Outreach and Digital Learning Librarian

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Job Description

The Outreach and Digital Learning Librarian will promote the music library’s collections, digital resources, and services through outreach, instructional programs, the web, and social media.  This position is also responsible for providing reference services and coordinating the library’s information literacy program by developing and delivering innovative activities that foster student learning with a focus on undergraduate education.


Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as America’s first academy of music. Today, through its degree-granting Conservatory and its community-based Preparatory school of music and dance, Peabody trains musicians and dancers of every age and at every level. Under the leadership of Dean Fred Bronstein, the Institute – which has been a part of the renowned Johns Hopkins University since the late 1970s – has entered a stimulating period of growth, focused on excellence, innovation, interdisciplinary and community engagement.  Peabody is rapidly becoming a leader in adapting to the changes in the American and international classical music landscape for the 21st century. 

The Arthur Friedheim Library houses one of the largest and oldest music collections in the country, and serves the faculty, staff, and students of the two divisions of the Peabody Institute (the Conservatory and the Preparatory) and the broader Johns Hopkins University community, as well as the general public. Holdings include over 180,000 books, scores, periodicals, and manuscripts; 60,000 sound recordings in all formats; 4,000 DVDs and videos; microform; and over 6,000 linear feet of archival and special collections. The Friedheim Library also houses the Filby Rare Book Room and the Peabody Archives, which documents the Institute’s history as well as the cultural development of Baltimore and the State of Maryland from the mid nineteenth century to the present.

Outreach & Promotion

  • Maintains the music library’s web site and LibGuides pages in coordination with other music library staff; manipulates, uploads, and revises data, files, and images.
  • Promotes the library’s collections, resources, and services through social media posts to Facebook, Twitter, and the library’s blog.
  • Works with archivist to post online finding aids and new digital collections, and to design and prepare displays and online exhibits.
  • Participates in academic fairs, orientation, and other campus events; conducts tours, class and public presentations, and other outreach activities. 


  • Develops and presents in-classroom course-related instruction on the library’s databases, streaming resources, and digital collections.
  • Assists faculty and students with developing and accessing course lists in the library’s streaming resources.
  • Creates and distributes digital instructional materials and research guides.
  • Assists faculty and circulation manager with creation of digital reserves (both print and audio/video).
  • Collaborates and consults with instructional technologists, faculty, and media specialists to provide ongoing support for student learning and the integration of digital library resources and services into the course management system, Blackboard.
  • Serves as advisor on fair use and copyright compliance.
  • Provides training to library staff and the campus community on new online learning technologies.
  • Evaluates and adapts the library’s instructional programs, services, resources, and products to changing technologies and user needs. 

Information Literacy

  • Coordinates information literacy program by developing online tutorials and workshops that promote general and course-specific goals.
  • Actively engages with faculty and instructors as partners in programmatic integration of information literacy concepts and skills into the undergraduate curricula.
  • Investigates innovative approaches to improving student learning.


  • Provides a high level of customer service and technical assistance to novice and experienced users of the library’s collections, equipment, and facilities. 
  • Deploys in-person, phone, mail, and virtual (chat, e-mail, web) reference services.
  • Collects statistics and usage metrics and conducts user surveys for use in reporting and evaluation of staffing and services.


  • Contributes to the training and supervision of 25-30 student assistants.
  • Serves as the music library’s representative on the Research Interface Interest Group and other University-wide library groups as assigned.
  • Is active professionally, contributes to the field, and pursues appropriate professional development activities to stay informed of best practices, new trends, and innovative technologies.
  • Assists at circulation desks as necessary.



Required Education, Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in music.
  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science.
  • Two years of relevant experience working in an academic music library.
  • Experience with streaming media resources for music.
  • Excellent computer skills, with proficiency in a Windows environment and with MS Office applications.
  • Experience with HTML and XML. 
  • Familiarity with the course management system, Blackboard, and other online instruction tools.
  • Understanding of copyright issues and best practices for digital reserves.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, manage time wisely, and manage projects collaboratively.
  • Experience with developing and delivering in-person library instruction and reference services in an academic library setting.
  • Knowledge of major music reference sources.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds.
  • Ability to use machinery and equipment while standing. 

Preferred Education, Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Advanced degree in Music.
  • Familiarity with platforms used to host digital collections or digital exhibits (e.g., Omeka, CONTENTdm) and institutional repositories (e.g., Fedora).
  • Knowledge of one or more Western European languages, preferably German.

How to Apply

To apply please go to the Johns Hopkins employment website: job # 308267


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