Geospatial Data Visualization Librarian

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Geospatial Data Visualization Librarian 


The incumbent collaborates with Library of Congress staff to fully leverage available services, systems, and collections. Serves as a senior expert on GIS and provides leadership, technical assistance, policy guidance, and oversight in the application of GIS technology. Interfaces closely with Congressional, Library, and CRS staff, Information Technology Specialists, and information professionals to design, implement, update, and troubleshoot database solutions relating to Geographic Information Systems. Locates, creates, tailors and updates relevant databases containing geographic information required to create maps and other graphical presentations needed to respond to highly complex congressional requests for analysis. Prepares written products of a descriptive and analytical nature on GIS data presented in cartographic and other forms such as tables and charts for incorporation into Library Services products that contribute to congressional understanding of policy issues. Performs peer review of written responses, products, and presentations pertaining to GIS data. Establishes and maintains partnerships with staff throughout the Library and conducts and coordinates Division- or Service-wide outreach efforts to enhance and support GIS services. GIS-specific responsibilities include activities in data acquisition and maintenance, documentation, mapping production, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QAIQC), metadata, and user support, including training for staff on basic GIS issues. Manages cartographic projects, and develops and implements quality control measures. Specifies requirements to software vendors, prepares map design specifications, identifies new mapping system requirements, and documents map creation procedures to enhance GIS products and services.

Plans, implements and manages GIS and spatial relationship technology projects to meet the analysis and information requirements of CRS analysts, Congress, and other information professionals.

Designs, maintains and manages GIS datasets and related management systems, which may involve planning, importing existing digital data, and/or converting data. Ensures national data standards and other applicable GIS standards are met. With the concurrence of the supervisor, assigns segments of projects to staff and reviews project work.

Utilizing integrated computer models and other tools, conducts analysis of highly complex georeferenced data that may be highly incompatible or uncertain to determine resources, conditions, and trends. Models expected results to provide an authoritative basis for congressional consideration of alternative options to address significant policy issues and recommends the most effective presentation of data.

Manages and integrates the use of various GIS and database management software. Configures standard software and data to meet information and analytical needs. Develops and implements data documentation procedures and data distribution using appropriate technologies, e.g., the Internet, hardcopy, and digital. With the concurrence of the supervisor, assigns segments of management and data configuration to staff and reviews project work.

Applying thorough knowledge of visualization principles and graphic design concepts, the employee conceptualizes, designs, and develops professional and effective visualization products of moderate complexity, integrating, as appropriate, maps, graphs, tables, images, and text across various software platforms. Translates abstract, novel, and/or multi-theme cartographic subject matter into visualization tools of high complexity for a broad range of authors, patrons, and others seeking to enhance clients’ understanding of essential information in written products and at briefings and educational seminars.

Solves highly complex research problems within the technical information occupation. Evaluates and recommends new methods for information transfer. Performs information searches in a broad subject field, where users need specialized and complex information such as reports of advanced scientific research or information on complex issues before policy-makers, or officials that are conflicting, incomplete, or unclear. Performs information searches of a highly complex nature, using familiarity with in- house resources, and primary source materials in other libraries, museums, etc.

Conditions of Employment

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.


  • 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.
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems.**  
  • Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties. **
  • Ability to create and coordinate digital images and metadata.** 
  • Ability to utilize information technology and applicable software.**
  • Ability to provide research services.  
  • Ability to provide training and technical guidance.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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Application Deadline:  September 29, 2022

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