Head, Music Library

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Job Description


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and  diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.


The Music Library is one of eight branch libraries administered by the University of Washington Libraries. The Music Library contains over 70,000 books and scores, 46,000 recordings and other media including video tapes and computer software, and current subscriptions to approximately 300 periodicals. Subjects covered include acoustics and physics of music, ethnomusicology, jazz, music education, and the history, literature, theory and performance of music. The Music Library also manages a Listening Center. In July 2017 the Music Library is expected to assume responsibility for the School of Music’s Ethnomusicology Archive. The Head, Music Library reports to the Director, Branch Libraries and is a member of the Branch Libraries’ management team.


The University of Washington Libraries seeks an enthusiastic librarian committed to providing excellent reference services, research consultations, outreach, instruction services, and collection development for the School of Music. As Head of the Music Library this position is also responsible for the overall management of the library, its programs and services, for building the collections and for supervising the staff.

Under the general direction of the Director, Branch Libraries, the Head of the Music Library is responsible for providing overall management and policy guidance; developing, implementing, and participating in service programs; hiring, developing, and evaluating personnel; overseeing development and maintenance of Music Library collections; and contributing to the achievement of Libraries’ objectives and the fulfillment of the Libraries strategic plan. The Head of the Music Library is responsible for building effective relationships with faculty and students, and collaborations with campus and community groups and institutions. 


  • Serves as Head, Music Library, and provides leadership and direction for the Music Library. Develops long-range and short-range plans to implement programs and services.
  • Has overall responsibility for administration of Music Library service programs including collection development, reference, instruction, circulation, and reserves. 
  • Responsible for the management and supervision of the Music Library. Supervises, trains, and evaluates the Music Outreach Services Librarian (.5 FTE), the Ethnomusicology Archivist (.4 FTE), and the Music Library Supervisor; and is secondary supervisor of the two Technician IIIs, and student assistants.  Recommends hiring, promotion, and termination of music staff.
  • Responsible for outreach to faculty and students in conjunction with the Music Outreach Services Librarian and Ethnomusicology Archivist. Ensures that the Music Library’s primary clientele is provided with quality collection development, reference and research assistance, instruction, and other appropriate services and support described in the UW Libraries’ Subject Librarian Position Description Framework.
  • May participate in other user education activities as part of the Libraries’ instructional programs.
  • Maintains an awareness of current developments and trends in information and audio technologies and their impacts on music education and library services.
  • Facilitates good communication and a positive work environment among Music Library staff. 
  • Maintains positive, effective, and collaborative working relationships with faculty and staff in the School of Music.
  • Plans and implements facility upgrades to map with the users’ needs.
  • Maintains relationships with current donors and cultivates other possible donors in conjunction with the Libraries’ Advancement Office. 
  • As a library unit head, maintains a broad understanding of the Libraries’ operations, policies, priorities, and objectives. Assists in the development and achievement of these by participating in Libraries initiatives as appropriate. Facilitates communication among Music Library staff and other Libraries units.
  • Represents Music Library users and services within the Libraries. Actively contributes to discussions and planning for Libraries policies, programs, and services.



      Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.

      A minimum of two years post-MLIS professional academic library experience, with evidence of increased responsibilities.

      Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.

      Evidence of a strong customer service focus and a passion for providing excellent reference and information services to users

      Experience in providing information literacy instruction or other instruction experience.

      Collection development and management experience in an academic library.

      Record of effective mentorship of librarians and support staff.

      Evidence of ability to work independently and with others in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.

      Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students.

      Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills

      Evidence of initiative and resourcefulness in past professional or academic activities.



   Undergraduate or graduate degree in Music.

   Experience with donor relations and advancement.


$58,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.


Position will be at rank of Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit the following information to

Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources).

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources).
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements).
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses).
  • Please use “Librarian Application: Head, Music Library” in the subject heading.
  • Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.


To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, March 24, 2017.

University of Washington Libraries Home Page is

Music Library Home Page is

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at

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