Music and Performing Arts Librarian

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 13, 2021
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Music and Performing Arts Librarian

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applicants for the position of Music and Performing Arts Librarian at its University Park campus. We seek a proactive and creative librarian to fill a faculty position as part of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department. Entry-level or early career librarians are encouraged to apply.

The Music and Performing Arts Librarian serves as the liaison to the School of Music and the programs of musical theatre and dance in the School of Theatre. Both schools reside in the College of Arts and Architecture. The position will also assume an active role for the Libraries' Music and Media Center in the provision of audio and video services.

The Music and Performing Arts Librarian provides in-depth research and teaching support for faculty and students and serves as the expert in supporting music- and performing arts-related teaching and research throughout the University Libraries. The position will oversee the acquisition, retention, and maintenance of resources in multiple formats, including monographs, scores, audio recordings, and visual materials.

The position will engage with faculty and students through educational and outreach activities to promote programs and services such as scholarly communication, digital initiatives, open access, copyright and licensing, and emerging instructional technologies. As a member of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Music and Performing Arts Librarian collaborates with a cohort of subject experts and others to advance Libraries' policies and practices.

The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment to apply. More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence can be found by visiting Information about the University Libraries' Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility efforts can be found by visiting

  • A master's degree in library or information science, or equivalent
  • A degree in music, or formal training and/or experience in music
  • Commitment to proactive public service and outreach
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative, team-based organization
  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace

  • Experience working in an academic or music library
  • Understanding of present trends in musical instruction, research, composition, and performance
  • Knowledge of collection development in music
  • Instructional experience
  • Working knowledge of German, Italian, or French

Candidates for the rank of Assistant Librarian should possess a graduate degree in library or information studies or other appropriate degree; must have demonstrated potential ability as a librarian; and must have shown promise of growth in research and service.

Candidate for the rank of Associate Librarian should possess the same qualifications as the Assistant Librarian, demonstrate excellence in librarianship, show evidence of an established reputation in research, and have a strong record of service to the University and the profession.

Environment: The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University's strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association of Research Libraries' investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, Digital Preservation Network, AP Trust, SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance, and a number of other organizations.

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day's drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit. For more information, please visit ( and (

Compensation and Rank: Tenure-track faculty position, with rank and salary dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online and uploaded at the same time at the time of application. Interested candidates should upload a letter of application including a diversity statement, resume or vita, and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin in April 2021 and continue until position is filled.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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