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Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian, Brown University, Providence, RI


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian joins a vibrant and collaborative team committed to academic excellence 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, and 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 innovative 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. 

The Brown University Library seeks a proactive and highly-collaborative colleague who will engage in campus outreach to schools, research centers, and institutes as well as academic departments and STEM success programs. Providing program, research, and curriculum-specific services, the position serves as the liaison between the Library and several departments, including the School of Engineering, and the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, and Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, as well as the Institute at Brown for Environmental and Society. As a member of the Academic Engagement department, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian collaborates with other librarians to apply data-driven decision-making to create a modern collection that is aligned with the dynamic research, teaching, and learning needs of Brown’s diverse engineering, physical sciences, and related interdisciplinary communities. They will also be responsible for working with colleagues in the local, regional, and national professional landscape to ensure Brown University is delivering on our mission to support academic and research excellence. 

This work calls for a high degree of organization, flexibility, and creativity to respond to emerging research trends, new academic priorities and programs, curricular alignment opportunities, participate in STEM success programs, and engage in campus actions to increase representation and improve the experience of historically underrepresented groups and women in STEM. The Brown University Library’s commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and associated issues of racial justice is the responsibility of all Library staff. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian will demonstrate ongoing work in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion and racial justice in the Library, on campus, and in the classroom. 

Job Qualifications 

  • Graduate degree (master’s or doctoral) in library and information science (ALA accredited), physical science, engineering, or related discipline.
  • Two years experience working with science or engineering topics in an academic library setting. Willing to consider applications from recent library school graduates with appropriate experience and education.
  • Knowledge of the current landscape for methods, resources, and service which support engineering and physical sciences research and teaching, open initiatives, research data management, scholarly metrics and impact evaluation, and other issues in scholarly communication.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of instructional strategies and information technology tools and applications which support research and learning in physical sciences and engineering, and the ability to learn new software and techniques as needed.

Job Competencies

  • Excellence in the following skills: verbal and written communication, interpersonal, planning, organizational, and analytical.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace. 
  • Demonstrated success in delivering effective instruction and research support independently and in a team-based environment.
  • Commitment to excellent public services, improving the library user experience, and continuous improvement through assessment.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively, both independently and as a team member.

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