detail ( library employees only ) Supervisory Librarian (Temporary Promotion/Detail Opportunity)

  • Opening Date: March 20, 2020
  • Closing Date: April 3, 2020
  • LC Organization Unit: Library Services
  • LC Organization Unit - Specific Office: U.S. Programs, Law and Literature Division, Law Section
  • Grade: GS-14
  • Series: 1410
  • Availability: Library Employees Only
  • Duration: 120 Days

The U.S. Programs, Law, and Literature (USPRLL), Law Section is offering an opportunity for a qualified individual at the GS-13 level to serve on a full-time, 120-day detail (with promotion) as a Supervisory Librarian to serve as the Law Section Head.

The mission of the U.S. Programs, Law, and Literature Division (USPRLL)  is to serve Congress, the United States, and the international information community by providing leadership, infrastructure, support, and coordination for the following programs: Cataloging in Publication (CIP), Children’s and Young Adults’ Cataloging (CYAC), Dewey Program, Electronic Preassigned Control Number (EPCN), and International Standard Serial Number (ISSN); to provide bibliographic access in the areas of law and literature; to expand the effectiveness of the programs through ongoing technological enhancements; to contribute to the development and refinement of bibliographic standards; and to increase the expertise of the staff within the programs and subject areas. The sections in the USPRLL Division are the CIP and Dewey Section, the ISSN Section, the Law Section, and the Literature Section.

The incumbent Acting Law Section Head will be responsible for:  1) full supervisory responsibility for a diverse staff of fifteen librarians and library technicians, work assignment, quality review, managing the section’s WebTA, and all performance planning documentation and tasks; 2) monitoring workflow of materials in English and foreign languages received through numerous acquisitions streams and ensuring that backlogs do not develop; 3) assisting staff in resolving complicated cataloging problems and other issues; 4) preparing monthly narrative and statistical reports for the chief and the Law Library; 4) ensuring that all Congressional Loans are completed in a timely manner; 5) attending the USPRLL Division Management Team meetings and providing input on all matters discussed; 6) organizing and leading section projects and special assignments; 7) providing input on space planning efforts, if needed; 8) meeting with the chief on a monthly basis or more frequently as needed to discuss workflow, procedural matters, and special projects; and 9) interfacing with the Law Library on workflow and other matters.

The incumbent should have excellent communication, organizational, and managerial skills.  Previous experience supervising or acting as a team lead is preferred, but not required.  The incumbent should also have a firm understanding of cataloging principles, including knowledge of RDA, Library of Congress Classification, and Library of Congress Subject Headings.  Knowledge of cataloging in the Law K schedules is preferred, but not required.  Experience with the LC ILS cataloging module and knowledge of the MARC bibliographic format are also desired.  Experience using automation systems for work-related activities is required.

Application and Selection Process

Interested candidates should, with permission from their supervisors, prepare a federal style resume with a one-page statement expressing interest in this opportunity, along with a description of their qualifications that includes current position and grade, and work experience and training related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below.


  1. Experience supervising or serving as a team lead
  1. Knowledge of cataloging principles, standards, and tools, particularly to catalog legal materials
  2. Knowledge of working with an integrated library system
  3. Ability to utilize computer technology (e.g., automation software, office software, Outlook, Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint)
  4. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

Deadline for Application Submissions is April 3, 2020.


This detail is being offered on a full-time basis and will be for a 120-day period. This opportunity is open to permanent staff at the Library of Congress.  

Candidates should submit the required documents listed above to Karl Debus-López at by close of business April 3, 2020. Applicant information will be reviewed and the top qualified candidates will be interviewed. The selection will be based on how well the candidates meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. The desired start date for the detail is April 12, 2020.