Music Library Associate

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Job Description

EWU Libraries seeks a dynamic, creative and service-oriented colleague for the position of Music Librarian Associate. We seek an innovative and user-oriented candidate who is comfortable in a changing environment and who is energized by a collaborative work environment with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. This position is budgeted for a two-year period (with the possibility of renewal, funding permitting).

Key Responsibilities

• Develops and implements EWU Libraries’ strategic plan for a 21st century music collection, in accordance with best practices, established guidelines, and consortia considerations.

• Serves as EWU Libraries’ music subject specialist and liaison to the students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Music. Builds relationships and collaborates with music faculty to integrate library materials into EWU’s research and curricular efforts.

• Provides general and music-specific research and reference services and information literacy instruction to EWU undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and members of the public.

• Performs collection development for music resources, including the selection of materials for monographs, scores, audiovisual materials, and electronic resources.

• Engages in collection management and assessment, including weeding (with particular emphasis on LP’s), gift evaluation, and collection use.

• Engages in and advances online project work including the creation and updating of web content (e.g., user guides, training materials) related to services and collections; engages in other administrative projects and duties as assigned.

• Assists with basic and complex copy cataloging (based on RDA, AACR2, LC-PCC-PSs, LCRIs, LCSH, and MARC and using the Alma library management system and OCLC’s Connexion client) of new acquisitions, gifts and existing materials. These materials generally include scores, sound recordings, books, serials, and other physical media and may also include electronic resources as necessary. Upgrade cataloging and classification where appropriate for currently held materials.

• Engages with EWU music faculty in their research interests.

• Advises on music related issues regarding the EWU Libraries’ institutional repository, the EWU Digital Commons.

• Advances and supports the strategic plan and goals of the Libraries and the University. Collaborates with other subject librarians and Libraries’ staff and advances the work of the Libraries; participates in Libraries’ committees and communities of practice, and regularly attends Libraries’ meetings.

• Maintains knowledge currency in all facets of music librarianship”

Conditions of Employment

This is a 100% time faculty position with a work schedule involving 9 months per academic year.

Position is funded for two years, and may be extended depending on availability of renewal funding.

This Music Librarian Associate has the faculty rank of Lecturer.

Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  2. Minimum of 3 years of experience in some aspect of academic music librarianship; at least one of those years must be concurrent or post completion of the MLS/MLIS.
  3. Bachelor’s degree in music or a music-related field.
  4. Demonstrated reference and instructional skills in order to perform reference services and teach library and information literacy skills, including the development and delivery of instructional materials to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and staff.
  5. Knowledge of RDA, AACR2, LC-PCC-PSs, LCRIs, LCSH, and MARC.
  6. Familiarity with digital formats and issues related to born-digital content.
  7. Commitment to assessment and data-informed decision-making.
  8. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and other software.
  9. Candidate must demonstrate interest, ability, and/or experience promoting cultural competency and/or diversity.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. A master’s degree in music.
  2. Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages (German or French preferred).
  3. Successful supervisory experience.
  4. Experience writing and designing LibGuides.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, analytical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and interdependently in a collaborative, team environment.
  • Positive attitude and ability to foster a positive and productive work environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects, prioritize work, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to interact effectively in a multicultural environment with co-workers, library users, teaching faculty, and the wider campus community.

How to Apply

For full position announcement and application instructions, go to:

This position is open until filled.

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