Music & Arts Librarian

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Job Description

Deadline: Open until filled

Date Posted: April 23, 2018

Type: Non-tenure track

Salary: 50,000-70,000

Employment Type: Full-time

This year, the William and Mary Libraries saw a large number of retirements. We are excited for the opportunity to re-calibrate our organization and individual responsibilities to meet the intense demand for support for instruction, research, outreach, and digital scholarship across campus. We are seeking a Music and Arts Librarian to join our growing team who can bring a positive, creative, playful approach to problem solving, serving as an excellent colleague and partner in relationship building.

Reporting to the Head of Research, the Music and Arts Librarian will cultivate partnerships that help the libraries understand and respond to student and faculty informational needs. The position serves as liaison to the arts, including music, art and art history, and theater, speech, and dance, and is responsible for the overall operation of the Music Library.

The Music and Arts Librarian will have an exciting opportunity to develop and sustain appropriate services for a music branch library as it moves into a new building. The music library serves as a community center for the discipline and a makerspace for electronic music, as well as circulating equipment like synthesizers, sound equipment, video cameras, and portable record players. The librarian manages one library assistant and a team of student employees who provide public services in the branch library.

A critical aspect of this position requires that the librarian be a strong presence in the campus arts community, building and maintaining close relationships with faculty and students in order to meet their teaching, learning, research, and publication needs.   The Music and Arts Librarian will engage students in the learning process by providing instruction sessions, workshops, and online guides and tutorials. S/he will provide individual research assistance for students and faculty, including consultations, and participate in collection development.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to build expertise as part of William & Mary Libraries’ effort to advance scholarly communication and data management services; therefore, the successful candidate should have an interest in the extensive scholarly communications landscape, including digital humanities, copyright and related intellectual property issues,  open access platforms, open educational resources, and open data.

The librarian will work in a team environment in the W&M Libraries and must have willingness and interest in continual learning and development through work related experiences, training, and professional development.  The responsibilities will evolve as the library environment changes.

Librarians play a key role in the educational mission of William & Mary by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and connecting them to the services, content, and tools that meet their research, teaching, and learning needs.  They participate in Library-wide committees and in professional activities outside of W&M, and monitor developments and best practices in academic librarianship.

Salary is commensurate with experience, with a minimum of $50,000.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science (MLS) or library and information science (MLIS), conferred prior to appointment

  • Public service experience in a library

  • Experience in teaching and information literacy

  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to engage in outreach to build, enhance, and sustain partnerships with the campus community

  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion

  • Knowledge of musical terminology and music research practices

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience

  • Experience in an academic library supporting the arts

  • Ability to work in a collaborative, team environment

  • Academic degree in an arts or music discipline

  • We are committed to enhancing and promoting diversity and inclusion, and we welcome applications from individuals who have life experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations of the University.

William & Mary is one of America’s oldest and best universities. Located in beautiful, historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the university claims both Jon Stewart and Thomas Jefferson as alumni. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked us sixth among all public universities, and the Library itself was ranked 17th on the list of best college libraries in the country. Working at William and Mary Libraries offers the opportunity to make a positive impact in the educational experience of our small, smart, diverse student body and the chance to experiment with new technologies and projects.

The Libraries provide support for training and opportunities for campus-wide engagement. We are committed to enhancing and promoting diversity and inclusion, and we welcome applications from individuals who have life experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations of the University.

The College is committed to offering its employees an attractive program of benefits that fosters well-being by acknowledging and supporting the need for balance in the work, family and personal lives of employees which, in turn, enables and sustains a productive workplace. Librarians are 12-month professional faculty.  To view benefits available, please go to

Living in Williamsburg offers residents multiple opportunities to explore and experience U.S. history, to visit riverfront beaches and restaurants, to play at major tourist attractions, and to invest time in personal pursuits, such as music, art, museums, shopping, food and wine/beer, hiking/bicycling, nature, sports and water sports, festivals,  and more. Williamsburg feels like a small college and tourist town and is within an hour radius of larger cities such as Richmond and Virginia Beach.

How to Apply

This position is open until filled, with preference given to those applications received by May 18, 2018.  Candidates may submit a cover letter, resume, statement related to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three professional references at:

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