Digital Collections Technician

at Library of Congress (view profile)
Published May 12, 2022
Location John Adams Building, 120 2nd St SE, Washington, DC 20002, Washington, DC
Category Public or Governmental  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $45,574
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $59,246
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade GS 6 (Promotion Potential to GS 8)
Twitter Handle @librarycongress


This position serves as a Digital Collection Technician and reports to an Assistant Head, Digital Content Management Section within the Digital Collection Management and Services Division. There are 5 vacancies for this position.

The Digital Content Management Section is responsible for providing digital acquisitions support to Discovery and Preservation Services, and for the lifecycle management of digital collections that are not otherwise under the care of a custodial division. The section also is responsible for managing the Library's web archiving program and collections, and provides advice and assistance to the Law Library as needed. Digital Content Management Section staff collaborate with other Library curatorial units, technical staff and external organizations to establish best practices, implement new and streamline existing digital workflows, and identify digital content management problems and propose solutions for the content within the scope of the section.

Applies knowledge of a limited range of library rules, procedures, and operations to provide routine digital library collection processing support. Receives, prepares, organizes, and processes digital files so that they may be ingested and managed throughout their lifecycle. Places received files representing digital content and associated metadata in appropriate locations on servers. Checks for duplications, verifies versions, and authenticates content. Checks files representing digitized items against established quality standards prior to acceptance. Identifies possible issues concerning integrity and authenticity of content. When issues are identified or when files fail to meet standards, documents problems and works with higher-level staff to resolve issues or request rework. Monitors the status of content as it moves through the ingest process. Assists in the implementation of digital projects as assigned by senior staff.

Performs simple arrangement and description work for digital collection materials. Applies written guidelines to assess the correctness of metadata and makes corrections as needed. Identifies duplicate content and inconsistencies. Copies records when needed. Creates new metadata according to documented procedures as needed. Consults with higher-level staff on a regular basis when correcting or altering existing content or metadata.

Applies knowledge of automated tools and services used in the management of digital content. Employs a limited range of software applications in support of the lifecycle management and use of digital collections within the custody of the unit.