Editor for Music Cataloging Bulletin

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Job Description

The Music Library Association (MLA) is seeking applications for the position of Editor of the Music Cataloging Bulletin (MCB). The MCB is a monthly publication that provides information from the Library of Congress and the NACO-Music Project, among others, of interest to the music cataloging community. It also serves as a forum for discussion and communication on all matters related to music cataloging. The duties and responsibilities are detailed in the current position description, as follows:

The Editor of the Music Cataloging Bulletin is appointed by the President in consultation with the Board of Directors. The Editor receives content from the Music Division of the Library of Congress (LC) and from participants in the NACO-Music Project. The Editor may solicit content from other sources, such as the Bibliographic Control Committee, reports on cataloging sessions at local and national meetings, and questions and recommendations from individuals. The Editor also may monitor other cataloging resources, such as listservs, for relevant material. Questions on LC policy are submitted to the Music Division for comment before being published in the MCB.

The MCB editor is responsible for creating 12 issues per year, one each month, formatting each issue as both HTML and PDF files using conventional software, such as DreamWeaver or a comparable program for HTML, and Adobe Acrobat (version 5.0 or higher) for PDF. The MCB Editor submits the files for each issue to the MLA Business Office at least a week before the issue goes live so that the Business Office can review the formatting prior to uploading the new issue to the site. To see a earlier issues of the Bulletin go to:

The editor submits a report to each meeting of the Board of Directors and sends a copy to the chair of the Publications Committee. The editor is a member of the Bibliographic Control Committee and of the Publications Committee and is expected to attend the annual meetings of the committees.

The editor submits a budget to the Fiscal Officer. The MCB Editor receives gratis MLA regular membership and MLA annual meeting early-regular-member registration.

Required qualifications: experience as a music cataloger; excellent writing and communication skills, electronic access to Library of Congress authority records; experience creating PDF and HTML files; membership in MLA

Desired qualifications: editorial experience, participation in the NACO-Music Project

Term: The appointment is one year, with reappointment possible for a maximum of four years. The Board reviews the performance of the MCB Editor annually. The President reappoints upon successful review and the desire of the incumbent to continue.

Interviews will be held in conjunction with the upcoming annual meeting in Denver. In order to facilitate a smooth transition, the successful candidate will work jointly with the current editor to produce the MCB, with the official date of transition to full responsibility to be determined by mutual agreement.

How to Apply

Members of the search committee are Cate Gerhart (chair), Jennifer Matthews, and James Zychowicz. Please submit electronically a letter of application (including a resume and sample publications and/or writing samples) and a list of three references to:

Applications must be received by January 16, 2015.

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