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LIBRARIAN

(GS-1410)


Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

These Competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to perform basic tasks in the operation of a National Park Service library. Work is performed under the direct supervision of an experienced Librarian. Depending on the mission of the library and the size of the library staff, the individual may become specialized in some areas of library operation and may only participate on a limited basis in others.

1. Library Management

Description

Participates in the management of a National Park Service library.

Outline

I.Library Management

A. Library Standards, Guidelines, and Practices
B. NPS Standards, Guidelines, and Practices
C. Involvement in Library Profession
D.Budget

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Professional knowledge of library principles, theories, standard methods, and techniques.

Knowledge of NPS administrative guideline NPS-84 Library Management Guideline (pending).

Ability and willingness to participate in the professional community of librarians, both locally and nationally and maintain current awareness on issues and developments in library management.

Ability to project overall annual library program needs and maintain appropriate levels of supplies in order to avoid compromising accessibility to library resources.

2. Collection Development and Management

Description

Works with other staff members to select and acquire appropriate library material associated with the site or in support of the site's mission or resource management activities.

Outline

II. Collection Development and Management

A. Mission of the NPS and Local Site
B.Scope of Collection/Library Management Plan
C.Acquisition of Materials
D.Disposition of Materials

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the library's management plan/scope of collection statement.

Knowledge of the mission, policies, history and objectives of the National Park Service.

Knowledge of the site's mission, history and objectives.

Ability to apply the library management plan/scope of collection statement to the acquisition of library materials and the acceptance of gift materials.

Basic knowledge of procurement procedures and sources of publisher information.

Ability to follow established procedures to identify and dispose of library materials outside the library management plan.

3. Cataloging and Classification

Description

Items in the library are uniquely described and listed, in order to identify, control, house, retrieve and use materials.

Outline

III.Cataloging and Classification

A.Cataloging
B.Classification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of basic professional library cataloging and classification rules and procedures.

Ability to perform basic copy cataloging.

Ability to identify and assign classification numbers most appropriate to the library using existing records.

4. Reference Resources and Skills

Description

Assists users in finding information and materials.

Outline

IV. Reference Resources and Skills

A. Reference and Research Resources
B.User Assistance

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of basic reference and research materials and resources, on site and in other libraries, and/or through computer connections.

Ability to direct users to proper reference sources in the library.

Ability to assist users in using computer reference sources, either in-house or on-line.

5. Library Operations

Description

Operates the library in the most effective and efficient manner.

Outline

V. Library Operations

A. Library Procedures
B. Circulation
C. Process and Shelve Materials
D. Interlibrary Loans
E. Direct Volunteers

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of basic library operations, procedures, and methods.

Ability to maintain circulation records and system.

Ability to process library materials such as apply spine labels, book pockets and other tasks as needed.

Ability to shelve material in its proper place.

Ability to initiate interlibrary loan requests and receive and distribute incoming material.

Ability to maintain interlibrary loan log and/or records.

Ability to maintain NPS reference resources such as guidelines and databases.

Ability to follow established procedures for handling of special (archival, rare books) and non-book collections (photos, slides, audiotapes, maps, microfiche, etc).

Ability to direct volunteers in their work.

6. Computer-related Library and Information Technology

Description

Uses current technology to operate and manage the library efficiently and effectively and to assist users in finding material and information.

Outline

VI. Computer-related Library and Information Technology

A. Use of Computers and Peripherals
B. Bibliographic Databases and Catalogs
C. Computer Applications
D. On-line Sources

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of basic library and information technology, software and hardware. Ability to operate CD-ROM drives, printers and modems in addition to basic computer skills.

Ability to retrieve bibliographic and other information using various automated catalogs and bibliographies, including on-line, CD-Rom, database management software (Pro-Cite, NPS Union Catalog, ALICAT, imaged documents, etc).

Ability to perform data input to create bibliographic records using various database management software.

Ability to perform computer applications such as electronic mail, word processing, Windows.

Ability to use DOINET/Internet and other on-line resources.

7. Archival Management and Preservation

Description

Assists in the preservation and protection of library materials.

Outline

VII. Archival Management and Preservation

A. Preservation Guidelines, Standards and Procedures
B.Care of Materials
C.Records Management

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of basic procedures and standards for the preservation, storage and repair of library materials.

Knowledge of applicable NPS guidelines, such as NPS-28 Cultural Resources Management Guideline, NPS-77 Natural Resources Management Guideline, Museum Handbook, Appendix D. and National Archives disposition requirements.

Ability to perform basic housekeeping functions, e.g. shelving, cleaning, and repair of materials.

Ability to stabilize material following established procedures.

Ability to follow procedures for correct storage of materials.

Ability to monitor physical condition of materials.

Ability to follow records management procedures as stipulated in NPS-19 Records Management Guidelines.

8. Communications

Description

Communicates to users the policies and procedures of the library and interprets the needs of the users.

Outline

VIII. Communications

A. Represents the Library
B. Writing and Speaking Skills
C. Interpersonal Communications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Skill in representing the library services and materials to NPS users and the general public.

Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately, both orally and in writing.

Ability to assist in report preparation in response to management requests.

Ability to engage in effective reference interviews with users.

Ability to instruct volunteers and users in library procedures and processes.

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

These Competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to manage or participate in the operation of a National Park Service (NPS) library. Work may be performed under the supervision of an experienced Librarian. Depending on the mission of the library and the size of the library staff, the individual may become specialized in some areas of library operation and may only participate on a limited basis in others.

1. Library Management

Description

Manages or participates in the management of a National Park Service library.

Outline

I. Library Management

A. Library Standards, Guidelines, and Practices
B. NPS Standards, Guidelines and Practices
C. Involvement in Library Profession
D. Budget and Planning
E. Library Statistics
F. Staff Supervision

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Professional knowledge of library principles, theories, standard methods, and techniques. Knowledge of comparable NPS standards. Ability to develop and implement new solutions to specific library management challenges based on this knowledge.

Knowledge of professional library, archive and museum ethics and related state and federal legislation.

Ability to apply this knowledge to library management situations.

Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply NPS administrative guideline NPS-84 Library Management Guideline (pending).

Ability and willingness to participate in the professional community of librarians, both locally and nationally and maintain current awareness on issues and developments in library management.

Ability to evaluate library programs to ensure they meet professional standards.

Ability to prepare an annual budget request sufficient to cover operating costs, supplies, and new acquisitions. Skill in ranking purchases, tracking expenses and staying within the budget.

Skill in quantifying library activities, (cataloging, reference material use, interlibrary loans and visitor use) and maintaining statistics as a management tool.

Ability to direct the work of library staff toward meeting the annual goals and objectives of the library.

2. Collection Development and Management

Description

Selects and acquires appropriate library material associated with the site or in support of the site's mission or resource management activities.

Outline

II. Collection Development and Management

A. Mission of the NPS and Local Site
B. Scope of Collection/Library Management Plan
C. Acquisition of Materials
D. Disposition of Materials

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the library's management plan/scope of collection statement. Ability to evaluate, revise, update and edit library planning documents.

In-depth knowledge of the mission, policies, history and objectives of the National Park Service. Ability to apply this knowledge to library management situations.

Knowledge of the site's mission, history and objectives.

Ability to apply the library management plan/scope of collection statement to the acquisition of library materials and the acceptance of gift materials and take steps to correct inadequacies in the collection.

Knowledge of and ability to use standard sources for collection development and procurement (Books in Print, book reviews, publishers' catalogs, etc.).

Ability to follow established procedures to identify and dispose of library materials outside the library management plan.

3. Cataloging and Classification

Description

Items in the library are uniquely described and listed, in order to identify, control, house, retrieve and use materials.

Outline

III. Cataloging and Classification

A. Cataloging
B. Classification
C. Library Networks
D. In-House Systems and Thesauri

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

In-depth knowledge of professional library cataloging and classification rules and procedures, USMARC, AACR2, etc.

Ability to perform both copy cataloging and original cataloging.

Ability to construct classification numbers in both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems.

Ability to construct or modify and implement alternative filing arrangements for special collections, according to NPS library management guidelines and standard library principles, when neither Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal classification systems are appropriate or merited.

Knowledge of national library network standards and procedures. Ability to retrieve data and input original records into national systems.

Ability to create and utilize in-house thesauri, according to library and indexing principles, in order to reflect the specialized subject needs of the site and its library collections.

4. Reference Resources and Skills

Description

Assists users in finding information and materials.

Outline

VI. Reference Resources and Skills

A. Reference and Research Resources
B. User Assistance
C. Computer-based Resources

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of reference and research materials and resources, on site and in other libraries, and/or through computer connections. Skill in determining which sources are the most reliable and relevant to the users' needs.

Ability to use research and reference tools to produce substantive material matching users' needs.

Ability to direct users to proper reference sources in the library.

Ability to assist users in using computer reference sources, either in-house or on-line.

Knowledge of computer-based databases (in-house, on-line, CD-Rom). Ability to create subject bibliographies for users from these sources.

5. Library Operations

Description

Operates the library in the most effective and efficient manner.

Outline

V. Library Operations

A. Library Procedures
B. Circulation
C. Process and Shelve Materials
D. Interlibrary Loans and Copyright Issues
E. Direct Volunteers

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

In-depth knowledge of standard library operations, procedures, and methods. Ability to apply this knowledge to ensure the constant improvement of library operations.

Skill in maintaining circulation records and systems. Ability to modify and improve on the system.

Ability to process library materials such as apply spine labels, book pockets and other tasks as needed.

Ability to shelve material in its proper place.

Knowledge of copyright laws and guidelines. Skill in applying this knowledge in order to comply with copyright laws and advise others in copyright compliance.

Ability to initiate interlibrary loan requests and receive and distribute incoming material. Skill in negotiating with other institutions to provide efficient interlibrary loan service.

Ability to maintain interlibrary loan log and/or records in accordance with copyright laws and to provide needed statistics.

Knowledge of NPS reference resources, such as guidelines and databases and their producers. Ability to maintain these sources. Ability to input data into these sources as appropriate.

Knowledge of professional standards and procedures for the handling of special (archival, rare books) and non-book collections (photos, slides, audiotapes, maps, microfiche, etc). Ability to apply and modify these procedures to ensure library materials are well cared for and accessible.

Ability to direct volunteers in their work.

6. Computer-related Library and Information Technology

Description

Uses current technology to operate and manage the library efficiently and effectively and to assist users in finding material and information.

Outline

VI. Computer-related Library and Information Technology

A. Use of Computers and Peripherals
B. Bibliographic Databases and Catalogs
C. Automation Standards
D. Computer Applications
E. On-line Sources

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of library and information technology, software and hardware. Ability to operate and troubleshoot CD-ROM drives, printers and modems in addition to basic computer skills. Skill in keeping abreast of new developments. Ability to evaluate and apply new technologies.

Thorough knowledge of professional library standards as they apply to automated description and data exchange. Ability to apply these standards in the creation and maintenance of NPS databases and library catalogs.

Ability to retrieve bibliographic and other information using various automated catalogs and bibliographies, including on-line, CD-Rom, database management software (Pro-Cite, NPS Union Catalog, AlICAT, imaged documents, etc).

Ability to perform data input to create bibliographic records using various database management software.

Ability to perform computer applications such as electronic mail, word processing, spreadsheets, Windows (refer also to Universal competencies for Information Management).

Ability to use DOINET/Internet and other on-line resources (refer also to Universal competencies for Information Management).

Ability to effectively use a local area network.

7. Archival Management and Preservation

Description

Assists in the preservation and protection of library materials.

Outline

VII. Archival Management and Preservation

A. Preservation Guidelines, Standards and Procedures
B. NPS Technical Information Center
C. Care of Materials
D. Disaster and Recovery Plan
E. Records Management

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of professional procedures and standards for the preservation, storage and repair of library materials. Skill in using existing standards and procedures to create in-house procedures for the monitoring and handling of library material. Ability to supervise such procedures.

Knowledge of applicable NPS guidelines, such as NPS-28 Cultural Resources Management Guideline, NPS-77 Natural Resources Management Guideline, Museum Handbook,

Appendix D. and National Archives disposition requirements.

Ability to systematically identify NPS documents meeting NPS Technical Information Center's scope of collection and providing archival copies to the Center as needed.

Ability to perform basic housekeeping functions, e.g. shelving, cleaning, and repair of materials.

Ability to stabilize material following established procedures.

Ability to evaluate and implement a disaster and recovery plan for the library.

Ability to follow procedures for correct storage of materials.

Ability to determine and remedy deficiencies in existing procedures.

Ability to monitor physical condition of materials and to prioritize treatment.

Knowledge of records management principles and techniques, including NPS-19 Records Management Guidelines. Ability to apply these standards.

8. Communications

Description

Communicates to users the policies and procedures of the library and interprets the needs of the users.

Outline

VIII. Communications

A. Represents the Library
B. Writing Reports, Proposals and Publications
C. Presentation and Speaking Skills
D. Interpersonal Communications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of inter-personal communication theories and techniques for applying theories. Ability to work with a variety of people in complex situations.

Skill in representing the library services and materials to NPS users and the general public.

Ability to learn quickly, adapt to new situations and to develop rapid response strategies to meet new challenges.

Skill in serving as an information facilitator in NPS projects and professional teams.

Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately, both orally and in writing.

Skill in preparing and giving presentations.

Ability to write, evaluate and edit library publications, plans and procedures to professional library publication standards.

Ability to write proposals directed to management for library improvements.

Ability to prepare reports on library activities in response to management requests.

Ability to engage in effective reference interviews with users. Skill in interpreting the users' needs.

Ability to instruct volunteers and users in library procedures and processes, both orally and in writing.

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

These Competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to manage a National Park Service (NPS) library or library system. Work is performed without supervision beyond direction in areas of administration, policy and agency goals. The individual is expected to participate in NPS wide library initiatives and programs. Depending on the mission of the library and the size of the library staff, the individual may become specialized in some areas of library management and may only participate on a limited basis in others.

1. Library Management

Description

Manages a full service National Park Service library or library system. The individual may supervise a variety of library staff.

Outline

I. Library Management

A. Library Standards, Guidelines, and Practices
B. NPS Standards, Guidelines and Practices
C. Support to other NPS Libraries
D. Involvement in Library Profession
E. Budget and Planning
F. Library Statistics
G. Staff Supervision and Evaluation

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Comprehensive professional knowledge of library principles, theories, standard methods, and techniques. Similar knowledge of comparable NPS standards. Ability to develop and implement new solutions to specific library management challenges based on this knowledge.

Thorough knowledge of professional library, archive and museum ethics and related state and federal legislation. Ability to apply this knowledge to library management situations and advise others.

Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply NPS administrative guideline NPS-84 Library Management Guideline (pending).

Ability to provide library management technical support to other NPS units responsible for library materials.

Ability and willingness to participate in the professional community of librarians, both locally and nationally and maintain current awareness on issues and developments in library the library profession.

Ability to evaluate library programs to ensure they meet professional standards.

Ability to develop a long term strategic plan and multi-year budget plan for the library program.

Ability to develop, monitor, and adjust annual goals and objectives for the library program.

Ability to prepare annual budget request sufficient to cover operating costs, supplies, and new acquisitions. Skill in ranking purchases, tracking expenses and staying within the budget.

Ability to develop and fund large multi-year projects (compact shelving, implementation of security system, etc.).

Skill in quantifying library activities, (cataloging, reference material use, interlibrary loans and visitor use) and maintaining statistics as a management tool and for analyzing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the library program.

Ability to conceptualize, develop, and manage complex library programs and to translate these skills into solving information management situations outside the library program.

Ability to direct the work of library staff toward meeting the annual goals and objectives of the library. Knowledge of personnel polices and procedures which might effect library staff.

Ability to write performance standards and perform performance reviews for support staff.

2. Collection Development and Management

Description

Selects and acquires appropriate library material associated with the site or in support of the site's mission or resource management activities.

Outline

II. Collection Development and Management

A. Mission of the NPS and Local Site
B. Scope of Collection/Library Management Plan
C. Acquisition of Materials
D.Disposition of Materials

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles behind the development of collection development documents. Ability to write, evaluate, revise, update and edit library planning documents.

Intimate knowledge of the library's management plan/scope of collection statement.

In-depth knowledge of the mission, policies, history and objectives of the National Park Service. Ability to apply this knowledge to library management situations.

Knowledge of the site's mission, history and objectives.

Ability to apply the library management plan/scope of collection statement to the acquisition of library materials and the acceptance of gift materials and take steps to correct inadequacies in the collection.

Ability to use circulation and interlibrary loan statistics to analyze deficiencies in the collection.

Knowledge of and ability to use standard sources for collection development and procurement (Books in Print, book reviews, publishers' catalogs, rare book dealers, etc.).

Ability to pursue new acquisitions through personal contacts and negotiate on behalf of the library.

Ability to follow established procedures to identify and dispose of library materials outside the library management plan.

Ability to participate in the development of national or field wide library programs, planning and documentation.

3. Cataloging and Classification

Description

Items in the library are uniquely described and listed, in order to identify, control, house, retrieve and use materials.

Outline

III. Cataloging and Classification

A. Cataloging
B. Classification
C. Library Networks
D. In-House Systems and Thesauri

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

In-depth knowledge of professional library cataloging and classification rules and procedures, USMARC, AACR2, etc. Ability to distill and relate this knowledge to other staff members and on occasion to users.

Ability to perform both copy cataloging and original cataloging.

Ability to construct classification numbers in both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems.

Ability to construct or modify and implement alternative filing arrangements for special collections, according to NPS library management guidelines and standard library principles, when neither Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal classification systems are appropriate or merited.

Knowledge of national library network standards and procedures. Ability to retrieve data and input original records into national systems.

Ability to initiate and implement local networks with NPS libraries and other local libraries.

Ability to create and utilize in-house thesauri, according to library and indexing principles, in order to reflect the specialized subject needs of the site and its library collections.

4. Reference Resources and Skills

Description

Assists users in finding information and materials.

Outline

IV. Reference Resources and Skills

A. Reference and Research Resources
B. User Assistance
C. Computer-based Resources
D.Current Awareness Programs

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of reference and research materials and resources, on site and in other libraries, and/or through computer connections. Skill in determining which sources are the most reliable and relevant to the users needs.

Ability to use research and reference tools to produce substantive material matching users' needs.

Ability to direct users to proper reference sources in the library.

Ability to assist users in using computer reference sources, either in-house or on-line.

Knowledge of computer-based databases (in-house, on-line, CD-Rom). Ability to create subject bibliographies for users from these sources.

Knowledge of information experts, locally and nationally in subject areas relevant to users. Ability to use personal contacts with information experts to create an informal network of information sources.

Ability to develop and implement current awareness programs, including book reviews, new book lists, current contents service, selective dissemination of information, etc.

5. Library Operations

Description

Operates the library in the most effective and efficient manner.

Outline

V. Library Operations

A. Library Procedures
B.Circulation
C.Process and Shelve Materials
D.Interlibrary Loans and Copyright Issues
E.Direct Volunteers

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

In-depth knowledge of standard library operations, procedures, and methods. Ability to apply this knowledge to ensure the constant improvement of library operations.

Skill in maintaining circulation records and systems. Ability to modify, automate, and improve on the system.

Ability to process library materials such as apply spine labels, book pockets and other tasks as needed.

Ability to shelve material in its proper place.

Knowledge of copyright laws and guidelines. Skill in applying this knowledge in order to comply with copyright laws and advise others in copyright compliance.

Ability to initiate interlibrary loan requests and receive and distribute incoming material. Skill in negotiating with other institutions to provide efficient interlibrary loan service.

Ability to maintain interlibrary loan log and/or records in accordance with copyright laws and to provide needed statistics.

Knowledge of NPS reference resources, such as guidelines and databases and their producers. Ability to maintain these sources. Ability to input data into these sources as appropriate.

Knowledge of professional standards and procedures for the handling of special (archival, rare books) and non-book collections (photos, slides, audiotapes, maps, microfiche, etc). Ability to apply and modify these procedures to ensure library materials are well cared for and accessible.

Ability to direct volunteers in their work.

6. Computer-related Library and Information Technology

Description

Uses current technology to operate and manage the library efficiently and effectively and to assist users in finding material and information.

Outline

VI. Computer-related Library and Information Technology

A. Use of Computers and Peripherals
B. Bibliographic Databases and Catalogs
C. Automation Standards
D. Computer Applications
E. On-line Sources
F. Database Administration and Management

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of library and information technology, software and hardware. Ability to operate and troubleshoot CD-ROM drives, printers and modems in addition to basic computer skills. Skill in keeping abreast of new developments. Ability to evaluate and apply new technologies.

Ability to plan for and implement major technological changes/upgrades or replacements of existing information and retrieval systems, applications software, retrospective conversion, imaging, etc.

Thorough knowledge of professional library standards as they apply to automated description and data exchange. Ability to apply these standards in the creation and maintenance of NPS databases and library catalogs.

Ability to retrieve bibliographic and other information using various automated catalogs and bibliographies, including on-line, CD-Rom, database management software (Pro-Cite, NPS Union Catalog, ALICAT, imaged documents, etc).

Ability to perform data input to create bibliographic records using various database management software.

Ability to perform computer applications such as electronic mail, word processing, spreadsheets, Windows.

Ability to use DOINET/Internet and other on-line resources.

Knowledge of system administration and database management principles and practices.

Ability to effectively use a local area network.

7. Archival Management and Preservation

Description

Directs and/or performs the preservation and protection of library materials.

Outline

VII. Archival Management and Preservation

A. Preservation Guidelines, Standards and Procedures
B. NPS Technical Information Center
C. Care of Materials
D. Disaster and Recovery Plan
E. Records Management

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of professional procedures and standards for the preservation, storage and repair of library materials. Skill in using existing standards and procedures to create in-house procedures for the monitoring and handling of library material. Ability to supervise such procedures.

Knowledge of advanced archival practices or specializations; an archival certification may be required.

Knowledge of applicable NPS guidelines, such as NPS-28 Cultural Resources Management Guideline, NPS-77 Natural Resources Management Guideline, Museum Handbook, Appendix D. and National Archives disposition requirements.

Ability to systematically identify NPS documents meeting NPS Technical Information Center's (TIC) scope of collection and providing archival copies to the Center as needed. Skill in the development and enforcement of site policies to promote distribution of appropriate material to TIC.

Ability to write, evaluate, edit and implement a disaster and recovery plan for the library.

Ability to supervise other library staff in preservation, storage and handling of materials.

Ability to perform basic housekeeping functions, e.g. shelving, cleaning, and repair of materials.

Ability to stabilize material following established procedures.

Ability to create procedures for correct storage of materials.

Ability to determine and remedy deficiencies in existing procedures.

Ability to monitor physical condition of materials and to write and implement long term preservation plan.

Knowledge of records management principles and techniques, including NPS-19 Records Management Guidelines. Ability to apply these standards.

8. Communications

Description

Communicates to users the policies and procedures of the library and interprets the needs of the users.

Outline

VIII. Communications

A. Represents the Library
B. Writing Reports, Proposals and Publications
C. Presentation and Speaking Skills
D. Interpersonal Communications
E. Library Training

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of inter-personal communication theories and techniques for applying theories. Ability to work with a variety of people in complex situations.

Advanced skills in representing and promoting the library services and materials to NPS users and the general public.

Ability to learn quickly, adapt to new situations and to develop rapid response strategies to meet new challenges.

Skill in serving as an information facilitator in NPS projects and professional teams.

Advanced writing skills in order to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately. Ability to apply these skills in the writing of technical and management reports, regulations, guidelines and other documentation.

Advanced skills in public speaking including ability to make formal presentations, facilitate meetings, serve on panels, etc.

Ability to write, evaluate and edit library publications, plans, annual reports and procedures to professional library publication standards.

Ability to write grant applications and create proposals for library improvements.

Ability to engage in effective reference interviews with users. Skill in interpreting the users' needs.

Ability to instruct volunteers and users in library procedures and processes, both orally and in writing.

Ability to effectively represent the NPS site and library and other NPS national sites and programs to the larger professional library community.

Ability to develop, write, produce and implement library training sessions including workshops, lectures, slide shows, etc.

9. Leadership

Description

Participates in strategic planning of a nationwide library program.

Outline

IX. Leadership

A. Library and Information Management Principles Beyond the Library Program
B. NPS-wide Library Program
C. Partnerships
D. Local Library Community

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of NPS mission, goals and programs. Ability to apply library and information science principles and techniques to further the NPS mission, goals and programs.

Ability to be an information facilitator for planning and implementation teams at site, field and national levels of NPS operations.

Ability to influence decisions and change a negative course of action by conveying sound information or information management principles.

Ability to provide visionary leadership to library management programs and to other NPS programs and projects.

Ability to analyze information needs and propose possible partnerships, cooperative ventures and collaborations to meet those needs.

Ability to take a leadership role in local library and/or academic community, as appropriate.

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Essential Competencies
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