The Anne S.K. Brown Curator for Military and Society is a subject specialist who brings distinctive expertise to an innovative, team-based curatorial model at the John Hay Library, home to Brown Universityâ™s remarkable collections of rare books, manuscripts, and University Archives. The Libraryâ™s research and programmatic strengths in the area of Military and Society are rooted in the internationally renowned Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection. A rich collection of military iconography, the collectionâ™s existing geographical focus has been Europe and the United States. Future growth will focus on Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean. The Curator will also collaborate closely with the Coordinating Curator for Native American and Indigenous Collections on collection growth and programming related to Native peoples service in the U.S. military and global military impacts on Indigenous communities. The Curator combines deep knowledge of the histories and cultures of one or more of the aforementioned geographies with experience in anti-colonial, non-extractive collections and research practices. The Curator also develops expertise in military history and political science collections at the John Hay Library to ensure rich integration of the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection.Â
In association with the Academic Engagement department at Brown University Library, the Curator will participate in collection development for the general collections. The Curator will also purposefully engage with students on campus to support their scholarship and cultural exploration and will partner with relevant student centers including the Office of Military-Affiliated Students, the â‹â‹Brown University Student Veterans Society, and the Brown Center for Students of Color.Â Â
About the Library:
The John Hay Library is home to Brown Universityâ™s remarkable collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archival material. The Hay and its collections attract an international cohort of researchers, and as a Carnegie Library, the Hay is committed to investing in community and public engagement. To ensure that its collections are carefully stewarded for long-term access and use by any visitor, the John Hay Library Collection Policy outlines seven strategic collecting directions (including Military & Society) and core guiding principles for collecting. The Hayâ™s mission is to collect and preserve rare and unique materials that promote interdisciplinary research, teaching, and learning and inspire experimentation and creativity. Its collections support free and open inquiry, and we are committed to providing equitable access to our collections, exhibitions, and programming to a global community of students, scholars, and the public.
The Brown University Library is a dynamic center of scholarship and community at the heart of a world-class research university. Supporting and collaborating with a broad and diverse academic constituency, the Library is essential for Brownâ™s mission âœto serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry.â Integrating with Brownâ™s ambitious strategic plans, the Library is a site of innovation that fuels intellectual creativity.Â Signature Library initiatives include the establishment of the Center for Library Exploration and Research to increase campus and community impact; the Racial Justice Project to assess and counteract the legacies of historical racism in library practice; the Digital Publications Initiative pioneering new approaches to born-digital scholarship; and a revisioned special collections program that is positioning the John Hay Library as a research destination and leader in reparative and community-based collecting. We are seeking outstanding library professionals at all levels of the organization who are excited about advancing academic excellence at the highest level, and who will bring a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to a scholarly community that is actively committed to being more diverse and inclusive.
Education and Experience
ALA-accredited masterâ™s degree in library or information science or an equivalent combination of education and experience
3 years of experience in an academic library, public library, school library or other cultural heritage setting, or educational institution in a teaching, administration, or research role
Experience or degree in military history, war and society, or a related field of study (Anthropology, Art History, History, Sociology, etc.)
Experience evaluating books and manuscripts for acquisition; working with donors and rare book and manuscript dealers preferred
Experience introducing primary sources and primary source literacy to a variety of learners in person and in virtual settings
Successful experience working directly with diverse audiences
Strong customer-service orientation
Demonstrated ability to provide effective and efficient curatorial and research services. Knowledge of best practices in virtual and in-person curatorial service in a high-paced cultural heritage institution, educational institution, or similar environment
Demonstrated ability to bring inclusive, collaborative and engaging approaches to curatorial service and/or teaching operations and programming onsite and virtually
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Excellent planning, decision making, problem-solving skills with superior verbal and written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a diverse, dynamic, team setting and to balance multiple competing prioritied
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at every level of the University
Experience with curatorial travel and in-person curatorial work with donors preferred
Experience promoting the use of primary sources through exhibitions, programming, and other outreach
Knowledge of current research trends and information literacy techniques
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All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
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