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Librarian (Acquisitions Specialist) more...
Location:Washington, DC
Company:Library of Congress
First posted:June 16, 2017

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. The United States Copyright Office, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Law, advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registration system; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world's largest database of copyright public records; and, provides information and reference services to the public.

This position is located in the Acquisitions Section of the Copyright Acquisitions Division, and serves as a Librarian (Acquisition Specialist).

The position is responsible for identifying, selecting, and acquiring materials in assigned formats, contacting domestic publishers to obtain or relay information related to the mandatory deposit of published works and for ensuring proper handling and security of all Library and Copyright Office materials.

The incumbent reports to the Acquisitions Section Head. Ths position description number for this position is 110426.

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

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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


Identifies, selects, and acquires library materials in assigned formats and assigned subject areas through the mandatory deposit provision of the Copyright Law. Materials identified for selection and acquisition are of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Contacts domestic publishers to obtain information or to relay information related to the mandatory deposit of published works. Manages serial subscription deposits; approves acquisitions and bibliographic records when issuing informal requests or formal demands; and resolves routine problems independently. Conducts publisher reviews to determine their rate of compliance and to bring them into full compliance with the Copyright Law. Ensures demand orders are represented by correct bibliographic identification, correct publisher contact information, and correct coding in the acquisitions and cataloging systems. Resolves routine problems and inconsistencies in the acquisitions and deposit process, including assisting in the preparation of responses for requests for special relief from the mandatory deposit requirements. Performs research in on-site reference sources, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library.

Monitors compliance actions to ensure prompt receipt of materials requested. Initiates follow-up actions if materials are not received. Where there is no compliance, submits case to Supervisor or Chief for further action.

In consultation with the supervisor or a senior specialist, gathers and evaluates copyright and publication facts to determine if the materials are subject to copyright demand, or are available through other acquisitions methods.

Answers inquiries from copyright claimants and publishers regarding deposit requirements, Copyright Office and Library policies and programs, and the acquisition needs of the Library. Refers difficult technical questions on copyright law and Copyright Office policies and practices to a supervisor or senior specialist.

Provides routine copyright information to LC Recommending Officers and assists LC staff in searching Copyright Office databases via a web-based federated search engine.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships with the publishing community to support the Library's collection development and acquisition process, and to ensure timely and comprehensive fulfillment of the mandatory depositrequirements. Consults with colleagues and supervisors to resolve problems arising from the workflow. Consults with recommending officers concerning requests and interpretations of collection policies. Assists publishers to resolve routine problems related to copyright deposits and to ensure the timely receipt of deposits. Explains and answers routine questions related to the mandatory deposit provision of the U.S. Copyright Law to individuals. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars and/or meetings in librarianship and other related fields for the purpose of professional development.

As assigned, identifies, selects, and acquires non-technical library materials in assigned subject areas. Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments. Exercises good judgement in interpreting and applying acquisition and selection guidelines, including deviating from traditional methods, techniques or practices. Examines incoming shipments of deposits to select items appropriate for the collections, assigns cataloging priorities, consulting senior staff regarding difficult decisions.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements


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 Apply the Principles and Techniques of Collection Development in a Library Environment**

Ability to Apply Knowledge of Acquisitions, Selection, and Bibliographic Control**

Ability to Provide Consultation and Perform Liaison Duties**

Ability to Work with Electronic Resources in a Library Environment

Ability to Use Information Retrieval Principles

Ability to Communicate Technical Information Orally and in Writing

Ability to Utilize Technology to Plan, Organize, Prioritize, and Monitor Varied Workload

Ability to Communicate Effectively Other Than in Writing

No additional requirements to those listed above.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications". You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.


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Other Information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

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

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The certificate of disability must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, a Disability Services or Career Services Office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within three (3) years of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at (see application details) or email (see application details). FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: (please use the apply button below) .

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