Congressional Research Service, Washington DC
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a temporary Reference Assistant for its Humanities and Reference Section of its Knowledge Services Group (KSG). In support of the CRS mission of service to Congress, information professionals in the KSG advise and inform both the U.S. Congress and CRS analytical staff by providing services including resources management, as well as expert on-demand information research, information, information products and research methodologies, and customized training on information and resources for individuals and groups. This position is being offered at the GS-9 level ($46,041-$59,852). It is a temporary position, not to exceed January 8th, 2008.
If selected for this position, you will plan and conduct background research on the collections for varied and complex, or unusual reference and research correspondence. Your responsibilities will include providing document delivery in a variety of formats, and in response to requests from CRS analysts and congressional clients for specific sources, you'll identify, locate, retrieve and deliver articles, scholarly journals, government documents, etc. As a reference assistant, you will: organize and complete complex manual and computerized searches in multiple systems; search and transcribe information from computerized and manual files; and review operating procedures, library policies and standard reference services to assist a wide variety of clients. The reference assistant independently resolves all types of reference service questions and issues; resolves the most difficult special search requests that require an expert knowledge in several areas; observes and arranges for the secure handling of material; and independently resolves the full range of collections maintenance issues for a library unit.
Interested applicants must either apply online (preferred) at http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo or call (202) 707-5627 to request an applicant job kit. Please refer to vacancy #070014 in all correspondence. Applications must be received by February 13, 2007.
Located within the Library of Congress, CRS is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress and is fully committed to enhancing workforce diversity.