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Music Librarian for Metadata and Acquisitions

Yale University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 30, 2023

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Music Librarian for Metadata and Acquisitions

University Job Title: Librarian 3
Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Full time
Duration Type: Regular
Compensation Grade: library
Wage Ranges: Click here to see our Wage Ranges
Work Location: Central Campus
Worksite Address: 120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Library
Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5

Position Focus:
Reporting to the Director of the Gilmore Music Library, the Music Librarian for Metadata and Acquisitions serves as the liaison with Yale Library Technical Services to promote quality control by creating and reviewing workflows and procedures to ensure that materials are processed in accord with Library best practices, providing access and facilitating discovery to the Library's print, electronic, media and digital collections. Will directly supervise one Music Cataloger and one Library Services Assistant, along with student staff, providing leadership and strategic direction for the unit.

Will oversee, create and edit bibliographic and authority metadata through original, complex copy, and batch cataloging of musical scores, rare books and media. Will actively participate in special collections projects in collaboration with Music Special Collections team through the creation of music specific metadata and will serve as a music metadata consultant across the Library. Will work closely with the Director and the Music Librarian for Reference and Access Services to accomplish shared strategic collection development and access goals. Will work closely with the Director to monitor the acquisitions budget, approval plans, standing orders and firm orders, as well as with other acquisitions staff. Will possess and continue to develop expertise in metadata best practices and emerging trends, recommending their adoption to further Library goals. Will represent the Library by being professionally active in and contributing to the advancement of the profession in relevant organizations and associations.

DEIA Commitment in Recruitment: Yale University Library serves a diverse staff, campus, local, and global community and is deeply committed to advancing its goals for equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This commitment is reflected in our mission, strategic directions, staff values, initiatives, and scholarly activity. To support our goals for staff recruitment, retention, and development, Yale Library invites applications from candidates who have a proven commitment or demonstrated success with supporting diversity and inclusion through their work, service, research, and/or teaching.

This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 3 or Librarian 4. Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at:

Essential Duties:
1. The Librarian 3 is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals. 2. Demonstrate continued effectiveness in job performance through evidence of increasing knowledge, understanding, and skill in performing the duties of his or her position. 3. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively without supervision, to suggest new methods or procedures, and to foresee problems and suggest solutions. 4. Provide substantive contributions to the library, university, and/or community. 5. Provide substantive professional contributions at the regional, national, or international level. 6. For a complete description of the position and department, please see the department URL.

Required Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school and five years of related experience. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Degree in music, or equivalent. Five years of experience in a technical services environment or its equivalent. Demonstrated professional ability working in an academic research library.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated knowledge of current national cataloging/metadata content and structural standards.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

2 years of proven supervisory ability in technical services.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Proven ability in cataloging/creating metadata for digital collection repositories.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications, analytical ability, accuracy and attention to detail.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
Experience in migration to a new library services platform.

Drug Screen: No
Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements:
All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit "Learn about background checks" under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It's Your Yale website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:
The University maintains policies pertaining to COVID-19. All faculty, staff, students, and trainees are required to comply with these policies, which may be found here:

Posting Disclaimer:
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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