Western Michigan University (WMU) seeks a creative and service-oriented
Performing Arts Librarian to lead and administer the Maybee Music and
Dance Branch Library. This librarian must possess the knowledge and
expertise necessary to manage collections and deliver services and
resources appropriate to WMU’s Carnegie classification as a “research
university with high research activity.” Playing a key role in the
mission of WMU, this individual must employ collaborative approaches in
the development of information literacy services and programs, and help
promote a climate of scholarly research and inquiry.
Full-time twelve-month fiscal year tenure-track appointment. Faculty rank, status, privileges, and responsibilities.
- Provides vision and direction for the Music and Dance Library.
supervises staff (one full-time library coordinator) and operations in
the branch library.
- Serves as the primary liaison between University Libraries and the
School of Music, the Department of Dance, and the Department of
- Provides specialized reference and research consultations in music, dance, and theatre.
- Designs and implements strategic and pedagogically appropriate instruction for the classroom and online.
- Develops customized discipline and course-integrated research and resource guides.
- Contributes to the development and management of collections that
support learning and discovery in music, dance, and theatre.
- Engages in ongoing assessment of library resources and services to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.
- Builds and maintains strong collaborative relationships with students and faculty.
- Equips others to assist WMU users with recurring performing arts-related information needs.
- Demonstrates proficiency with current technologies and relevant
information tools, and the ability to stay current with emerging trends.
- Degree from ALA-accredited program in library and information science.
- Undergraduate degree in music.
- 3+ years’ experience in academic library.
- Evidence of progressively responsible administrative experience.
- Library reference experience and demonstrated knowledge of resources in music, dance, and theatre.
- Evidence of providing user-centered library services.
- Ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies.
- Experience in library instruction or other teaching in classroom or course-management systems.
- Ability to work independently, creatively, and collegially with
administrators, faculty, and staff and within the local arts community.
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
- Commitment to professional development and the ability to meet the
research, teaching, service, and professional competency requirements
for tenure and promotion advancement.
- Advanced degree in music or degree in another performing arts discipline.
- Evidence of progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic library.
- Working knowledge of French, German, or Italian.
- Demonstrated understanding of scholarly communications trends and issues within the performing arts disciplines.
- Interest and ability to assist faculty with digital scholarship projects and research.
Application should be received by April 25, 2014. Review will continue
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