Music Librarian


The Oberlin Conservatory Library is seeking a qualified librarian with music background and expertise in technical services including cataloging, metadata, and optimal access to resource discovery.

Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH
Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
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Under the supervision of the Conservatory Librarian, the incumbent is responsible for: 1) all cataloging activities and materials preparations for scores, monographs, recordings, and A-V in the Conservatory Library, 2) supervision of 3.5 FTE administrative assistant staff, 3) participation in the music collections management program, as well as 4) active involvement as part of the Library’s web development and digital initiatives teams. We invite candidates from diverse backgrounds who will contribute affirmatively and creatively to the college’s multicultural environment.


  • Supervises and manages the Oberlin Conservatory Library technical services and serves as principal cataloger.
  • Coordinates work of technical services staff, currently 3.0 FTE library technical assistants in cataloging (including 1.0 FTE whose duties include music order/receipt), and .05 FTE library assistant for materials preparations (together with additional student assistant staff, as hired and trained by the above.)
  • Oversees training and performance evaluations.
  • Assists with collection development by: recommending new titles, reviewing publication source materials as requested, assisting with evaluation and processing of gift collections, and initiating replacements for worn or superseded titles.
  • Serves as liaison to the main library on cataloging and materials preparations issues as well as metadata and discovery resource needs for music.
  • Participates in the library’s web management and digital initiatives teams. Provides maintenance and support for locally produced databases, digital collections and exhibitions on a variety of proprietary and open source platforms. Works in collaboration with library and archives staff, students, and faculty engaged in digital scholarship projects.

Essential Job Functions

  • Participates in library-wide (committees, etc.) activities and in the activities of related professional organizations.
  • Responsible for cataloging all formats including materials for special collections.
  • Responsible for other duties associated with the creation and maintenance of data, including original and complex copy cataloging using RDA, MARC format, AACR2, OCLC Enhance, LC Classifications, and LC Medium of Performance Thesaurus and Subject Headings, and other controlled vocabularies.
  • Responsible for maintaining current knowledge of cataloging, quality control, metadata standards, and automatic indexing.
  • Participates in the development, documentation, and evaluation of cataloging procedures. Library personnel work in a collegial, team-based environment and participate in additional activities as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in music. MLS from an ALA-accredited institution. Knowledge of bibliographic and authority databases, metadata standards, including Best Practices for RDA/MARC21, and LC/Bibframe. Demonstrated ability to perform detailed work accurately, and with strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to new technologies and software. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to work independently, in a team and as a team leader.

Desired Qualifications

Masters or doctorate in music. Ordering and cataloging experience using OCLC-Connexion and local library systems. Experience in designing and implementing web-based databases and interfaces. Familiarity with proprietary and open source platforms such as ContentDM, Omeka, Wordpress, SubjectsPlus, and Drupal. Knowledge of markup, scripting, and dataset protocols such as HTML, XML, CSS, RSS, PERL, PHP, MySQL, and AJAX. Reading knowledge and ability to catalog in most Western European languages.

How to Apply / Contact
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