Head Librarian

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Job Description

The Head Librarian is responsible for outreach and leadership for the Arthur Friedheim Music Library and Archives. The Head Librarian manages staff; provides reference consultations; oversees the library instruction program; designs and implements strategic planning; and develops and maintains the Friedheim music collection. This position reports to the Associate Dean of Institute Studies and works collaboratively with the Sheridan Libraries with a dotted line to the Dean of the Sheridan Libraries.

Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as America’s first academy of music. Today, through its degree-granting Conservatory and its community-based Preparatory music and dance school, Peabody trains musicians and dancers of every age and at every level. Each year Peabody stages more than 850 major public concerts and performances. Peabody is one of the nine divisions that comprise the Johns Hopkins University.

Essential Job Duties


  • Provides overall management and supervision of the Music Library including collection development, outreach, reference, instruction, circulation, and reserves

  • Develops and implements short-range and long-range plans related to library services, collections, policies, and digital initiatives

  • Manages and supervises professionals (2), paraprofessionals (2), and student employees (varies)

  • Develops and maintains contemporary trends in music librarianship specifically with digital initiatives

  • Maintains effective and collaborative working relationships with faculty and staff across the Peabody community and the JHU Libraries

  • Provides leadership related to library development and maintenance

  • Maintains donor relationship in conjunction with Peabody External Affairs

  • Maintains a broad understanding of the Library’s operations, policies, and objectives

  • Represents the Freidheim Music Library on the University Libraries Council and other appropriate committees and working groups

  • Develops and maintains donor relationships

  • Daily contact with faculty, staff, students and library patrons

  •  Interacts frequently with Peabody and Sheridan Libraries IT departments


  • A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent degree required.

  • At least 5 years of demonstrated, progressively responsible leadership, management and supervisory experience. 10 years related experienced preferred.

  • A strong background in music

  • Knowledge of and demonstration of institutional effectiveness within music library settings

  • Experience with management of music materials and electronic information resources

  • Demonstrated ability to develop initiatives and implement plans related to instructional technology, student learning outcomes, and digital library initiatives (including digital collections, streaming, and preservation)

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

  • Potential for professional achievement

Preferred Qualifications


  • A degree in music or a similar field

  • Experience providing reference consultations and instructions in an academic or higher education setting

  • Experience in a music library or a separate music collection

  • Experience teaching a bibliography course

How to Apply

See the full job posting here.

Find information on how to apply here.

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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