Music Technical Services Librarian

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Job Description

Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, established as a branch library in
1953, is one of fifteen libraries that comprise the Penn Libraries.
Located in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, the Music Library holds
over 120,000 volumes of books, printed music, periodicals, and
microforms. The Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center houses the
library’s collection of sound and video recordings, which includes over
42,000 compact discs and 2,000 DVDs. The staff includes the head music
librarian, the music technical services librarian, three library
specialists (bargaining-unit positions), and a .5 FTE assistant.

primary mission of the library is to serve the teaching and research
needs of the faculty and students of the Department of Music (currently
thirteen faculty and about forty graduate students), which offers
doctoral programs in historical musicology, music theory, composition,
and ethnomusicology. (Although the department supports the performance
of music by a number of large and small ensembles, it does not offer
degrees in music performance.) The library also supports the
music-related needs of other programs in the university, such as Cinema
Studies, Medieval Studies, and Anthropology.

The Rare Book and
Manuscript Library houses rare music along with several collections of
particular musical interest, including the papers of Marian Anderson,
Alma Mahler Werfel, Rudolf Serkin, the Savoy Company, and the American
Musicological Society, the Eugene Ormandy Archive, the Leopold Stokowski
Collection, and the archives of the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society.

Position Details
to the Head of the Music Library, the Music Technical Services
Librarian oversees the acquisition, cataloging, and shelf preparation
for scores, sound recordings, video recordings, and, in conjunction with
the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the cataloging of rare music
scores and manuscripts. Supervises one FTE bargaining-unit staff and
oversees the acquisitions and cataloging work of two FTE bargaining-unit
staff and the bindery processing work of a .5 FTE assistant. Provides
original and complex shared cataloging for scores, sound recordings,
video recordings, and rare printed music and music manuscripts in
various languages and formats. Participates as a metadata specialist in
digital library initiatives and the development of the Penn Libraries’
Digital Library Architecture. Assists in data management efforts through
metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance, and advises
researchers on the creation of metadata for music-related projects
outside the library. Develops and documents music cataloging procedures
and policies in keeping with current national standards and local
practice. Serves as the Music Library’s liaison to other
technical-services departments, and in that role works with other
librarians on the planning and management of projects and decision making
related to system-wide policies and procedures. As needed, provides
reference and other public service for the Music Library, assists with
the preparation of exhibits, and recommends materials for purchase.
Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or the equivalent in education and experience
  • Undergraduate degree in music
  • Broad knowledge of music repertory and its representation in print
  • Three to five years experience cataloging scores and sound
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards, including AACR2, LCRI, LCSH, LC classification, RDA, and MARC21
  • Familiarity with metadata schemas related to music materials
  • Demonstrated interest in technical services and music library issues on the regional, national, or international level
  • Knowledge of bibliographic and musical terminology in Western European languages, particularly German, French, and Italian
  • Supervisory experience and the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups in a large organization
  • Ability to plan, analyze, and solve problems creatively and
    flexibly, both independently and in groups, and to succeed in a complex, rapidly changing environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills


  • Advanced degree in music
  • Experience in an academic research library
  • Experience processing archival collections
  • Experience cataloging rare music materials
  • Experience managing cataloging and metadata projects and complex workflows
  • Interest and participation in national and regional groups related to music cataloging

How to Apply

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Open until filled.

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