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Music Technical Services Librarian

Organization: University of Pennsylvania
Date Posted: 9/29/2013
City: Philadelphia
Location: Pennsylvania
Country: United States
Primary Category: Position Closed - Do Not Apply

Description & Details
The Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, established as a branch library in 1953, is one of fifteen libraries that comprise the Penn Libraries. Located in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, the Music Library holds over 120,000 volumes of books, printed music, periodicals, and microforms. The Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center houses the library's collection of sound and video recordings, which includes over 42,000 compact discs and 2,000 DVDs. The staff includes the head music librarian, the music technical services librarian, three library specialists (bargaining-unit positions), and a .5 FTE assistant.

The primary mission of the library is to serve the teaching and research needs of the faculty and students of the Department of Music (currently thirteen faculty and about forty graduate students), which offers doctoral programs in historical musicology, music theory, composition, and ethnomusicology. (Although the department supports the performance of music by a number of large and small ensembles, it does not offer degrees in music performance.) The library also supports the music-related needs of other programs in the university, such as Cinema Studies, Medieval Studies, and Anthropology.

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library houses rare music along with several collections of particular musical interest, including the papers of Marian Anderson, Alma Mahler Werfel, Rudolf Serkin, the Savoy Company, and the American Musicological Society, the Eugene Ormandy Archive, the Leopold Stokowski Collection, and the archives of the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society.
Position Details
Reporting to the Head of the Music Library, the Music Technical Services Librarian oversees the acquisition, cataloging, and shelf preparation for scores, sound recordings, video recordings, and, in conjunction with the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the cataloging of rare music scores and manuscripts. Supervises one FTE bargaining-unit staff and oversees the acquisitions and cataloging work of two FTE bargaining-unit staff and the bindery processing work of a .5 FTE assistant. Provides original and complex shared cataloging for scores, sound recordings, video recordings, and rare printed music and music manuscripts in various languages and formats. Participates as a metadata specialist in digital library initiatives and the development of the Penn Libraries' Digital Library Architecture. Assists in data management efforts through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance, and advises researchers on the creation of metadata for music-related projects outside the library. Develops and documents music cataloging procedures and policies in keeping with current national standards and local practice. Serves as the Music Library's liaison to other technical-services departments, and in that role works with other librarians on the planning and management of projects and decision making related to system-wide policies and procedures. As needed, provides reference and other public service for the Music Library, assists with the preparation of exhibits, and recommends materials for purchase. Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or the equivalent in education and experience
  • Undergraduate degree in music
  • Broad knowledge of music repertory and its representation in print
  • Three to five years experience cataloging scores and sound
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards, including AACR2, LCRI, LCSH, LC classification, RDA, and MARC21
  • Familiarity with metadata schemas related to music materials
  • Demonstrated interest in technical services and music library issues on the regional, national, or international level
  • Knowledge of bibliographic and musical terminology in Western European languages, particularly German, French, and Italian
  • Supervisory experience and the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups in a large organization
  • Ability to plan, analyze, and solve problems creatively and
    flexibly, both independently and in groups, and to succeed in a complex, rapidly changing environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills


  • Advanced degree in music
  • Experience in an academic research library
  • Experience processing archival collections
  • Experience cataloging rare music materials
  • Experience managing cataloging and metadata projects and complex workflows
  • Interest and participation in national and regional groups related to music cataloging

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About MLA

The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.