Serials Processing Technician (Temporary)

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Job Description

The Music Division in the Library of Congress is seeking to hire a temporary serials processing technician.  Position responsibilities include preparing unbound serials for binding, weeding duplicate issues, reconciling holdings information, shelf-reading, and identifying serial titles available as e-journals.   The appointment is expected to last 2-4 months and will be paid approximately at the GS-7 level, which is currently $45,972 per year.  The full-time or part-time work (to be negotiated) will be accomplished under the supervision of the Head of Reader Services in the Music Division.  

The Music Division is in the Madison Building, 101 Independence SE, Washington DC 20540.

Serials Processing Position
The Music Division is working through a backlog of unbound serials and updating its workflow for incoming serials.  With shelf space at a premium, identifying serials that are available in multiple locations in the Library, as well as those in digital format, will enable us to weed duplicate copies and send hard copies of online titles to storage. 

  • Search online catalog for serial bibliographic records
  • Determine binding patterns from bound serials
  • Sort and bundle serial issues for binding
  • Weed duplicate issues
  • Assist in organizing unbound serial shelves by creating labels and arranging serials in alphabetical order
  • Identify titles that have ceased publication, ephemera, and titles available in digital format

  • Experience in searching for bibliographic records in an online catalog
  • General knowledge of serial publishing patterns
  • Knowledge of music serials, both popular and scholarly
  • Experience in searching e-journals in databases such as JSTOR, Project MUSE, etc.
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet programs (Access, Excel) a plus (but not required)

How to Apply

Please submit resumé and any supporting materials by COB May 4, 2018 to:  Jan Lauridsen, Assistant Chief, Music Division

Questions?  Robin Rausch, Head, Reader Services (202) 707-8450; Jan Lauridsen, Assistant Chief (202) 707-5251

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