Music Librarian and Coordinator of User Experience

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Job Description

Haverford College seeks to hire a full time (37.5 hours per week), exempt, benefit eligible Music Librarian and Coordinator of User Experience.


Job Description

As Music Librarian, serves in the Libraries as a member of the Research, Instruction and Outreach team  and supports achievement of the College’s educational goals. Has overall responsibility for planning, developing, managing, and evaluating the facilities, services, and resources of the Music Library, a branch of the Haverford College Libraries.  Supervises a team of student liaisons and assistants, approximately 2 FTE.

As Coordinator of User Experience, oversees the overall library user experience, in person and online. In collaboration with team members, improves, creates and facilitates models that enhance a range of services, including materials discovery, circulation, peer-to- peer engagement and other relevant programming.  Manages directly 2 FTE and indirectly an additional 2 FTE and several student assistants.

Other responsibilities include: providing research, instruction and outreach services to the Music Department; collaborating with staff across the College to explore and implement information and instructional technologies; continually assessing and improving library service including our web presence; working with counterparts in the Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Libraries in a well-developed consortial partnership.


Major Primary Responsibilities:

  • Administers the departmental Music Library. Operations include course reserves, circulation, stack maintenance, equipment troubleshooting, etc.
  • Oversees and supports service staff in delivering an excellent user experience, physically and digitally, and assesses and improves relevant service areas.
  • Leads assessment initiatives of the Libraries’ user experience team including working with Communications to ensure the Libraries’ web presence is meeting constituents’ needs.


 Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Hires, trains, and supervises student assistants in the Music Library.
  • Serves as library liaison to the Music department by developing close working relationships with faculty and students. Provides a full range of reference and instructional services including research assistance and instruction both in and out of the classroom.
  • Develops, maintains and catalogs music collection materials in all formats. Coordinates collection development in these areas with colleagues at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore College.
  • Develops and maintains familiarity with a wide range of music genres and a general background in musicology, music theory, composition, and performance as well as trends in music librarianship.
  • In conjunction with other staff, explores and implements information access and instructional technologies, especially those related to digital media and collections.
  • Contributes to cooperative projects of the Tri-College Consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges) through membership on working groups or committees.
  • Collaborates on assessment initiatives for the Libraries.
  • Directs the gathering of user feedback, requirements, and UX research using various input models and methods, and makes recommendations and changes informed by that input.
  • Helps shape an organizational culture that supports user-focused service and UX design.
  • Stays informed of trends related to user-centered design and usability in libraries and library technologies.
  • Supports an inclusive community of faculty, students and staff and supervises a diversity of colleagues.


Line of Report: Reports to the Librarian of the College. This position supervises the

Access Services and Building Coordinator, Interlibrary Loan Specialist, Student liaisons and assistants.


Education, Training, & Experience:

Education: An ALA-accredited master’s degree, or equivalent in training and experience is required. Undergraduate degree in the Humanities is required.


Work Experience required: Three years experience is required. Proven experience in delivering, assessing, and improving a variety of library services focused on the end-user.  Strong experience with Research, instruction, and outreach services.

Work Experience desired: Experience working in an academic or research library; library collection development; knowledge of information technology in higher education, such as audio and video streaming technologies, online visual resources, or course management system. Knowledge of  web-page development and in the use of web-authoring tools. Capacity to catalog music texts presented in modern European languages desired. Supervisory experience is highly desired.

Other requirements: Excellent interpersonal and teaching skills, judgment, and initiative; the ability to work energetically and collegially with all constituencies of the academic community; excellent oral and written English-language communication skills; problem solving skills and enthusiasm for exploring new ground; the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team; and the ability to maintain a flexible schedule.


Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions Required of this Position

  • Lifting (to exert strength to move objects from one place to another):
    • Sedentary Lifting: (0-10 pounds) Six to eight hours
    • Light Lifting (10-20 pounds): Up tothree hours
    • Moderate Lifting (20-50 pounds): Never
    • Heavy Lifting (50 to 100 pounds): Never
  • Pulling (to exert force upon an abject to move or change its direction: Up to three hours
  • Pushing (to draw an object toward oneself to move or change its direction): Up to three hours
  • Carrying (to hold objects while moving entire body): Up to three hours
  • Reaching or working above shoulder (to extend arms upward or outward away from body): Up to three hours
  • Walking (to move entire body in erect position): Up to three hours
  • Standing (to maintain body in erect posture in stationary position): Up to three hours
  • Sitting (to rest weight on buttocks and back of thighs with legs bent at knees): Six to eight hours
  • Crouching/Stooping (to bend upper body forward while fully flexing knees): Never
  • Kneeling (to maintain upper body in erect position while resting knees on ground): Up to three hours
  • Climbing (to ascend or descent heights using ladders, scaffolding, stairs, poles, inclined surfaces): Never
  • Twisting (to rotate upper body while feet remain stationary): Never
  • Driving (operating a motor vehicle, crane, tractor, forklift, etc.): Never
  • Exposure Limitation (i.e., cold water, dust, gas, fumes, extreme temperatures): Up to three hours

How to Apply

Interested applicants should visit—Web-Coordinator_R174 to complete an application, to include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) references. Please note that failure to provide the required documents may result in lack of consideration. The application deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019.

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