Announcement | Multiple Career Opportunities, Brown University Library

In conjunction with an ambitious strategic plan, Brown University Library is in a period of staff growth and renewal, seeking a diverse candidate pool for multiple positions:

  • Medical Education and Clinical Engagement Librarian
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian
  • Director of Library Exploration and Research
  • Head of Metadata Services

See below for brief descriptions of each open position listed above, including links to the full job descriptions and application tool. All applicants must apply through the Careers at Brown application interface, through which you should submit your résumé/CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references in order to be considered.

You can also view a complete list of all Library job openings.

This is an exciting time to join the Brown University Library for professionals seeking an opportunity to advance scholarship at a top tier research institution while working to strengthen community ties within the Library, the University, and beyond, and to actively participate in a highly intentional, organization-wide effort to transform the Library into a site of racial justice. Applicants who span a wide range of viewpoints, life experiences, and intellectual pursuits are encouraged to apply.

Medical Education and Clinical Engagement Librarian

Brown University Library seeks an entrepreneurial and innovative Medical Education and Clinical Engagement Librarian with primary responsibility for supporting the students and teaching faculty of the Alpert Medical School, and for providing library services for research, education, and learning in support of the health and biomedical sciences at Brown. This new position reports to the Director of Health and Biomedical Library Services. The Alpert Medical School (part of Brown’s Division of Biology and Medicine) is in a period of dynamic growth and innovation, including investments in physician-scientists, new research initiatives, expanded medical education programs, and the formation of an integrated academic health system with affiliated teaching hospitals. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and a dedication to anti-racism are critically important to the Library, the Alpert Medical School, and the University; the successful candidate is committed to incorporating these values in all aspects of instruction, engagement, and professional practice. Experience and/or familiarity with research and/or concepts related to antiracism, anti-Black racism, intersectionality, health disparities, transgender health, LGBT health, critical race theory (and other overlapping themes) is especially favored. 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian joins a vibrant and collaborative team committed to academic excellence and that is actively engaged with the research and teaching needs of Brown’s diverse community. Brown’s strategic plan has led to dynamic growth in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, and the University’s interdisciplinary approach to innovation. The interplay between these areas and collaboration with centers of entrepreneurship, technology, biological sciences, social and humanistic exploration, and sustainability are strengths of the University, as is advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sciences. Reporting to the Director of Academic Engagement, this position joins the dynamic team of colleagues in the Academic Engagement unit and other Library departments, including the transformative, newly announced Center for Library Exploration and Research, to provide coordinated and programmatically aligned services to Brown University and the extended community. 

Director of Library Exploration and Research

The Director of Library Exploration and Research will provide overall leadership for the University Library’s new Center for Library Exploration and Research (CLEAR), with a mission to build and nurture an academic community for students, faculty, and library staff. Working collaboratively with library and University leadership, the Director of Library Exploration and Research will develop and lead a program that brings greater focus, coordination, and accessibility to library activities that advance students’ research capabilities in three domains: core tools and methods, data, and primary sources. CLEAR is an unprecedented new venture at the Library, and the inaugural director will contribute to refining the vision as well as implementing it. The director will report to the Deputy University Librarian and also work closely with the University Librarian and Associate University Librarian for Special Collections on CLEAR’s strategic development. 

Head of Metadata Services

Brown University Library seeks a creative and forward-thinking library professional to lead the metadata services unit in the next phase of the evolution of object description for inclusive discovery. The Head of Metadata Services is responsible for the day-to-day supervision and professional development of the Library’s paraprofessional cataloging and metadata staff. This team produces the technical and descriptive metadata needed to provide intellectual and physical access to our information resources and collections in support of the University’s goals for academic excellence, integrative scholarship, and educational leadership. A collaborative leader, the Head of Metadata Services works with library staff in Scholarly Resources and other units across the Library to develop a roadmap for prioritizing the work of the unit’s many responsibilities, including metadata production, remediation, enhancement, and management — with the goal of inclusive discovery. Working closely with the Head of Technical Services, the Head of Metadata Services assesses, develops, and documents internal policies and procedures and initiates projects related to improving the discoverability of resources for a wide range of campus users, with focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About the Brown University Library

All members of the Brown University Library team are vital contributors to our mission to advance instruction, learning, and research at Brown University in an environment of creativity and inclusivity. A community of academic, professional, and organizational learning, the Library embraces people who span a wide range of viewpoints, life experiences, and intellectual pursuits. Together, we preserve the past and innovate for the future. The Library’s strategic objectives are responsive to and strengthened by Library-wide goals that act upon the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as reflected in the backgrounds and experiences of our people as well as our approaches to the materials, methods, and accessibility of scholarship. Similarly, we want to find new ways for scholarship and practice at the Library to have a positive impact on the wider community in Providence and beyond. As reflected in our strategic objectives, the Library should not only be responding to the legacies of historic inequity and injustice, but also taking action through its work and expertise to overcome them. We invite candidates with initiative, unique perspectives, inventive thinking, and a passion for collaboration to join the University’s global mission of leadership and academic excellence.