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Library Technician

Job ID 6569
Job Location Alexandria - VA
Category Other
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

The Library Technician collects, organizes and maintains library and records materials for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This position assists USPTO and external customers with document and interlibrary loan (ILL) delivery, as well as reference and research services. They will also conduct basic clerical and bibliographic duties.



Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.


Answers simple or routine inquiries and refers customers that require professional assistance.

Verifies bibliographic information upon customer requests.


Performs library and information center inventory maintenance, serial check-in, binding of journals and
added copy entries for an online catalog environment.

Assists with collection maintenance, shelving of materials and materials processing.


Performs simple data entry.

Assists with interlibrary loans including document retrieval (from internal resources and from some Internet resources).


Completes copying, scanning, and saving documents as electronic files, transferring electronic files from one location to another, and document delivery.


Basic knowledge of simple searching methods (author and title searches) in order to perform bibliographic verification and interlibrary loan duties.

May act as a runner throughout the USPTO complex and must be willing to handle large and bulky deliveries.

Performs searches of the information center's online catalog.

Checks translation requests by verifying accuracy and performing a word and page count of the document in order to provide a cost estimation that includes foreign patents, screening requests (per defined criteria) and maintaining simple statistics.


Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to any training made available by the company.


Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output. Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.


Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.



High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and a minimum of 3 years relevant experience in libraries or information centers and/or training, or equivalent combination of education / experience.





Basic knowledge and experience with word processing, electronic mail, spreadsheets, and other office automation products.

Clear verbal communications and excellent listening skills.

Professional demeanor.

Solid customer service/visitor skills.

Organized with the ability to handle pressure.  

Ability to effectively multitask.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.