Beltsville, MD: Collections Librarian, National Agricultural Library – USDA

Job Opening Title:
Collections Librarian

Name of Employer:
National Agricultural Library – USDA

Job Site Location (City, State) :
Beltsville, MD

Application Deadline:
March 10, 2023

Minimum Degree Requirement:
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Years of experience required:
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Salary Range:
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The National Agricultural Library is hiring a Collections Management Librarian! The announcements are scheduled to post 2/27 and close 3/10. Here are links to both announcements:

The position is open from Monday, February 27 through Friday March 10, 2023; and is available to current federal government employees and the public.

Merit Promotion JOA:
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The National Agricultural Library (NAL) is one of five national libraries of the United States. It houses one of the world’s largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences. The library facilitates the creation of agricultural knowledge through the acquisition, curation, and dissemination of the information needed to solve agricultural challenges today and in the future. The Collections Librarian works across the library and closely with large teams of Collection Maintenance, Digitization, and Special collections staff.

• Coordinate and execute programs and policies for the organization and maintenance of Library collections.
• Take measures to prevent or delay collection material from deterioration.
• Coordinate cleaning and basic repairs and treatments on damaged and/or degrading media materials.
• Provide instructions and support to staff and customers to facilitate effective use of library collections and associated technologies.
• Perform quality control checks on digitized materials and corresponding metadata and work with digitization vendors and colleagues to ensure that problems are corrected.

Specialized Experience

• For this position, specialized experience is experience providing digitization support and coordination; preventing collection material from deterioration; and cleaning, repairing, or treating damaged or degrading media materials.

NAL is committed to creating a community that incorporates the goals and objectives of the USDA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Strategic Plan. We seek applicants who demonstrate cultural sensitivity, understand diverse communities, and are committed to intentional internal and external inclusivity. Over the past year, NAL launched a library-wide DEIA climate assessment, held focus groups and listening sessions, and is now creating an actionable strategic plan that holds us accountable to our goals. While we have taken steps to fight against racism, bias, and discrimination, we recognize the work requires sustained honesty, introspection, and commitment to better serve both NAL employees and our customers. We desire candidates who can take a leadership role consistent with the USDA Core Values of Respect and Dignity, Equity and Inclusion, Trust and Integrity, Service and Results, and Science Leadership, and help develop and sustain the inclusive culture that NAL is building.

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