Music Reference and Research Services Librarian

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Job Description

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library seeks an energetic, creative and skilled professional to be the Music Reference and Research Services Librarian. The Music Library is situated within the Music Department and part of a lively and collaborative community of practice.  The successful candidate will serve as liaison to the Music Department, coordinate research, teaching, and learning services and initiatives for the Music Library and collaborate with colleagues in the development and implementation of library programs, online learning tools, and services for the College, FAS, GSAS, and the University.  This position will work closely with library colleagues, including those in Services for Academic Programs and the User Experience Research Center, as well as faculty, students, and teaching fellows in order to integrate into the curriculum opportunities for students to discover, evaluate, organize, synthesize and ethically use a wide range of musical resources in multiple formats. S/he participates in ongoing assessment and support for pedagogical experimentation, knowledge sharing, and innovation, and supports virtual and in-person reference services, outreach and library learning programs. 


  • Coordinates the Music Library’s research, reference, teaching and outreach programs and services, collaborating with other specialists in the Loeb Music Library and across Harvard College
  • Actively engages with faculty, instructors, and other librarians as partners in programmatic integration of information literacy concepts and skills into the undergraduate and graduate curricula
  • Provides in-person, phone, mail, and online reference services
  • Maintains current awareness of developing trends and investigates and adopts new findings and innovations in:

o   teaching and learning program development, assessment, pedagogical methods, learning materials, technologies that support and advance teaching and learning in the academic environment.

o   trends in publication and the dissemination of knowledge in the disciplines

  • Evaluates and assesses instructional programs, services, resources with a focus on user needs and student learning
  • Participates in college and university programs, as well as library task groups and committees
  • As a contributor to Music Library management, helps to advance a common vision through effective planning, clear direction, prioritization and follow-through, and mutual understanding through effective communications.


Supervises one professional staff member, the Music Reference and Digital Programs Librarian. May supervise student employees.


  • M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited program required; bachelor’s degree in Music required
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience providing and/or coordinating music reference services
  • Experience providing library instruction and/or with information literacy programs in a research library setting
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated project management experience         


  • Advanced degree in Music desirable
  • Proficiency in at least one modern language beyond English
  • Ability to work collaboratively and participate in a team environment
  • Knowledge of best practices and current methods in pedagogy and reference services
  • Understanding of established and emerging technologies for musical instruction and research
  • Evidence of creativity, and imaginative approaches to work
  • Knowledge of ethnomusicology is desirable; knowledge of popular music and jazz may be helpful
  • Familiarity with scholarly communication and intellectual property issues, especially as they relate to music and the performing arts
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to communicate on a high level and work effectively with faculty, staff, and users at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Evidence of a strong service orientation


Founded in 1638, Harvard has a rich legacy of libraries that continues into the 21st century. In total there are over 70 libraries at Harvard that comprise the Harvard library system, with combined holdings of over 16 million items. More than 11 million of those items are part of the collection of a centrally administered unit within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that is referred to as the Harvard College Library (HCL). It is comprised of Widener, Lamont, Birkhoff Mathematical, Cabot Science, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Fine Arts, Harvard-Yenching, Houghton, Loeb Music, Physics Research, and Tozzer libraries and the Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Map Collection, and the Harvard Theatre Collection.

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How to Apply

Position will remain posted until filled, however applications will be reviewed beginning Friday January 27, 2017. Applicants can review full announcement and apply for the position by visiting, click on “Administrative/Staff Jobs”, then “Search openings” and enter 41144BR in the Auto Req ID Field.

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