The Oberlin Conservatory Library is seeking a qualified librarian with music background and expertise in technical services including cataloging, metadata, and optimal access to resource discovery. Under the supervision of the Conservatory Librarian, the incumbent is responsible for: 1) all cataloging activities and materials preparations for scores, monographs, recordings, and A-V in the Conservatory Library, 2) supervision of 3.5 FTE administrative assistant staff, 3) participation in the music collections management program, as well as 4) active involvement as part of the Library’s web development and digital initiatives teams. We invite candidates from diverse backgrounds who will contribute affirmatively and creatively to the college’s multicultural environment.
• Supervises and manages the Oberlin Conservatory Library technical services and serves as principal cataloger. • Coordinates work of technical services staff, currently 3.0 FTE library technical assistants in cataloging (including 1.0 FTE whose duties include music order/receipt), and .05 FTE library assistant for materials preparations (together with additional student assistant staff, as hired and trained by the above.) • Oversees training and performance evaluations. • Assists with collection development by: recommending new titles, reviewing publication source materials as requested, assisting with evaluation and processing of gift collections, and initiating replacements for worn or superseded titles. • Serves as liaison to the main library on cataloging and materials preparations issues as well as metadata and discovery resource needs for music. • Participates in the library’s web management and digital initiatives teams. Provides maintenance and support for locally produced databases, digital collections and exhibitions on a variety of proprietary and open source platforms. Works in collaboration with library and archives staff, students, and faculty engaged in digital scholarship projects.
Additional Salary Information: Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.
Oberlin is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college and conservatory of music. Founded in 1833 by a Presbyterian minister and a missionary, it holds a distinguished place among American colleges and universities. It was the first college to grant bachelor's degrees to women in a coeducational environment and, historically, was a leader in the education of African Americans. It is accredi...ted by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission. The Oberlin community is known for its exemplary academic and musical pedagogy and its commitment to social justice, sustainability, and creative entrepreneurship.
Our legacy of inclusion and respect for diversity sets the tone for campus life today. The presence of a top liberal arts college and a world-class conservatory of music on a single campus is rare and enriching. Here, students live, dine, play, and study together in a community of intense learning and discovery. We revel in our differences as much as we value the sense that we are all in this together. We share a commitment to pushing the boundaries of our determination, intellect, and creativity.
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