Performs skilled tasks in Technical Services in support of the Library's mission. Acquires and processes informational materials for the Brown University Library, describes the intellectual content and attributes of the Libraryâ™s information resources, effectively organizes these resources for best use by specific fields of study and performs functions related to the maintenance of bibliographic, holdings, order, and authority records in the Libraryâ™s online library system(s).
This is a full-time position working Monday â“Friday as a member of the Libraryâ™s bargaining unit staff.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
Serves as liaison with subject specialists and library users on matters regarding the acquisition of, and access to library materials
Searches online and offline resources in order to identify, acquire, and describe library materials
Determines effective source of supply for library materials and assigns vendors accordingly
Orders, monitors, receives, and processes acquisitions in a variety of languages and formats encompassing firm orders, approval plans, purchase plans, exchanges, subscriptions, standing orders, gifts, and depository agreements.
Establishes and maintains business relationships with vendors and publishers and resolves problems related to the acquisition of library materials
Maintains, updates, and corrects vendor file information; inputs new vendor file information
Searches and orders out-of-print material
Searches, orders, and catalogs rush and reserve requests as received
Initiates, processes, reviews, and verifies financial transactions including p-card, wire transfers, and online payment tools
Monitors fund balances
Coordinates workflow related to bibliographic searching and processing of accepted gift materials
Sorts, inventories, and displays gifts to assist with their selection and/or review
Resolves problems related to the acquisition of, and OPAC access to library materials
Catalogs and classifies library materials in any format and language using online and printed resources according to established guidelines
Creates, edits, and converts bibliographic, holdings and authority records for all formats
Applies various metadata standards to describe digital image collections and encode finding aids to manuscript collections
Assists with maintaining currency and reliability of links to electronic resources including troubleshooting broken links
Verifies, assigns and reconciles subject headings, other access points, and call numbers using data from online and offline sources, and established guidelines
Inventories, arranges, and indexes collections with unique characteristics
Generates and reviews reports
Trains, coordinates work, directs, and records payroll for student assistants
Trains and provides assistance to co-workers
Unpacks, shelves, and/or moves library materials
Performs related duties as required
Bachelorâ™s degree or equivalent experience
Knowledge of one or more Western European languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German or Slavic language).
Relevant work related experience, preferred
Computer skills, ability to use standard computer software packages
Capacity to learn new technologies and systems necessary to effective, continued job performance
Ability to interact favorably with co-workers and library users
Oral and written communication skills
Eyesight which permits close work
Ability to perform detailed work accurately with reasonable speed
Successful completion of a test may be required
This is a union position and must be posted internally for five days.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
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Job Posting Title:
Senior Library Specialist
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Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.
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