Employment Opportunities

Maury A. Bromsen Curator of Latin American Books

The John Carter Brown Library has one of the world’s most important collections of books related to the history of the Americas across the period stretching from the arrival of Europeans in the Americas (c. 1492) through to the end of the colonial period (c. 1825). Books about Latin America and books printed in Latin America hold a special place within that collection, as well as our significant holdings in Spanish and Portuguese works printed in Europe but forming part of a large Iberoamerican print culture that spanned the oceans and, indeed, the globe. The Curator of Latin American Books serves as the ambassador – and chief proselytizer – for these extraordinary collections. Responsibilities include: the Library’s continued growth through acquisitions and collection development; its interpretation for scholars and the general public, through onsite and digital engagement; exhibition and publication preparation; the provision of reference services; identifying materials for preservation and conservation; and other duties as assigned by the Director/Librarian, to whom this position reports. It is essential that the Curator of Latin American Books have a solid grasp on the history of the Americas and to be able to effectively and meaningfully present material in imperial history, cultural history, the history of the book, and other relevant disciplines to staff, fellows, researchers, the Brown community, and the world outside of Brown.

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Assistant Director for Digital Engagement and Discovery

The Assistant Director for Digital Engagement and Discovery coordinates digital initiatives at the Library and works with the Director/Librarian and Associate Librarian in developing strategies for online engagement.  With a keen interest in and deep knowledge of emerging technological trends in special collections libraries and/or the humanities, the Assistant Director is responsible for developing an integrated digital presence to advance the Library’s mission.

The Assistant Director will shape future engagement with the world-renowned research collection of the John Carter Brown Library by enhancing the Library’s digital presence and furthering its exploration of digital technologies in a special collections environment. The Library, through the responsibilities integral to this position, seeks to create an online platform through which scholars and curators can connect and contribute many kinds of information, scholarly and otherwise, about digital objects and collections. The Library’s materials include books, maps, prints, and manuscript collections from throughout the Americas – North, Central, and South – during the colonial period. Potential constituencies include populations totaling in excess of one billion people. Significant portions of the collection have already been digitized, an effort that continues apace, and the Library has made a commitment to guarantee that all digitized materials are made available for free. The Assistant Director will build upon this legacy by developing, prototyping and implementing tools and platforms that allow robust online engagement with digital historical resources while continuing to realize the goal of digitizing the entire collection.

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Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant provides high-level support to the Director of the John Carter Brown Library, a world-renowned research institute.  The position is responsible for all aspects of managing the Director’s activities, including managing the Director’s schedule and communications. In addition, the Executive Assistant supports the John Carter Brown Library’s governing board, coordinating communications between the Director and the board, and scheduling and supporting several meetings each year. The Executive Assistant provides administrative support for fundraising activities. The position also serves as the general office manager for the John Carter Brown Library.

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Director of Communications and Special Projects

The Director of Communications and Special Projects is principally responsible for external communications and the management and advancement of strategic planning and project development at the John Carter Brown Library. Reporting to the Director/Librarian, the incumbent will work closely with all members of the senior leadership team (Associate Librarian, Director of Development, and Director of Academic Programming and Fellowships) to shape the Library’s messaging strategy in accordance with emerging initiatives and core programs at this world-class research institution. The incumbent will work closely with the Director/Librarian to manage special projects related to the Library’s mission and strategic plan, accompanying and standing in (as appropriate) for the Director/Librarian at meetings across campus, nationally, and internationally and ensuring that projects and initiatives are kept on track internally as well as externally.

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