I was hired as a GS-9 Head Librarian in 1980. My posting required an MLS.
I replaced a GS-11 who had a BA in LS. It's a long sad story; the woman
should have had her degree pulled, she was that incompetent. I got my
GS-10 in 1981. In 1986, my job was audited and I was allowed to hire an
assistant librarian, GS-9. I got my 11. Three years later our jobs were
again upgraded; I got a 12 and my assistant got an 11. This past year,
under the new standards, my assistant got a 12. After fighting tooth and
nail with my boss, the Deputy General Counsel, I finally got my 13.
I do not expect to hire another librarian, but if we were to, I would
expect to hire at the GS-9 level because we would require an MLS. I would
only have to utter the name of the BALS and The Powers That Be would see
things my way (i.e. MLS required). I do not think we would ever hire a
1410 at the GS-7 level. Yes, I'd hire a 1411 at the 7 level. I'd even
hire a student working toward an MLS, something like a library technical
assistant as a 7, but I'd fight tooth an nail to keep that individual out
of 1410. I'd put that person in 1411, 1412 (if such a position exists),
or as a "research assistant" (that wonderfully amorphous job
classification at 0523.
-Kay Collins, Head Librarian, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Chicago
On Tue, 17 Jun 1997, Susan M. Tarr wrote:
> FLICC has reinstituted its Personnel Working Group, and its first task is
> to investigate the issue of minimum qualifications for federal librarian
> positions. As you are aware, with the help of FLICC and its hard-working
> Personnel Working Group from a couple years ago, OPM updated and upgraded
> its classification standards for positions in series 1410 (librarians),
> 1411 (library technicians), and 1412 (technical information specialists).
> However, it appears that OPM never finalized the work on the minimum
> qualifications for hiring applicants into these positions. Some agencies
> accept the MLS as a requirement for anyone to qualify for consideration
> for a librarian vacancy, but others allow experience substitutions at
> various levels.
> We are interested in knowing what minimum qualifications are carried on
> vacancy announcements for positions at YOUR agency. Please share your
> information with the listserv, or fax a copy of a recent posting or agency
> policy to FLICC, ATTN: Kathy Eighmey, 202-707-4818 (fax). Also, does your
> agency have any 1410 librarian positions at the GS-7 level? If so, how
> many? What are your concerns about minimum qualifications for federal
> librarian positions?
> Susan M. Tarr
> Library of Congress
> Washington, DC 20540
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