HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 13-03
Opening date: November 15, 2012
Closing date: November 30, 2012

TITLE: Library Technician, IS-1411, Grade 6; $38,160 to $49,606/yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (Non-Federal), Indefinite
DIVISION: - Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Wolbach Library
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified candidates

DUTIES: 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.

QUALIFICATIONS : 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:


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.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. To view the complete vacancy posting, requirements and the procedures to apply, please visit: USAJOBS

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