Music Librarian/Cataloger Consulting Projects

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Job Description

The Harvard Musical Association seeks a skilled music library professional to provide derived and original cataloging of books, scores and archival materials on OCLC, and to complete the accessioning of recent gifts.


  1. Degree in Library Science and a minimum of two years professional library experience. Supervised interns may be considered.
  2. Musical background and demonstrated experience with music research, characteristics of languages, and musical scores.
  3. Experience in OCLC cataloging(knowledge of RDA, AACR2R, LC classification, and MARC coding as interpreted by OCLC is required).


Principal responsibility involves three discrete cataloging projects:  Derived cataloging of approximately 75 items; original cataloging of approximately 200 scores; and original cataloging of perhaps 2,000 examples of HMA ephemera. NOTE:Catalog cards and shelf list cards must be created using HMA’s Cutter system, filed appropriately and the related books and scores shelved. Much of the OCLC work can be done offsite.

The hours and time frame for these finite projects can be arranged to suit.

The Association:

The Harvard Musical Association is a private charitable organization founded by Harvard University graduates in 1837 for the purpose of advancing musical culture and literacy, both at the College and in the city of Boston.  Among the Association’s most important major accomplishments in the middle of the nineteenth century are the creation of the country’s finest music library of that time, the first professional and public chamber music series, the erection of the great Boston Music Hall, and the formation of the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra which ultimately gave rise to the Boston Symphony.

Today, the Association’s library numbers 20,000 books and scores, one-third of which are not held in other libraries.  HMA’s concert rooms are available during weekdays without charge to musicians for practicing and to scholars for research.  The Association’s Marsh Room, the meeting place of The Apollo Club (the oldest male chorus in New England) and the venerable HMA Reading Orchestra, is also frequently a recital venue for area artists and performing groups.  The Harvard Musical Association maintains a longstanding tradition of commissioning new works, supporting local non-profit musical organizations, and giving prizes and awards to young performers. It is located on the web at

How to Apply

To apply, send resume and letter of interest to Anne C. Peters, Chair, Library Committee, via email at or mail to Harvard Musical Association, 57A Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02108.

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