Visual Information Specialist
Legislative Branch - Washington, DC

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The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 151 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and almost 20 million items online. Located primarily on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

This position serves as a Visual Information Specialist in the Publications Section, Information and Records Division, of the U.S. Copyright Office.

The incumbent assists in the design and production of publications for the U.S. Copyright Office, planning the details of, or producing aesthetically composed visual products, as well as producing graphics and visual materials for publications. The incumbent assists in the creation and maintenance of websites, and works with multimedia systems, such as high-resolution digital image scanning, as well as digital photography. This position is accountable to the Publications Section Head. While performing daily activities, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring proper handling and security of all Library and U.S. Copyright Office materials.

The position description number for this position is 109707.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


Undertakes major projects in the areas of graphic design and the preparation of camera-ready art for printing. Exercises ingenuity and imagination in dealing with the overall visual effect of projects. Projects assigned are often those for which no specific format has been established by previous projects; develops own ideas through studying the proposed project.

As assigned, plans specialized exhibits that are both informative and educational in nature and that appeal to the intended audience. May be assigned to plan and develop exhibits embodying three-dimensional effects. Adapts or modifies existing equipment, materials, and components of previous exhibits for an entirely different visual information objective.

Advises professional personnel on the preparation of slides, presentation materials, and art work, which are presented at professional meetings such as conferences, conventions, and program reviews. The incumbent must apply knowledge of the standards of communication and effective graphic presentation to ensure presentation materials will effectively convey the intended message.

Plans, organizes, and carries out projects in the area of presentations. Plans with speaker or supervisor the visual materials needed for a specific presentation and the manner in which it will be submitted. Suggests or prepares artwork, photographs, screens, etc. Consults with speaker to determine how data will be presented in charts, graphs and tables. Determines sequence and relationships of data. Edits or consults with writer-editors to maximize visual effect with written and/or spoken word. Operates audiovisual equipment. Sets up and takes down equipment, adjusts lighting, etc., to record events on videotape or digital media.

Assists in maintaining the graphic (visual) aspects of Internet and Intranet website(s) for the U.S. Copyright Office according to predetermined guidelines. Edits source code to place new pages in the appropriate location on the website. Tests new pages to ensure correct formatting, optimum display of graphics, and proper function of links.

Works with multimedia systems, techniques, and technologies including high-resolution digital photography and digital still image scanning, digital format conversion, video capture, audio capture and enhancement, video content edit, and presentation technologies.

Assists in planning and developing displays and presentations using software that delivers multimedia content to users. Communicates orally and in writing to technical and nontechnical staff regarding multimedia activities.

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to apply the principles of graphic design in developing products for print and electronic publications, exhibits, presentations, and websites.**

Ability to use print and web-related software systems. **

Knowledge of digital photography and multimedia systems, techniques, and technologies.

Ability to plan, organize and execute work.

Ability to communicate orally.

No additional requirements to those listed above.

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
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While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-3960 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.