Humanities Librarian (Music)

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Job Description

Reporting to the Humanities Team Leader, the subject librarian for Music at Emory University delivers the full range of subject specific library services to the academic department, including collection management, consultation, instruction, assessment, and reference. The subject librarian serves 19 full-time and part-time faculty, 45 faculty affiliates, and approximately 115 undergraduate majors in the Music department. The subject librarian maintains and expands research-level collections, acts as an expert guide, provides research help at the time of need, and contributes to the programmatic and collaborative work of the Services Division and the library in general.

The Music Librarian works alongside the Film and Media Studies Librarian in the Marian K. Heilbrun Music and Media Library (, located on the fourth floor of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. This branch provides resources such as music-related print materials, audio, video, streaming media, and e-resources. It also serves as the home to Course Reserves, the Media Lab, and equipment circulation. Working collaboratively with the Film and Media Studies Librarian and the Library Service Desk Manager, the Music Librarian oversees music collection-related activities and consults on issues such as user access and policy in the Music and Media Library.

Specific duties include:


  • Serves as primary liaison to and actively develops professional relationships with faculty, students and staff in the assigned subject areas. May include other areas within the Humanities Team, if needed. Serves on the Humanities Team.
  • Plans and delivers innovative reference and instruction services; teaches research tools and skills relevant to the discipline.
  • Collaborates with faculty to achieve information literacy and archival pedagogy learning outcomes in course-specific ways, including providing instruction sessions and assignments, research guides, and/or tutorials.
  • Provides in-depth, specialized research consultations in support of the entire research life cycle.
  • Knowledge of online and print primary sources in music.
  • Develops content for subject-based web pages.
  • Assists faculty engaged in digital scholarship projects and teaching and learning with technology initiatives. Collaborates as needed with Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and Academic Technology Services.
  • Partners with other libraries, especially research services in Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, to promote teaching and research of primary evidence materials.
  • Contributes to University efforts to assess and promote institutional scholarship.


  • Develops and manages excellent electronic, multimedia (including streaming audio and video), and print collections in the relevant disciplines to support the research and teaching needs of the Emory University community.
  • Promotes resources using current tools and technologies.
  • Provides marketing and assessment of library services.
  • Works with US and European vendors to acquire materials in English and multiple European languages.
  • Responsibility for additional subject areas may be assigned.


  • Participates in professional and scholarly associations.
  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
  • Provides reference assistance to Emory students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the public as needed and assigned.
  • Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank
  • Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent education and experience (subject expertise). M.A.or M.M. in music strongly preferred.
  • 2-3 years of experience managing academic music collections.
  • Knowledge of music cataloging.
  • Reading knowledge of German and/or French.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library services and resources.
  • Strong interest in technology and tools for research and teaching.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in instruction, collection development, research, and reference in the subject area of music.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within the relevant disciplines.
  • Evidence of excellent communication, public speaking, teaching, writing and analytical skills.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
  • Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.
  • Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.


  • Knowledge of other European languages desirable.
  • Practical knowledge of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Experience working with Aleph, ALMA, vendor sites such as Harrassowitz and YBP’s GOBI, libguides, LibAnswers, and other assessment tools.

How to Apply

Apply here:

Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:

1) Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;

2) Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and

3) On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.

Candidates applying by December 9, 2016 will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.

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