The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is part of what is arguably the
largest and most diverse astrophysical institution in the world, where the
staff carries out a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics and
earth and space sciences. If you would like to join this exciting
organization, apply today!
The incumbent will serve as a Library Technician at the Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), John G. Wolbach Library.
The purpose of this position is to assist and support the Head Librarian,
Digital Resources librarian, as well as other staff by managing both library
and CFA metadata and by performing tasks that support library metadata
curation activities and technical services. Duties include but are not limited
to: serving as a catalyst for creating and enhancing library content
management systems, websites and programs; interacting with library staff and
patrons and designing, developing and implementing systems and programs
tailored to meet their information needs; updating and modifying library
systems and programs, curating metadata through data entry activities and
ensuring contents are clear and accurate; researching information technology
trends and suggesting technologies to aide with library workflows and metadata
management; assisting with various multimedia, web publishing and/or data
management and curation projects; providing support for traditional library
services including identification, processing and management of materials.
One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the next
lower level (Grade 5) in the normal line of progression for the position.
Experience at this level normally would equip the applicant with knowledge of
web publishing software and application; skills in using electronic library
systems for verification of bibliographic resources, cataloging and research
services; ability using automated databases or spreadsheet management programs
for entering and extracting data for the tracking and formulation of reports.
For Requirements please refer to Group Coverage Qualification Standards for
Administrative and Management Positions:
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications
described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be
evaluated further against the following criteria:
1. Knowledge of computer program analysis procedures and web design.
2. Familiarity with current metadata curation methodologies and techniques.
3. Knowledge of library operating procedures, methods and practices.
4. Ability to deal effectively with all levels of employees.
5. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
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