Music Librarian

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 19, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Music Librarian

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Head of Research, Teaching & Learning, and serving as a branch manager, the Music Librarian is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the Music Library. The Music Librarian supervises a team of student workers and one library assistant. Serves as liaison to Music faculty, especially in terms of print and digital acquisitions and instruction. Provides research and instruction expertise (including personal research sessions) and instruction and advisement on information literacy and technology literacy. Serves as an integrated member of the music faculty community, attending regular departmental meetings as well as other departmental events. Pursues professional development and stays abreast of best practices in the field. Serves on campus-wide committees and teams.

Supervises Music Library Assistant and student assistants.


  • Required: Bachelor's degree or higher in music. ALA-accredited MLS.
  • Preferred: Advanced degree in music.
  • Highly Preferred: Basic reading ability in at least one foreign language
  • Required: Entry level classroom experience, especially higher education
  • Required: 1-3 years experience in an academic library or equivalent
  • Required: Proficient in music cataloging techniques.
  • Required: Expertise in music research terminology and technique, including fluency with print and digital resources specific to music libraries.
  • Required: Engagement in the music library profession, including participation in music library professional organizations.
  • Preferred: Publication or presentation experience in the higher education environment
  • Highly Preferred: Basic understanding of copyright law, intellectual freedom, and ethical use of information
  • Proficiency in the classroom, both for teaching and for delivering presentations.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt level position

College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 170,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

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The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts ( and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (


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