I am happy to announce an opening at the Library of Congress in the ISSN Section of the U.S. Programs, Law, and Literature Division. The opening is for a librarian (GS 9 with promotion potential to GS 13) to participate in the work of the U.S. ISSN Center. Although the position description on USA Jobs is generic and covers cataloging and acquisitions of both monographs and serials, the work to be performed involves assigning the unique identifier, ISSN, to continuing resources, creating catalog records for these resources, interacting with ISSN requesters and other ISSN centers worldwide, work on special national or international projects, and other activities of an ISSN center.
ISSN requests are received from publishers, vendors, digitizers, the USPS, CONSER libraries, other ISSN centers and others. Over 40% of the resources to which ISSN are assigned are electronic continuing resources. The ISSN Section frequently undertakes special projects to assign ISSN to back files from major publishers, or to collections of journals either on request of publishers or digitizers, or as part of international efforts coordinated by the ISSN International Centre in Paris. ISSN staff interact with publishers and ISSN centers worldwide on an almost daily basis and often work with challenging continuing resources such as resources available on novel formats or devices.
We welcome applicants who wish to engage in the unique work of an ISSN center as the ISSN Network prepares to participate in the emerging linked data environment.
For the official announcement and online application form, please go to:
The posting closes April 21, 2016
Regina Romano Reynolds
Director, U.S. ISSN Center
Head, ISSN Section
Library of Congress
(202) 707-6379 (voice)
(202) 707-6333 (fax)