The National Library of Education (NLE), a part of the Knowledge Utilization Division of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education, provides information resources and services for the understanding and improvement of education research through the collection, dissemination, and exchange of information to department officials and the public.
Reviews, makes recommendations for, and implements improvements to library systems, including electronic systems for cataloguing, searching, and circulation, and systems for efficient delivery of content through digital media. Also reviews NLE policies and standards, especially those concerning collection development, preservation, archiving, and accessibility, and recommends and implements improvements.
Develops strategy, policy, budget, and program options for maintaining and advancing the NLE, and provides leadership for the implementation of these options after receipt of approval from the Associate Commissioner for Knowledge Utilization.
Monitors and manages information reference and referral and circulation to ensure efficient and effective delivery of services.
Serves as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), monitoring the day to day execution of contracts of/associated with the National Library of Education.
Provides reference and research services including comprehensive literature searches, determining best methods and content for responses. Conducts a specialized reference interview and negotiation and responds to a full range of quick reference and research inquiries, with special responsibility for the complex and difficult inquiries, including those in highly specialized education fields, those regarding information or data that are difficult to identify or locate, and those that involve specialized terminology.
Uses professional judgment and knowledge of license agreement and copyright restrictions to provide timely, efficient, and appropriate service to public inquiries.
Identifies and selects appropriate information sources, utilizes a variety of specialized databases and other diverse information sources. Knowledge is used to locate information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and open source print and electronic resources including full-text data bases, research and technical reports, legislative histories, specialized journal articles and/or historical materials. Also uses social media, collaborative technologies and applications, or reference management systems to address customer information needs
Works closely with other library staff to make authoritative evaluations and recommendations on collection development (additions to and deletions from the library's physical and/or digital collection) in one or more subject- matter areas in all formats. Reviews a wide variety of online catalogs, websites, and scholarly journals and evaluates sources based on their authoritativeness, currency, and relevance to the topical areas of the librarys collections.
Stays current with developments in library and information science and makes recommendations based on best practices to other library staff and to ED staff regarding search tools and methods.
Develops and delivers engaging and relevant outreach presentations to describe, explain, and promote library services to client groups. Uses subject expertise, knowledge of best practices of librarianship, and understanding of clients information needs to develop appropriate approach to outreach.
Uses knowledge of the information-seeking behavior of library clients to design web-based library content and services. Using an understanding of the wide variety of information sources provided by the library, creates new and innovative ways to enhance client ability to access those sources. Analyzes historical trends in the librarys research services to identify unmet needs and designs services to meet those needs.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
Must complete a One-year Probationary Period.
Males 18 and over must be registered with the Selective Service.
Applicants will be considered "basically qualified" if they will meet all of the requirements within thirty (30) calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Applicants may not be permanently placed in the position until requirements are met.
Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement.
You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):
Knowledge of the methods, techniques, concepts, and principles of librarianship and reference service is required to solve complex reference and research challenges and to serve as an expert in searching and identifying appropriate social science and medical information sources.
Knowledge of techniques and resources used to locate information of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety and large number of published and open source print and electronic resources including full-text databases, research and technical reports, specialized scholarly journal sources and statistical sources.
Knowledge of contracting laws and regulations applicable to COR responsibilities.
Skill in searching and using new and emerging sources such as social media.
Effective oral and written communication skills for briefings and formal presentation of complex information.
Ability to interact with and/or influence office units, other programs/offices, and staff elements of the Department in order to obtain optimal organization resources and results.
For Librarian (Education): Applicants must also possess specialized knowledge of a subject-matter field and/or proficiency in one or more foreign languages directly related to the position(s) being filled. When such knowledge is required for the position, an applicant's education or experience must have included or been supplemented by the requirements specified in one of the paragraphs below:
a. A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university that meets all academic requirements for a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours in education for which the applicant is being considered, e.g., physical science, biological science, social science; or that included any combination of subjects with at least 15 semester hours in a major subject (such as physics or chemistry) that is especially applicable to the position for which the applicant is being considered; or
b. Completion of at least 24 semester hours of legal study in an accredited law school for positions primarily concerned with providing library services in law or legislative reference; or
c. Four years of pertinent experience of such nature and level to provide a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, terminology and expressions of the appropriate discipline or subject-matter field; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; ability to acquire additional information about the field and related fields; and some knowledge of literature resources in the field.
Such experience should be equivalent to that which would have been acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year curriculum in an accredited college or university with major study in appropriate subjects, or combination of subjects, as specified in (a) above; or legal training as specified in (b) above; or
d. Any time equivalent combination of experience as described in (c) with education as described in (a) or (b) above.
To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal government.
Examples of such experience include: Experience managing a scientific and technical library collection or assisting others in managing such a collection and aligning library products and services with customer needs. Experience using Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), Google Scholar or other specialized databases for the purpose of finding research articles. And experience working with emerging technology and its application to library science and processes.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy
questions that is not supported by information
in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line resume. Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment
consideration. You should make a fair and
accurate assessment of your qualifications.
Applicants who do not respond to the application
questions will be rated ineligible.
Eligible candidates will be placed for selection
consideration into three (3) categories as
1 - Qualified Category
2 - Well Qualified Category
3 - Best Qualified Category
Do not overstate or understate your level of
experience and capability. You should be aware
that your ratings are subject to evaluation and
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Please click on the link "Required Documents" to view the supplemental documents needed for this vacancy announcement.
All supporting documentation must be received by 11:59PM EST.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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