Head of Music Metadata Services

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Job Description

The Stanford University Libraries (SUL) invite applications and nominations for the Head of Music Metadata Services. The person in this position manages and coordinates music cataloging and metadata for the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) and acquisitions activities for the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS); oversees training, supervision, and evaluation of the music catalogers, copy catalogers, acquisitions specialist, and hourly student assistants. The position also includes the creation of original cataloging and metadata for all forms of materials related to music as well as special and rare music materials. The position provides an opportunity for exploring and implementing creative solutions to provide access to large numbers of music materials at a leading research library noted for a dynamic environment that encourages innovation.

Requirements include an MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school. Subject knowledge of music history and theory as demonstrated by an undergraduate degree or the recognized equivalent in experience is required. A graduate degree in music is highly desirable. Demonstrated knowledge of music cataloging using RDA, LC classification and subject headings, the MARC formats and BIBFRAME in an automated cataloging system is required. Demonstrated knowledge of metadata schemas used in libraries and archives such as Dublin Core, METS and MODs. A minimum of two to five years’ original music cataloging experience or a combination of original music cataloging and other relevant professional library experience is required. Experience with SIRSI Symphony and OCLC Connexion is highly desirable. A sound working knowledge of one major Western European language other than English is required. A knowledge of German, French, Latin, Italian, and Spanish for bibliographic work is desirable. Knowledge of music reference and research tools is required.

Previous supervisory experience is required. The ability to work effectively in a dynamic, production-oriented environment and the ability to adapt quickly and work under pressure to meet deadlines and production goals are required. The ability to lead and work with a diverse staff using a team approach is required. The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing is required.

The libraries of Stanford University consist of over nine million volumes and over 400 staff members. The Music Library was established in 1949 as a separate branch library and provides research support for all aspects of music scholarship with collections numbering over 130,000 books and scores, 300 periodical titles, 30,000 sound and video recordings, multiple streaming media databases and other digitized content. The staff of the Music Library also work closely with the Archive of Recorded Sound, one of most important sound archives in the United States with over 400,000 sound recordings ranging from early cylinder recordings to the latest digital files.

How to Apply

This position is open until filled. The full job description is available at  Applicants must apply through the Stanford Careers website. Enter job number 68493 in the search box. Stanford University is committed to the principles of diversity and encourages applications from women, members of ethnic minorities and individuals with disabilities.

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