Assistant Professor – Sound Archivist – Archival Collections & Branches

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Job Description

Bowling Green State University Libraries seek an energetic, collaborative, and user-focused archivist with a passion for popular music to serve as the Sound Archivist for the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives (ML/BSSA). This is a tenure-track position with rank of Assistant Professor. The Archivist will work with sound recordings and popular music collections, with an emphasis on supporting and achieving strategic initiatives for the unit.

Essential Duties, Tasks, and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chair of the Archival Collections and Branches Department, the Sound Archivist is responsible for providing access to materials in the Bill Schurk Sound Archives. This includes preservation of sound recordings—including the production and management of digital surrogates when appropriate—and formal description of collections, including the creation of traditional catalog records and finding aids. The Archivist will also: assist with assessing gifts for acquisition; participate in outreach and instruction activities related to the collection, popular music, and the recording industry; participate in the day-to-day operations of the ML/BSSA, including service on the music library’s reference desk; and participate actively in library governance.

Bowling Green State University Libraries are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.  In support of an open and welcoming environment, we believe that it is critical for every member of the library community to share the responsibility for equity and diversity. 

Minimum qualifications: ALA-accredited Master’s degree and strong knowledge technology, archival standards, and best practices as they apply to audio and related digital formats. Competitive salary in keeping with peer institution libraries for rank and candidate’s experience and credentials.

• ALA-Accredited MLS
• Demonstrated knowledge of technology, archival standards, and best practices as they apply to audio and related digital formats
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Interest in and knowledge of popular music and the sound recording industry
• Evidence of potential to complete scholarship in peer-reviewed publications and give presentations at academic and professional associations

Preferred Qualifications
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace
• Experience with cataloging and/or finding aid creation in a library or archival setting
• Experience working in an academic library
• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in music, popular culture, or related field
• Interest in and experience with Digital Humanities
• Successful grant-writing experience

How to Apply

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