detail ( Library Employees Only ) Librarian (Cataloging) (Temporary Promotion or Detail Opportunity)

  • Opening Date: May 17, 2023
  • Closing Date: May 30, 2023
  • LC Organization Unit: Library Collections and Services Group
  • LC Organization Unit - Specific Office: Collection Division, Bibliographic Control Section (Taylor Street Annex)
  • Grade: GS-12
  • Series: 1410
  • Availability: Library Employees Only
  • Duration: Up to 120 days

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Collection Division, Bibliographic Control Section is offering an opportunity for TWO qualified individuals at the GS-11 level to serve on a full-time, 120-day temporary promotion to the GS-12 OR a qualified individual at the GS-12 level (no promotion) to serve on a 120-day detail as a Cataloger.

(Applicants must have completed one year of time-in-grade at the GS-11 level to be eligible for a temporary promotion to the GS-12.)


As a Cataloger at the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Directorate, in the Collection Division, this incumbent would report to the Head of Bibliographic Control. The incumbent is responsible for cataloging and processing of the NLS-accessible book formats (braille, sound recordings). Cataloging duties include copy cataloging, occasional original cataloging, book processing (not physical), and editing existing MARC records in NLSDB. The incumbent would:

  • Conduct cataloging for books in English and foreign languages in accessible formats (braille books, sound recordings)
  • Utilize various integrated library systems, applications, and search databases, including NLS Catalog, Voyager, LC catalog, OCLC, LC authorities, etc.
  • Assist with NLS/BCS metadata maintenance projects and MARC records cleanups
  • Perform bulk editing and cataloging tasks in MarcEdit
  • Communicate and interact effectively with team members, supervisors, NLS staff, and subject matter experts across NLS divisions
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 Application Process

 Interested candidates should:

  1. Obtain permission from their supervisor.
  2. Submit a federal style resume (Please follow the link and ensure the resume includes all components of a federal style resume.)
  3. Submit a one-page Statement of Interest describing qualifications that include work experience, education and training related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below.
  • Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, and search databases, including NLSDB Voyager, OCLC, LC authorities, LC catalog
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with team members and subject matter experts
  • Ability to follow guidelines to perform cataloging and MARC editing
  • Experience in foreign language cataloging prefer but not required

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to LC permanent staff who have permission from their supervisor.

Work Schedule: The work schedule is Monday thru Friday. This position requires a minimum of 2 days per pay period onsite.

Submission: With permission from their supervisor, candidates should submit the required documents above to Anita Kazmierczak-Hoffman ( by 5:00 pm on May 30, 2023. 

Selection: Applicant information will be reviewed and the top qualified candidate based on the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be selected.

Start Date: The desired start date for the Detail or Temporary Promotion is June 18th, 2023.

 Deadline for Application Submissions is May 30, 2023

This temporary promotion or detail will be for a 120-day period.