Archives and Special Collections Librarian

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Job Description

Westminster Choir College of Rider University invites applications for a full-time music librarian for its Talbott Library in Princeton, New Jersey to start September 1, 2019.

Position Details

The successful candidate will assume primary responsibility for the Special Collections and Archives, including appraisal, arrangement, description, and preservation of archival records, manuscripts, and historical materials relating to the history and function of Westminster Choir College. Additionally, the successful candidate will: provide strong support for public service activities, provide reference and research assistance for the Special Collections and Archives, prioritize and implement Special Collections and Archives projects with the goal of development, access, outreach, research, and security and preservation of print, audio and other types of materials; establish, promote, and sustain an institutional records program; guide campus digitization initiatives, including establishing standards, workflows, and policies for such projects for Special Collections and Archives; and design and mount exhibits.

Library faculty members also cover a workload which may include reference work and information literacy instruction, collection development, cataloging and other professional activities and must be available to accommodate some possible evening and weekend hours.

Librarians provide and participate in developing departmental vision and goals, participate in the development, implementation, and assessment of services, policies, and procedures, and provide reference and research assistance.


A Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree along with a degree in music is required. The successful candidate should also possess: knowledge of bibliographic control standards; best practices in archives management; bibliographic knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English; evidence of high level of interpersonal, organizational and project management skills; evidence of strong oral and written communications skills. Evidence of ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a collegial, team work environment and maintain positive professional working relationships; and evidence of ability to work gracefully with diverse temperaments.  

Preferred qualifications include: Master’s degree in music (which is required for tenure); evidence of initiative and resourcefulness in past activities; experience in managing a diverse range of activities in a highly visible, face paced academic environment; working knowledge of the issues in digitization and delivery of digital content in an academic environment (particularly ContentDM); knowledge of standards of preservation, conservation, archival policies and procedures, including DACS and EAD; and experience creating online finding aids, exhibits, and guides.

Westminster Choir College of Rider University is composed of faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds who come together and create a vibrant, living and learning community. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Westminster and the surrounding community are highly desired. Applicants should be experienced with, and committed to, working with such a diverse population.

Talbott Library values diversity among its faculty and is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community.

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, Vietnam-era/disabled veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other non-job related criteria.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply directly for Position No. 300451 through our website at:  Please attach: letter of interest; curriculum vitae; statement outlining commitment to diversity and evidence working with and teaching diverse students; and the names and contact information for three references. The completion of a satisfactory background is required for this position.

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