Music & Recorded Sound Archivist/Assistant Director of the American Music Research Center
Are you an innovative and collaborative person? The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) Libraries invite candidates to apply for the position of Music & Recorded Sound Archivist/Assistant Director of the American Music Research Center, a non-tenure-track faculty position in the Collections of Distinction (CoD) Team. The University Libraries’ Archives were established in 1918 and hold internationally renowned manuscript, photograph, records and media collections relating to the history of CU Boulder, the state of Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West, and transnational subjects, including American popular and classical music.
The Music & Recorded Sound Archivist/Assistant Director of the American Music Research Center reports to the Head of Archives in the highly-collaborative Collections of Distinction Team. The individual is responsible for: actively participating in building a diverse and inclusive campus environment by prioritizing, in all areas of work, the acquisition and processing of, access to, and engagement with archival music and recorded sound collections, as well as music special collections, that document Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx/Chicanx, and other under-represented communities; processing and making available new and legacy archival music and recorded sound-related materials in the American Music Research Center collections and other Archives collections, via finding aids created in ArchivesSpace; coordinating cataloging of archival and special music collections and sound recordings; acting as the Assistant Director of the American Music Research Center (AMRC); identifying new acquisitions and managing donor relations for archival music and recorded-sound related collections; supervising AMRC graduate teaching assistants and other student employees, interns, and volunteers; leading or participating in primary-source instruction for archival music and recorded sound collections; participating in CoD research and reference services; contributing to strategic planning, events, social media, exhibits, tours, and other activities for CoD team; and maintaining a consistent record of contributions in the areas of professional service, research, and/or scholarly activity.
This is a renewable, non-tenure-track faculty position. Successful candidates will be expected to engage in research and professional service activities.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
- Actively participates in building a diverse and inclusive campus environment by prioritizing, in all areas of work, the acquisition and processing of, access to, and engagement with archival music and recorded sound collections, as well as music special collections, that document Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx/Chicanx, and other under-represented communities;
- Processes, arranges, describes, and makes available new and legacy archival music and recorded sound-related materials in the American Music Research Center collections and other Archives collections, via finding aids created in ArchivesSpace;
- Applies archival theory and practice, national standards, relevant legal and ethical regulations, and best practices that govern the arrangement, description, and use of archival materials, including DACS, MPLP, and U.S. copyright law;
- Coordinates with Metadata Services and the Head of the Howard B. Waltz Music Library to catalog archival music collections and sound recordings, as well as music special collections, in the Libraries’ online catalog;
- Acts as the Assistant Director of the American Music Research Center (AMRC) by managing donor and constituent relations, collection development, grant-writing, and engagement relating to AMRC archival collections, in collaboration with the Director of the AMRC;
- Identifies new acquisitions for archival music and recorded sound collections, as well as music special collections, in cooperation with CoD collection development policies and in collaboration with the Collection Development Archivist, Head of the Howard B. Waltz Music Library, and other AMRC or CoD personnel as needed;
- Supervises AMRC graduate teaching assistants and other student employees, interns, and volunteers;
- Coordinates with other CoD and Libraries personnel for additional photo, moving image, special collections, and digital collection material processing needs, as well as preservation or conservation concerns, as needed;
- Leads or participates in primary-source instruction for archival music and recorded sound collections;
- Participates in regular shifts on the reference desk in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room and responds to in-person and virtual queries as needed;
- Contributes to strategic planning, events, social media, exhibits, tours, and other activities for the Collections Section as needed;
- Communicates collegially, is able to advocate for collections and resource needs, and contributes constructively to team efforts;
- Maintains a consistent record of contributions in the areas of professional service, research, and/or scholarly activity;
- Actively participates in Libraries meetings, activities, and events and represents the CoD Team in appropriate venues; and
- Assumes other responsibilities as assigned and performs other duties as required.
What You Should Know
About the University, Libraries and Collections of Distinction:
As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most breathtaking college campuses in the country! As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.
CU Boulder is committed to Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world. Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, hardworking, and dedicated people who share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and computer-based resources. All library faculty are encouraged to partake in our formal mentoring program. We collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.
The University of Colorado Boulder Collections of Distinction hold more than 1,800 collections and 50,000 linear feet of materials. This includes manuscripts, correspondence, files, diaries, photographs, posters, newspapers and published works! Selected collecting foci include the Atomic West, Post-Holocaust American Judaism, labor in the Rocky Mountain West, the history of natural science and the environment, film studies, and of University of Colorado Boulder campus and its faculty and students.
What We Can Offer
The successful individual will be appointed as full-time (12 month) non-tenure stream faculty member. Depending on professional experience, appointment will be at the Instructor or Senior Instructor level. The minimum starting salary is $66,000.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .
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What We Require
- ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, Archival Studies, or Public History with a focus or concentration in archives management;
- Minimum of 1 year of experience in accessioning, arrangement, processing, description, and preservation of archives, manuscripts, and multi-format collections;
- Demonstrated understanding of and experience with archival theory and practice, national standards, relevant legal and ethical regulations, and best practices that govern the accessioning, arrangement, description, and use of archival materials, including DACS and MPLP;
- Demonstrated experience using archival descriptive systems such as ArchivesSpace;
- Demonstrated comprehension of current and emerging practices for preserving archival materials in all formats;
- Experience managing donor relations and managing various aspects of the acquisition of collections, including appraisal and gift agreements;
- Demonstrated knowledge of confidentiality, U.S. copyright law, and other policy, legal, and ethical aspects of managing and providing access to archival materials; and
- Demonstrated capability to communicate collegially, advocate for collections and resource needs, and contribute constructively to team efforts.
What You Will Need
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate and champion an environment of diversity and inclusion; and
- Potential for research, scholarly work, and professional service.
What We Would Like You To Have
Evidence of any of the following will enhance a candidacy:
- Experience managing archival music or recorded sound collections;
- Experience addressing preservations issues for recorded sound collections;
- Experience with grant-writing;
- Experience providing outreach for library or archival collections;
- Experience providing reference services using library or archival collections;
- Experience with instruction; and
- Supervisory experience.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A cover letter of application specifically addressing the qualifications
- Diversity Statement
- This should be a brief (1-2 pages) discussion of your vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion relating to the responsibilities of this position and within the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries in general. (The Libraries’ Commitment to Diversity and Inclusive Excellence is available online here . The CU Boulder Campus Definition of Inclusive Excellence is here .) This statement could include a statement of values, relevant information about one’s background and experiences, ideas for serving a diverse campus community, particularly in libraries, or plans for bringing new points of view to your librarianship, research and service. Be as specific as possible.
For full consideration please apply by October 25, 2020 .
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .
Posting Contact Information
Posting Contact Name: George Karpoff
Posting Contact Email: George.Karpoff@Colorado.EDU