Librarian for Social Science and Entrepreneurship

Posted to IASSIST on: 2018-07-19

Employer: The Brown University Library

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The Brown University Library seeks an outstanding candidate to serve as the Librarian for Social Science and Entrepreneurship. This highly collaborative and innovative librarian will serve as the primary liaison to the Department of Economics and the C.V. Starr Program in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations (BEO), an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the departments of Engineering, Economics, and Sociology, and entrepreneurial programs from the School of Engineering and from departments across campus. The successful candidate will be a team player who can positively contribute to the Library’s Strategic directions: to position the Library at the Core of Teaching, Learning, and Research; Enable the discovery, curation, and use of rich research collections; and leverage technologies to engage with changing modes of teaching, learning and research.

In collaboration with colleagues from across the Brown University Library, the Librarian for Social Science and Entrepreneurship will work with students, faculty, and other University stakeholders to assist researchers as they develop entrepreneurial projects, conduct market research, explore business models, and engage in community partnerships to strengthen the local, national, and international community. A creative thinker, the Librarian for Social Science and Entrepreneurship will bring new ideas, models, and an entrepreneurial approach to engaging students, faculty and staff at Brown University in fulfillment of our mission to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation. 

**Duties: **

  • Builds partnerships with the faculty, students, and staff across the University’s academic and research community in related areas, including the Department of Economics; the School of Engineering and its undergraduate Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations (BEO) concentration and graduate Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME); Executive Masters programs in the School of Professional Studies; and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. 
  • Develops relationships with the Brown-affiliated entrepreneurial community, including the Technology Ventures Office, Swearer Center Social Innovation Initiative, Brown Venture Fellowship, The Founders League, and related initiatives. 
  • Maintains a high level of contact with faculty, departmental staff, and graduate students to ensure that the services and collections of the library align with the academic priorities of the campus' economics and entrepreneurship programs.
  • Provides expertise in working with data, gathering business intelligence, understanding the patents process, scholarly impact metrics, and the use of digital approaches that extend disciplinary knowledge creation.
  • Participate in outreach to academic departments to develop, sustain, and promote research, teaching, and learning in Economics and entrepreneurship programs and courses.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Center for Digital Scholarship to support spatial and numerical research.
  • Provides synchronous and asynchronous instruction on topics related to business and entrepreneurship, such as market research, business analysis, intellectual property, patents, and finance, and scholarly resources to support research and teaching in Economics. 
  • Develops advanced in-depth knowledge of commercial and academic databases in economics, business, and the social sciences.
  • Works with Library colleagues to coordinate efforts to retain, preserve, and provide access to Brown University research data.
  • Actively evaluates library collections related to the present and future needs of University economics, business, and entrepreneurial programs.
  • Maintains a high level of professional engagement both with colleagues in other institutions and with the professional literature.
  • Provides support to the Entrepreneurship community at Brown on issues of scholarly communication, copyright, patents, and authors' issues.


  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution and an undergraduate degree in business, economics, finance, or related subject, OR graduate degree in business, economics, finance, or related subject.
  • Demonstrated expertise with information resources and information technology tools and applications in business and entrepreneurship.
  • Prefer at least 3 years of experience or related business experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of intellectual property including patents and patent searching, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets.
  • Familiarity with research data management best practices.
  • Strong public presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills.
  • Commitment to public services and improving the library user experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current issues in scholarly communications.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member.
  • Technology background and teaching experience preferred.
  • Dedication to continuous learning, authentic assessment, and strategic thinking. 
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Archived on: 2018-08-24