The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and
preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the
American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and
the world's largest library, with more than 151 million items in its physical
collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and
sound recordings) and almost 20 million items online. Located primarily on
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S.
Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of
Congress, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
The Information Technology Specialist (Data Specialist) provides technical
support to the Office of Strategic Initiatives in a wide variety of activities
related both to the transfer of digital data from sources outside and inside
the Library, and to the movement of data across multiple applications and data
stores within the Library. The data spans multiple content types including
text, graphic, photographic, moving image, cartographic, sound/audio, and
mixed media data, including website content. The position involves applying
technical expertise in digital data and digital data management, developing
and adhering to best practices for data transfer, as well as working
collaboratively with managers, technical staff, and subject matter experts
both inside and outside of the Library.
This position is located in the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Directorate
of the Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives.
The position description number for this position is 128812.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the
Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under
this vacancy announcement.
Serves as a technical expert, trouble-shooter, or consultant in a team
transferring or moving digital content and the metadata related to the
content. Works with Library staff to plan, test and execute imports to, and
exports from, Library of Congress (LC) systems. Works with Library staff on
data management teams to define, develop, implement and monitor plans for
managing data sets through multiple phases of a digital life cycle in the
context of the LC environment. Works with Library staff on data management
teams and partner institutions to define and test efficient data movement
procedures, establish and conduct effective and robust operational processes,
and coordinate among stakeholders. Work is executed in an environment of
continual change, where digital content types and content sources are rapidly
expanding, and the supporting processes and technologies are in a state of
Analyzes formats, metadata, and packaging of data sets for a wide variety of
content types. Evaluates the characteristics of data sets in terms of the
requirements for LC content and metadata systems. Uses automated tools and
utilities to analyze, validate, edit, index, inventory, package, move and
document data sets.
Serves as liaison to appropriate staff inside the Library of congress as well
as outside institutions and partners to ensure the proper assessment of
incomplete or conflicting information, and to resolve complex or difficult
matters that arise in connection with the movement and processing of digital
data. Maintains ongoing relationships with technical staff at LC and partner
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training
sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of
the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the
position without more than normal supervision.
* Knowledge of computer languages, utilities, and access methods.
* Ability to research and analyze technology problems, issues, and program requirements.**
* Ability to plan and execute work.
* Ability to communicate in writing.
* Ability to communicate effectively orally.
* No additional requirements to those listed above.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant
questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for
some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a
narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The
knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk
(**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are
considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final
selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these
designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone
and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above
are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and
training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified
applicants for selection.
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