Visiting Music and Performing Arts Librarian/Visiting Assistant Professor

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Job Description

Position Available:  The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 100%-time, twelve-month, limited term visiting faculty appointment. The position may become permanent at a later date.


The Visiting Music and Performing Arts Librarian is responsible for the coordination of all public service functions in the Music and Performing Arts Library (MPAL), as well as holding collection development and web management responsibilities. This position reports to the Interim Head of the Music and Performing Arts Library and participates in shared planning and decision making for MPAL.

As Visiting Music and Performing Arts Librarian, the duties and responsibilities of the successful candidate include:

  • Coordinates and participates in reference services for MPAL;
  • Conducts training for staff and graduate assistants regarding reference tools and services;
  • Coordinates, creates, and delivers instructional and outreach sessions and materials (e.g., LibGuides) for relevant departments and programs, including overseeing creation of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (KCPA) guides;
  • Oversees MPAL’s technology loan program and seeks opportunities to meet emerging patron needs with other new services;
  • Creates and maintains the MPAL website and social media accounts ;
  • Participates in collection development and acquisition activities;
  • Shares in oversight of graduate assistant project work;
  • Builds and maintains relationships with other Library departments (e.g., Reference and Information Services and Scholarly Commons) and others on campus (e.g., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts);
  • Contributes to the University Library by serving as a member of committees, including, but not limited to, the Arts and Humanities Division;
  • Contributes to the national and international reputation of the University Library through research and service via collaboration with appropriate colleagues and organizations.



  • ALA-accredited Masters of library and information science or an equivalent degree;
  • Undergraduate degree in music or equivalent experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively with others in a team environment.


  • Advanced degree in music;
  • Experience working in a music or performing arts library;
  • Knowledge of resources, research methods, and tools for the study of theater and dance;
  • Knowledge of the study of music outside the Western classical tradition;
  • Knowledge of one or more languages besides English;
  • Experience in public service and/or instruction;
  • Experience or familiarity using social media tools for engagement and outreach.

The Music and Performing Arts Library at the University is a busy branch library located in the School of Music Building and houses more than 500,000 items in its circulating and special collections. Currently staffed by two librarians, five staff, three graduate assistants, and several students, it serves the School of Music and the Departments of Dance and Theatre, the broader University and local communities, and national and international scholars. Our collections are rich in Western classical music, popular music, and traditional and popular world musics, as well as in contemporary dance and theatre.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library is a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services help the Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world, encompassing more than 13 million volumes and a total of more than 23 million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs possible, and to engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice – all of which support the University’s missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see:

Campus & Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: or

Salary and Rank:  Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

How to Apply

To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload your letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please contact Library Human Resources at 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 31, 2016. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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