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Occasionally, the Law Library of Congress offers exceptional temporary opportunities to perform meaningful and unique work in a collaborative environment, one that values personal growth and achievement.  The Law Library of Congress has the following temporary opportunities.


Current Openings

Library Technician

Open to all

Temporary – Not To Exceed (NTE)

Title: Library Technician (Temporary)
Service Unit/Division: Law Library
Office: Collection Services Division
Series: 1411
Grade: GS 07
Duration: 120 days
Tour of Duty: Full – time, flex schedule, (Mon. Tue. Thurs. Fri. Sat.)

Duties:

Applies knowledge of the full range of library rules, procedures, and operations to resolve a wide variety of problems relating to managing, maintaining and securing a voluminous and complex legal and government document collection.
Retrieves and supplies the legal materials in a prompt and efficient manner to all clients. Provides expedited responses for legal reference and research materials to priority clientele, such as Congress or the Supreme Court.

Performs preliminary searching of non-duplicates, recording such information as title data, personal name, edition data, publisher, and place and date of publication. Completes complex searches to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole, identifying variant editions, and slipping them with annotated slips to facilitate the cataloging process. Locates and identifies with library materials generated by ongoing inventory and collections improvement programs and special projects.

Conducts all steps necessary to complete baseline inventory of retrospective volumes in the Law Library. This include creating and updating the holding records, with the proper construction of summary holding information for serial materials.
Sorts, arranges, and shelves incoming or returning materials in the various Law collection areas.

Maintains the most current and comprehensive sets of legal materials along with their associated advance sheets, supplementary pamphlets or pocket parts. Identifies and processes superseded volumes. Works in association with the Stack Supervisor or Team Leader to discard, withdraw, or consolidate portions of the Law Library collection.

Searches and transcribes information from computerized and manual files. Organizes and completes complex manual and computerized searches in multiple systems, including the LAW shelf-list, the Law Library card catalog, the Official catalog, and the Integrated Library System to determine holdings of the Law Library. Inventories existing holdings of the Law Library into the Integrated Library System.

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities accepted:

  • Ability to Process and Maintain Materials in Library Collections
  • Ability to Use Integrated Library System (ILS), other Computerized Search Tools and Databases
  • Knowledge of Legal Subject Matter for Library Collection
  • Ability to Retrieve Material from Collections.
  • Ability to Focus on the Customer.

If you’re interested in being considered, please submit an email to [email protected] by close of business March 29, 2019 that includes your expression of interest and a copy of your resume.  Interviews may be held. If you have any questions submit them to [email protected] .

Interviews may be held.

Library Aid

Open to All

Temporary – Not To Exceed (NTE)

Title: Library Aid
Service Unit/Division: Law Library
Office: Global Legal Collection Directorate
Series: 1411
Grade: 03
Duration: May 13, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Tour of Duty: Full – time, flex schedule

Duties:

The Law Library seeks two Library Aids who will perform a range of tasks from arranging, shelving, and preparing of collection items for sending to the offsite storage to more advanced searching bibliographical records (ILS and OCLC), verification, and updating. As well as specific projects that pertain to searching for non-bibliographical record material and periodical organization.

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities accepted:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to utilize computer search tools and data bases
  • Knowledge of collections material processing
  • Knowledge of Library retrieval procedures
  • Ability to utilize Microsoft Office programs

If you’re interested in being considered, please submit an email to [email protected] by close of business March 30, 2019that includes your expression of interest and a copy of your resume.  Interviews may be held. If you have any questions submit them to [email protected] .

Library Aid (Processing)

Open to All

Temporary – Not To Exceed (NTE)

Title: Library Aid (Processing)
Service Unit/Division: Law Library
Office: Global Legal Collection Directorate
Series: 1411
Grade: 03
Duration: May 13, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Tour of Duty: Full – time, flex schedule

Duties:

The Law Library is looking for help to sort and shift microform collections currently housed in its closed stacks or which are to be housed there once the installation of our new shelving project is completed. New material, together with items removed from the Law Library Reading Room, have been stored in various temporary locations owing to the inaccessibility of the microtext cabinets during construction. 

This process will assist in the Law Library’s efforts to house all microform materials in call number order.  To date, materials have been added as space allows.  Re-arranging these collections in call number order will assist in retrieval efforts by making material easier to find. It also affords us the opportunity to inventory pre-online holdings to better help staff and patrons identify what materials are contained in our collection.

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities accepted:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and Excel
  • Organizational skills - sorting large amounts of materials by call number, title and date (much of it in foreign languages)
  • Basic computer skills – especially searching
  • Foreign language skills are a plus

If you’re interested in being considered, please submit an email to [email protected] by close of business March 30, 2019 that includes your expression of interest and a copy of your resume.  Interviews may be held. If you have any questions submit them to [email protected] .

Clerk

Open to All

Temporary – Not To Exceed (NTE)

Title: Clerk
Service Unit/Division: Law Library
Office: Global Legal Collection Directorate
Series: 303
Grade: 01
Duration: May 13, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Tour of Duty: Full – time, flex schedule

Duties:

The Law Library seeks entry level incumbent to perform the following duties within its Global Legal Collection Directorate division.

  • Sorting,
  • Shifting,
  • Labeling,
  • Checking the Serial Set list items selected for digitization,
  • Shelving microfilms

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities accepted:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to utilize computer search tools and data bases
  • Knowledge of collections material processing
  • Knowledge of Library retrieval procedures
  • Ability to utilize Microsoft Office programs

If you’re interested in being considered, please submit an email to [email protected] by close of business March 30, 2019that includes your expression of interest and a copy of your resume.  Interviews may be held. If you have any questions submit them to [email protected] .

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