Music Library Specialist

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Job Description

This is a limited term three-year position responsible for utilizing specialized knowledge in music and library science to assist the Hesburgh Libraries in transitioning its existing music collection to a new branch library as part of the Campus Crossroads project. The Music Library Specialist will collaborate with the Music Librarian, the Resource Acquisitions and Discovery (RAD) program, and the Teaching, Research, and User Services (TRU) program to fulfill a number of critical tasks involved in establishing a new branch library as well as moving the existing collection. The Music Library Specialist will assist in establishing guidelines, procedures, and a service model for the new branch. In addition, the Music Library Specialist will conduct a thorough review of the existing collection and either provide instruction to staff and students on necessary actions or carry them out independently, depending on the complexity of the task. The Music Library Specialist will carry out complex copy and original cataloging on music materials and assist with teaching and reference support to music faculty and students as needed.

Music Library Specialist duties include:

  • Plan and coordinate various stages to transition the music collection to a new branch library by working closely with library project managers and unit heads. Identify and anticipate future needs, such as reports, staffing, equipment, and coordination of activities to ensure project is on target and deadlines are met. Along with Music Librarian, act as contact point for questions regarding the project. Lead or participate in all meetings involving the project.
  • Maintain and enhance the library online catalog for all music materials: Create and/or modify catalog holdings and item records for all music materials in both print and electronic formats. Decide appropriate actions and apply national standards for bibliographic and holdings records as well as applying or establishing local policies and procedures. Recognize and resolve inaccuracies in bibliographic, holdings, and item information.
  • Contribute to cataloging activities that might include, but are not limited to: complex copy and original cataloging of monographic and serial titles of music scores, books, sound recordings, and electronic resources. Understands the particulars of music cataloging and follows guidelines set forth by the Music Library Association.
  • Assist the Music Librarian with providing reference and instruction services to faculty and students utilizing the library’s music collection.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Music and 1-2 years experience working in an academic music library; knowledge of MARC21, AACR2, and RDA cataloging standards; knowledge of Library of Congress classification for music; knowledge of music history and literature as well as standard research tools; familiarity with at least one integrated library system; excellent organizational, planning, communication, and analytical skills

Preferred Qualifications

Masters degree in Library Science or Music; experience managing student employees; working knowledge of German; experience with complex copy and original cataloging of music materials

How to Apply

This vacancy closes on August 2, 2016.

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