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Grade: 14

1 [343] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-14 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  • I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.
2 [4911] Select the response that best describes your education and/or experience that meets the basic professional library science requirements. Please note this education and/or experience must be validated by transcripts and/or your resume. Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed at least one (1) full academic year of graduate study in library science at an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree.
  • I have a total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience which have provided me with the 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 and information services.
  • My education and experience do not meet any of the above statements.
3 [4912] Do you have at least one year of experience servicing and maintaining digital library systems and networks which include digital preservation, storage and retrieval of media and the general metadata? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 [4913] Do you have at least one year of experience managing and/or directing a library consortia or group of libraries which include developing and implementing policies and standards for the identification, collection, preservation, distribution, and retrieval of documents? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 [63212]Select the functional area(s) related to a library and/or information center in which you are a technical expert (based on your hands-on experience) in providing authoritative advice to managers and stakeholders as a regular and recurring part a job with minimal (or no) supervision. Answer to this question is required
  • Cataloging and Metadata
  • Collection Development
  • Library Management
  • Archives
  • Reference and Research Services
  • Data Curation
  • Library Automation & Systems
  • Acquisition
  • Digital Libraries
  • Digitization
  • None of the above
6 [6191] Select the statements that describe your experience communicating project information to senior management officials. Answer to this question is required
  • I have met with policy officials on a continuing basis to discuss policy proposals.
  • I have met with policy officials to brief them on current project status.
  • I have briefed key leadership on costs, impact, feasibility, alternatives, issues and recommendations and status of projects.
  • I have developed policies, regulations, procedures or analyses for senior management.
  • I have presented policies, regulations, procedures, analyses and recommendations to key leadership.
  • I have assisted in the preparation of policy recommendations, procedures or analyses, providing data and background information to senior officials as requested.
  • I have developed comprehensive materials for reports, briefings, and meetings.
  • I have communicated program strategies, goals, objectives and priorities to program personnel.
  • I have prepared briefing materials for use by or presentation to senior management officials.
  • None of the above
7 [30230] Select the statement that best reflects your experience implementing collaborative, social media, and/or other innovative tools to improve the awareness of/access to digital collections. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, experience or training implementing collaborative, social media, and/or other innovative tools to improve the awareness of/access to digital collections.
  • I have completed formal education or training implementing collaborative, social media, and/or other innovative tools to improve the awareness of/access to digital collections.
  • I have experience implementing collaborative, social media, and/or other innovative tools to improve the awareness of/access to digital collections on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  • I have experience implementing collaborative, social media, and/or other innovative tools to improve the awareness of/access to digital collections as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • In addition to number 4, implementing collaborative, social media, and/or other innovative tools to improve the awareness of/access to digital collections has been a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
8 [17975] Do you have experience working with scientific or technical collections in transportation or related fields? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 [3783] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge of and experience with budget management and program oversight. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited knowledge of and experience with budget management and program oversight.
  • I have general experience in the various aspects of budget management and program oversight.
  • I have demonstrated knowledge of and experience with budget management and program oversight and have managed or overseen programs.
  • I am considered to be a technical authority in various aspects of budget management and have an in-depth understanding of the programs that I manage or oversee. I am able to independently plan and carry out the work to be done.
  • None of the above
10 [58371] Select the statement(s) that describe written communication skills you have used as a regular part of your job. Answer to this question is required
  • Drafted reports, memoranda and correspondence for signature by higher-level official.
  • Prepared and wrote technical reports for internal & external audiences.
  • Explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations in written format.
  • Developed comprehensive materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences for Agency departmental leaders.
  • Developed recommendations for solutions to policy problems.
  • Complied and summarized the findings of studies.
  • Wrote guidance that summarizes and explains rules and policies.
  • None of the above.
11 [1932] Select the statement(s) that describe verbal communication skills you have used as a regular part of your job. Answer to this question is required
  • Explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations
  • Clearly communicated the revisions needed on plans, specifications and estimates
  • Described rules, regulation, policies and procedures
  • Interacted with customers both within and outside of my organization
  • Briefed managers or executives outside of my organization
  • I have interviewed employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information
  • I have persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action
  • None of the above
12 [4916] Select the statement that best reflects your experience planning and implementing a multifaceted library program to meet the needs of an organization. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, experience, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • In addition to having performed this task as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee; this task has been a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
13 [9110] Select the statement that best reflects your experience evaluating and selecting digital library tools (i.e., software and hardware). Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, experience, or training evaluating and selecting digital library tools.
  • I have completed formal education or training evaluating and selecting digital library tools, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  • I have evaluated and selected digital library tools on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  • I have evaluated and selected digital library tools as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • In addition to number 4, evaluating and selecting digital library tools has been a major part of my job and I have trained other in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
14 [9111] Select the statement that best reflects your experience integrating new technologies into existing workflows, products, or services. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, experience, or training integrating new technologies into existing workflows, products, or services.
  • I have completed formal education or training integrating new technologies into existing workflows, products, or services, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  • I have integrated new technologies into existing workflows, products, or services on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  • I have integrated new technologies into existing workflows, products, or services as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • In addition to number 4, integrating new technologies into existing workflows, products, or services has been a major part of my job and I have trained other in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
15 [55942] Select the statement that best applies to your education and/or experience researching and developing standards for digital lifecycle management (i.e., describing, retrieving, preserving, and accessing digital resources)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, experience, or training researching and developing standards for digital lifecycle management.
  • I have completed formal education or training researching and developing standards for digital lifecycle management, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  • I have researched and developed standards for digital lifecycle management on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  • I have researched and developed standards for digital lifecycle management as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • In addition to number 4, researching and developing standards for digital lifecycle management has been a major part of my job and I have trained other in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
16 [57604] Select the statement below that best describes your experience in the application of the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science. Answer to this question is required
  • I have applied professional experience in library and information management principles, concepts and techniques to manage functions and execute programs related to cataloging, library systems, and acquisitions.
  • I have demonstrated in-depth experience in the principles, concepts and techniques of library and information science to execute one or more major functions or programs in a library systems environment.
  • I have demonstrated basic or a general experience in the principles, concepts and techniques of library and information science to execute a library program.
  • None of the above.
17 [54130] Select the duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis as a team leader or supervisor. Answer to this question is required
  • Had responsibility for the first line supervision of employees
  • Oversaw, directed or developed work to be accomplished by subordinates including setting priorities and preparing schedules for the completion of work and adjusted as needed.
  • Assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  • Scheduled employees to cover varying shifts
  • Developed performance standards and evaluated employees' work
  • Gave advice, counsel or instruction to employees on program specific, technical, and/or administrative matters
  • Interviewed candidates and made recommendations/selections to fill vacant position(s).
  • Recommended and/or selected individuals for appointment, promotion, or reassignment
  • Worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities
  • Worked with management to identify developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  • Conducted workforce/succession planning
  • Resolved office conflicts through meetings
  • Delegated authority to the lowest levels
  • Resolved office conflicts by providing written guidance
  • Resolved office conflicts through mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution
  • Addressed employee conduct issues by taking appropriate human resources actions such as oral admonishments or suspensions
  • Coached, counseled and/or disciplined employees on performance issues
  • Coached, counseled and/or disciplined employees on conduct issues
  • Followed necessary steps when an employee's performance did not improve
  • Developed performance improvement plans
  • Recognized and rewarded employees for their contributions
  • Have no managerial/supervisory experience, but have been designated as a team leader, assisting the immediate supervisor with assignment of tasks.
  • Have not performed any of the above listed supervisory duties
18 [57903] Select all the tasks that you were PERSONALLY ACCOUNTABLE for the success of programs in your area of responsibility for completion in a timely manner and within budget. Answer to this question is required
  • I have formulated strategic program plans that assess policy/program feasibility including short and long term goals and objectives.
  • I have identified the parameters for staff members to operate in achieving program goals and objectives.
  • I have developed standards of performance to evaluate and measure program accomplishments and specific reporting times.
  • I have monitored, evaluated, and measured the effectiveness of program accomplishments where I focused on the results and NOT on processes and methods.
  • I have assessed current and future associate and contract staffing needs based on program goals and budget realities.
  • I have identified and explained the consequences, both good and bad, to staff members regarding the completion of the program mission.
  • I have developed performance standards to evaluate and measure staff member's accomplishments.
  • I have structured and organized work and adjusted priorities to balance the interests of clients and/or respond to customer demands and I have managed contractors providing technical services.
  • I have identified opportunities to develop and market new products and/or services outside of my organization including taking risks to pursue a recognized benefit or advantage.
  • I have encouraged and facilitated the use of telecommuting programs with my team and ensured that staff members are meeting program goals and accomplishments.
  • None of the above.
19 [14541] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience in developing or reviewing library training and outreach programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have researched and developed information materials, training programs, and/or outreach efforts as part of my regular job responsibilities.
  • I have performed technical reviews and evaluations of information materials, training programs, and/or outreach efforts as part of my regular job responsibilities.
  • I have assisted in the research and development of information materials, training programs, and/or outreach efforts as part of my regular job responsibilities.
  • I have assisted in performing technical reviews and evaluations of information materials, training programs, and/or outreach efforts as part of my regular job responsibilities.
  • I have occasionally assisted in the development and/or evaluation information materials, training programs, and/or outreach efforts.
  • None of the above.
20 [17649] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience representing your organization and exercising tact, discretion and persuasiveness in resolving and negotiating differences, sensitive issues, and problems at meetings and conferences involving library programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have presented, explained, persuaded, and negotiated the advancing of partnership initiatives in cooperation with other libraries.
  • I have conducted briefings for senior management official to promote, support, and manage the creation of libraries or a network of integrated libraries.
  • I have represented my organization actively at conferences, seminars, partners and stakeholder events to ensure that senior management's concerns, viewpoints, and interests are represented.
  • I have motivated and influenced clientele to fully utilize library programs and services.
  • I have persuaded higher management to support and provide resources for new programs and/or technologies.
  • I have served as liaison for my organization and the library community.
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

1 [31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them. Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions. High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.
2 How would you like to be considered for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • As a U.S. citizen or national (Veteran's preference applies and you may not be referred for an interview if an eligible Veteran is also deemed qualified.) For more information: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/public/
  • As a current or former federal employee or eligible veteran (you do not have to compete with general public or people with Veteran's preference. Instead, you compete with other competitive service employees) For more information: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/
    2.1 [35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position.
    • I have not held a government position.
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    • 05
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    • 08
    • 09
    • 10
    • 11
    • 12
    • 13
    • 14
    • 15
    2.2 [587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format). Maximum length of 20 characters.
    2.3 [59280] If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "Pass", "Fully Successful", "Satisfactory" or better?
    • Yes
    • No
    • I am a Federal employee, but have not received a performance rating.
    • Not applicable, I am not a Federal employee.
  • Both (If you are unsure, select this option)
[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.
3 [62383] What is the highest degree you have earned from an accredited university? Answer to this question is required
  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Master’s degree
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
  • Doctorate or PhD
  • Law Degree (LL.M.)
  • None of the above
4 [3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 [31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 [54657] Select your most recent work performance evaluation (includes pass in pass/fail systems). Answer to this question is required
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better.
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was below satisfactory.
  • I have never received a performance appraisal or review for any position.
7 [63207] Are you a current or former Executive Branch political appointee who served on a political Schedule A or Schedule C appointment? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    7.1 [63210] Please explain your answer (include the type of appointment and dates).  Your answer is limited to 250 characters or less. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
8 [586] How did you initially hear about this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Email notification
  • Agency website
  • USAJobs (OPM) website
  • Newspaper advertisement
  • Magazine advertisement
  • Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  • Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  • Friend or relative
  • Job Fair
  • Minority professional network
  • Other
    8.1 [5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position. Maximum length of 250 characters.