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Subject: Position at Library of Congress

Position at Library of Congress

From: Elizabeth F. Miller <emil>
Date: Friday, October 2, 1992
        Washington, DC 20540-2295

^  Vacancy Announcement Number: 21199  ^
^  Opening Date: August 14, 1992       ^
^  Closing Date: October 23, 1992      ^
^                                      ^


              Title: Library Technician (Preservation Microfilm
                     Cataloging Assistant)
                     GS-7  (9086)  $21,906 - $28,476
                     GS-8  (9097)  $24,262 - $31,543

Promotion Potential: Promotion plan to GS-8

  Position Location: Preservation Selection and Cataloging Section,
                     Preservation Microfilming Office, Preservation
                     Directorate, Collections Services; James Madison
                     Memorial Building

       Tour of Duty: Incumbent may elect a complex or flexitime schedule

Type of Appointment: Permanent, Non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Number of Vacancies: TWO

Brief Description of Duties:
The Preservation Microfilming Office is responsible for selection,
bibliographic searching, preparation, cataloging and processing of
fragile or deteriorating materials for reformatting, from the Library's
paper-based collection.  Items to be processed and cataloged may be in a
wide variety of languages and non-Roman alphabets and also inherently or
bibliographically difficult in nature due to age, condition and special
description requirements for minimal level cataloging of reformatted
items.  The division also works closely with national cooperative
preservation microfilming and cataloging efforts.  Incumbents are
responsible for creating and inputting records for master negative
microfilm, including:  1) searching LOCIS for existing bibliographic and
name authority records; 2) determining correct form of main entry,
titles, statements of responsibility and access points; 3) organizing
and recording the element of bibliographic information according to
standardized cataloging procedures; 4) inputting and updating records in
the BOOKS file complete with MARC content designation; 5) assigning a
microfilm shelf number and forwarding brittle items for subsequent
filming.  Incumbents work closely with PMO processing staff to assure
proper completion of all cataloging paperwork for preservation microfilm

Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must meet all of the requirements detailed below.

General Experience:
Ability to communicate effectively in English, ability to adapt quickly
and to work under pressure to meet deadlines; ability to search,
analyze, organize and record data with accuracy and attention to detail.

Specialized Experience:
Current experience in creating and searching online catalog records.
Current knowledge of AACR2 including published revisions.  Knowledge of
the principles of monograph cataloging, including choice of entry, form
of heading and bibliographic description.  Knowledge of minimal level

  GS-7:  One year of general and one year of specialized experience, six
  months of which must have been at the GS-6 level in the Federal
  service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the Federal

  GS-8:  One and one-half years of general and one and one-half years of
  specialized experience, six months of which must have been at the GS-7
  level in the Federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty
  outside the Federal service.

Educational Requirements:
Two years of college (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours, or the

A. For the General Experience requirements, applicants may substitute:

   1) For the GS-7, high school graduation and two and one-half years of
      general experience or a bachelor's degree.

   2) For the GS-8, high school graduation and three years of general
      experience or a bachelor's degree.

B. For the Specialized Experience requirements, applicants may
substitute a Master's degree in library  science at the GS-7 grade
level.  There is no other substitution for the Specialized Experience

Foreign Language Requirement:
Reading knowledge of two modern European or Slavic languages sufficient
to understand bibliographic information, transcribe titles, authors,
dates, etc. accurately, and to perform research necessary to catalog.
Language ability should also include ability to romanize and input in
all languages when necessary.  Applicants must document their SF171,
item 35 regarding language skill.

Quality Ranking Factors:
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be
evaluated on the basis of the Quality Ranking Factors.  Applicants are
encouraged to submit with their SF-171 a supplemental statement
addressing each Quality Ranking Factor separately.  The supplemental
statement should be prepared on plain 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper and should
briefly describe how the applicant's experience, education, training,
self-development, outside activities, awards, and commendations relate
to each Quality Ranking Factor.

1. Current knowledge of AACR2 and published revisions including
   procedures for the preparation of minimal level records for
   monographs.  (35%)

2. Reading ability in European and Slavic languages.  (30%)

3. Knowledge of MARC format for and/or coding bibliographic data in an
   automated environment.  (20%)

4. Ability to search in all LC manual and machine files and interpret
   and record bibliographic data for input.  (15%)

Note: To receive credit for Quality Ranking Factor #2 applicants must
indicate source of language proficiency, such as: number of credit hours
earned, level of language use and general ability, and dates of relevant

The Library reserves the right to fill any number of the above-described
position that are or become vacant during the life of this vacancy
announcement.  All Federal Employee Benefits apply.

* HOW TO APPLY: Submit a Standard Form 171, Application for     *
* Federal Employment, and all required attachments as described *
* in this Announcement to:                                      *
*                     LIBRARY OF CONGRESS                       *
*               HUMAN RESOURCES OPERATIONS OFFICE               *
*               101 INDEPENDENCE AVE., SE, LM 107               *
*                   WASHINGTON, DC  20540-2295                  *
*                                                               *
*     For more information on this Vacancy, please contact:     *
*          Human Resources, Team 1, at 202-707-9147             *

#    NOTE: Your cooperation is requested in completing the following     #
#    background and survey questionnaire and returning it with your      #
#    application.  This form is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL and will be used   #
#    for statistical purposes only.  All questionnaires become the       #
#    property of the directorate of Human Resources and are not used in  #
#    the evaluation process.                                             #

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                        THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
                      Human Resources Operations
           INSTRUCTIONS              |                  NOTICE
The information from this survey     |          Purpose and Routine Uses
is used to help insure that Library  | 
of Congress personnel practices meet |  The information from this survey is
the requirements of Federal law.     |  used for personnel and EEO research
Your responses are voluntary.        |  to help insure that Library of
Answer each question to the best     |  Congress personnel practices meet
of your ability.  Read each item     |  the requirements of Federal law.
thoroughly before entering the       |
appropriate code number in each box. |         Effects of Nondisclosure
  Please print entries in dark ink.  |  Providing this information is
                                     |  voluntary.  No individual personnel
    USE ONLY CAPITAL LETTERS.        |  selections are made based on this      
                                     |  this information.
NAME (last, first, middle initial)                  |DATE (month/day/year)
1.  Social Security Number|2. Year of Birth| 3. Do you have any Disability?
  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  1 | 9 |   |   |    |   1 - YES    2 - NO

4.  How do you usually learn about vacancies at the Library of Congress?
(You may select up to three choices.  Enter the appropriate code numbers
in the boxes below.)
              _________         _________        _________
             |    |    |       |    |    |      |    |    |
             |____|____|       |____|____|      |____|____|
01 - Federal Research Services       | 13 - Federal, State or Local
     Federal Career Opportunities    |      Job Information Center
02 - Other Private Information       | 14 - Religious Organization 
     Services                        | 15 - Friend or Relative Working 
03 - Newspaper                       |      at Library of Congress
04 - Library of Congress Information | 16 - Friend or Relative Not
     Bulletin                        |      Working at Library of Congress
05 - Magazine                        | 17 - Professional Association
06 - Radio/TV                        | 18 - Vacancy Announcement Posted on
07 - Poster                          |      Library of Congress Bulletin
     (Unemployment Office)           |      Boards
08 - Private Employment Office       | 19 - Vacancy Announcements Circulated
09 - State Employment Office         |      to Other Federal Agencies
10 - Minority or Other Special       | 20 - Vacancy Announcements Circulated
     Recruitment Sources             |      to Library Schools
11 - Library of Congress Recruit-    | 21 - Telephone Calls to the Library     
     ment at School or College       |      of Congress Recruitment and
12 - School or College Counselor     |      Placement Office
     or Other Official               | 22 - Other (specify)_______________

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5.  Please categorize yourself in terms of race, sex, and ethnic categories
below.  First read definitions of subcategories.

The racial and ethnic categories for Federal statistics and administrative
reporting are defined as follows:


- HISPANIC.  A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South
American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.


- AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKAN NATIVE. A person having origins in any of the
original peoples of North America, and who maintains cultural identification
through tribal affiliation or community recognition.

- ASIAN OR PACIFIC ISLANDER. A person having origins in any of the original
peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, or the 
Pacific Islands.  This area includes, for example, China, India, Japan, 
Korea, the Philippine Islands, and Samoa.

- BLACK. A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

- WHITE. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, 
North Africa, or the Middle East.

A.  Race      |     |     |  B.  Sex   |     |   |  C. Ethnicity   |     |
              |_____|     |            |_____|   |                 |_____|
                          |                      | 
1 - American Indian or    |  1 - Male            |  1 - Hispanic Origin
    Alaskan native        |  2 - Female          |  2 - Not of Hispanic
2 - Asian or Pacific      |                      |        Origin
    Islander              |                      |
3 - Black                 |                      |
4 - White                 |                      |
5 - Other _______________ |                      |
            (Specify)     |                      |

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                  Conservation DistList Instance 6:23
                 Distributed: Sunday, October 18, 1992
                        Message Id: cdl-6-23-010
Received on Friday, 2 October, 1992

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