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Research Librarian for the Performing Arts

Organization: University of California, Irvine
Date Posted: 10/28/2013
City: Irvine
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: Position Closed - Do Not Apply

Description & Details

Duties and Responsibilities

In the area of collection development, the Research Librarian for Performing Arts will be responsible for the selection, assessment, and management of collections and resources in music, dance, and drama.  Depending on the profile of the successful candidate, the position may also assume responsibility for collection development in one or more of the following languages:  German; Spanish and Portuguese; French and Italian.  The incumbent will serve as liaison to the faculty and students in these subject areas to ensure that their information needs are being met, as well as to promote the Libraries’ services and resources. The incumbent will also explore how the Libraries can assist faculty with digital arts projects and research. The incumbent will be responsible for monitoring budgets and making collections decisions that support the teaching and research needs of the University of California, Irvine.  As a member of the Collection Development Department, the incumbent may take a lead role in various library-wide collection development projects and initiatives.

The Research Librarian for Performing Arts will provide specialized reference and research consultations in music, dance, and drama.  The Research Librarian will also maintain sufficient knowledge to provide effective general reference assistance in a variety of modes including in-person, telephone, and digital reference.  Occasional weekend and evening shifts may be required.  The incumbent will provide subject-based instruction and develop and update subject guides in support of research in music, dance, and drama and will also participate in the Libraries’ instruction program for students enrolled in lower-division writing courses and other information literacy initiatives.    



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Educational background in music, dance, or drama or experience providing reference, instruction and/or collection development in the performing arts.
  • Strong interest in instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library services and resources.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in instruction, collection development, research, and reference in the subject areas of music, dance, and drama.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and in a dynamically changing environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.  


  • Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in the design and delivery of library services in support of the academic mission of the university.
  • Reading knowledge of German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Italian
  • Experience managing or leading projects.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within the performing arts disciplines.
  • Understanding of publishing trends and issues in the field of music.
  • Interest in assisting faculty with digital arts projects and research.

Deadline for Applications: 

Applications received by November 18, 2013 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.   

How to Apply / Contact

Electronic applications are preferred.  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their application materials including: cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant, to:   E-mail: Library Human Resources UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557 Irvine, CA 92623-9557 Confidential fax:  (949) 824-3270  

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.


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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.