The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is currently considering applicants for the position of Librarian. The Librarian reports to the Senior Director of Library and Archives and performs descriptive cataloging of library resources; assists in providing instruction and reference service and engaging users through outreach activities; assists in the collection development of library resources; and supervises the work of the Library Assistant, interns, and volunteers.
1. Performs descriptive cataloging of library resources in the Library & Archives.
• Performs original and copy cataloging and physical processing of library resources, including books, dissertations, periodicals, sound and video recordings, music scores, and electronic resources.
• Performs subject analysis and classification.
• Remains current on national standards for descriptive cataloging practices and revisions in cataloging rule interpretations for music materials.
• Documents and maintains the policies and procedures manual for cataloging in the Library & Archives.
• Works with vendors to procure cataloging tools and resources; orders supplies needed for physical processing of library resources.
• Works with the Rock Hall’s technology team and archivists to determine technology needs for the Library & Archives and to ensure the institution’s adherence to current metadata standards.
2. Provides instruction and reference service to Rock Hall staff and visitors.
• Along with all Library & Archives staff, works regularly scheduled shifts at the Information Desk and provides reference service to Rock Hall staff and visitors.
• Works with the Director of Archives and the Senior Director of Library & Archives to provide instruction sessions about Library & Archives resources and services to Rock Hall staff, teachers, and students.
• Provides orientations and tours to classes and other visitors as needed.
• Compiles usage statistics for library materials as needed.
3. Engages Library & Archives users through outreach activities.
• Works with the Senior Director of Library & Archives to develop and produce public events at the Library & Archives.
• Collaborates with the Rock Hall’s marketing and communications teams to engage users about library resources via the Rock Hall’s website and social media platforms.
• Works with the Director of Archives to create and update research guides and online tutorials on the Rock Hall website.
• Monitors the Library & Archives section of the Rock Hall website to ensure online content is up to date.
• Assists in outreach to educators, students, media, and other organizations to increase awareness of Library & Archives collections.
4. Works with the Senior Director of Library & Archives to develop the library collections of the Library & Archives.
• Assists the Senior Director of Library & Archives in the evaluation and selection of library resources, including books, dissertations, periodicals, sound and video recordings, music scores, and electronic resources.
• Works with vendors to acquire, renew, and cancel print subscriptions and electronic resources as needed.
• Weeds and deaccessions library resources as needed.
5. Supervises the work of the Library Assistant, and supervises interns and volunteers as needed.
6. Represents the Library & Archives within and outside the institution.
• Represents the Library & Archives to Rock Hall staff, including participation in interdepartmental meetings and committees.
• May represent the Rock Hall to the academic and library communities at local and/or national professional meetings.
• Interacts with vendors and donors as needed.
7. Duties include but may not be limited to the above.
JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program in library and/or information science is required; undergraduate and/or advanced degree in music or other relevant discipline is strongly preferred.
2. Experience in Field:
• Two or more years of experience performing original and copy cataloging of library resources in an academic, research, or special library.
• Experience cataloging using RDA, AACR2, Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS), Library of Congress Classification (LCC), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Genre-Form Terms (LCGFT), and MARC formats.
• Experience using an integrated library system, III’s Sierra preferred.
• Experience using a shared bibliographic utility, OCLC’s Connexion preferred.
• Experience cataloging music-related materials strongly preferred.
• Experience in the creation of controlled headings per RDA and NACO guidelines preferred.
• Experience providing library reference service and/or instruction in an academic, research, or special library.
• Experience creating online library research guides preferred.
• Experience with collection development in a music library preferred.
• Supervisory experience preferred.
3. Unique Expertise/Certification/Registrations:
• Knowledge of the history of rock and roll and related popular music genres.
• Knowledge of music literature, reference sources, and research tools.
• Expertise in best practices in cataloging library resources.
• Knowledge of RDA, AACR2, LC-PCC PS, LCC, LCSH, LCGFT, and MARC formats.
• Familiarity with in-development data structuring methods, including FRBR, BIBFRAME, and the use of linked data.
• Participation in professional organizations and continuing education preferred.
• Computer literate in standard office management software, including Microsoft Office applications.
• Outstanding team orientation, flexibility, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
• Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills.
• Detail oriented with ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects concurrently.
• Ability to work independently without close oversight, and also a team player who will engage productively with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the Museum.
• A professional and resourceful style; willingness to take initiative, manage multiple tasks and projects at a time; and willingness to learn.
• Thinks of the big-picture and considers the impact of decisions across the institution as a whole.
• Understands implicitly how to work with different people and various working styles across the organization.
• Sets a strong example for others by initiating collaboration and working consistently in a collegial manner.
• Encourages teamwork, and anticipates and removes obstacles to effective teamwork; seeks to resolve conflicts as they arise.
• Approaches others in a positive manner and builds solid long-term relationships with key stakeholders inside and outside the organization.
• Ability to successfully pass a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reference check, background investigation and drug screening.
• Ability to get along with other people and regularly communicate status of assignments.
Ability to work at least 40 hours per week; any shift as assigned, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Ability to work additional hours as workload demands. Hours are primarily 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.