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Network Bulletin No. 97-21

Date:  April 18, 1997

Subject:  Staff, NLS

Index term:  Vacancy announcement for writer-editors,
Publications and Media Section

We are announcing the vacancy of two GS-9/11 Writer-Editors
(Publications and Media Section).  Instructions for applying
for these positions can be found on the attached vacancy
announcements 970039 (permanent) and 970040 (indefinite).


Attachments

For further information contact:

Margaret Cytron
Assistant Head
Publications and Media Section

___________________________________________________________

[Attachment 1]


                       LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
                    Washington, DC 20540-2295
                  *** VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT ***

           ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
           ^   Vacancy Announcement Number 970039   ^
           ^      Opening Date: April 9, 1997       ^
           ^      Closing Date: May 9, 1997         ^
           ^                                        ^
           ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  WOMEN,
MINORITIES, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WHO MEET ELIGIBILITY
REQUIREMENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

GENERAL POSITION INFORMATION:

    Grade/Series/Title:  Writer-Editor
                         GS-1082-09 (6640) $29,577 - $38,451 *

    *   The individual selected for this position will receive
        the applicable locality pay adjustment.

   Promotion Potential:  Promotion Plan to GS-11

     Position Location:  Publications & Media Section, Office of
                       the Director, National Library Service
                       for the Blind and Physically
                       Handicapped, Library Services; Taylor
                       Street Annex, 1291 Taylor Street, N.W.
                       Washington, D.C.

   Type of Appointment:  Permanent
                         Non-supervisory,
                         bargaining unit position

   Number of Vacancies:  One

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
The Writer-Editor compiles and edits bibliographic and general
informational materials.  Copyedits manuscripts for grammar,
spelling, punctuation, clarity, organization, and conformance to
applicable style manuals and reviews material for elimination of
inconsistencies and inaccuracies and for achievement of purpose,
logic, completeness, and effective communication for the intended
audiences.  Researches and writes news and outreach materials.
Marks manuscripts for typesetting; proofreads typeset copy.
Performs indexing functions for office-generated publications.
Develops, updates, and modifies complex records-list functions on
databases to produce manuscripts and camera copy for multiple
magazines and catalogs.  Lays out and pastes up camera-ready
copy.  Recommends and coordinates photographic services.  Plans
and prepares routine surveys or other data-gathering instruments
regarding publication and media services.  Plans and prepares
materials for production in print, braille, electronic and
recorded form, including print, audio, and video public service
announcements and multimedia exhibit materials and backdrops.
Applies standards and specifications to assure quality of
finished product.  Organizes large-scale projects such as the
national exhibits program, print posters, or other outreach, as
assigned.  Maintains software files and develops and adapts
automated programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
One year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level in the
Federal Service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside
the Federal Service which demonstrates a minimum level of
proficiency in each of the following knowledge, skills and
abilities (KSAs):

*         Skill in writing, editing and proofreading, using
          standard editing techniques, principles of grammar and
          style manual guidelines.

*         Skill in coordinating and monitoring multiple
          publication production projects.

*         Skill in working with people at different
          organizational levels.

*         Knowledge of graphic design principles and preparation
          of camera-ready copy.

*         Skill in using wordprocessing software to create and
          edit documents.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (KSAs):
Quality ranking factors are presented in ALL CAPS. The statements
beneath each factor relate each factor to specific duties of the
position.

1.        SKILL IN WRITING, EDITING AND PROOFREADING, USING
          STANDARD EDITING TECHNIQUES, PRINCIPLES OF GRAMMAR AND
          STYLE MANUAL GUIDELINES -- to write, edit and proofread
          bibliographic and general informational materials such
          as magazines, catalogs, newsletters, brochures, and
          other literature for print, braille and recorded
          formats.

2.        SKILL IN COORDINATING AND MONITORING MULTIPLE
          PUBLICATION PRODUCTION PROJECTS -- in order to
          coordinate and handle diverse and multiple publications
          projects from conception throught writing, editing,
          design, typesetting, printing and distribution,
          evaluation, and meeting schedule deadlines.

3.        SKILL IN WORKING WITH PEOPLE AT DIFFERENT
          ORGANIZATIONAL LEVELS -- to accomplish assignments,
          coordinate with members of the NLS staff, network
          library staff, typesetters, printers, contractors,
          Library of Congress offices, and external organizations
          of individuals who are sources of information vital to
          preparation of assigned written and visual
          communications.

4.        KNOWLEDGE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND PREPARATION
          OF CAMERA-READY COPY -- to prepare print, recorded and
          braille production and to recommend graphic design
          standards.

5.        SKILL IN USING WORDPROCESSING SOFTWARE TO CREATE AND
          EDIT DOCUMENTS -- to prepare work/documents in readable
          and electronically transferrable form.

HOW TO DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE ON THE KSAs:  Applicants must
address each KSA on a separate sheet of plain paper in order to
be considered for this vacancy.  Applicants should not simply
repeat entries from their employment application in addressing
each KSA, but should elaborate on any specific experience (as an
employee or volunteer), training, educational courses, and awards
that demonstrate possession of the identified KSAs. Publications
are available in libraries and in book stores to help guide you
in addressing the KSAs.  Each KSA must be addressed individually
and MUST NOT exceed one page each.

EVALUATION PROCESS:  Applicants are first assessed against the
minimum qualifications requirements for the position.  To be
minimally qualified, applicants must demonstrate a minimum level
of competence in the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs)
required to perform the duties of the position, and must have the
length of time and level of education and/or experience as
specified in the announcement.  Applicants who are minimally
qualified will be further evaluated to determine the degree to
which they possess the KSAs identified as quality ranking
factors.  These KSAs are assigned values for purposes of rating.
This rating process will determine who will be referred to the
selecting official for further consideration.

REMARKS:

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an
appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill any number of the above-
described positions that are or become vacant during the life of
this vacancy announcement.

Applicants who are referred for interview must complete a
Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306).


*****************************************************************
*  HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a Standard Form 171 - Application for  *
*  Federal Employment, or the Optional Application for Federal  *
*  Employment - OF 612, a description of competence on the KSAs *
*  on plain paper, and any other required attachments to:       *
*                                                               *
*                   LIBRARY OF CONGRESS                         *
*             HUMAN RESOURCES OPERATIONS OFFICE                 *
*            101 INDEPENDENCE AVE., SE, LM 107                  *
*                WASHINGTON, DC 20540-2295                      *
*                                                               *
*  NOTE:  For copies of this vacancy announcement, applications *
*  or information on other Library of Congress opportunities,   *
*  please call our Employment Office at (202) 707-5627 or our   *
*  employment hotline at (202) 707-4315.                        *
*                                                               *

*  ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE FINAL CLOSING DATE  *
*  TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT;      *
*  POSTMARKED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  RESUMES ARE   *
*  NOT ACCEPTED.                                                *
*                                                               *
*  Individuals who are not currently employed by the Library    *
*  must also return the "Background Survey Questionnaire."      *
****************************************************************

_________________________________________________________________
[Attachment 2]

                      LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
                    Washington, DC 20540-2295
                  *** VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT ***

           ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
           ^   Vacancy Announcement Number 970040   ^
           ^      Opening Date: April 9, 1997       ^
           ^      Closing Date: May 9, 1997         ^
           ^                                        ^
           ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  WOMEN,
MINORITIES, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WHO MEET ELIGIBILITY
REQUIREMENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

GENERAL POSITION INFORMATION:

Title:    Writer-Editor
GS-1082-09 (6640) $29,577 - $38,451 *

* The individual selected for this position will receive the
applicable locality pay adjustment.

Promotion Potential:  Promotion Plan to GS-11

Position Location:  Publications & Media Section, Office of the
Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped, Library Services; Taylor Street Annex 1291 Taylor
Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.

Type of Appointment:Indefinite
Non-supervisory, bargaining unit position

Number of Vacancies:One

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

The Writer-Editor compiles and edits bibliographic and general
informational materials.  Copyedits manuscripts for grammar,
spelling, punctuation, clarity, organization, and conformance to
applicable style manuals and reviews material for elimination of
inconsistencies and inaccuracies and for achievement of purpose,
logic, completeness, and effective communication for the intended
audiences.  Researches and writes news and outreach materials.
Marks manuscripts for typesetting; proofreads typeset copy.
Performs indexing functions for office-generated publications.
Develops, updates, and modifies complex records-list functions on
databases to produce manuscripts and camera copy for multiple
magazines and catalogs.  Lays out and pastes up camera-ready
copy.  Recommends and coordinates photographic services.  Plans
and prepares routine surveys or other data-gathering instruments
regarding publication and media services.  Plans and prepares
materials for production in print, braille, electronic and
recorded form, including print, audio, and video public service
announcements and multimedia exhibit materials and backdrops.
Applies standards and specifications to assure quality of
finished product.  Organizes large-scale projects such as the
national exhibits program, print posters, or other outreach, as
assigned.  Maintains software files and develops and adapts
automated programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
One year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level in the
Federal Service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside
the Federal Service which demonstrates a minimum level of
proficiency in each of the following knowledge, skills and
abilities (KSAs):

Skill in writing, editing and proofreading, using standard
editing techniques, principles of grammar and style manual
guidelines.

Skill in coordinating and monitoring multiple publication
production projects.

Skill in working with people at different organizational levels.

Knowledge of graphic design principles and preparation of camera-
ready copy.

Skill in using wordprocessing software to create and edit
documents.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS (KSAs):
Quality ranking factors are presented in ALL CAPS. The statements
beneath each factor relate each factor to specific duties of the
position.

1.        SKILL IN WRITING, EDITING AND PROOFREADING, USING
          STANDARD EDITING TECHNIQUES, PRINCIPLES OF GRAMMAR AND
          STYLE MANUAL GUIDELINES -- to write, edit and proofread
          bibliographic and general informational materials such
          as magazines, catalogs, newsletters, brochures, and
          other literature for print, braille and recorded
          formats.

2.        SKILL IN COORDINATING AND MONITORING MULTIPLE
          PUBLICATION PRODUCTION PROJECTS -- to coordinate and
          handle diverse and multiple publications projects from
          conception through writing, editing, design,
          typesetting, printing, distribution and evaluation,
          meeting schedule deadlines.

3.        SKILL IN WORKING WITH PEOPLE AT DIFFERENT
          ORGANIZATIONAL LEVELS -- to accomplish assignments,
          coordinate with members of the NLS staff, network
          library staff, typesetters, printers, contractors,
          Library of Congress offices, and external organizations
          of individuals who are sources of information vital to
          preparation of assigned written and visual
          communications.

4.        KNOWLEDGE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND PREPARATION
          OF CAMERA-READY COPY -- to prepare print and braille
          production and to recommend graphic design standards.

5.        SKILL IN USING WORDPROCESSING SOFTWARE TO CREATE AND
          EDIT DOCUMENTS -- to prepare work/documents in readable
          and electronically transferrable form.


HOW TO DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE ON THE KSAs:  Applicants must
address each KSA on a separate sheet of plain paper in order to
be considered for this vacancy.  Applicants should not simply
repeat entries from their employment application in addressing
each KSA, but should elaborate on any specific experience (as an
employee or volunteer), training, educational courses, and awards
that demonstrate possession of the identified KSAs. Publications
are available in libraries and in book stores to help guide you
in addressing the KSAs.  Each KSA must be addressed individually
and MUST NOT exceed one page each.

EVALUATION PROCESS:  Applicants are first assessed against the
minimum qualifications requirements for the position.  To be
minimally qualified, applicants must demonstrate a minimum level
of competence in the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs)
required to perform the duties of the position, and must have the
length of time and level of education and/or experience as
specified in the announcement.  Applicants who are minimally
qualified will be further evaluated to determine the degree to
which they possess the KSAs identified as quality ranking
factors.  These KSAs are assigned values for purposes of rating.
This rating process will determine who will be referred to the
selecting official for further consideration.

REMARKS:

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an
appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill any number of the above-
described positions that are or become vacant during the life of
this vacancy announcement.

Applicants who are referred for interview must complete a
Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306).

*****************************************************************
*  HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a Standard Form 171 - Application for  *
*  Federal Employment, or the Optional Application for Federal  *
*  Employment - OF 612, a description of competence on the KSAs *
*  on plain paper, and any other required attachments to:       *
*                                                               *
*                   LIBRARY OF CONGRESS                         *
*             HUMAN RESOURCES OPERATIONS OFFICE                 *
*            101 INDEPENDENCE AVE., SE, LM 107                  *
*                WASHINGTON, DC 20540-2295                      *
*                                                               *
*  NOTE:  For copies of this vacancy announcement, applications *
*  or information on other Library of Congress opportunities,   *
*  please call our Employment Office at (202) 707-5627 or our   *
*  employment hotline at (202) 707-4315.                        *
*                                                               *

*  ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE FINAL CLOSING DATE  *
*  TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT;      *
*  POSTMARKED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  RESUMES ARE   *
*  NOT ACCEPTED.                                                *
*                                                               *
*  Individuals who are not currently employed by the Library    *
*  must also return the "Background Survey Questionnaire."      *
*****************************************************************