ASU Library seeks a Performing Arts Librarian to develop,
manage, and promote ASU Library’s performing arts collections that
serve the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre; the Sidney Poitier
New American Film School; and ASU’s diverse communities of
researchers, students, educators, and performing arts scholars.
Reporting to the Head of Open Collections Curation and Access, the
Performing Arts Librarian proactively partners with faculty to
develop opportunities for the diverse community of scholars and
learners at ASU to engage with the collections in traditional and
creative ways. This includes instruction, reading and reference
services, community programs, and other creative engagement
activities. The Performing Arts Librarian develops relationships
with key stakeholders and donors to help support the library’s
capacity to maintain and enhance access to these rich and varied
collections, from costumes to playbills. Most notably, the Child
Drama collection, which documents the international history of
theater for youth and theater education, is the world’s largest
such archival repository, containing thousands of works dating back
to the 16th century.
The Performing Arts Librarian develops the collections to
enhance the diversity, gender representation, and range of the
collections, observing professional best practices and alignments
with the priorities of ASU Library. To achieve these objectives,
the Performing Arts Librarian works collaboratively in teams across
Library units with colleagues working in areas, including:
musicology, archival processing, preservation and digitization,
repository services, acquisitions and metadata, research data
services, library analytics, geospatial services, the
Community-Driven Archives team, and the Labriola National American
Indian Data Center team.
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- Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an
American Library Association accredited program.
- Bachelors or Master’s degree in studio arts, theater, film, or
- A statement in your cover letter addressing how your past
and/or potential contributions to social justice, diversity,
equity, and/or inclusion will advance ASU Library’s commitment to
- 1-3 years of experience working in an academic, public, or
tribal library or archives
- Demonstrated experience teaching with special collections and
specialized reference sources in the performing arts.
- Experience with the acquisition of out-of-print, unique, or
- Knowledge of nationally-accepted standards for archival
processing including Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
- Demonstrated knowledge of theater education, particularly
theater for youth.
- Cultural fluency skills to engage and support researchers of
varied and diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and
Salary and Rank: This is a continuing track
Academic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Librarian and
salary dependent upon experience.
Application Procedures: This is a
paperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. To
apply, please submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/107471 the
following: A cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume,
and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent
professional references. No paper applications, faxes
or emails will be accepted.
The applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file
name. Questions about the position should be directed to the search
committee chair at: Nancy.Godoy@asu.edu. Application deadline is
July 15, 2022. Applications will continue to be
accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the
reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were
received until position is filled.
Other Information: Hiring is contingent upon
eligibility to work in the United States. For more information
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