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Music and Performing Arts Librarian

Rutgers University Libraries
New Jersey, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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: Rutgers University Libraries seek an innovative, proactive, and collaborative individual to serve as Music and Performing Arts Librarian and as a liaison to the departments of Music, Theater, and Dance of the Mason Gross School of the Arts on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Rutgers-New Brunswick, this position is responsible for providing in-depth research and teaching support for faculty and students in these aforementioned departments and supporting research and teaching in the performing arts throughout New Brunswick.

The Music and Performing Arts Librarian will be responsible for:

• Collection development in the subject areas befitting a major research university and in line with the departments’ research and curricular needs;
• Educational and outreach initiatives focused especially on students with limited background in library usage to create a welcoming environment that values cultural and intellectual diversity;
• Collaboration with faculty to design curriculum-integrated library instruction for in-person, online, and hybrid courses; participation in in-person and virtual reference, providing timely and accurate assistance to faculty and students;
• Shaping new directions for development and access to collections through in-person programming as well as digital and multimedia technology using the infrastructure offered by the Sharon A. Fordham Multimedia Laboratory and other library units
• Performs related duties as assigned

The librarian will be based in the Douglass Library in New Brunswick and will be a member of the New Brunswick Libraries Faculty. This position may require working some evenings and weekends. The successful candidate will represent the Libraries in the aforementioned academic units and develop innovative library services and co-curricular collaborations, fostering close intellectual partnerships between the Libraries and the academic community. This is a tenure-track faculty position, requiring publication, research, and active participation in professional associations.


Requirements: A master’s degree in Library or Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution or its equivalent is required. An advanced degree or demonstrated background in music and/or performing arts is required. Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collegially in a team-oriented environment. Demonstrated commitment to fostering cultural and intellectual diversity as well as dedication to maintaining an inclusive, respectful workplace are required. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Preferred: A minimum of three years’ library experience, including collection development and public services related to music, theater, or dance; an advanced degree in music as well as familiarity with musical instruments, music history, music theory, music terminology, ethnomusicology, performance, and composition relevant to the music library setting; understanding of methodologies of academic research and publishing related to the performing arts and the ability to provide research support and instruction; proficiency in English and at least one additional language; demonstrated knowledge of the application of multimedia technology as it relates to audio and video; understanding of copyright issues as they relate to the performing arts; familiarity with current practices in musical score publishing; knowledge of archival standards and practices including the ability to assess and collaborate in the management of archival holdings in the performing arts; and proven familiarity with metadata standards are strongly preferred. Candidates who have had successful experience in the design and delivery of services for diverse populations, including first-generation college students, will be given strong preference.

SALARY: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

STATUS/BENEFITS: Faculty status; 12-month appointment; retirement plan; life/health insurance; prescription drug, dental, and vision plans; tuition remission; 22 vacation days annually.

LIBRARY PROFILE: Rutgers University Libraries are the intellectual center of the university—serving all members of the university community, supporting all disciplines, and playing a key role in advancing student learning and faculty research. The Libraries serve all institutions that make up Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The Libraries have a highly valued staff of about 300, who are committed to developing innovations in access services, information literacy, and digital initiatives. Rutgers University Libraries operate with a budget of $45 million and have outstanding collections, especially in jazz and New Jerseyana. Collectively, the Libraries’ holdings include more than 4.8 million volumes. The Libraries hold memberships in ARL, CNI, CRL, Lyrasis, Metro, NERL, VALEnj, SPARC, and the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI); use Ex Libris, Alma, Primo, and OCLC as primary bibliographic utilities; and utilize a Fedora-based institutional repository.

Rutgers University–New Brunswick
As the flagship of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers University–New Brunswick supports over 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students in approximately 100 undergraduate programs, more than 80 graduate/professional programs, and 60 doctoral programs. Ranked by US News & World Report as among the top 25 public universities, Rutgers–New Brunswick is classified as an R1 Doctoral University (Highest research activity) by the Carnegie Classification. Spanning New Brunswick, Piscataway, and adjacent towns in central New Jersey, Rutgers–New Brunswick is accessible by public transit.


All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment

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