Music and Fine Arts Librarian

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Job Description

To partner with faculty, staff, and students to advance teaching, learning, and research in music and the fine arts; to teach in the LITS (Library and Information Technology Services) program of course-integrated instruction in information/digital literacy and research practices; to oversee the daily operations of the Halvorson Music Library; and to provide support for multimedia projects in the Halvorson Music Library and the Digital Scholarship Center at St. Olaf (DiSCO). This position broadly supports the college curriculum and the work of the St. Olaf-Carleton Bridge Library Consortium; provides research services and guides library users in identifying, retrieving, evaluating, and creating information in all formats; and contributes to overall student success.

1.  Provide research, information literacy, and liaison services – 40% of time
Provide research and information literacy services for students and faculty in the Music Department and Fine Arts Division
Partner with faculty and academic staff to plan and deliver course-integrated instruction in information/digital literacy and research practices
Create educational materials, deliver workshops, and organize events to support teaching and learning
Serve as the liaison to academic departments and programs in the Fine Arts Division

2.  Participate in developing and managing libraries collections – 15% of time
Collaborate with library staff and faculty to develop, maintain, and promote the use of collections to meet the needs of the Music Department, the Fine Arts Division, and the college curriculum
Coordinate with the library management team and other college offices to cultivate donors and secure materials to enrich library collections

3.  Deliver research assistance to library patrons – 15% of time
Hire, train and supervise student employees
Provide research support and answer patron questions at the research desks in the Music Library, Rolvaag Library, and online
Create student work schedule and approve timecards
Provide research consultations with faculty and students

4.  Oversee the daily operations of the Halvorson Music Library – 15% of time
Develop and oversee facility upgrades to meet users’ evolving needs, in consultation with students, faculty, and the Chief Information Officer
Collect and analyze data on space and equipment usage to inform decision-making
Maintain the Music Library physical site including submitting facilities work orders and communicating with public safety regarding hours of operation and other security issues
Work with the library management team to determine appropriate staffing levels, hours, training, student hours, etc.
Participate in Music Library staff reviews and individual development plans

5.  Support scholarly communication, multimedia projects, and other special projects as needed – 10% of time
Assist faculty, staff, and students with questions pertaining to copyright, intellectual property, fair use, rights management, and licensing
Support digital humanities, multimedia projects, and digital collections in the Music Department, the Fine Arts Division, and other disciplines when appropriate
Support faculty in designing multimedia assignments and students in completing multimedia assignments

6.  Perform other library duties as assigned – 5% of time
Work collaboratively and in tandem with peers at Carleton College as a member of the Bridge Libraries Consortium
Serve on intercollegial teams, task forces, and working groups as projects and initiatives require
Participate in Bridge Libraries Consortium meetings and functions in order to provide access to joint library resources
Perform other duties and special projects as assigned
Attend meetings

Knowledge of musical instruments, music history, musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and music terminology
Knowledge of copyright issues pertaining to music and the arts, including issues of ownership, licensing, fair use, and digital rights management (DRM)
Knowledge of current and emerging practices in information literacy pedagogy
Knowledge of music notation software and playback equipment commonly used in music libraries
Knowledge of software and best practices in audio/music production
Knowledge of technology trends, standards, and issues in academic libraries and higher education
Knowledge of and willingness to learn a variety of relevant library and learning applications
Skill in academic research practices and standards
Ability to identify and evaluate items for the libraries’ collections that support the curriculum in the Music Department and the Fine Arts Division
Ability to design services and programs that support student success
Ability to think and teach creatively across disciplines
Ability to organize and manage complex projects
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to cultivate and sustain partnerships with faculty, staff, and students
Ability to be flexible in response to changing needs and priorities
Ability to learn and adapt to new technologies and software
Ability and willingness to support, respect and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values and points of view to build a strong and inclusive community including faculty, staff, students and constituents

We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf serves 3,000 students, ranks #1 among U.S. colleges for the number of students studying abroad, and celebrates carbon-free electrical power.  Its mission is to challenge students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.  The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities.

Education:  MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited program; Bachelor’s degree in Music or equivalent; maintain a valid driver’s license and meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria with a satisfactory driving record

Experience:  2+ years experience working in a library or teaching in an academic or fine arts institution

Education:  Additional academic background in art history, studio art, music, theater, or dance

Experience: 1+ year of professional experience working in a music or fine arts library; understanding of instructional technology applications in a liberal arts context

Prerequisite(s): Criminal Background Check, Meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria
Type of Position: Staff – Full-time Regular
FTE: 1.0
Months per Year Position Will Work: 12

Shift (Days/Hours): Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with occasional evening and weekend hours; travel up to 2% of the work schedule, which includes local (Twin Cities metro area) and national travel; overnight trips average 1-2 trips per year

Classification: Salaried

How to Apply

This position is open until filled. The complete job description is available at

Potential applicants with questions or who wish to discuss the position, may contact Jason Paul, Head of Research & Instruction, at or 507-786-3307.

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