Music Librarian

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Job Description

The University of Louisville seeks an energetic, service-oriented librarian who is skilled and interested in both technical and public services in an academic music library. Reporting to the Director of the Music Library, the two major areas of responsibility are: 1) overseeing the Music Library’s technical services department, which includes the areas of cataloging and digital initiatives, and 2) providing research assistance and instruction to Music Library patrons.


  • Establish, implement, and supervise the policies and procedures related to all music material processing and cataloging from receipt to the shelf. This includes original and copy cataloging, classification, physical processing, and preservation of music materials in all formats. Additionally, this position will assist with providing access to and expanding the library’s digital collections, which include the UofL School of Music recitals and concerts collection, the Ricasoli Collection of music manuscripts, various historic Louisville music collections, and many others.
  • Provide research assistance and instruction to library users using print, online, and other resources and assist with instruction-related web page development.
  • Work proactively with School of Music faculty to continuously develop, update, and expand the library’s research assistance and instruction program.
  • Participate in planning and implementation of Music Library goals and objectives, both short-term and long-term.
  • Actively participate in professional organizations such as the Music Library Association.
  • Provide support to other operational areas of the Music Library, including collection development and circulation, as needed.
  • Work within a team environment in support of the University Libraries’ strategic plan and user-centered goals.



  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution and an undergraduate degree in music or the equivalent
  • Music cataloging experience beyond classwork using standard tools such as RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification, MARC, OCLC, and MCB
  • Bibliographic knowledge of at least one foreign language (German, French, or Italian)
  • Detailed knowledge of music literature and music reference sources
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated potential to meet the University of Louisville Libraries’ promotion and tenure requirements


  • Graduate degree in music
  • Employment experience in an academic music library
  • 3-5 years music cataloging experience. Strong preference will be given to candidates with significant original music cataloging experience.
  • Teaching or academic library reference experience
  • Experience using an integrated library system, preferably OCLC Worldshare Management System
  • Experience working with rare, archival, or special collections
  • Working knowledge of digital preservation and access technologies
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and build strong relationships with colleagues, students, faculty, and researchers
  • Membership in professional organizations such as MLA


The University Libraries ( are members of the Association of Research Libraries. The Dwight Anderson Music Library is located in the School of Music building and houses the largest academic music collection in the state of Kentucky, including an archive of materials related to the Grawemeyer Award, as well as the Ricasoli Collection of 400 European manuscripts and editions from the 18th and early 19th centuries.

The University Of Louisville School Of Music (, a fully accredited member of NASM since 1932, is a member of the Kentucky state system of higher education and has over 340 students enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs (BA, BM, BME, MA, MM, MME). The School of Music enjoys relationships with the community’s leading music organizations, including the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Choral Arts Society, Louisville Chamber Music Society, and Louisville Ballet. The School is also home to the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, one of the most prestigious international prizes for composers.

The city of Louisville ( offers hospitality, warmth and smaller city advantages like shorter commutes and lower cost of living alongside major city amenities like world-class performing arts, great sports, incredible dining and a nationally-acclaimed parks system. Louisville has a vibrant music scene. From our renowned Louisville Orchestra to the many venues that feature blues, jazz, pop, bluegrass and theatre and performing arts, the city has something for every musical interest.


This is an entry-level position at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor. The minimum salary is $40,000. The initial rank and salary will depend upon experience, and is made at the discretion of the Dean of the University Libraries. The University Libraries offer a comprehensive benefits package and annual vacation of 22 working days. Library faculty appointments are twelve month, tenure-track positions. Promotion and tenure require demonstration of scholarship and other criteria.

How to Apply

Applications received by August 14, 2015 are given full consideration in the initial screening. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants must apply at Online App. Form: and attach a CV, letter of interest and the name, email address, and phone number of three references.

Please direct questions to:

James Procell
Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library
University of Louisville
2301 S. 3rd St.
Louisville, KY 40292
502.852.0528 or

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