
The incumbent provides support services in the Asian Division by following established procedures, guidelines, and standards of the Division and utilizing knowledge of the Division's collections, subject and/or language areas.
Proficiency in reading, writing, and understanding both English and Japanese languages is required in order to maintain and process library materials.
The Japanese language is required in order to identify bibliographic elements of the collections, check in serials and maintain the collections.
The incumbent of this position will work a limited flextime work schedule and may be required to work until the reading room closes at 5:00pm. The incumbent of this position may also be required to work a variable schedule to ensure adequate coverage during the hours of the reading room operations.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT:The incumbent of this position will have some physical exertion such as standing for extended periods of time, walking, climbing, kneeling, stooping, bending, pushing and pulling book carts, tubs, wire carts and lifting and carrying moderately heavy items such as oversized books. Incumbent may need to push wire carts up and down an incline for more than 100 feet on a recurring basis. A physical examination is required every two (2) years to perform the work of the position. After an offer of employment has been made and before commencement of duties, the selectee MUST be physically qualified by the Library’s Health Services Office.
DutiesThe incumbent provides support services to all of the custodial collections in the Asian Division by following established procedures, guidelines, and standards of the Division and utilizing knowledge of the Division's collections, subject and/or language areas. The incumbent's duties include: assisting readers in the use of library resources by locating and obtaining materials from the custodial collections; receiving, sorting, and shelving a variety of materials; preparing materials for use/storage; maintaining records and compiling monthly statistical reports for all areas of work. Proficiency in reading, writing, and understanding both English and Japanese languages.
Serves at the reference desk in the Asian Division reading room, accepting call slips from readers and giving guidance. Reviews call slips for accuracy and completion. Assists library clientele by showing patrons how to find items using the public online catalog, electronic databases and other finding aids.
Applies judgment in retrieving materials. Receives call slips indicating call number, author, title, volume, etc., of materials requested by readers or staff.
Performs interlibrary loan functions by searching guides and shelves for material going out on loan. Examines condition of material returned and re-shelves material appropriately.
Maintains the Asian Division collections. Identifies and removes items suspected of containing errors in labeling and/or cataloging and forwards items for appropriate correction. Continually shelf-reads in assigned areas to ensure that each item is in proper shelf-list order.
Supports preservation and maintenance functions for the collections. Prepares materials for digital conversion, microfilming or binding. Performs basic repairs to collection materials, placing materials in alkaline file folders, manuscript boxes and protective enclosures with proper labeling.
Perform other duties as assigned.
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 read, write, and understand both English and Japanese languages in order to maintain and process library materials.**
Knowledge of library processes and procedures.**
Ability to use computerized search tools, web-based tools and databases.
Ability to plan work and meet deadlines.
Ability to provide customer service.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
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