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Job Title:Librarian-NLM-MP

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NLM-MP-13-833913

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Tuesday, February 12, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United StatesView Map


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

If you have experience creating and maintaining specialized biomedical and public health information resources, AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the National Library of Medicine!  This position is located in the National Library of Medicine (NLM),Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS), Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC).


The Disaster Information Management Research Center develops and provides access to health information resources and technology for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. It serves as the government’s portal to disaster health information, provides leadership for disaster information activities within the National Library of Medicine, coordinates with other NIH divisions, agencies, and organizations involved in disaster information, serves as the liaison with other National Library of Medicine components involved in disaster information management, develops new projects, databases and other resources related to disaster information for health professionals, public health workers, emergency managers and responders, and the public and supports training and outreach to users and potential users of Division of Specialized Information Services products and services. The Disaster Information Management Research Center also supports SIS and NLM in its efforts to ensure effective use of libraries and librarians as major and largely untapped resources in the nation's disaster management efforts.


Although the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world's largest library of the health sciences, with a collection of more than 7 million items, the Library also conducts research in biomedical communications, creates databases and search tools for molecular biology information resulting from the Human Genome Project, creates specialized information services in the areas of toxicology and environmental health and supports a nationwide network of medical libraries.  The Library's various Web-based databases are the world's most consulted medical information resources for scientists, health professionals, and the public.  Click on http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ for more information.


  • Time in grade met within 30 days of closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • This position has an education requirement.


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As a Librarian for the National Library of Medicine (NLM) you will perform the following duties: 


·      Initiate and carry out special projects and assignments related to locating, selecting, organizing, controlling, preserving, and accessing information through automated systems.

·         Develop and design training and outreach programs to communicate changes in policies, procedures or in their implementation across user communities.

·         Lead teams composed of a variety of library staff/special populations such as

      biomedical scientists to conduct special projects that require a strong understanding of library systems technology, databases, and software as well as operating policies and procedures.

·         Collect and organize program activity data, including charts, graphs, statistical resports, and descriptions of work flow within the organization to improve the operating effectiveness and efficiency of the organization, the management of information and to develop techniques for making quality assurance inspections.


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Basic Requirements:

Applicants must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.

 A. Completion of one (1) full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree;


 B. A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a 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.


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements:

FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service obtained either in the public or private sector. Examples of qualifying experience include: evaluating, selecting, and adapting precedents to meet specialized information requirements of specialized clients; applying standard practices of other disciplines as they relate to the librarian profession (e.g., physical and biological sciences, toxicology, medicine, public health, or contracting); initiating and managing specialized projects related to locating, selecting, organizing or accessing information, often of a specialized or technical nature, from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources and electronic data bases; leading special task groups or teams to develop outreach projects and specialized resources to improve access to quality and accurate health information for specific or underserved populations; developing training materials and providing training sessions to specific audiences; using a variety of techniques, and obtaining feedback from clients to aid in modifying or improving services and resources or determining reasons for their use or non-use.


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This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.  Click here for information on Foreign Education .  If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


 We are unable to pay relocation expenses.


A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.


Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire.   Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)  
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV.   Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS.   (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

To begin the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to log in to your existing USAJOBS account or to create an account if you do not already have one.

  • Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.
  • To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must use the fax coversheet found at http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf .    Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 833913.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you have questions or require reasonable accommodation during the application process,  please contact the HR staff member listed below.   If you cannot apply online, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  4. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you have difficulties with hearing and are seeking assistance, please call a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258 or visit Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or hrsystemssupport@mail.nih.gov.

Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select "My Applications", and click on the "more information" link under the application status for this position.


The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.
  4. If submitting a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), or equivalent, submit one that shows the effective date of your current position and the full performance level. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or Email CPR, or visit the National Archives Website.


Keyonna Butler
Phone: (301)435-5713
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Tuesday, February 12, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD

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