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The incumbent of this position is exempt from flextime and compflex time and is assigned to work a special fixed/rotational schedule (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) that involves day, evenings, weekends and holiday schedules; and the selected incumbent "must be consistently able and willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays based on the operational and service requirements of the Law Library as a condition of employment."
Responds to United States legal and legislative reference inquiries from Members of Congress, congressional committees, the White House, federal and state courts and agencies, libraries, the bar, and the general public. Inquiries may be received by telephone, in person, in writing, and by electronic means. Locates information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of published and unpublished legal and legislative information sources and electronic databases. Advises researchers on research methodologies. Directs users to the proper specialists, resources, or services within the Law Library and other areas of the Library of Congress.
Conducts legal and legislative research, and produces written responses to U.S. federal and state legal and legislative reference and research inquiries requiring tailored responses. Prepares reports, bibliographies, letters, memoranda, finding aids, informational brochures, research guides, and other written products. Gathers information from a wide variety of sources, both electronic and in print or other media. Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and trends in the law.
Provides online and in-person instruction to Law Library users and staff on the content, nature, and use of Law Library print and electronic resources, as well as legal research methodologies. Assists in the development of instructional offerings that educate users on legal research sources and strategies. Delivers orientations to groups and individuals on Law Library operations and services, and conducts briefings on the U.S. legal system, and functions and inter-relationships of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government under the U.S. constitutional scheme. These orientations and briefings may be delivered to Members of Congress; their staffs; U.S. federal and state jurists and attorneys; legal scholars; representatives of U.S. federal and state, foreign, and international governments; dignitaries; and students.
Provides training for junior reference and circulation staff, and legal information technicians. May be assigned to review and/or revise work to provide initial quality control and aid in the training process. Conducts analysis of training needs and services.
Develops professional contacts within and outside the organization in order to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge. Professional contacts are with library users, supervisors, library staff, other national libraries, library and information networks, information centers, experts in government agencies, associations, the private sector, and/or research groups. Motivates and influences clientele to fully utilize programs and services. Depending on Law Library priorities and requirements, attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings relating to trends and issues in law and law librarianship for the purpose of professional development. Provides orientations to distinguished visitors and conducts tours, as assigned.
Surveys and evaluates print and electronic collections to identify currency issues. Identifies, recommends and resolves collection processing issues relating to assigned areas / subjects / jurisdictions of the Reading Room collections. Recommends alternative titles to and the removal of titles from assigned portions of the Law Library reference collections. Searches acquisitions lists for new titles and other materials in various formats for the Reading Room's collection as requested.
Reviews collections on a continual basis and exercises care to ensure collection material is properly handled and kept secure to avoid loss or damage. Reviews a variety of foreign and domestic sources for information about available materials. Contributes to digital collection development and management projects, such as web archiving and/or compiling and organizing websites based on current public policy issues. Determines permissibility of copying materials based on the preservation needs of the material. Understands current and public policy issues in his/her area of expertise in order to develop collections that anticipate researcher inquiries and demands.
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.
Ability to apply knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science to the organization and dissemination of legal information.**
Ability to communicate legal and legislative information and analysis in writing.**
Ability to communicate effectively in a library or information center environment.**
Ability to utilize information technology and online legal resources.**
Ability to provide training and mentorship.
Ability to interact collaboratively with a diverse group of people.
Ability to plan and implement library programs.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
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