Library of Congress Librarian( Manuscript-Historian) in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Summary

The Librarian (Manuscript Historian - Specialist) position has primary or shared curatorial and acquisition responsibilities for a wide range of collections in the field of American women’s history held by the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. Included are such luminaries as reformers Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Clara Barton, Margaret Sanger, and Mary Church Terrell; First Ladies Dolley Madison, Lucretia Garfield, and Edith Bolling Wilson; Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; legislators and government officials Clare Boothe Luce, Patricia Harris, Pamela Harriman, Patsy T. Mink, and Alice Rivlin; anthropologist Margaret Mead; journalists and newspaper publishers Ruby Black, Janet Flanner, Katharine Graham, Helen Thomas, Nancy Dickerson, and Mary McGrory; and countless other both notable and uncelebrated women represented in the division’s vast holdings. Supplementing these collections of personal papers are the records of numerous women's organizations such as the National American Woman Suffrage Association, National Woman's Party, League of Women Voters, National Consumers League, National Women's Trade Union League, National Council of Jewish Women, ERAmerica, and others. The specialist works under the general supervision of the chief of the Manuscript Division, who provides guidance concerning the general scope, direction, and objective of assignments. This position is located in the Manuscript Division of Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 137724.

This position is located in the Manuscript Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

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

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

Occasional Saturday service in the Manuscript Reading Room is required.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

This position has no promotion potential.

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

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Responsibilities

The Manuscript Specialist (Historian) has primary curatorial and acquisition responsibilities for the collections of the Manuscript Division, one of the foremost special collections repositories of the world. The division collects and preserves personal papers of prominent individuals and the records of political, social, and professional organizations as well as rare Americana, and makes these materials available to researchers. The specialist applies expertise in designated subject fields such as Early America, nineteenth-century America, Civil War and Reconstruction, twentieth-century/modern America, African American History, Science and Technology, American Women's History, or American Literature and Culture. He or she combines the skill sets of historians, archivists/librarians, curators, and acquisitions officers. He or she participates with division management in the making of policy decisions, especially, but not exclusively, those related to collection development. The specialist performs at a high degree of responsibility in interpretation of collections, outreach, and advanced reference capacities.

Completes library acquisitions of personal papers and organizational records of historical significance within the field of American women’s history and of other historical manuscript and archival materials as assigned. Locates collections of interest and negotiates with the creator or owner to acquire the material.

Communicates historical information through a variety of means, such as written materials or papers used for publication or presentations.

Proposes and oversees digital projects and physical exhibitions, and curates their content.

Uses a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of American history, archival methods and the research needs of the scholarly community. Analyzes existing Library of Congress manuscript and archival holdings to identify areas that need to be supplemented or where holdings in the field of American women’s history are inadequate. Prepares appraisals and recommendations for organizing newly acquired manuscript collections and criteria for disposing of unneeded material. Analyzes the condition of records and recommends preservation treatment to safeguard them from deterioration, damage or destruction, or from impairment of their value through disarrangement or alteration. Considers the need for microfilming, digitizing, or photocopying.

Makes collections and the information in or about them available in response to individual requests. Supports professional researchers and provides advice and consultation to scholars. Uses knowledge of the holdings as well as subject matter expertise to identify and locate germane source materials, explain the background, suggest primary and secondary sources or documents that might be useful to the inquirer, and provide the information requested.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

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Conditions of Employment

No additional requirements to those listed above.

Qualifications

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 translate the results of historical research into various written formats.**

Ability to organize and analyze historical information and materials.**

Knowledge of American history subject areas sufficient to acquire collections.**

Knowledge of integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies.

Knowledge of the principles, concepts and techniques of professional archival work.

Ability to conduct presentations and provide information regarding historical research.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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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 date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-3960 or email spp@loc.gov. 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.

A “Not to Exceed“ (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate an employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

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: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent). Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position. You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps. Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. Although you must enter your Social Security Number for USAJOBS, this information will not be provided to the Library of Congress. Step 2: Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you go to the end of the Qualification and Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 4. You may wish to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Step 3: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements. Step 4: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly. Step 5: Hiring Management offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement. (1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement. (2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation of the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. (3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet. Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system. Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, the last one sent will overwrite the first one. Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible in our system. If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date. Step 6: Click on "Finish" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement. If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact jobhelp@loc.gov , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 101 Independence Avenue S.E. LM-107 Washington, District of Columbia United States

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499894300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/17/2018 to 06/18/2018

Salary: $96,970 to $126,062 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time - Flexitime

Appointment type: Permanent