Brown University — Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Job Description:

The Brown University Library is a dynamic center of scholarship and community at the heart of a world-class research university. Supporting and collaborating with a broad and diverse academic constituency, the Library is essential for Brown’s mission “to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry.” Integrating with Brown’s ambitious strategic plans, the Library is a site of innovation that fuels intellectual creativity. Signature Library initiatives include the establishment of the Center for Library Exploration and Research to increase campus and community impact; the Racial Justice Project to assess and counteract the legacies of historical racism in library practice; the Digital Publications Initiative pioneering new approaches to born-digital scholarship; and a revisioned special collections program that is positioning the John Hay Library as a research destination and leader in reparative and community-based collecting. We are seeking outstanding library professionals at all levels of the organization who are excited about advancing academic excellence at the highest level, and who will bring a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to a scholarly community that is actively committed to being more diverse and inclusive

Brown University Library seeks an engaged professional for the position of Cataloging and Metadata Librarian who can contribute to the BUL’s strategic agenda of creating inclusive and anti-racist descriptive metadata for the Libraries collections. Working under the supervision of the Head of Cataloging and Discovery, this position performs original and complex copy cataloging of Brown Library’s resources in all formats and languages, creates authority records, and participates in local catalog maintenance, including reparative cataloging projects. The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian provides important and timely intellectual access to materials in support of the teaching, learning, and research needs of the Brown community. This is an excellent opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues across the Library, the University, and the Library profession who are dedicated to contributing to new cataloging and metadata practices that include describing more diverse collections, creating more inclusive descriptions, and contributing to reparative practices that address historical omissions and harmful language.

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science or an equivalent combination of education and education and experience.
  • Experience working in an academic or research library.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills. Strong customer service orientation
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as an understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational, problem-solving, time management, and communication skills
  • Professional cataloging experience in an academic or research library setting
  • Experience creating MARC records
  • Experience with a national cooperative cataloging program such as NACO, BIBCO, CONSER or SACO. Experience in performing name, series, and subject authority work.
  • Proficiency with AACR2, DCRM, LC classification, LC subject headings, and the MARC21 format. Experience with Alma/Primo
  • Experience with OCLC connection
  • Experience managing and prioritizing multiple cataloging projects
  • Working knowledge of at least one classical and one modern European language Cataloging experience in Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese or Hebrew preferred Experience cataloging serials or special formats preferred
  • Familiarity with data normalization and transformation tools (Open Refine, etc.)

Best consideration date 11-18-2022

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification that are satisfactory to Brown University.

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Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

University Library

Grade 10

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Position Classification:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
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.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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