The last time we were able to recruit (1995) for a librarian position,
the basic requirement in the posting included the following: A) "Completion
of one full academic year of graduate study in Library Science in an
accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work
required for a bachelor's degree; or B) completion of all requirements for
a "5th-year" Bachelors' degree in Library Science. In addition, the
applicant mush have had at least one year of library experience which
included the performance of duties in one or more functional areas of
librarianship at the GS-5 or higher grade level."
This was for a GS-12 position. Until today, I had never looked at the
last sentence mentioning GS-5. If I had noticed it then, I would have
tried to get it changed. All librarians are hired at GS-9 or above here
in the Department.
The Ralph J. Bunche Library
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D. C. 20520
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On Mon, 23 Jun 1997, Sami Klein wrote:
> It is interesting that this issue has been raised by Susan. I am having and
> have had a running battle with our Personnel generalist who maintains the
> standards say you do not need an MLS to be hired as a librarian. He even
> keeps bringing me the 1410 OPM standard with the parts on experience
> highlighted. I keep telling him I won't hire anyone without the MLS and I
> won't and so what sense does it make to attract people without the MLS?
> He understands that I won't accept the experience-qualified is but he says
> he is hampered by the guidelines.
> Although we don't have GS rating, I bring librarians in at the GS-9 level.
> At 01:27 PM 6/17/97 -0400, you 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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> Sami Klein
> Chief, Research Library and Information Programs
> NIST, Office of Information Services
> Gaithersburg, MD 20899
> Phone: 301-975-2790
> FAX: 301-869-8071
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