Cataloger of Music and Dance

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Job Description


Brigham Young University (BYU), a privately owned and operated university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Provo, Utah, invites application for the position of Cataloger of Music and Dance.  This is a continuing faculty status track (BYU equivalent of tenure) position.  BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university’s honor code and dress and grooming standards.  Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 


The Harold B. Lee Library, an ARL Library, serves nearly 33,000 students as well as 2,000 full- and part-time faculty.  The library employs 67 faculty, 94 FTE staff and professionals, and approximately 200 FTE students.  An average of 10,000 patrons per day use the library’s services and collections of over nine million items.



The mission of this position is to provide accurate and prompt bibliographic records in local and international cataloging databases for the Harold B. Lee Library General and Special Collections materials that relate to music and dance subject areas.  This covers all formats including text, digital, audio-visual, and serial, with a growing emphasis on digital manifestations.  The mission also includes participating in scholarship, creative works, and other professional development activities associated with faculty status.



  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution including training in cataloging.
  • Additional degree in an allied discipline such as music education, musicology, etc. is preferred.
  • Reading knowledge of at least one European language.  French or Italian is preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in technical services and music library issues on the regional, national, or international level.
  • Knowledge of cataloging and classification principles and rules.
  • Knowledge and skills in applying cataloging and classification standards, such as

o    AACR2/ RDA,

o    DCRM(B),

o    DACS,

o    MARC21,

o    LCSH,

o    LC Subject Headings Manual, and

o    LC Classification (all schedules).

  • Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing, including the ability to represent the Library in professional settings.
  • Ability to teach and participate in outreach programs such as faculty liaison, class lectures, presentations, and exhibitions.
  • Supervisory and managerial skills.
  • Commitment to lifelong learning as applied to professional development in the academic library environment.
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership and for supervising other employees.
  • Knowledge of special collections librarianship is preferred, including:

o    Significance of original artifacts and nature and value of primary materials for learning, teaching, and scholarship.

o    Intellectual property rights, patron and donor privacy standards, and other legal issues relating to special collections.

o   Understanding of security and preservation needs.



University Citizenship:

  • Exemplifies honor and integrity; adheres to the standards of personal behavior outlined in the BYU Code of Honor
  •  Supports the Library and University mission, goals, and objectives
  • Observes Library and University policies
  • Promotes collegiality and harmony
  • Mentors, encourages, advises, and collaborates with colleagues
  • Serves on Library, University, and consortial committees that go beyond assigned responsibilities
  •  Attends department, Library, and University meetings, including devotionals, forums, and convocations
  • Serves the scholarly/professional community through activities such as holding office or performing committee service in relevant associations; organizing professional meetings and/or panels; serving as a referee of scholarship; editing newsletters or journals; serving on editorial boards; consulting; or teaching in academic departments

Librarianship:  Professional Assignment

  • Demonstrates effectiveness in accomplishing the specified professional responsibilities:

o    Performs descriptive cataloging (according to the cataloging standard Resource Description and Access [RDA]), subject cataloging, and classification of materials in all formats for HBLL General and Special Collections. May also be given professional assignments in other areas depending on library needs.

o    Takes responsibility for and oversees the quality of the catalog (including cataloging done by paraprofessional catalogers) in the area(s) of the position.

o    Performs cataloging and catalog maintenance in both the local integrated library system and OCLC.  Enhances OCLC master records as necessary and contributes original cataloging directly to OCLC.

  • Maintains a close and collaborative working relationship with the Music and Dance Subject Librarian and Special Collections Music and Dance Curator and other library faculty and staff as is appropriate.
  • May be called upon to assist with assignments given to the catalog department as a whole.
  • In cooperation with the Subject Librarian and Curator of Music and Dance assists with collection content acquisition actions, in order to catalog resources or link them to records already in the catalog.
  • Keeps abreast of changes in and contributes to development of improvements to cataloging rules and standards, Library of Congress policy statements, and metadata standards and practices.
  • Performs name authority work for personal names, uniform titles, corporate names, and series names. Contributes to NACO/LC Authority File through the NACO program.
  • Contributes subject authority work as needed through the SACO program.          
  • Contributes cataloging to international shared-cataloging programs through the BIBCO program.
  • Is a subject specialist in Music and Dance and may be called upon to contribute generally to the library in this area, including liaison and outreach work. Works with other subject librarians in the library as needed in determining levels of cataloging, subject analysis, classification, and to solve other inter- and intra-departmental problems.
  • Sets and accomplishes relevant goals within specified professional assignments.
  • Participates in committees that are a direct outgrowth of assigned professional responsibilities.
  • Achieves appropriate quantity and quality of work in assigned professional responsibilities, as negotiated with the department chair.
  • Uses sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Manages personnel and resources effectively.

Librarianship:  Professional Development

  • Stays abreast of issues and trends in all areas of academic librarianship, with particular attention directed to:

o    Music and Dance cataloging, metadata, and other access and discovery trends and issues.

o    Worldwide Web metadata interfacing, linking, and collaboration.

o    Digital asset finding aids best practices, rules, standards, etc.

o    Digital preservation.

  • Stays abreast of scholarship in areas associated with music and dance.
  • Takes courses to enhance professional assignments and/career opportunities.
  • Studies professional literature.
  • Attends appropriate conferences and workshops.
  • Participates in appropriate professional associations

 Librarianship:  Scholarship/Creative Work

  • Collaborates with other faculty in appropriate research endeavors.
  • Presents research or innovative/unique information in the assigned areas of Music and Dance and/or in other approved fields of librarianship at conferences, workshops, seminars, and/or other professional meetings.
  • Publishes significant and original contributions relevant to technical services librarianship and/or the individual’s discipline of expertise.
  • Curates exhibits that highlight unique library materials with a unified theme and context, providing significant educational opportunities for the campus community.
  • Performs other approved scholarship/creative works.

How to Apply

Apply online at   Review of applications will begin October 15, 2014.

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