The individual in this role performs skilled tasks and a broad range of library services at a multipurpose service point, and assists with all aspects of operating a semi-autonomous music library. The Sr. Library Specialist provides library users with timely assistance and customer service, and promotes self-sufficiency in locating and using library and information resources, equipment and services on site or online. The Sr. Library Specialist in the Music Library provides library users and external and consortial partners with timely retrieval of library materials upon request and within preferred timeframe and performs functions related to the operation and maintenance of course reserve systems.
Please note:Â The standard workweek for this position will be Sunday through Thursday. On Sunday, the hours will be 12 noonâ“4:30 p.m.Â Monday through Wednesday, the hours will be 6:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.Â On Thursday, the hours will be 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.Â Workweek and hours are subject to change during summer and semester breaks.
This part-time (51.33%) position is covered by the terms of a collective bargaining unit agreement, qualifies for insurance benefits and pro-rated leave time.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
Provides customer assistance and mediation in support of library services
Provides instruction and guidance on how to use the library, access its resources, and develop information seeking skills
Provides assistance to increase patron self-sufficiency
Provides library toursÂ
Assists at bibliographic information sessions
Interprets library policies and procedures
Assists users in locating alternative information resources and services
Answers directional, navigational, informational, and how-to queries
Facilitates referral of in-depth questions to specialists as appropriate
Responds to and interacts with online users referring to specialists as appropriate
Assists users in locating, retrieving, borrowing, and copying library-owned information resourcesÂ Â
Routes, lends, pages, searches, receives, charges, discharges, holds, scans, downloads, and copies library material
Creates and edits patron, course reserve, bibliographic (e.g., minimal level "on the fly"), and item recordsÂ
Adjusts patron accounts, issues library privileges, and assigns carrels
Assists onsite users with all library equipment including basic maintenance, basic troubleshooting and arranging for repair
Utilizes resource sharing systems including consortial and reciprocal agreements to borrow and lend library materials
Receives and processes requests for material, for example, for course reserves or resource sharing
Physically prepares material for reserves and resource sharing, and for return to stacks
Identifies, selects and creates physical or digital copies of source material requested for course reserves or resource sharing, including for streaming audio
Creates links for electronic reserves
Assists with compliance with resource sharing policies within Library guidelines
Utilizes resource sharing and course reserve systems to obtain, supply and keep records of library transactions
Assists supervisor with generating and/or reviewing reports
Maintains hold shelf, reference collection, course reserves, and displays
Assists with the security of collections and facilities
Assumes additional responsibility on evenings/weekends/holidays for collections and building in the absence of other library personnel.
Opens and closes building in the absence of other personnel
Trains and provides assistance to co-workers
Trains, schedules, and directs student assistants.
Performs project based work on Orwig backlog material and gifts, as follows:Searches online records in World Cat and Online Catalog and examines physical items to determine duplicate content, including across formats, following set criteria.
Collects data (for example, on a spreadsheet) for use by other members of the library staff, including other departments
Examines materials for damage and refers items to Performing Arts Librarian as needed.
Prepares materials for shipping to the Annex, Technical Services, for deaccessioning, and for other purposes as needed
Sorts, inventories, and displays gifts to assist with their selection and/or reviewÂ
Works with Performing Arts Librarian to plan, organize and evaluate Library procedures under established guidelinesÂ
Performs related duties as required
Bachelor's degree or equivalent with knowledge of music required
Library public service experience required, preferably in an academic library
Familiarity with one or more languages (in addition to English) desirableÂ Â Â Â Â
Computer skills, ability to use standard computer software packages
Experience with automated library systems desirable
Capacity to learn new technologies and systems necessary for continually effective job performanceÂ
Ability to interact favorably with library users and co-workers, including contacts external to the University
Oral and written communication skills
Problem solving skills
Possess a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus communityÂ
Ability to perform detailed work accurately with reasonable speed
Ability to organize and maintain various types of statistical and other records
Ability to train and assign work to others
May be required to work evenings and/or weekends
Successful completion of a test may be required
Physical Application Required
Ability to unpack, shelve, and move library materials which typically weigh up to 10 pounds, but on rare occasions, may transport books and/or trays weighing up to 23 pounds.
Ability to bend, stoop, reach and use step stools to reach shelves
Ability to ascend and descend stairs in order to locate and shelve library materials
Ability to read fine or worn print with or without assistive technology
Reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act, applicable state/local laws, and University policy.
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.
Candidates please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
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.
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, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Internal Number: REQ165061
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