Music Librarian for Digital and Audio Services

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Job Description

The UNT Libraries seeks an innovative leader with strong people skills to grow and maintain the digital and audio collections of the UNT Music Library ( The Music Librarian for Digital and Audio Services is responsible for overseeing digital and audio projects for the Music Library. Digital project responsibilities include identifying potential projects, project planning/design, and acting as the liaison to the Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit and the User Interfaces Unit. Audio duties consist of supervision of the Music Library’s sound and video collections, audio equipment, and Ozier Sound Recording Archive, including planning, digital reserves, selection of recordings, gift acquisitions of recordings, and reference. The Music Librarian for Digital and Audio Services serves on library and university committees and workgroups and is active in professional organizations. General responsibilities also include assisting in training and supervision of student assistants and graduate library assistants, staffing the Music Services Desk and Sandborn Music Reading Room as needed, and working with Music Special Collections Librarian on preservation and digitization decisions for print and audiovisual collections.


  • Supervises daily operations related to digital and audio services.
  • Trains and supervises graduate library assistants and student assistants working on digital and audiovisual projects.
  • Works with Sound Preservationist on projects related to the Sound Preservation Studio.
  • Oversees circulation policies and practices for audiovisual materials.
  • Maintains digital audio reserves.
  • Oversees maintenance of audiovisual stacks.
  • Assumes responsibility for collection development of audiovisual materials.
  • Works with User Interfaces Unit to maintain and update department web pages.
  • Plans/designs Music Library digitization projects in collaboration with Music Special Collections Librarian and the Digital Projects Unit.
  • Works with the unit head to establish priorities related to assigned areas.
  • Participates in conducting tours, class and public presentations, and other outreach activities.
  •  In consultation with unit head, assumes responsibility for strategic decisions regarding donations, including logistics and acquisition.
  • Working with Music Special Collections Librarian, coordinates Music Library’s outreach efforts through social media.
  • Works with the College of Music to archive and make available their audio and video recordings, including managing metadata creation and file processing activities.
  • Fosters positive relations with faculty, students and staff and promotes the University’s and Libraries’ commitment to diversity.
  • Performs consultation services, guest lectures, and serves on Library and University Committees as needed.
  • Is active professionally and contributes to the developments in the field.

Librarian rank will be determined by the Library Personnel Affairs Committee through review of the selected candidate’s education, experience, scholarly and professional involvement, and service. Complete information about Librarian rank can be found at

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit – and takes actions to prevent – discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in music; ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information sciences or an international equivalent.
Experience: Two years of relevant experience in a music library.
Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of discography and audio recording history.
Experience with audio archives principles and practices.
Knowledge of major issues related to digital preservation of audio materials.
Knowledge of major music reference sources.
Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, manage time wisely, and make quick effective decisions in a fast-paced environment.
Evidence of the ability to think creatively in the management of multiple projects that highlight the Music Library’s unique collections and provide outreach within the university, the community and nationally.
Excellent computer skills, with proficiency in a Windows environment and with MS Office applications.
Facility with audio-related software applications for editing and delivering content to users, as well as metadata creation schemas and workflows.
Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with faculty and staff. 

Preferred Qualifications

Education: Graduate degree in music.
Knowledge of one or more Western European foreign languages, preferably German.
Knowledge of copyright issues as related to sound recordings.
Demonstrated contribution to the profession with scholarly publications and/or presentations and through contributions to professional organizations.
Manual dexterity.
Ability to lift 60 pounds.
Ability to use machinery and equipment while standing. 

How to Apply

Review of applications begins Jan. 1, 2016. For full announcement and instructions on applying, go to:, and search for System Identification number 6001208.

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