The Reader Services Associate oversees the principle public spaces of the John Carter Brown Library, including the main reading room and exhibition hall, as well as secondary public spaces, and the various uses of those spaces, which involve researchers using objects from the Libraryâ™s collection of rare materials. The Reader Services Associate is responsible for ensuring that visitors to the Library understand and abide by the Libraryâ™s rules and regulations controlling the use of rare materials. The Reader Services Associate assists in retrieving rare materials for use in the reading room, as well returning those materials to the Libraryâ™s secure storage bays. The Reader Services Associate assists in the general management of the collection, making adjustments to the storage and retrieval processes and procedures as warranted.
The Reader Services Associate processes all new acquisitions of rare materials, unpacks shipments, creates initial acquisition records, coordinates review of the new materials, and processes invoices for payment.
The Reader Services Associate assists in setting up the reading room for lectures or other special events, as well as returning the room to its standard configuration following events. The Reader Services Assistant oversees the installation of exhibitions in the Libraryâ™s main exhibition space as well as ancillary exhibitions.
Welcomes and orients researchers, visitors, students and the public to the Library and ensures that all who visit abide by the rules and regulations of the Library.
Guides new researchers through the process of registering to use the Library and provides information about the materials held by the Library and the rules and regulations governing their use.
Serves as one of the primary positions responsible for overseeing day-to-day activity in the reading room and exhibition spaces, including retrieving and preparing rare materials for use upon request by registered researchers, and returning those materials to secure storage following use.
Processes delivery of rare materials upon arrival from rare books dealers, enters data into acquisition system, and processes invoices to ensure payment is made in a timely manner.
Manages shifting configuration of reading room and provides support for events.
Oversees the installation of rare materials into exhibition cases, as well as the removal of those materials following the exhibition.
Bachelorâ™s degree and/or 1-2 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Ability to effectively use the Library's collection management systems, including Aeon and Sierra; ability to guide researchers through the use of public catalogs (print and digital), databases, and bibliographies.
Excellent oral communication skills, including desire to connect with publics of diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
Facility with Spanish and/or other European languages desirable.
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite programs useful.
The successful candidate must pass a criminal background check and education verification.
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Reader Services Associate
John Carter Brown Library
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Internal Number: REQ151877
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