Rare Materials Cataloguer

Brown University

The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University is a world-renowned center for research focused on the early Americas (15th-19th centuries) and based on its exceptional collections; the JCB supports research and researchers through its digital initiatives, fellowships and programs including for Brown faculty and students and communities locally and around the world. The JCB is committed to expert cataloguing of its collections, its robust cataloguing program has been long recognized for leading early modern bibliographic information and cataloguing practices.

The John Carter Brown Library (JCB) seeks a Rare Materials Cataloguer (with an emphasis on Spanish and Portuguese languages) to join its growing team. Working with JCB staff across departments, and reporting to the Head of Cataloguing Services, the Rare Materials Cataloguer will support the library’s essential discovery and access work through cataloguing and digitization. The Rare Materials Cataloguer will be responsible for creating MARC records using various DCRM standards to do excellent, full-level work on library collections, and for creating NACO records and occasional SACO records.

This is a fully on-site position.

Education and Experience

  • MLS degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience using various DCRM standards and OCLC Connexion to create records for printed monographs, broadsides, and serials; demonstrated understanding of LC PCC Policy Statements, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and MARC 21 bibliographic formats or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fluency or demonstrated proficiency in the Spanish and Portuguese languages.
  • Working knowledge of Latin, and other European languages and / or indigenous Latin American languages.
  • Knowledge of European and Latin American history, preferred.
  • Strong English language communication skills.
  • Knowledge of enumerative bibliographical sources and research techniques, including knowledge of major reference sources covering rare and early printed materials.
  • NACO independence and experience developing SACO proposals, desirable.
  • Considerable knowledge of online database searching, technical processing, bibliographic utilities, library physical processing and preservation, and careful handling of rare materials.
  • Preferred experience using the Exlibris integrated library system (ILS) for Alma and Primo.
  • Ability to work with Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Excel.
  • Understanding of policies and practices within the special collections library world.
  • Ability to resolve complex bibliographic problems and effectively communicate results with colleagues and / or patrons.
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community.

Why Brown?

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty, and staff are driven by the idea that their work will impact the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break, and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts, and more.

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

Applicants must submit a cover letter and CV/resume.

Benefits of Working at Brown:

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Rare Materials Cataloguer


John Carter Brown Library


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