Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Music Librarian, Duke University

For complete vacancy announcement:

Based in the Biddle Music Building, the Music Librarian develops and manages the print and non-print collections of the Music Library and provides specialized reference assistance and instruction to library users. The position reports to the Head of East Campus Libraries. The Music Librarian is a member of the Libraries’ Humanities Group, which coordinates services and collections in all areas of the humanities.


• In consultation with Duke University Music Department faculty and other library users, develops the Music Library’s collection in a systematic and balanced manner, selecting both current and retrospective materials to support the curriculum and research needs of the university community; has direct responsibility for the selection of all print, digital, and media materials for the Music Library, which is located in the Biddle Music Building.
• Serves as primary liaison between the Music Library and Music Department faculty and students, taking initiative to identify and meet their resource and service expectations and to facilitate ongoing communication regarding library resources and services.
• Provides specialized reference and research assistance to the university community and promotes use of the Music Library’s resources throughout the university.
• Works with the Head of East Campus Libraries and staff to promote the development of innovative and highly responsive library services and programs and to ensure the effective utilization of space.
• Promotes use of subject-specific information resources and services in ways that meet user needs and expectations, utilizing current technologies and information tools; oversees the development of the Music Library’s virtual presence.
• Works at the public services desk (Music and Lilly), including evening, holiday, and weekend rotations; answers reference questions and instructs patrons in person or via phone, virtual reference, instant messenger, or e-mail.
• Participates in the Duke University Libraries’ instructional program by providing classroom and individual instruction and creating and maintaining subject and course guides.
• For the music collections, formulates collecting policies; manages collections budgets; monitors and reviews approval plan profiles, gifts, and exchanges; selects materials for transfer to the Library Service Center and participates in conservation and preservation decisions.
• Undertakes systematic and formalized assessment of the collections and services of the Music Library and uses assessment data to improve collections and services as appropriate.
• Participates in relevant subject librarian groups and fosters collaboration with other subject librarians and technical services staff at Duke and with relevant personnel at other institutions, including the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN).
• Participates in library, university, and professional activities as appropriate.
• Performs other tasks as designated by the department head or library administration.



Required: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree in a field of music.

Preferred: MLS from an ALA-accredited program and a PhD in a field of music.


Required: At least one year of experience in reference and/or collection development in an academic, research, or large public library (including collection development responsibilities from a variety of sources) or combination of comparable academic degree and experience; strong academic background in music; understanding of the library’s role in music teaching and research; ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment; demonstrated success in collection development, reference assistance, and instruction and outreach activities related to library resources and services; familiarity with current trends in research libraries; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills as well as a strong commitment to public service; working knowledge of German, Italian or French.

Preferred: Three years of experience working in an academic research library; prior experience working in a music library; demonstrated written and oral proficiency in German, Italian, and/or French.

Send cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to: Teresa Tillman, Library Human Resources, at Please include MUSIC LIBRARIAN in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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