Job Title:Librarian (Data Curator) GS-1410-11/12 (Open to Status & VEOA Applicants) ABDepartment:Department Of Transportation
Agency:Office of the Secretary of Transportation
Job Announcement Number:OST.R-2015-0015
$63,722.00 to $99,296.00 / Per Year
Friday, September 18, 2015 to Sunday, September 27, 2015
Full Time – – Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Current or former federal employees with status OR
Veterans eligible under VEOA
If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement OST.R-2015-0017, which is open to all U.S. Citizens.
Q – Nonsensitive
About the Agency
This position is located in the National Transportation Library (NTL), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology’s (OST-R) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). NTL was established in 1998 as a completely digital library, conceived from a need to provide national and international access to transportation information, coordinate information creation and dissemination, and provide reference services for DOT employees and stakeholders. NTL’s major digital programs are the (a) the NTL Integrated Search System, including the NTL Digital Repository, the National Transportation Data Archive and Directory of Public Transportation Datasets and Tools, and clearinghouse of transportation website; (b) the NTL web site (; and (c) other applications, consisting of homegrown, open source, and off-the-shelf software and tools. The NTL serves as a major part of the Department’s Public Access Plan, which leverages the NTL Digital Repository (NTLDR) technology platform.
Ideal Candidate: With an increased focus on data, NTL requires a professional dedicated to the issues and challenges of data curation, which involves maintaining, preserving and adding value to digital data throughout its lifecycle. The library is looking for an individual that has a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or related field. The individual considers themselves seasoned, motivated, self-reliant and is looking to share their experience and expertise. This position is located in the DOT building, which sits directly across the street from the Navy Yard metro station and blocks away from the new National’s baseball stadium. OST-R has flexible work schedules
(to include Telework) and flexible health benefits.
Position is FLSA – Exempt
Position is in the Collective Bargaining Unit – 1137
You must be eligible for Status consideration & meet specialized experience
Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
Provide all required documents by closing date
Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days
Telework Eligible / Relocation will not be paid
Announcement is also advertised to All U.S. Citizens:OST.R-2015-0017
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As a Librarian (Data Curator), you will:
Be responsible for researching best practices in data curation and preservation and making recommendations for improving NTL systems. Provide recommendations for (a) data standards, formats, and metadata policies; (b) data management and preservation plans; and (c) data dissemination and outreach activities.
Research metadata standards for all data formats and types, with a focus on needs for mid- and long-term preservation in order to keep abreast of developments in the areas of data management, data curation, and information science.
Serve as a resource in developing data management standards for scientific and technical information (STI) datasets, as well as other non-STI datasets that are important for the Department.
Consult on data management and preservation activities for BTS and Departmental data. Perform data dissemination and outreach activities highlighting NTL data curation program and services.
Investigate, analyze, recommend, develop, and/or implement data curation tools. Ensure BTS, Departmental, and other related federal datasets are properly described in the NTLDR. Creates or ensures assignment of persistent identifiers to Departmental datasets.
Liaise with government agencies, private corporations, individuals, libraries and research organizations having interests in data management to assure maximum utilization of available knowledge.
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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.
FOR THE GS-11, to qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
Experience researching data curation principles and practices to identify best practices and determine areas for improvement in one or more of the following aspects of a data curation program: data standards, formats, preservation, AND/OR metadata policies. 
FOR THE GS-12, to qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
Experience researching, analyzing, implementing and assessing data curation principles and practices that enables you to make recommendations for data standards, formats, preservation, and metadata policies.
Experience participating in and contributing to data management programs that enables you to make recommendations for data management plans; and perform data dissemination and outreach activities. 
This experience must be well-documented in your resume and application.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
a. A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university that meets all academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree that included at least 24 semester hours in the specialized field for which the applicant is being considered, e.g., physical science, biological science, social science; or that included any combination of subjects with at least 15 semester hours in a major subject (such as physics or chemistry) that is especially applicable to the position for which the applicant is being considered;
b.Completion of at least 24 semester hours of legal study in an accredited law school for positions primarily concerned with providing library services in law or legislative reference;
c. Four years of pertinent experience of such nature and level to provide a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, terminology and expressions of the appropriate discipline or subject-matter field; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; ability to acquire additional information about the field and related fields; and some knowledge of literature resources in the field.
Such experience should be equivalent to that which would have been acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year curriculum in an accredited college or university with major study in appropriate subjects, or combination of subjects, as specified in (a) above; or legal training as specified in (b) above;
d. Any time equivalent combination of experience as described in (c) with education as described in (a) or (b) above;
e. Demonstrated ability as shown by education or experience to read or translate information from one or more foreign languages into English.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
Time-in-Grade – Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. To preview questions please click here.
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Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee’s Guide to Career Transition.
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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.
The following documents must be provided by the close date:
RESUME – Needs to be created within USA Jobs Resume Builder. It must show relevant experience, education and fully support the required specialized experience.
SF-50 – Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
DD214 – Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS – If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.
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