Music Librarian for Audio and Digital Services

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Created: June 25, 2012


The University of South Carolina enrolls approximately 22,500 undergraduate students and 6,500 graduate students on the Columbia campus. The University Libraries owns in excess of 3.5 million volumes, 1 million manuscripts, 325,000 maps, and 944,000 government documents; and houses the University's special collections. University Libraries is a member of LYRASIS, OCLC, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Center for Research Libraries. The University of South Carolina Music Library is a branch of the main University Libraries system and is located in the School of Music. For more information about the Music Library, visit

The School of Music, a program with a national reputation for artistic and scholarly excellence, features an acclaimed faculty that teach 500 undergraduate and graduate music majors, specializing in virtually every orchestra and band instrument, voice, piano, organ and guitar. The School offers more than twenty degree programs including music education, performance, jazz, composition, theory, history and conducting. The main Music building features more than 100 acoustically designed rooms for practicing, rehearsing and teaching, an intimate Recital Hall ideal for solo recitals and chamber music, a music technology center and a fully-equipped recording studio. The School of Music enriches the musical life of the university and the city of Columbia by offering approximately 250 concerts a year by such groups as the USC Symphony, the Palmetto Pans, Opera at USC and Carolina Alive, among many others.

The libraries of the University of South Carolina seek a dynamic music librarian with excellent interpersonal skills to manage audio and digital services offered by the Music Library. Reporting to the head of the music library, this librarian will be responsible for:
  • digital projects including digital preservation of print and audio special collections
  • maintaining audio equipment
  • performing triage on music library's computer hardware and software
  • working with the webmaster to maintain and update the Web presence for the Music Library
  • liaison to the University Libraries' Systems Department for the Music Library
  • working closely with the University Libraries Web Development Office and with the Digital Collections Department
  • periodically providing instruction and reference to the School of Music and university community.
Competitive benefits, including vacation and sick leave, medical/dental/life insurance plans, tuition remission, and state retirement or optional retirement plan. Full-time (37.5 hours per week) 12-month unclassified, tenure-track, faculty status position with the rank of Librarian. University of South Carolina librarians are required to fulfill faculty responsibilities, including professional service.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on August 13, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

The cover letter, explaining the reason for your interest and qualifications, should be addressed to Chair, Music Librarian for Audio and Digital Services Search Committee. Three references submitted must include names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. USC is an EOE.

Minimum qualifications:
MLS from an ALA accredited library school; Bachelor's degree in music; Web design experience, including familiarity with web design and software such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver; Experience with coding languages, such as HTML, CSS, PHP, XML, and JavaScript; Proficiency with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat; Experience with audio digitization hardware and software as well as issues in audio preservation; Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a collegial, team work environment and maintain positive professional working relationships; Excellent communication, organizational, and time- and project-management skills. SLED background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in music; Experience with archival and/or special collections materials strongly preferred; Familiarity with copyright law and licensing issues for sound recordings and digital images; Experience with Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids and Archivists Toolkit; Familiarity with controlled vocabulary, metadata use and practice, and associated standards, such as MODS, METS, RDF, and Dublin Core; Basic understanding of database design (Access, MySQL); Experience with Innovative Millennium ILS or other ILS software; Experience with digital image management and collections, such as CONTENTdm; Knowledge of major music reference resources and databases; Reference and/or instructional experience in an academic library.

Documents which must be associated with this posting
Cover Letter
List of References

To view the complete job announcement, go to USC employment page, and search for requisition # 004964.

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