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Vacancy Details

Grade: 05

1 Choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or education as it relates to this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 year experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level related to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects.
  • I have 4 years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field.
  • I have a qualifying combination of experience and education that together meet the requirements for the position.
  • I do NOT have the experience or education described above.
2

Choose the one statement that best describes your experience/education as it relates to this position.

 

Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. This specialized experience is defined as experience carrying out tasks for a collection inventory within a large museum and recording the collected data into a collections information system.
  • I have qualifying education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I have a qualifying combination of experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not have the experience or education described above.
3 Which of the following collections physical care tasks have you had experience with? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have handled objects that vary in size, material, age, weight, structure, and condition while following appropriate preservation practices.
  • I have safely transported objects to and from collection storage areas.
  • I have created accurate object tags and storage unit labels and attached them appropriately.
  • I have assisted with reorganizing collections to properly re-associate objects that had become intermingled with other collections or dispersed throughout storage.
  • I have housed/rehoused objects using proper preservation techniques and materials.
  • I have inspected collection storage areas and objects to determine if there is pest activity.
  • None of the above.
4 Which of the following collections inventory tasks have you had experience with? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have transferred information from manual files to a collections information system in preparation for an inventory.
  • I have used a collections information system to record, manage, query, and retrieve object records in the course of an inventory.
  • I have physically examined objects to determine if they have a museum number.
  • I have updated or created collections information system records with inventory data following established data standards.
  • I have identified and documented inventory issues for resolution.
  • I have experience working under supervision reconciling discrepancies between objects and curatorial and collections management records.
  • I have assessed existing digital media to ensure that they are clear/in focus and represent the object accurately.
  • I have created new digital media that meets digital media standards.
  • I do not have experience conducting a physical collections inventory.
5 Which of the following list of collections documentation practices have you regularly performed in your past work? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed shelf surveys/inventories.
  • I have accurately recorded information using automated systems.
  • I have adhered to data standards for collections management.
  • I have assisted with the resolution of inventory discrepancies using automated or hard copy records.
  • I have independently resolved inventory discrepancies using automated or hard copy records.
  • I have assisted with the maintenance of inventory holdings using automated or hard copy records.
  • I have independently maintained accurate inventory of holdings using automated or hard copy records.
  • I have no experience with collection documentation practices.
6 What SPECTRUM-compliant collections information system have you used? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • ARGUS.
  • Calm ALM.
  • Emu.
  • Mimsy XG.
  • Museumindex.
  • TMS.
  • Vernon CMS.
  • None of the above.
7 Which of the following best describes your education? Answer to this question is required
  • I have a graduate degree or graduate certificate in Museum Studies with a concentration/major in collections management.
  • I have a graduate degree in museum studies or equivalent field.
  • I have college-level course work in museum studies.
  • I do not have a graduate or undergraduate degree in museum studies or equivalent field, or college-level course work in museum studies.
8 Which of the following tasks have you performed to proofread and verify information? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have reviewed correspondence for spelling and proper grammar.
  • I have proofread narrative text for spelling and proper grammar.
  • I have proofread credit lines or labels for spelling and accuracy.
  • I have compared two versions of documents in order to identify typographical errors.
  • I have compared a draft document against source material to identify errors.
  • I have identified factual errors or inconsistencies and brought them to the attention of other staff for resolution.
  • I have identified factual errors or inconsistencies and resolved them myself through research.
  • I have identified factual errors or inconsistencies and resolved them myself through contact with individuals within my organization.
  • I have identified factual errors or inconsistencies and resolved them myself through contact with individuals outside of my organization.
  • I have proofread items where errors would create legal ramifications or financial penalties.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
9 What type of communication experience have you had? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have discussed general collections management information with a variety of staff.
  • I have experience communicating and working with curatorial staff to obtain subject-specific information.
  • I have actively participated in project meetings.
  • I have maintained good working relationships with individuals, groups, and teams.
  • I have written reports regarding project accomplishments on a regular basis.
  • None of the above.
10 Which of the following best describes your experience in working with a team of colleagues to achieve an objective? Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive experience and am highly competent working with a team of colleagues to achieve an objective.
  • I have some experience and am competent working with a team of colleagues to achieve an objective.
  • I have limited experience working with a team of colleagues to achieve an objective.
  • I have limited experience working with a team of colleagues to achieve a goal and I prefer to work alone.
  • I have no experience working with a team of colleagues to achieve an objective.
11 Which of the following describes your experience working with digital media records? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have searched collections information systems to determine if digital media exists.
  • I have identified where media does not match an object description.
  • I have assessed digital media to ensure that they meet digital media standards including image quality, file format, resolution, and metadata.
  • I have entered digital media metadata.
  • I have linked and unlinked media records to collections information systems records.
  • I have identified and recorded intellectual property agreements, copyrights, and/or restrictions
  • I have uploaded digital media to a large-scale, centralized digital asset management system.
  • I have knowledge of digital media standards and practices, but no experience processing digital media.
  • I do not have knowledge of or experience with processing digital media.
12 Which of the following metadata standards have you applied to digital media? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • DCMI - Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.
  • Exif - Exchangeable image file format.
  • IPTC Core - International Press Telecommunications Council
  • IPTC Extension.
  • IPTC IIM - Information Interchange Model.
  • PLUS - Picture Licensing Universal System.
  • XMP - Extensible Metadata Platform.
  • None of the above.
13 Have you used digital media software (e.g. Adobe Bridge, Photo Mechanic) to edit or add technical/descriptive metadata to digital media? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
14 Do you have experience using digitization equipment (e.g., digital cameras, scanners) to create digital media of 3-dimensional and flat museum objects for documentation purposes? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
15 Do you have knowledge of museum collections management (including physical inventory, documentation, registration, and preservation) through formal education or work experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

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