RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND ECONOMICS
Agricultural Research Service
ALL SOURCES/ALTERNATIVE MERIT PROMOTION
Position Title: Supervisory Librarian
Promotion Potential: GS-14
Salary: $66,138 to $85,978 per annum
Type of Appointment: Permanent Full Time
Location of Position: National Agricultural Library,
Public Services Division
Information Centers Branch, Beltsville, MD
Announcement Number: ARS-A8B-8299
Opening Date: September 8, 1998
Closing Date: October 26, 1998
Area of Consideration: All Sources - Nationwide
APPLICATIONS WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED FROM USDA SURPLUS AND FEDERAL
DISPLACED EMPLOYEES IN THE COMMUTING AREA.
APPLICATIONS WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED FROM ALL ARS SURPLUS
The Information Centers Branch provides national and international
leadership in the provision of and access to agricultural and related
scientific and technical information in specialized subject matter
areas to a wide range of national and international customers The
incumbent serves as the Branch Head and is responsible for policy
making, planning, managing, organizing, directing and evaluating the
nationwide information program requirements, activities, and functions
of specialized scientific and technical information centers.
Supervises and evaluates subordinates; makes effective selections of
subordinate personnel; hears group grievances, employee complaints,
and disciplinary problems and takes the initiative to resolve them.
The incumbent: plans, organizes, and manages the activities of a large
staff engaged in (a) assisting customers in finding answers to
specific questions regarding selected worldwide or nationally
important agricultural issues and problems; (b) developing and
identifying the location of research collections; (c) providing
reference services including in-depth electronic databases searches;
(d) producing and disseminating print and electronic information
products, (e) promoting the resources and services of the library
through outreach activities such as exhibits, presentations, and
workshops on information sources and information gathering techniques,
(f) electronic and personal networking activities, and (g) providing
liaison with designated agencies in the Department, other national
libraries (e.g. Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine),
university, and federal research libraries, land-grant institutions,
and other agricultural organizations regarding their information needs
and in the development of programs of mutual interest. Recommends and
establishes overall program plans, priorities and objectives and
monitors their accomplishment.
As the Library's authority on information centers, establishes and
maintains consultative relationships with domestic and foreign library
and scientific information organizations such as the Library of
Congress, National Library of Medicine, various state libraries, the
Land-Grant University Libraries, other Federal Research Libraries,
etc., concerning the establishment, expansion, or curtailment of
information services; and to develop new interface arrangements,
resolve operational problems, and discuss matters of mutual interest
to more effectively and efficiently serve the worldwide body of users.
Directs and oversees the (1) management of specialized information
centers in issue areas including: alternative farming; animal welfare;
food and nutrition; and rural revitalization and health and (2)
development and administration of scientific and technical information
centers. Promotes, publicizes, and explains the Library's services and
activities concerning specialized information centers and outreach
programs through formal presentations, correspondence, personal
contacts, and other means of communication. Represents the NAL at
meetings of professional library and scientific associations with a
special emphasis on interpreting the Library's role as a leading
agricultural information resource.
QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must meet the minimum basic
requirements for entry into professional library positions including
one year of experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade
Basic Requirements: All librarians in the Federal competitive civil
service must meet the requirements for professional education in
library science or possess equivalent experience as shown below.
Applicants must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A, B, or
C below. (Note: Applicants who qualify under the provisions of
paragraph C will may be required to take a subject-matter test in
library science.) A. Completion of 1 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 the requirements for a "5th-year"bachelor's
degree in library science and at least 1 year of library experience
that included the performance of duties in one or more functional
areas of librarianship at the GS-5 or higher grade level; OR C. A
total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education,
training, and/or experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant
must establish conclusively that the education, training, and/or
experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories,
principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge
of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for
providing effective library services.
Specialized Experience: must show the applicant possesses the required
administrative and/or managerial ability to successfully perform the
duties of the position.
1. Knowledge of the principles, practices and state-of-the-art
techniques involved in the development and execution of reference and
scientific and technical information services.
2. Ability to manage library programs and operations such as those
associated with national libraries, major college and university
libraries, or special libraries, and provide direction and oversight
in the formulation, management and execution of current and long range
information center policies, plans and programs.
3. Ability to supervise a staff of librarians, technical
information specialists, library technicians, and support positions.
4. Knowledge of administrative and financial management policies,
regulations, and procedures including the methods and sources for
funding library programs and operations.
5. Knowledge of the information needs and information-seeking
behavior of researchers, administrators, policy makers, and other top
YOUR EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE WILL BE EVALUATED AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE,
SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs) AS OUTLINED UNDER SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
AND SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR(S). A SPECIFIC RESPONSE TO THE
REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED UNDER SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE IS HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED TO ENSURE ADEQUATE CONSIDERATION IN THE EVALUATION
PROCESS. A SPECIFIC RESPONSE TO SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR(S) IS REQUIRED.
Selective Placement Factors:
1. Knowledge of the biological and/or agricultural sciences or\
2. Knowledge of database, telecommunications and library
automation systems/technology, particularly as it applies to
information services for users utilizing the Internet, World Wide Web,
and specialized on-line and networked databases.
HOW TO APPLY: Send a resume, curriculum vitae, SF-171, or Optional
Application for Federal Employment, OF-612, to the Contact address.
The following information is required to evaluate applicant
qualifications and to determine if applicants meet legal requirements
for Federal employment:
. Announcement number, title, and grade(s) for the position
. Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and
evening phone numbers (with area code)
. Social security number
. Identify country of citizenship (U.S. citizenship is required)
. Veterans' Preference (If applicable - DD-214 is required)
. Highest Federal civilian grade held (if applicable)
. Highest education level achieved. Specify:
- Name, city, state, zip code (if known)
- Date or expected date (month/year) of completion of degree
- Type of degree received
- Graduates of foreign universities must include proof of
foreign education equivalency to an accredited U.S. college/university
. Copy of college transcripts or list of college courses (if
required under QUALIFICATIONS or if applicable to the position).
. Paid and nonpaid work experience related to the position. For
each work experience include:
- Job title
- Series/grade (if Federal employment)
- Duties and accomplishments
- Employer's name and address
- Supervisor's name and address
- Starting and ending dates
- Hours per week
- Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer
- Training courses (title and year)
- Skills (e.g., other languages, typing speed, computer
software/hardware, tools, etc.)
- Certificates/licenses (current)
- Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
. All status candidates who wish to be considered under both
alternative merit promotion and non-status competitive examining must
submit two (2) complete applications. When only one (1) application is
received, it will be considered under the alternative merit promotion
procedures if the applicant is a current or former Federal employee
with reinstatement eligibility.
. Applicants will be evaluated based on the quality and extent of
their experience, education, and accomplishments. This may include
factors such as number of credits in directly related subjects, grade
point average, relatedness of work experience, and any other evidence
of ability to do the work of the position. For current and former
Federal employees, the performance evaluation may also be taken into
consideration. Please be sure that your application or resume contains
all of the information we need to determine if you are well qualified.
. This position is being filled in accordance with the Alternative
Merit Promotion system. All merit promotion principles remain in
. USDA surplus/Federal displaced employees must submit documentary
evidence of eligibility. Well qualified surplus and displaced
employees within the local commuting area will receive selection
priority as provided by OPM regulations. Well-qualified means the
applicant meets the basic qualification and eligibility requirements
and all selective placement factors; is rated above minimally
qualified against the knowledge, skills, and abilities or quality
criteria; and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the
position upon entry. Applicants must submit the following:
- a copy of their RIF Separation Notice (for displaced
employees) OR Certification of Expected Separation or other
documentation identifying you as surplus;
- evidence of full performance level of current position;
- a copy of their most recent performance appraisal; and
- a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel
Action, to verify reassignment eligibility.
. Current Federal employees must submit their most recent
. Applicants with Federal reinstatement eligibility should submit
an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify reinstatement
. Applicants are encouraged to submit AD-1086, USDA Applicant
. Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must
have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an
exemption) to be eligible for a Federal job.
. If applications do not contain all of the requested information,
applicants may lose consideration for the job.
. If applicants make a false statement in any part of their
application, they may not be hired; may be fired after they begin
work; or may be fined or jailed.
. Applicants will not be notified of the status of their
application until a final selection has been made.
. Applications submitted via Government envelopes will not be
SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES: Special hiring authorities may apply to
disabled individuals, former Peace Corps, Vista, action cooperatives,
volunteers, VRA eligibles, and 30 percent disabled veterans.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If applicants served on active duty in the
United States military and were separated under honorable conditions,
they may be eligible for veterans' preference. Most veterans who
served during the Gulf War era (August 2, 1990 through January 2,
1992) are eligible for preference. Veterans who did not serve during
this time frame, but whose service began after October 15, 1976, must
have a campaign badge, expeditionary medal, or a service-connected
disability to be eligible for preference. To claim 5-point veterans'
preference, applicants must attach a copy of their DD-214, Certificate
of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of
eligibility. To claim 10- point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15,
Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference, plus the documentation
required by that form. For further details, call the U.S. Office of
Personnel Management (OPM) at 912-757-3000. Select "Federal Employment
Topics" and then "Veterans." Or, dial OPM's electronic bulletin board
at 912-757-3100 or visit their VetGuide web site:
. RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED.
. APPLICATIONS MUST BE
[ X ] POSTMARKED
[ ] RECEIVED BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
Submit applications to:
ATTN: Mary E. Byrd
5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Stop 5104
Beltsville, MD 20705-5104
For employment information:
Mary E. Byrd, 301-504-1333
INTERNET ADDRESS: www.ars.usda.gov
DC RELAY SERVICE: 202-855-1234 (TDD)
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THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.