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Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading institution for education,
discovery, and global intellectual progress as well as one of the
largest employers in Rhode Island. Working at Brown brings more...
than just a paycheck and generous benefits; it offers an
opportunity to contribute to a greater good. Join us in supporting
the pursuit of knowledge and individual growth that defines higher
education and enriches our community.

Job Description:

Job Summary

Performs cataloging related tasks for library materials in all
languages and formats for library resources to be accessible in a
timely manner via the library discovery tool. Works with
bibliographic, authority and inventory metadata for data
modification and maintenance purposes using relevant library
platforms (e.g., Alma, etc.) and bibliographic utilities (e.g.,
OCLC Connexion, etc.)

This is a hybrid library union position.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities
• Perform copy cataloging of library materials in all languages
and formats following the established standards and policies (RDA
and LC/PCC Policy Statements) using the MARC (Machine Readable
Catalog) data standards and other non-MARC standards (e.g., Dublin
Core, MODS, etc.)
• Search and identify the best record from WorldCat and the
library’s bibliographic database for cataloging processing and
• Review and verify the validity of access points (names and
subject headings) provided in bibliographic records
• Review and verify the call number provided in the copy record
is valid and appropriate based on the guidelines of the Library of
Congress Classification System using the LC ClassWeb system.
• Assist with cataloging and processing of special and archival
materials following established standards and procedures as
• Inventories, arranges, describes and catalogs manuscript
collections materials utilizing various systems as directed
• Identifies, investigates and resolves complex problems related
to catalog records for monographs, serials, and sets as
• Applies various metadata standards to describe digital image
collections and encode finding aids for manuscript
• Participates in ongoing internal database maintenance and
authority control as directed
• Participates in team projects
• Creates and revises item, check-in and holding records
• Reconciles, processes, and resolves complex problems generated
by the library’s various systems
• Maintains and resolve correspondence in Library Cataloging
• Assists with maintaining currency and reliability of links to
electronic resources, including troubleshooting broken links
• Trains and provides assistance to co-workers as needed and as
• Performs related duties as required

Supervisor: Head of Metadata Services

Works independently under general direction; makes independent
judgments and decisions within scope of library policies and

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree with specific subject area expertise as
required or equivalent experience
• Knowledge of MARC preferred; cataloging experience preferred
(demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards preferred);
Knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred
• Effective written and verbal communication skills
• Requires attention to detail, ability to work independently,
and ability to adapt quickly to changing policies and procedures;
Capacity to learn new technologies and systems
• Ability to interact favorably with co-workers and library
• Strong computer skills, ability to use computer software
packages (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite)
• Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills
• Ability to work in a Team environment and to actively
participate in team-based decision making
• Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and
inclusive campus community

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

Library Union position which must be posted internally for 5 work
days prior to posting for external candidates.

Benefits of Working at Brown:

Information on the Benefits of Working at Brown can be found
here .

Recruiting Start Date:


Job Posting Title:

Senior Library Specialist-Technical Services-Cataloging


University Library


Library Grades

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Time Type:

Full time

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Position Work Location:

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

Still Have Questions?

If you have any questions you may contact employment@brown.edu .

EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer , Brown University provides
equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and
retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age,
national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other
characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is
protected by our University policies
Providence RI USA


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