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Position at Library of Congress

From: Amparo R. de Torres <ator>
Date: Friday, October 30, 1998
Supervisory Librarian (Collections Conservator)
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-2295
Vacancy Announcement Number 980281
Position Location:  Collections Care Section, Binding and
Collections Care Division, Preservation Directorate, Library
Services; James Madison Memorial Building
Tour of Duty: Full-time
Type of Appointment:  Permanent
Supervisory, non-bargaining unit position
Number of Vacancies:  One
GS-1410-12 (9793)  $43,876 - $57,043*
    * The individual selected for this position will receive the
    applicable locality pay adjustment.

The Collections Conservator manages the collections care program,
including preventive conservation, contract and in-house book
repair, and construction of protective enclosures.  The Conservator
determines program goals, policies, procedures and techniques
related to the physical treatment and physical storage of the
Library's collections; analyzes procedures for protection, security,
serviceability, and economy and updates or implements techniques
which improve  quality and/or effectiveness of the operation; serves
on Preservation Directorate Selection Matrix Teams to identify and
prioritize materials/collections for treatment and prepare cost
estimates; analyzes results of use and condition surveys and makes
recommendations to the Chief, Binding & Collections Care Division
and the Preservation Management Team; works with custodial areas to
develop and apply policies for how best to treat materials; shares
expertise in collections care with other Library staff, private and
federal institutions, the public, and visitors through displays,
personal tours, lectures and publications.  The Conservator
supervises the staff of the Collections Care Section of the Binding
& Collections Care Division involved in the daily operation of the
repair program and the housing program; works with other supervisors
to set priorities; prepares statistical, arrearage and management
reports as needed; and monitors and controls the work flow to and
from all library units.  Ensures that the spirit and practice of
EEO/AA is carried out in all personnel matters.  The Conservator may
also perform conservation treatment of a highly complex or technical
nature on valuable or unique materials.

Minimum Qualifications: One year of specialized experience at the
GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service or at a comparable of
difficulty outside the Federal Service which demonstrates a minimum
level of proficiency in the following KSA: Knowledge of preservation
treatment techniques and technologies as applied to library
materials in all formats.

Quality Ranking Factors (KSAs): Quality ranking factors are
presented in ALL CAPS. The statements following each factor relate
to specific duties of the position.

        FORMATS--to develop specifications for treating materials;
        work with custodial staff to develop and apply policies and
        procedures for how best to treat and develop appropriate
        protective enclosures for library collections in all
        formats; direct and evaluate work of technicians performing
        repair of library materials and construction of protective
        enclosures; evaluate environmental conditions and impact on
        a variety of collections; evaluate contractors' work; and
        perform conservation treatment on valuable or unique

        ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION OF A UNIT--to manage the daily
        operations and production of a unit involved in the repair
        and creation of protective enclosure for library materials;
        work with others in the Preservation Directorate to
        establish priorities; prepare cost plans and monitor
        expenditures; and analyze, monitor and coordinate workflow
        and recommend improvements as necessary; analyze operational
        data and prepare statistical and narrative management

    3.  ABILITY TO SUPERVISE A DIVERSE STAFF--to supervise the staff
        of the Collections Care Section; work with other supervisors
        to set priorities; evaluate the performance of staff;
        approve leave and schedules; hear and resolve employee
        complaints; interview and select staff; provide training and
        mentoring to staff in support of furthering skills and
        career enhancement; recommend promotions and/or awards;
        ensure safe working conditions; and ensure that the spirit
        and practice of EEO/AA is carried out in all personnel

        and coordinate work of the section;  work with custodial
        areas and staff of the Preservation Directorate; share
        expertise in collections care with other Library staff,
        representatives of private and federal institutions, the
        public and visitors through personal tours, lectures and

How to Demonstrate Competence on the KSAs: Applicants must address
each KSA on a separate sheet of plain paper in order to be
considered for this vacancy.  Applicants should not simply repeat
entries from their employment application in addressing each KSA,
but should elaborate on any specific experience (as an employee or
volunteer), training, educational courses, and awards that
demonstrate possession of the identified KSAs. Publications are
available in libraries and book stores to help guide you in
addressing the KSAs.  Each KSA must be addressed individually and
*must not* exceed one page each.

Evaluation Process:  Applicants are first assessed against the
minimum qualifications requirements for the position.  To be
minimally qualified, applicants must demonstrate a minimum level of
competence in the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required
to perform the duties of the position, and must have the length of
time and level of education and/or experience as specified in the
announcement.  Applicants who are minimally qualified will be
further evaluated to determine the degree to which they possess the
KSAs identified as quality ranking factors.  These KSAs are assigned
values for purposes of rating.  This rating process will determine
who will be referred to the selecting official for further
consideration. Applicants who fail to submit the required
information by the final closing date will not receive further
consideration for this position.

Remarks: Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation
of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. The
Library reserves the right to fill any number of the above-described
positions that are or become vacant during the life of this vacancy
announcement. Applicants who are referred for interview must
complete Declaration of Federal Employment (OF306).

How to Apply:  Submit a Standard Form 171 - Application for Federal
Employment, or the Optional Application for Federal Employment - OF
612, a description of competence on the KSAs on plain paper, and any
other required attachments to:

    Library of Congress
    Human Resources Operations Office
    101 Independence Ave., SE, LM 107
    Washington, DC 20540-2295

Note:  For copies of this vacancy announcement, applications or
information on other Library of Congress opportunities, please call
our Employment Office at 202-707-5627 or our employment hotline at

All applications must be received by the final closing date to
receive consideration for this vacancy announcement; postmarked
applications will not be accepted.

Individuals who are not currently employed by the Library must also
return the "Background Survey Questionnaire."

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer, women,
minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility
requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mrs. Amparo R. de Torres
Special Projects Officer
Conservation Division, LM G 38
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, D. C. 20540-4500, USA
Fax: 202-707-1525

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:40
                 Distributed: Monday, November 2, 1998
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Received on Friday, 30 October, 1998

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