Research Librarian for the Performing Arts

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Job Description

Duties and

the area of collection development, the Research Librarian for Performing Arts
will be responsible for the selection, assessment, and management of
collections and resources in music, dance, and drama.  Depending on the profile of the successful
candidate, the position may also assume responsibility for collection
development in one or more of the following languages:  German; Spanish and Portuguese; French and Italian.
 The incumbent will serve as liaison to
the faculty and students in these subject areas to ensure that their
information needs are being met, as well as to promote the Libraries’ services
and resources. The incumbent will also explore how the Libraries can assist
faculty with digital arts projects and research. The incumbent will be
responsible for monitoring budgets and making collections decisions that
support the teaching and research needs of the University of California, Irvine.  As a member of the Collection Development
Department, the incumbent may take a lead role in various library-wide
collection development projects and initiatives.

The Research Librarian for Performing Arts will provide
specialized reference and research consultations in music, dance, and
drama.  The Research Librarian will also
maintain sufficient knowledge to provide effective general reference assistance
in a variety of modes including in-person, telephone, and digital reference.  Occasional weekend and evening shifts may be required.  The incumbent will provide subject-based
instruction and develop and update subject guides in support of research in
music, dance, and drama and will also participate in the Libraries’ instruction
program for students enrolled in lower-division writing courses and other
information literacy initiatives.  





  • Graduate
    degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an
    equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Educational
    background in music, dance, or drama or experience providing reference,
    instruction and/or collection development in the performing arts.
  • Strong
    interest in instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library
    services and resources.
  • Commitment
    to user-centered library services.
  • Strong
    understanding of the key issues and trends in instruction, collection
    development, research, and reference in the subject areas of music, dance,
    and drama.
  • Excellent
    interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability
    to work effectively in a team and in a dynamically changing environment.
  • Ability
    to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability
    to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and



  • Strong
    understanding of the key issues and trends in the design and delivery of
    library services in support of the academic mission of the university.
  • Reading
    knowledge of German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Italian
  • Experience
    managing or leading projects.
  • Knowledge
    of scholarly communication issues and trends within the performing arts
  • Understanding
    of publishing trends and issues in the field of music.
  • Interest
    in assisting faculty with digital arts projects and research.

Deadline for

received by November 18, 2013 will
receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted
until the position is filled. 


How to Apply

Electronic applications are preferred.  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their application materials including: cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference’s professional relationship to the applicant, to:   E-mail: Library Human Resources UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557 Irvine, CA 92623-9557 Confidential fax:  (949) 824-3270  

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

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