Washington DC; Librarian (Acquisitions Specialist), Library of Congress

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.

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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.

Link to job posting: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472321300

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
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

Link to job posting: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472321300

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