Assistant Professor, Music Librarian

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Job Description

Managerially responsible for evaluation and supervision of the Music Library. Has responsibility for circulation, reference, library instruction, and collection development. Assists with music cataloging as appropriate, in consultation with the Music Catalog Librarian. Functions as the liaison between the University Libraries and the School of Music and maintains effective communication with colleagues, faculty, and students. Assists in the development of policies and procedures, and assumes special projects as assigned. Fulfills requirements of faculty status in areas of contributions to librarianship, scholarly activities, and service. Reports to Head of Special Collections.

Faculty Responsibilities: Fulfills requirements of faculty status in areas of contributions to librarianship, scholarly activities, and service; participates in professional activities, professional development, scholarly research and publication; serves on library, university, and/or professional committees.

Salary, Rank & Benefits: Full-time, twelve-month, tenure-track, ranked faculty position. Academic rank and salary commensurate with experience and education, with appointment at assistant professor or above. The University offers an attractive package of benefits, including 24 days of paid vacation annually; sick leave; state retirement plan; and a flexible selection of medical, life, dental, and vision insurance; and additional benefits.


An earned MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program or its equivalent; master’s degree in music; experience and/or coursework in music cataloging; understanding of issues related to music librarianship, including familiarity with music collection development, online systems, and provision of music reference service and bibliographic instruction; excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including online communication skills; ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and the general public. 


Experience in an academic library, preferably in a music-related position; supervisory experience; bibliographic knowledge of German and at least one Romance language.

How to Apply

Complete application must be received by Monday, December 1, 2014. Anticipated start date March 1, 2015.

Send cover letter, résumé, and the names/addresses/phone numbers/e-mail addresses of three references to:, Chalermsee Olson, Associate Dean of Collections and Technical Services, University Libraries, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2868. Email submissions preferred, at Nominations invited.

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