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Arts & Humanities Collection Strategist, Music Librarian

UCSD Library
La Jolla, California
Date posted
Feb 29, 2024

Position overview

Position title: Arts & Humanities Collection Strategist, Music Librarian

Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $61,920-$149,167.
The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position (

Application Window

Open date: February 28, 2024

Next review date: Monday, Apr 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Feb 1, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Arts & Humanities Collection Strategist, Music Librarian
Collection Development and Management

The University of California San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professionals to join the Library as our Arts & Humanities Collection Strategist and Music Liaison Librarian (Associate or Full Librarian). This position reports to the Director of the Library’s Collection Development & Management Program (CDM).

The University of California San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

Responsibilities of the Position

Arts & Humanities Collection Strategist
Collections within the Arts & Humanities portfolio support the Departments of Visual Arts, Music, Literature, Philosophy, and Theatre & Dance, as well as related disciplines, such as World History and Cultural Studies, Film Studies and Classical Studies.

Key responsibilities include:
• Oversees budget allocations and expenditures for the Arts & Humanities related funds. Provides collections-related information, direction, support, and training to subject librarians selecting materials in these fields.
• Provides leadership and guidance in envisioning the future direction of collections including budget sustainability, open access initiatives, and digital collection development.
• Reviews and provides feedback for new resources, renewals, and cancellations. Provides campus input on UC-wide licensed resources.
• Represents Arts & Humanities interests on scholarly communication issues. Participates in local and UC system-wide groups for scholarly communications, open access, and transformative agreements.
• Represents Arts & Humanities subjects in decision-making for the physical collections. Coordinates weeding and space-optimization projects for existing physical collections. Provides input and recommendations in managing physical collections in the context of UC Shared Print Initiatives and other regional and national consortia.

• Represents the Library on appropriate UC-wide Common Knowledge Groups (comprised of selectors and librarians with common subject responsibilities at other UC campuses). Participate in the coordination of agreements for resources with publishers and other UC Libraries.

Subject Librarian for Music
Liaison assignment includes working closely with the Department of Music faculty, staff, and students, Art Power, the performing arts initiative on campus, and other constituents pursuing music scholarship on the UC San Diego campus.

Key responsibilities include:
• Serves as the primary contact for research and educational needs of the Department of Music and develop and promote innovative services and resources to enhance the research, teaching, and learning mission of UC San Diego.
• Actively engages with faculty and students in music-affiliated programs and other groups performing arts initiatives.
• Develops music-related print and audio collections to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of students and faculty, and to highlight local and regional strengths of the UC San Diego music community.

• Provides music-related reference and research assistance and consultations, and music related instruction services.
• Provides other appropriate services and support such as serving as a resource for information on scholarly communication.
• Develops and maintain subject/discipline/format specific online guides and learning objects to promote important music content to the campus community.
• Collaborates with other librarians and staff on collection management issues related to music collections, including print resources and physical audio formats.

Informational Webinars
Applicants are invited to attend an informational webinar to learn more about the position, the campus, and the University Library. If interested, please register using the links provided:

Information Session @ Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 3-4PM PST:(

Information Session @ Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 10-11AM PST:

The attendee list will be hidden to ensure confidentiality. Attendance is not required to apply or be considered for this position. Live captioning will be provided via Zoom Live Transcript. Inquiries and nominations may be directed to David Schmitt, Collection Development and Management (

About the Department of Music
Offers graduate degree programs in Composition, Computer Music, Integrative Studies, and Contemporary Performance, and undergraduate degrees in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts, Music Humanities, and Music, with an emphasis in composition, literature, performance, technology, or jazz.

About The Library – Great Research Starts Here
The UC San Diego Library, ranked among the top 25 public academic research libraries in the nation, plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, patient care, and public service mission. UC San Diego Library serves the entire UC San Diego community and is committed to building a Library that reflects and supports our community’s values. The incumbent should be committed to building an inclusive, equitable and diverse culture.

The Collection Development & Management Program (CDM) supports and advances the university’s mission of research, teaching, and public service by selecting, managing, and preserving information resources across all relevant disciplines. The program’s ultimate goal is to provide our primary user community with access to what they need, when and where they need it, and in the form most useful to them. The program is essential to foster inspired learning and discovery, the growth of knowledge, and the academic success and scholarly productivity of students, faculty and researchers. The program plays a critical role in supporting the cycle of knowledge through ongoing stewardship of the products of research (collections and content).

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego offers flexible work options such as flextime or compressed workweeks, and worksite flexibility. This position will start with a hybrid schedule with a combination of onsite and remote work. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all library staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please review the UC San Diego Principles of Community, the Library’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, and LAUC-SD Diversity and Inclusion Committee . We also encourage the opportunity to build a network of peers that share your similar passions and interests through the UCSD Staff Associations network.

About the University
With 42,800 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research. UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as well as one of the top schools for medical research. UC San Diego is also in the top 10 of all universities in the nation in receiving federal R&D research grants.


Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• MLS/MLIS, or equivalent advanced degree or experience.
• Demonstrated experience managing a collections budget and developing library collections, including audio formats.
• Demonstrated experience in providing library public services including reference, research consultations and/or instruction services.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in communicating and applying interpersonal skills including intercultural competence and awareness of customer service methods and practices that support student well-being and belonging.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in synthesizing a variety of perspectives in order to work with others to meet Library goals and patron needs.
• Demonstrated commitment to excellence in service and ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Preferred qualifications

• Undergraduate and/or advanced degree in Music.
• Demonstrated experience working in an academic or research library.
• Professional service or scholarship in music and/or music librarianship.
• Demonstrated experience with digital collection projects.

Application Requirements Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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About UC San Diego

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University controlled properties.

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Job location La Jolla, CA  

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