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Brown University
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Providence, Rhode Island
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2-4 Years
Education level:
Master Degree

Physical Sciences Librarian

Brown University Library

Providence, Rhode Island

The Brown University Library seeks a motivated, innovative and service-oriented Physical Sciences Librarian to serve the students and faculty in the physical sciences (Departments of Chemistry; Physics; Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (DEEPS); pure and applied Mathematics; and the School of Engineering) by providing and sustaining library services and collections in support of research, teaching, and learning.

Reporting to the Head of Health and Science Information Services, the Physical Sciences Librarian: provides outreach for research support, scholarly communications, and instruction and teaching; develops library collections in all formats supporting physical sciences and mathematics; assesses impact of services and collection development in the physical sciences and recommends changes in direction or need for additional resources as shown by the data gathered; collaborates with colleagues from across the Brown University Library to develop information resources, programs, and services in support of interdisciplinary programs; and maintains a high level of professional engagement both with colleagues in other institutions and with the professional literature.


  • Master's degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution and a bachelor's or master's degree in a physical science or engineering discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Two (2) years' experience in an academic or research library. Willing to consider applications from recent library school graduates with appropriate experience and education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of information resources in the physical sciences and engineering, including relevant information technology tools and applications.


  • To support Brown's commitment to diversity, and to foster inclusion, respect, and equity in Library instruction and outreach, the Physical Sciences Librarian will be expected to include people of all races, ethnicities, creeds, socioeconomic classes, gender identities, sexual orientations, and disability statuses in work activities.
  • Demonstrated success in delivering effective instruction and research support independently and in a team-based environment.
  • Strong public presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills. Excellent skills in collaboration and teamwork within a dynamic, continually, evolving environment. Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research data management lifecycle and other current issues in scholarly communication.
  • Knowledge of scholarly metrics and impact evaluation tools and resources (preferred).
  • 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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Applicants are required to use the Brown Career Site to apply for the position and to submit their cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please check the status of your application through the account you create when you apply.

All offers of employment are contingent upon consent to criminal background screening check and education verification with results satisfactory to Brown.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown's vibrant, diverse campus community consists of about 4,500 staff and faculty, 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.

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