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  • DIGITAL HUMANITIES LIBRARIAN

    The Brown University Library seeks an innovative and service-oriented individual to be the Digital Humanities Librarian. The Digital Humanities Librarian plays a central role in the integration of digital tools, resources and methodologies with traditional resources and approaches to research, teaching and learning in the Humanities. Together with the Senior Digital Humanities Librarian, the Director, and staff of the Center for Digital Scholarship, and colleagues within Research and Outreach Services, the Digital Humanities Librarian will work with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to develop sustainable research projects, classroom support, and direct instruction in digital methods in the humanities. The Digital Humanities Librarian reports to the Associate University Librarian for Research and Outreach Services.

      Duties:
    • Provide direct support, advice, and project management for faculty projects in Digital Humanities (DH)
    • Provide guidance and support to graduate and undergraduate students in using new DH tools and techniques
    • Work with researchers at all levels to develop analyses and visualizations of humanities data
    • As a part of the Center for Digital Scholarship work closely with the Brown Digital Repository staff to enable and participate in software development, metadata creation, preservation, and best practices for sustainable development of faculty and student projects
    • Serves as team member/liaison to one or more humanities departments as appropriate.
    • Professional contributions and development, including participation in regional, national and international DH organizations/activities, and current awareness of the literature and social media outlets for advances in the field
      Qualifications:
    • Advanced degree, Ph.D. preferred, in Humanities field and/or MLS from ALA accredited Library School and advanced degree in Humanities field
    • 3 years of experience either in an academic library setting or academic digital humanities
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with technologies and standards used in Digital Humanities work such as TEI, visualization, text and/or network analysis, common scripting languages, HTML5 and related web technologies
    • Demonstrated knowledge of current issues in scholarly communications
    • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
    • Strong public presentation skills; teaching experience preferred
    • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member

    To Apply: please visit Brown University’s career opportunities website at: https://brown.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/staff-careers-brown/jobs and reference REQ114800. Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

    Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES LIBRARIAN

    The Brown University Library seeks a motivated, innovative and service-oriented Physical Sciences Librarian to serve the students and faculty in the physical sciences (Chemistry, School of Engineering, Geology, Physics) and pure and applied mathematics by providing and sustaining library support for research, teaching, and learning in the physical sciences. The Physical Sciences Librarian reports to the AUL for Research and Outreach Services.

      Duties:
    • Works with academic departments to develop, sustain, and promote faculty and student instructional and research services
    • Working with a team of science librarians, plans and implements long term strategy for innovative services and relevant collections supporting interdisciplinary research across all science departments
    • Maintains a high level of contact with faculty, departmental staff, and graduate students to ensure that the services and collections of the library align with the academic priorities of the physical sciences and mathematics
    • Works with Scientific Data Specialist to coordinate efforts to retain, preserve, and provide access to Brown University research data in the physical sciences
    • Develops web-based guides and other research and learning products, collaborates on special projects, and serves on committees and task forces as needed
    • Develops collections supporting physical sciences and mathematics in all formats
    • Gathers and analyzes usage statistics for physical science and mathematics collections
    • Maintains a high level of professional engagement both with colleagues in other institutions and with the professional literature
      Qualifications:
    • Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution and a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a science or engineering discipline
    • Minimum of 2 years post-degree experience in a research library or research-based science or engineering library
    • Demonstrated knowledge of research data management
    • Demonstrated knowledge of information resources in the physical sciences and engineering
    • Demonstrated Competency with a variety of relevant information technology tools and applications, including relevant disciplinary databases, such as Reaxys, Knovel and SciFinder, and citation management/writing applications, such as LaTeX and/or Mendeley
    • Strong public presentation skills
    • Awareness of current issues in Scholarly Communication
    • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal and communications
    • Commitment to public services and improving the library user experience

    To Apply: please visit Brown University’s career opportunities website at: https://brown.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/staff-careers-brown/jobs and reference REQ114829. Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

    Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


  • DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND THE JOHN HAY LIBRARY

    The Brown University Library is seeking a creative, energetic, and forward-looking leader for the John Hay Library. The Hay is the home of the University Library’s outstanding special collections, rare books, and manuscripts, as well as the University Archives, which document Brown’s 250-year history. Enthusiastically meeting contemporary challenges and opportunities with innovative approaches and partnerships, the Director of Special Collections and the John Hay Library will articulate a revitalized vision for one of the nation’s great academic library’s special collections and its recently renovated building.

    Reporting to the University Librarian, the Director of Special Collections and the John Hay Library will provide strong leadership for and administration of the resources, services, and operations related to special collections and the University Archives. In addition, the incumbent will work closely with other departments and units throughout the Library system to ensure that the John Hay Library is a pro-active, integral component of library-wide support for teaching, learning, and research. The Director will directly supervise 5 FTE professional staff (the University Archivist, Reader Services Librarian, and three curators) and will have oversight for a total of 14 FTE, as well as student assistants.

    In coordination with the University Librarian, the successful candidate will assist with stewardship and grant-writing activities and will initiate and manage a variety of educational programs and services that showcase Brown’s special collections. The incumbent will have a strong commitment to Brown’s academic mission and will work with other librarians and faculty to promote the integration of special collections materials in teaching, research, and educational public programs across the disciplines and at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He or she will have an understanding of the management of digital records and objects, a knowledge of technological applications in digital library development as related to special collections and archives, such as digital repositories and digitization, and will collaborate with other Library staff to advance digital initiatives, specifically to enhance the delivery of special collections content and services to a broad audience. The incumbent also will work with curators to develop and implement effective collection management guidelines and practices which emphasize future areas of growth, strength, and sustainability.

    The incumbent will be responsible for defining and inaugurating the expanded services associated with the newly renovated spaces in the John Hay Library and will promote innovative approaches for access to unique special collections and digital scholarship. As part of the University Library’s senior administrative team, the Director of Special Collections and the John Hay Library also will play a major role in library-wide planning and evaluation and in setting the Library’s strategic directions. The successful candidate will represent the Brown University Library in local, regional, and national professional organizations.

      Qualifications:
    • Master’s degree in library /information science or graduate degree in a relevant discipline.
    • Five years of progressively responsible experience in managing or leading special collections services and operations.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of rare books, manuscripts, archives, and special collections.
    • Experience in working with curatorial, technical services, conservation, and digital library staff to develop goals for acquiring, processing, and making special collections fully accessible.
    • Demonstrated understanding of and receptiveness to the uses of emerging technologies in archival and special collections.
    • Demonstrated ability to articulate vision, set direction, and accomplish initiatives in changing environments.
    • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with experience in working collaboratively with others.
    • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
    • Demonstrated understanding of key issues and current trends in higher education and how they relate to the use of libraries and primary resources.
    • Evidence of success in fundraising and/or obtaining grants.
    • Evidence of scholarly engagement and active participation within the profession.

    To Apply: please visit Brown University’s career opportunities website at: https://careers.brown.edu and reference Job No. 114492. Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

    Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


  • LIBRARY CIRCULATION MANAGER

    Brown University Library seeks enthusiastic, experienced, and customer-focused candidates for the role of Circulation Manager at Brown’s John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. Rockefeller Library is the main library on Brown’s campus for humanities and social sciences and is used by students and faculty across many disciplines. The Circulation Manager plans and provides operational management for all activities and services provided at the Rockefeller Library circulation desk, including circulation, course reserves, document delivery and resource sharing. The Rockefeller circulation desk also serves as an information service point for users on-site and remotely. This position ensures the circulation desk is fully functional for all hours the library is open, including nights and weekends and during inclement weather.

    Working closely with library colleagues, the Circulation Manager develops procedures and policies that align the department’s services with the Library’s goals. S/he uses critical thinking and analytical skills to gather and interpret data and track trends for optimum service provision. S/he plans and develops clear guidelines for implementing new services. This position also serves as liaison to other departments within and beyond the Library to provide information on available services and to ensure consistent service library-wide.

    The Circulation Manager supervises approximately 10 bargaining unit staff and several student workers. S/he is responsible for managing staff performance, including hiring, scheduling, evaluating, and training. The successful candidate will demonstrate that s/he can use tact and sound judgment as the position works directly with faculty, students and university staff in a highly-visible public service setting. Some evening and weekend work is required.

      Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Significant (minimum of 7 years) supervisory experience, preferably in an academic library with bargaining unit staff
    • Significant (minimum of 7 years) customer service experience, preferably in an academic library with bargaining unit staff
    • Outstanding human relations and communication skills
    • Ability to resolve patron concerns and difficulties with tact, courtesy, and good judgment
    • Mathematical skills applicable to budget, payroll, and statistics
    • Experience using an integrated library system
    • Experience using standard office productivity software (e.g., Word, Excel)
    • Ability to produce statistical and analytical reports using appropriate tools
    • Experience with academic library public services for the humanities and social sciences
    • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse staff, clientele, and partners

    To Apply: please visit Brown University’s career opportunities website at: https://careers.brown.edu and reference Job No. 113332. Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

    Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.