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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

[LIBJOBS] Music and Special Projects Librarian-Ohio University-Alden Library

The Ohio University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Music and Special Projects Librarian. We seek an innovative and user-oriented candidate who is comfortable in a changing environment and who is energized by a collaborative work environment with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.  Reporting to the Head of Arts and Archives, the Music and Special Projects Librarian is the Ohio University Libraries subject specialist for music, headquartered at the Music and Dance Library in Glidden Hall. 

Specifically, the Music and Special Projects Librarian:

·         Serves as the Libraries’ music subject specialist and liaison to the students, faculty, and staff in the School of Music.  Builds relationships and collaborates with faculty to integrate library materials into Ohio University’s research and curricular efforts.  Provides research and reference services and information literacy instruction in the field of music to Ohio University undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. 

·         Performs collection development for music resources, including the selection of materials and oversight of funds for monographs, scores, audiovisual materials, and electronic resources.  Engages in collection management and assessment, including the review and analysis of approval plans and collection use.

·         Engages in and advances online project work including the creation and updating of web content related to services and collections, engages in other administrative projects and duties as assigned.

·         Supervises 1 FTE classified staff member at the Music and Dance Library.  In collaboration with the Music and Dance Library classified staff member, opens, staffs, and manages the Music and Dance Library and its service desk and space.  Assesses the effectiveness of the Music and Dance Library services and fosters change as appropriate.

·         Advances and supports the strategic plan and goals of the Libraries and the University.  Collaborates with other subject librarians and Libraries’ staff and advances the work of the Libraries; participates in Libraries’ committees and communities of practice, and regularly attends Libraries’ meetings.

·         Engages in regular professional development through research, publications, presentations, and participation in regional and national associations as part of the continuing commitment to bring best practices and innovative services to the Ohio University Libraries.


Minimum Qualifications


·         A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution at point of hire.

·         A bachelor’s degree in music or a music-related field.

·         Experience in an academic library.

·         Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, analytical, critical thinking, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.

·         Reference and instructional skills in order to perform reference services and teach library and information literacy skills, including the development and delivery of instructional materials to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and staff.

·         Knowledge of collection development practices, including fund management

·         Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects, prioritize work, and meet deadlines.

·         Ability to work independently and interdependently in a collaborative, team environment.

·         Supervisory skills.

·         Commitment to assessment and data-informed decision-making.

·         Positive attitude and ability to foster a positive and productive work environment.


Preferred Qualifications


·         A master’s degree in music.

·         Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages.

·         Successful supervisory experience.


Ohio University Libraries takes pride in providing outstanding service to all its clientele.  University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and a founding member of OhioLINK. The Libraries’ facilities include the Vernon R. Alden Library, the Music and Dance Library and the Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository.  With over 3,300,000 volumes, 2,000,000+ e-books and 55,000 e-journals, OHIO has one of the largest academic libraries in North America.  During the 2012/2013 academic year, the Libraries received nearly 2,000,000 visits, 5,000,000+ database and catalog searches, and close to 12,000 virtual reference transactions.

The Music and Dance Library is located in Robert Glidden Hall.  The physical collection includes over 66,000 monographs and scores, 22,000 compact discs, and 2,200 videos.  The Music and Dance Library has public seating to accommodate 70 people at study tables, plus 22 public computer workstations.  The Music and Dance Library is staffed by 2 FTE (of which this position is one) and student workers.

Ohio University is a comprehensive, state-assisted institution that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research Universities (high research activity) institution.   Ohio University, located in the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, shares the City of Athens, a culturally-rich sustainable community 75 miles southeast of Columbus and 156 miles east of Cincinnati. There are 21,000 students enrolled on the Athens campus, more than 10,000 students on the five regional campuses and 4,000 eLearning students. The University offers a diverse, dynamic and collegial atmosphere to all its students, faculty and staff.

Salary & Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package, including 22 days annual vacation, generous insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement.

Review of applications begins immediately; however applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. For full consideration, apply by March 29, 2015.  Position available immediately.  Please apply online at; a complete application contains a CV or resume, cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position, and a list of three professional references including email and phone contact information.

Ohio University is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of OHIO’s campus are especially encouraged to apply.


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