Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Assistant Music Librarian, Cornell University Library

Cornell University Library seeks a creative, knowledgeable, and user-oriented Assistant Music Librarian who will provide leadership in music technical services and will contribute to the public service mission of the Sidney Cox Library of Music and Dance. Responsibilities include original and complex copy cataloging for audio-visual materials, coordination of day-to-day music technical services work, collection development for audio-visual materials, instruction, reference and consultation for a wide range of users, and maintaining the Music Library web site. The successful candidate will be comfortable in exploring emerging technologies and standards for music descriptions and access, and will welcome working in a collegial and collaborative environment.

Position Description:
In close consultation with the Music Librarian and under the direction of the Director of the Cataloging Division, the Assistant Music Librarian has a holistic role that facilitates access to Music Library materials and services by creating original, user-centered, discovery metadata to support enduring access to Music Library materials received in all formats, with a focus on non-print materials; coordinates the day-to-day work of technical services support staff for the Music Library’s collections; provides collection development, instruction, outreach, and reference services for the Music Library; and maintains the Music Library’s web site. The Assistant Music Librarian coordinates, consults, or assists with special projects related to organizing Music resources, both circulating and rare, for effective use. The Assistant Music Librarian actively participates in appropriate professional activities at the local, regional, and national levels.

Required Qualifications: M.L.S. or equivalent from an ALA-accredited university and an academic music background. Graduate-level training in Music is desirable. Interest in and knowledge of a wide variety of music genres. A graduate degree at the master’s level or above, plus demonstrated library expertise, may be substituted for the M.L.S. Three years or more of relevant work experience, preferably in a research-level music library. Native-level fluency in English with excellent oral and written communication skills. Reading knowledge of at least one, but preferably two, foreign languages (German preferred). Demonstrated interest in technical services and music library issues on the regional, national or international level. Demonstrated supervisory, communication, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team setting. Demonstrated ability to manage projects successfully. Evidence of ability to plan, to analyze, and to solve problems creatively and flexibly, both independently and in groups, and to succeed in a complex, rapidly changing environment. Strong service orientation and interest in library users' values and needs.

Application Procedure: Applications requested by May 3, 2010. To apply for this position go to, search under the job category of Librarians, and select posting number 12281. Follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring to our community a variety of backgrounds and experiences.