The Assistant Curator for Digital Outreach is a grant-funded term position (through June 30, 2020) designed to increase awareness and enhance accessibility of the John Carter Brown Libraryâ™s collection of cultural heritage materials on the early Americas. During the past decade, the Library has digitized and made freely available on the web more than 10,000 books and 1,500 maps related to the history of the early Americas, many of which are highly relevant to communities not just throughout the hemisphere but indeed around the world. The Assistant Curator will create and enhance the metadata records associated with these materials in collaboration with members of this global constituency to meet the needs and expectations of users with any level of content expertise, expand possibilities for discovery and engagement, and allow information about the Libraryâ™s collection to be ingested and integrated into a variety of internal and external platforms including Wikipedia.
In addition, the Assistant Curator will serve as a liaison between the JCB and stakeholders near and far. S/he will plan and coordinate events that foster connections between library staff and patrons, members of the Brown University community, colleagues from peer institutions, and representatives of the Libraryâ™s international interested public. The Assistant Curator will report to the Associate Librarian and work closely with the Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation to integrate outreach with the broader digital strategies currently under development at the Library.
Proficiency in spoken and written English required, fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese highly desirable
Bachelorâ™s or advanced degree in a discipline related to the Libraryâ™s collection highly desirable
Experience working in archives and/or special collections libraries (as either a staff member or researcher) highly desirable
Interest in and/or experience with thinking critically about preserving, representing, and sharing culturally-sensitive materials desirable
Familiarity with or proficiency in a general-purpose programming language (e.g. Java or Python) and/or other technical skills related to data curation and management (e.g. SQL, metadata standards, markup languages, etc.) desirable
Applicants please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.
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Assistant Curator for Digital Outreach
John Carter Brown Library
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Internal Number: REQ151461
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