Head, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library & Eugene Ormandy Music & Media Center

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Job Description

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries are seeking a dynamic, creative librarian to lead an outstanding music library. The librarian will develop and manage the music collections and serve as liaison to the University of Pennsylvania music community. The Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center are located in the Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center and this position reports to the Director of Collections and Liaison Services.


Manages and develops the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library to support teaching and research at Penn, including collection development of all music materials, budget management, liaison services, reference and instructional services, and the acquisition, cataloging, and processing of scores, sound recordings, and videos. Leads, supervises, and evaluates 1 professional librarian and 2.5 FTE support staff. Serves as the liaison to the Music Department, which offers graduate programs in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and music composition. Actively participates in library-wide liaison services initiatives and works collaboratively with colleagues in other units. Identifies content to be digitized and added to Penn’s digital library. Develops digital resources and appropriate content for the library’s website. Works closely with the curators of the Kislak Center for Special Collections on developing music collections and curating exhibits displayed in the Ormandy Gallery. Collaborates with the Libraries’ Office of Advancement on fundraising and donor stewardship. Stays abreast of current developments in music through active participation in professional organizations.


MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent in experience, training, and practice; a minimum of three years professional experience in an academic music library; advanced graduate work in the study of music; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong managerial skills; supervisory and planning experience; strong public-service orientation; demonstrated initiative and ability to work both independently and collegially; a reading knowledge of at least one modern European language; knowledge of and experience with digital collections.

About the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library

The Otto E. Albrecht Music Library holds over 175,000 volumes of books, music, periodicals, and microforms, and includes the Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center, which houses 40,000 compact discs and DVDs and provides service for the center’s facilities and collections. The library’s rich collections of rare printed and manuscript music are housed in the Kislak Center for Special Collections and include a wealth of materials that document the history of music in Philadelphia, as well as the papers and music collections of Alma Mahler-Werfel, Marian Anderson, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski, Rudolf Serkin, and the Marlboro Music Festival.

About Penn

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top ten universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has twelve highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of communities, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

How to Apply

Please visit the Jobs@Penn site to apply for this position.

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