Music Cataloging Librarian

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Job Description

AVAILABLE:   June 1, 2016

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an experienced, flexible, and user-oriented individual for the position of Music Cataloging Librarian. This position directly supervises 1.0 FTE Music Cataloging Assistant and graduate assistants, and reports to the head of the Special Formats & Metadata Section of the Resource Description & Management Department (RDM).

RDM actively supports the teaching and research mission of the UNC-Chapel Hill University Libraries through metadata creation, analysis, and enrichment. The Music Cataloging Librarian manages the music cataloging unit within the Special Formats & Metadata Section, working closely with the Music Library and other technical services departments, providing original and complex copy cataloging of scores and sound recordings in multiple formats, managing other technical service processes for Music Library materials, participating in the NACO Music Project and BIBCO Music Funnel, and participating in special cataloging and catalog management projects as needed. This position’s supervisory responsibilities include hiring, training, and evaluating staff and possibly graduate students. The Music Cataloging Librarian will be expected to remain current with constantly evolving music cataloging rules, interpretations, and practices, and to participate in appropriate professional development, continuing education, and professional service.

REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or related advanced degree.
  • Undergraduate degree in music or related degree.
  • Music cataloging experience.
  • Supervisory, training, or project management experience.
  • Experience cataloging with RDA, AACR2, LC/PCCPS, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Classification, MARC 21, OCLC, and Music Library Association guidelines.
  • Experience with the principles of authority control, including the creation and use of authority records.
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more Western European languages.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong understanding of technical services and the special needs of music materials and their users.

PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced degree in music or related area.
  • Minimum two years of relevant professional experience.
  • Experience with the NACO and BIBCO components of the international Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC).
  • Familiarity with an integrated library system.
  • Ability to contribute to a culture of diversity in the Library and University. 

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC-Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is part of the University Libraries and is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.  University Library collections include over 7.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on May 5, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

How to Apply

Please visit: to complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume, and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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