Director, Music Library

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Job Description

Western Libraries is seeking a librarian to lead and manage the Music Library. This Probationary or Continuing Appointment is available as of May 1, 2014.

Reporting to the Acting Assistant University Librarian (Services), the Director, Music Library has overall responsibility for the Music Library, its staff of six, and the delivery of services and resources.

The Director will:

  • provide leadership in and facilitate the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of collections, programs, facilities and services of the Music Library in support of the strategic plans of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western Libraries, and Western University;
  • provide leadership to the staff in the Music Library and foster a collegial working environment;
  • cultivate a close working relationship with all the stakeholders of the Don Wright Faculty of Music including the Dean, faculty members, staff and students;
  • take an appropriate lead role in planning a major space renovation project;
  • work with donors and colleagues within Western Libraries to acquire, appraise, preserve and make available rare or unique items to augment the existing research collections of the Music Library;
  • develop, implement, and deliver a broad range of research and instructional services to meet both the existing and anticipated needs of the Music Library’s user population;
  • develop partnerships across campus, work collaboratively with colleagues from Western Libraries and throughout the University, and participate in the broader music library community;
  • manage competing priorities under pressure, exhibit initiative and flexibility and adapt to a rapidly changing library environment; and
  • contribute to the overall planning and leadership of Western Libraries by participating as a member of its Management Committee.


The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution, along with a thorough knowledge and understanding of music as an academic discipline, normally gained through studies leading to an undergraduate degree in music. A Master’s degree in music would be an asset. A bibliographic knowledge of Western European languages is essential, and further in-depth knowledge of these languages is an asset. The position requires a minimum of five years of professional experience, preferably in a large academic or special library setting, with a minimum of two years’ supervisory experience. Demonstrated success in leadership role is also required.

The ideal candidate will be an influential leader who engages and aims to empower others to succeed. A track record of progressive professional experience and positive and effective outreach to faculty, staff, and students is essential. Teaching experience, knowledge of information literacy instruction, and evidence-based information seeking practices to meet the needs of faculty and students in the music community are necessary. Experience in collections development is required, preferably in music; experience in negotiating with donors for significant gifts is an asset.

The successful candidate must demonstrate supervisory and project management skills; possess
outstanding communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills; and demonstrate an ability to achieve
results through creative, consultative, and cooperative approaches with faculty, across Western Libraries,
with many diverse groups on campus and in the wider music community.

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, along with exceptional organizational skills, including the
ability to set and balance priorities, manage competing deadlines, and take on various tasks and
responsibilities simultaneously, are fundamental components of this role.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit a covering letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references, in electronic format no later than 27April 2014, 11:59 (EST) to: Office of the University Librarian Western University Email:

Only applications received by email will be considered. Please submit your application package as a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf). Please quote reference #: DIRMUSICLIB2014

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