Music and Performing Arts Reference Librarian

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Job Description

The University of Denver Libraries is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative professional for the position of Music and Performing Arts Reference Librarian. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services.

The Music and Performing Arts Reference Librarian administers the day-to-day operations and management of staff at the Bonfils Stanton Music Library at the Lamont School of Music. This position is the point person for reference and instruction services to students, faculty, and other members of the University community at the branch library. Participating fully as part of the reference and collection development teams, the person in this position also serves as the liaison to select performing arts disciplines, including theatre, with responsibility for the provision of research services, instruction, and collection development in those areas. As a member of the reference team, the librarian will be scheduled to provide in-depth consultations for topics across the disciplines, teach information literacy workshops in assigned disciplines, and participate in instructional programming for first-year foundational courses. This position is responsible for building collections to meet the research and curricular needs of students and faculty in music and theatre, and for managing the collections budgets in the areas assigned. This position is also responsible for selecting materials and advocating for the use of performing arts and dance special collections and participating in the Friends of Carson-Brierly-Giffin Dance Board. The librarian actively engages in scholarly activities through research and publication and participates in professional organizations, as well as library and campus committees. Finally, the librarian intentionally integrates diversity and inclusiveness into all aspects of the library. The Music and Performing Arts Reference Librarian may also serve on committees and teach courses in the Lamont School of Music, with the appropriate qualifications. This position also supervises several staff members.

The University of Denver Libraries (, comprised of the Main Library at the Anderson Academic Commons and the Bonfils Stanton Music Library in the Lamont School of Music, is a highly collaborative, team-based organization that serves a diverse population, ranging from our students, staff, and faculty to public and other academic patrons from the surrounding region. Opened on March 25, 2013, the Academic Commons is the campus centerpiece for collaborative, technology-infused teaching, learning and engagement. The University of Denver Libraries is central to discovery and creative interaction among students and faculty and strives to provide collections, services, personnel, and systems that support the teaching and research programs of the University. 

GENERAL INFORMATION: The University of Denver (DU), the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region, enrolls over 11,000 students in its undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Denver as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive. The University is located in a residential neighborhood of Denver, a vibrant and diverse city offering an array of cultural attractions and recreational activities in the nearby mountains. For more information about the library and the University of Denver visit:  

Required Experience
  • ALA accredited masters degree in Library and Information Science
  • Academic degree or concentration in music
  • Familiarity with music and performing arts reference sources and tools. 
  • Ability to supervise staff and manage the day-to-day operations of a small branch library. At least one year of supervisory experience is required. 
  • Ability to actively engage and work in a team environment. 
  • Flexible and adaptable reference skills to handle a variety of reference activities and hour-long research consultations at a busy Research Center. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to build strong connections with liaison departments in order to provide effective research instructional programs and relevant collections. 
  • Demonstrated capability to actively engage in professional development and scholarly activities through research, publication, and service to professional organizations. 
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, organizational, analytical, and communication skills. 
  • The ability to work independently, effectively, and confidentially, using tact and excellent judgment.

Preferred Experience:

  • Advanced degree in music
  • Experience in an academic or special library
  • Experience/knowledge of music and performing arts information/reference services
  • Experience/knowledge of music cataloging 
  • Experience managing a branch library and/or supervising staff. 2 years of supervisory/management experience is preferred 
  • Ability to analyze collections data using Excel or similar tools 
  • Experience teaching for-credit graduate classes

How to Apply

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Applications received by October 15, 2014 will receive first consideration. If you have questions regarding this position please contact the Search Committee Chair: Chris Brown,

A direct link to the job posting and application site can be found here:

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