permanent ( open to all ) Librarian (Reference) (Vacancy #: VAR000745)

  • Opening Date: January 9, 2019
  • Closing Date: January 31, 2019
  • OPM Control Number: 521130800
  • Vacancy Number: VAR000745
  • LC Organization Unit: Library Services
  • LC Organization Unit - Specific Office: American Folklife Center
  • Grade: GS-11
  • Series: 1410
  • Minimum Salary: $68,036.00
  • Maximum Salary: $88,450.00
  • Availability: Open to All

The reference librarian is responsible for providing reference, research, consultation, and liaison services; instructions and training; and security for American Folklife Center (AFC) collections. AFC holds nearly 6 million items of ethnographic and historical documentation recorded from the nineteenth century to the present. These collections, which include extensive audiovisual documentation of traditional arts, cultural expressions, and oral histories, offer researchers access to the songs, stories, and other creative expressions of people from diverse communities. The collections are among the Library's most varied in medium, format, physical condition, and intellectual property rights requirements, with attendant concerns for security, preservation, and safe handling. The collections are accessed by means of complex, diverse, and often multi-layered intellectual controls and surrogates in written and digital forms. As one of the largest ethnographic archives in the world, AFC plays a critical role in establishing a positive image of the Library and furthering the Library's goal of providing a high level of responsive, effective, and professional public access and outreach services to the full range of Library users worldwide, including members of Congress and their staff, other agencies, scholars, researchers, and communities of origin.

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