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Assistant Professor, Head of Music Library - Department of Libraries (6385)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Jun. 6, 2023
Title Assistant Professor, Head of Music Library - Department of Libraries (6385)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Libraries
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music - General
The Northern Illinois University Libraries seeks applications from creative and dynamic individuals for the position of Head of the Music Library / Music Librarian. This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. As the Head of the Music Library (a branch library, located within the School of Music (SoM)), this position is responsible for the Music Library’s personnel management, daily operations and scheduling, programmatic planning, development of departmental policies and procedures, collection management, maintenance of departmental statistics and records, and provision of all services. This position requires an innovative service-oriented librarian who develops and delivers research services to the SoM and other programs as assigned in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Librarian works collaboratively with colleagues in the main library and other campus departments to develop physical and digital collections and provide access to resources that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and support new fields of inquiry. By building relationships with faculty, staff and students in the SoM, the Librarian identifies opportunities to promote and develop new library services in support of programs and initiatives.

The Music Collection supports programs in music history, music theory, music education, world music, and music performance. Its traditional strength has been in histories, criticism, and literature of Western music, and educational resources, while recently there has been a greater emphasis on collecting materials by and about marginalized groups, contemporary music, and sheet music. The Music Library houses a large vinyl collection representing a variety of genres, and the Kaltenbach-Sorensen collection of early jazz and swing records. The Music Librarian collaborates with the Rare Books and Special Collections department on collections such as the Raya Garbousova Collection, which holds manuscripts of significant cello works, and the Chicago Opera Archives (1880s-1900s).

The ideal candidate possesses skills and abilities to help transform instruction, outreach, reference, and collections and is creative in solving problems in a collaborative environment. The Librarian will also engage in community focused initiatives and activities, through collaborations with partners from campus units and programs.
Position Summary
Managerially responsible for training, development, evaluation and supervision of the music library. Responsible for the music library's personnel, programmatic planning, policies and procedures, scheduling, maintenance of departmental statistics and records, provision of services, written reports as requested, and management of available resources. Provides leadership for the development of respective departmental policies and procedures. Has responsibility for the Music Library's circulation, reference, library instruction, and collection development. Functions as the liaison between the University Libraries and the School of Music and maintains effective communication with colleagues, faculty, and students. Assumes special projects as assigned. Fulfills requirements of faculty status in areas of contributions to librarianship, scholarly activities, and service.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Public Services, the Music Librarian will:
  • Contribute to the development of distinctive, interdisciplinary, multi-format, and intersectional collections that serve the wide-ranging needs of students, artists, scholars, and researchers
  • Provide advanced reference and research consultations, maintain online research guides, offer library instruction, and may also have opportunities for involvement in outreach, instruction, and exhibits relating to archival and special collections and for participation in digital initiatives
  • Collaborate with other subject liaisons as appropriate to support students and faculty in interdisciplinary research and teaching
  • Contribute to overall reference, instruction and collection development for the Libraries
  • Catalog music scores and recordings
  • Engage in community focused programs and initiatives
  • Provide some evening and weekend service as needed
  • Develop a research agenda resulting in scholarly publications and presentations, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals
  • Participate in professional service work at the campus, state, regional, and national levels, including engaging with relevant disciplinary organizations
Minimum Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library information science
  • An additional advanced degree in a music-related field (Master’s or higher)
  • Experience cataloging music materials, especially sheet music and recordings
  • Supervisory experience
  • Strong commitment to providing outstanding customer service and research support
  • Effective oral and written communications skills
  • Knowledge of trends and topics in current performing arts research and of resources for performing arts scholarship
  • Demonstrated understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and scholarship in relation to music and the performing arts
Preferred Qualifications
  • Evidence of professional and/or scholarly activity
  • Experience with creation of web content
  • Experience with teaching in a library or academic setting
  • Experience with binding and preserving music materials
  • Working knowledge of one or more European languages

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