Music Librarian

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Job Description

Mount Allison University invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Music Librarian. This is a ten-month sessional appointment beginning August 1, 2019, subject to budgetary approval.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Music Librarian is responsible for the management and operations of the Alfred Whitehead Music Library. These responsibilities include the delivery of reference services, information literacy instruction, collection development, music cataloguing, the supervision of one half-time staff assistant, and the shared training and supervision of student assistants. Working with the Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives’ team of librarians and staff, the Music Librarian also participates in the delivery of reference service at the Main Library and provides library instruction, collection development, and liaison services in other subject areas. In particular, the person in this position may liaise with emerging programs in visual and material culture, and museum studies. Librarians at Mount Allison engage in research, creative activity, and scholarship, and provide service to the University.

Qualifications and Requirements
Qualifications for this position include an MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library school, and an undergraduate degree in music or an equivalent music background. Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate degree in music. The ideal candidate will have prior work experience in an academic library (preferably working with music), and previous successful supervisory experience. The successful candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, a strong public service centred philosophy, and the ability to work well in a collegial environment. Prior experience with digitization projects or digital humanities will be considered an asset. Applicants are invited to indicate any other subject knowledge they may have.
This appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Librarian. Salary will be within the established range and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Mount Allison University, located in Sackville, NB, is a leader in providing quality liberal education to undergraduate students in arts, sciences, social sciences, fine arts, and music. Mount Allison’s intimate educational environment extends learning beyond the classroom, encouraging the growth of the whole person through a full range of experiences in the campus and community.

The Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives is committed to working with students and faculty in order to meet their academic and research needs. Mount Allison Libraries includes the Ralph Pickard Bell Library which is the main library, the Alfred Whitehead Music Library, and the University Archives. We invite you to look at our website for more information about the Libraries and about the University at

Mount Allison acknowledges, honours, and respects that the land named Sackville, NB is part of the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People who are the historic inhabitants, custodians, and dwellers on the land where our University is built and confirms its commitment to strengthening relationships with all Indigenous people.

Mount Allison is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage applications from members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual and gender identities. We seek candidates with qualifications and knowledge to contribute specifically to the further diversification of our campus community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority. Canadians and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship status in their application.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin April 12, 2019. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three referees should be sent to:

 Elizabeth Millar

Chair of the Search Committee

Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives

49 York Street

Sackville, NB E4L 1C6

Phone: (506) 364-2562

Fax: (506) 364-2617

Applications will be accepted in electronic form and should be e-mailed to Carol Wilson, Administrative Assistant, at

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