The Library is seeking applications for the position of Senior Library Specialist to work in the Technical Services department. The successful candidates will perform skilled tasks in Technical Services in support of the Library's mission. The Senior. Library Specialist 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 â?¢ Serves as liaison with subject specialists and library users on matters regarding the acquisition of, and access to library materials â?¢ Searches online and offline resources in order to identify, acquire, and describe library materials â?¢ Determines effective source of supply for library materials and assigns vendors accordingly â?¢ 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. â?¢ Identifies, investigates and resolves complex problems related to the acquisition of print journals, serials, monographic series, and multi-volume monographic sets â?¢ Reviews vendor subscription lists for accuracy, recommends and processes vendor changes when appropriate â?¢ Monitors and maintains accuracy of order records for continuations ensuring that billable orders are invoiced and paid annually â?¢ Establishes and maintains business relationships with vendors and publishers and resolves problems related to the acquisition of library materials â?¢ Maintains, updates, and corrects vendor file information; inputs new vendor file information â?¢ Searches and orders out-of-print material â?¢ Searches, orders, and catalogs rush and reserve requests as received â?¢ Initiates, processes, reviews, and verifies financial transactions including p-card, wire transfers, and online payment tools â?¢ Monitors fund balances â?¢ Coordinates workflow related to bibliographic searching and processing of accepted gift materials â?¢ Sorts, inventories, and displays gifts to assist with their selection and/or review â?¢ Resolves problems related to the acquisition of, and OPAC access to library materials â?¢ Catalogs and classifies library materials in any format and language using online and printed resources according to established guidelines â?¢ Creates, edits, and converts bibliographic, holdings and authority records for all formats â?¢ Applies various metadata standards to describe digital image collections and encode finding aids to manuscript collections â?¢ Assists with maintaining currency and reliability of links to electronic resources including troubleshooting broken links â?¢ Verifies, assigns and reconciles subject headings, other access points, and call numbers using data from online and offline sources, and established guidelines â?¢ Identifies, investigates, and resolves cataloging problems following established guidelines â?¢ Inventories, arranges, and indexes collections with unique characteristics â?¢ Generates and reviews reports â?¢ Trains, coordinates work, directs, and records payroll for student assistants â?¢ Trains and provides assistance to co-workers â?¢ Unpacks, shelves, and/or moves library materials â?¢ 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.
Candidates please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
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Senior Library Specialist - Technical Services
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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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