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Brown University Library Specialist - Metadata in Providence, Rhode Island

Job Description:

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 cataloging and digitization of its collection. In 2023, the JCB Library launched its new digital door: Americana. Americana is a platform for users to access, read and annotate items from the JCB, and to create their own digital projects.

The JCB seeks a Metadata Specialist to join its growing team. The primary role is bifold: creating preliminary records for recently acquired items, so that they can be digitized and fully cataloged; and performing the data curation and migration of recently digitized items into different repositories.

Education and Experience

  • A Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Science, or a related field (strongly preferable) and a minimum of two years related experience, or equivalent professional experience in metadata creation.

  • Demonstrated ability with metadata creation and management in a library or similar setting, preferred.

  • Demonstrated strong understanding of metadata standards (e.g., Dublin Core, MARC, MODS), preferred.

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and communication skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team and in a fast-paced environment.

  • Excellent proficiency with integrated library systems platforms – including Ex Libris ILS (Alma and Primo) and Aeon.

  • Preferred experience and familiarity with digital repository platforms.

  • Preferred experience with data mining, data visualization and machine learning.

  • Experience with or demonstrated aptitude for handling rare materials in a careful and considerate manner.

  • Ability to work with Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Excel.

  • Some knowledge of other languages other than English relevant to the collection (i.e. French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, German or Indigenous languages of the Americas).

  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

Additional physical demands and working conditions:

This position is fully on-site.

Background check information

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

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.

A cover letter must be submitted.

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Library Specialist - Metadata


John Carter Brown Library


Grade 9

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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 application.

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 (https://go.brown.edu/equal-employment-opportunity) , 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.


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.

Additional Information:

Information about our salary ranges can be found here (https://www.brown.edu/about/administration/human-resources/compensation-services/salary-ranges) .


A resume is required as part of your job application. Please also include a cover letter and any other related documents as noted in the job description.

Questions Submitting Your Application:

If you have questions about submitting your application, please contact employment@brown.edu.