Advanced degree(s) in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Information and Library Science, and/or another subject area relevant to the collections of the Music Library.
- Five or more years of professional experience with increasing responsibility in research or academic music libraries.
- Demonstrated experience with supervising employees and supporting their efforts in order to build and foster a diverse, productive, and engaging workplace and professional community.
PhD and/or MLS preferred.
Commitment to supporting efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in library, university, and professional contexts.
Demonstrated knowledge of traditional and emerging approaches to research and teaching in music and related disciplines.
Demonstrated knowledge of the selection and acquisition of music library materials.
Demonstrated experience implementing innovative approaches to provide access to collections and to facilitate their use in research and teaching.
Knowledge of trends and techniques related to preservation, cataloging, reference, and instruction in a music library context.
Knowledge of trends in music publishing and scholarly communications, with a commitment to principles of open access.
Experience working with special collections and archives.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, library users, and library colleagues.
Evidence of a strong service orientation.
Knowledge of intellectual property issues related to music library collections and services.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and colleagues.
Strong technology skills and an enthusiasm for adopting new technologies and systems that help advance the mission of the library.
Capacity to thrive in a changing working environment.
Record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature.
Reading knowledge of at least one non-English language.
About the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library
The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, located within the Music Building, is the primary repository for musical materials at Harvard. The Library’s general and special collections and associated services support research and teaching programs in the Department of Music as well as the musical interests and activities of the broader University community and the research needs of an international scholarly constituency. General collections include about 95,000 books, 147,000 musical scores, 87,000 sound recordings and video formats, 1,080 periodical titles, and a significant suite of online resources, that support research in a wide variety of musical disciplines including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, historically informed performance practice. Rare editions, manuscripts, and archival materials are held within two special collections units within the Music Library: the Isham Memorial Library, a special adjunct library dedicated to research with primary sources, (holding over 8000 rare books and scores and 31,200 microforms); and the Archive of World Music, which contains archival field recordings of musics world-wide as well as commercial audiovisual materials of ethnomusicological interest.
Diversity and Inclusion at the Harvard Library
Across the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University’s mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success. We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world’s most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.
Harvard Library inspires collaboration, reflection, experimentation, and discovery connecting users to related disciplines and to University-wide teaching resources. The Library engages users through curated discovery, digital collections, reimagined physical space, and specialized research support. Today, Harvard Library’s holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding access to digital resources. Harvard Library provides the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with exceptional experiences and comprehensive access to these materials.
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The Harvard Library is a proud member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.