University of Georgia Libraries

POSITION: Music Librarian

DEPARTMENT: Collection Development


The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Music Librarian who will be responsible for the development and management of the Librariesí general collection in music; for promoting awareness of and facilitating access to the collection; and for serving as liaison to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The Music Librarian supervises one staff member located at the Music Library and collaborates with the Music Library Coordinator for the School of Music. The Music Librarian reports to the Director for Collection Development. This position is based in the Main Library in the Collection Development Department.

The University of Georgia Librariesí music collection is one of the largest in the Southeast, with nearly 200,000 titles distributed among books, scores, periodicals, audio/video recordings, and electronic resources. The collection is physically divided between the Main Library, where most scores and monographs are located, and the Music Library in the School of Music building, which houses sound recordings, video recordings, and additional books and scores. The Collection Development department builds and manages the general collection and also includes the Binding/Preservation and Gifts units. The department is composed of six faculty, nine support staff, and student assistants.

The UGA Libraries is located on the university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Music Library, Repository and Special Collections Libraries. Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. The favorable climate supports an eco-friendly campus, and UGA is currently undergoing a major multi-step plan to convert much of the campus into pedestrian friendly green space. Information about Athens:


Develops and manages the music collection by selecting books, scores, recordings, journals, and databases; creating order requests to expend the firm order allocation for music; monitoring approval plans, standing orders, and subscriptions; reviewing gift materials; selecting items for transfer to remote storage; performing collection evaluations; formulating collection policies; and maintaining knowledge of current research and publishing trends.

Applies technical and bibliographic expertise to collection building by maintaining current knowledge of the use of the Librariesí ILS processing modules as well as standard print and electronic bibliographic tools; by keeping abreast of policies and technical procedures relating to the acquisition of new materials; by participating in the searching, verification, and ordering process; and by assuming responsibility for resolving bibliographic problems related to music.

Maintains awareness of Music Library functions by collaborating with the supervisor of the Music Library in developing service policies and managing the collection at the Music Library.

Develops a knowledgeable, productive, and dependable staff for the Music Library by hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating the staff member employed at that facility in collaboration with the Music Library Coordinator.

Supports research and teaching by serving as liaison to the School of Music and maintaining awareness of research and curriculum needs; by providing general and in-depth references services, giving tours, conducting information literacy classes, and preparing instructional guides relating to music for the university community.

Assists the departmental web editor by providing information needed for webpages describing the music collection, Music Library, and library services related to music.

Contributes to the mission of the Collection Development department and the Libraries by collaborating with the department head and other Librariesí colleagues; participating in the development and evaluation of policies and services; assessing user needs and satisfaction with learning outcomes; and serving on appropriate committees as appointed or elected.

Develops and maintains professional skills by participating in continuing education and professional development activities, such as workshops, conferences, and committee work; by conducting research for writing for publication; and by engaging in other creative and learning activities.

Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via the Librariesí listserv and other communication tools, and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes and needs in the department and organization and contributes to the team effort by assuming similar duties and responsibilities.


Required Qualifications:
ALA-accredited MLIS; Bachelorís degree or substantial undergraduate or graduate coursework in music; At least two yearsí professional library experience working with substantial music collections, including collection development work; Familiarity with basic and subject-specific electronic databases and print reference resources for music; Ability to develop instruction sessions and to instruct users effectively both individually and in the classroom setting; Knowledge of current issues and trends in music publishing and its relation to the acquisition of library materials; Ability to work with a variety of modern European languages; Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities effectively; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with library colleagues and productive interactions with faculty and students; Demonstrated ability to work with diverse students, faculty, and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in music preferred; Supervisory experience preferred; Knowledge of virtual reference services preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Minimum annual salary is $41,000; commensurate with experience. UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members. UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, tuition remission, paid relocation, 21 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 12 paid holidays.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send as three separate pdf documents their letters of application, complete resumes, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references by November 10, 2013 to: Jan D. Hudson, Human Resources Manager, University of Georgia Libraries, at

The University of Georgia and the UGA Libraries have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage persons of color to apply for these positions. The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.