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Librarian (Cataloging and Metadata)--CRS

  • 16 Dec 2023 9:10 PM
    Message # 13291774
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Knowledge Services Group (KSG) of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to support the work of the United States Congress.

    The selectee will be responsible for performing original and complex copy cataloging and preparing bibliographic records and metadata to represent the information resources in the CRS collections and databases, including description, subject analysis, authority control, quality control, and metadata-related decision making. Other duties include database maintenance; ensuring quality control of bibliographic, holdings, and item records in an integrated library system; serving as a trainer for library technicians on metadata, cataloging, and database maintenance issues; and working with KSG management to develop, revise, and implement cataloging and metadata policies and procedures.

    The ideal candidate will bring an awareness and understanding of current and emerging standards in cataloging and metadata such as RDA, MARC, linked data, and Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification. CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation.

    As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS is a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill. CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce that ensures the Service is well positioned to anticipate and meet the information and analytical research needs of a 21st-century Congress.

    Duties include: Performs original and complex copy cataloging on library material in all formats and subjects. Creates, maintains, and enhances metadata for print and digital resources, using standards such as MARC, RDA, Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification, and local taxonomies for describing, classifying, and assigning subject headings. Applies knowledge of current cataloging, authority control, and metadata standards and practices. Catalogs difficult material requiring knowledge of a subject area or format such as serials, maps, photographs, datasets, and multimedia materials. Performs subject and descriptive cataloging of specialized serials and monographs in other languages. Searches entries in appropriate catalogs. Selects and assigns a classification number. Analyzes material to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for preferred title and/or authorized access points for creators. Ensures records adhere to appropriate national, international, and local standards. Interprets present and past cataloging rules. Recommends additions and clarifications to existing authority files, both name and subject. Utilizes a variety of metadata schemes to organize and provide access to CRS information resources in print and digital formats. Organizes and analyzes specialized information that pertains to specific topics or fields. Evaluates, selects, and adapts procedures to meet information requirements. Monitors and evaluates resources and publications in all formats. Identifies and evaluates materials for inclusion in information resources. Assesses and develops approaches and solutions for new or unusual circumstances. Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and trends. Organizes reports and studies. Prepares reports, analyses, finding aids, and other documents. Performs database maintenance and ensures quality control of bibliographic, holdings, and item records in an integrated library system. Creates systems to manage resources. Establishes and maintains cooperative work relationships to provide and exchange information and professional knowledge. Explains information, often technical, to diverse groups and individuals. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields for professional development. Serves as a resource person and trainer on information access and bibliographic control. Works with KSG management and staff to develop and implement procedures and goals. Develops, implements, and evaluates training for CRS staff. Reviews and revises work to provide quality control and aid in the training process. Reviews and analyzes training needs. Prepares reports and makes recommendations for training. Applies and adapts new principles, concepts, methods, etc., to improve training. Prepares technical, training, and user manuals. Maintains awareness of current and emerging best practices, concepts, and standards in cataloging. Updates existing materials to reflect policy and process changes.

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    Deadline: January 2, 2024

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