Sound Archives Librarian, Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound
The Stanford University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the Sound Archives Librarian. This is an Academic Staff continuing appointment. Applicants should apply via: https://careersearch.stanford.edu/. Please supply a cover letter, a complete statement of qualifications, a full resume including education and relevant experience, and the names and addresses of three references with knowledge of one's professional qualifications for this position. Review of applications will begin on December 1 and applications will be received until a successful candidate is appointed.
The sound archives librarian is responsible for the arrangement and description of archival collections of sound recordings and related materials in the Archive of Recorded Sound to allow efficient discovery of the items and collections, providing public service and reference to ARS patrons, collaborating with the Media Preservation Lab to digitize recordings for patrons on demand in fulfillment of their research requests and on digital preservation projects, creating and maintaining content for the Archive's website, supervising the ARS operations manager and student staff, and collection development work in conjunction with the Head Librarian including working with donors of recording collections, assessing gift collections, and other acquisitions. An asterisk indicates core responsibilities.
Position no.: 80984
Position Title: Sound Archives Librarian
Job Classification: Librarian 2
Location: Archive of Recorded Sound
Reporting to: Head Librarian, Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound
Appointment Date: As soon as possible.
Collection Development (25%)
*Works with donors to assess and recommend gift collections for addition to the collection.
* Cultivates, maintains, and assists the Head Librarian with ongoing relationships with donors.
*Answers reference questions from patrons regarding the ARS collections and related public service duties.
*Maintains the ARS website by revising and writing new text using Drupal and regularly contributes blog posts to bring important materials to the attention of the public.
*Conducts tours, class and public presentations, and other outreach activities.
*Promotes the Archive's services and resources to Music department faculty, students, and staff, and to the wider SU community
Archival Arrangement and Description (25%)
* Arranges archival sound recordings in all formats and materials related to collections of sound recordings according to accepted archival practices and standards to facilitate discovery for research and use.
* Describes archival sound recording collections and related materials by creating finding aids using DACS and EAD applying LCSH and authority records according to archival standards.
* Applies more product, less process principles to incoming collections to insure timely processing of new archival collections.
* Prepares detailed finding aids for collections selected for more in-depth description.
* Prepares processed archival collections for transfer to SAL 3.
Digital transfer and Preservation (10%)
*Sends individual audio recordings for preservation, personal research, or class use to the Media Lab for digitization and manages the digital audio files on the Archive's server.
*Collaborates with Media Preservation lab to manage digitization workflow for large digitization projects.
* Works with Media Preservation and DLSS to process and preserve born-digital sound recordings and related material.
*In collaboration with technicians and expert partners, keeps software up to date, and performs routine maintenance & repair for the Archive's audio equipment.
*Manages scheduling of use of audio room, and supervises operations manager in audio room tasks.
*Oversees inventory control of ARS collections performed by the operations manager and student assistants including barcoding, shelving, and paging materials to and from remote storage.
*Supervises the Operations Manager and student assistants in the Archive of Recorded Sound.
Assists in the preparation and writing of grant proposals.
Other Duties (5%)
Other duties as assigned.
Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries and two to five or more years of relevant experience in a relevant library setting or a combination of education and relevant experience.
B.A. in music or equivalent or work in progress toward the degree is required with demonstrated subject knowledge of music history and theory. A graduate degree in music is highly desirable.
Knowledge of reference materials and research tools in music and audio recordings; knowledge of audio recording history; and knowledge of discography is required.
Knowledge of audio archives principles and practices is required. At least 2 years of experience working in a sound archive is required.
Knowledge of DACS, EAD, LCSH, authorities, XML as used in archives is desirable with the ability to learn archival description rapidly is required.
Experience with Sirsi Symphony, ArchivesSpace, and Drupal is desired with the ability to learn these systems rapidly is required.
Theoretical and practical knowledge of digitization principles and practices, preferably with specific experience in media digitization and with audio equipment. Proficiency with WaveLab or other audio digitization applications desirable. Basic knowledge of audio preservation best practices.
Ability to manage staff positions and student assistants. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Sound working knowledge of at least one modern European language, German, French or Italian strongly preferred; working knowledge of other European languages
Deep understanding and engagement with the range of library operations, trends and practices.
Demonstrated understanding of the broad scope of library operations with ability to understand how their role interacts with the rest of the organization.
Evidence of professional contribution and achievement beyond the library may be expected.
Demonstrated success in engaging with colleagues across the University and beyond in a collaborative and construction fashion.
Ability to manage projects, develop policies or drive library initiatives across functional lines.
Evidence of engagement in relevant professional or academic communities.
Ability to identify challenges and opportunities, engage others in their resolution and recommend appropriate courses of action.
Consistent display of excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
The libraries of Stanford University consist of over nine million volumes and over 400 staff members and include the University Libraries system and five "coordinate" (school or institution) libraries. The Stanford University Libraries consist of a main research library (Green Library) plus research branch libraries serving the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
The Archive of Recorded Sound was established in 1958 and is one of the largest sound archives in the United States. It was one of the first major collections devoted to the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of historically and artistically significant sound recordings. The Archive's holdings number over 450,000 ranging from early cylinder recordings to the latest digital files and includes a comprehensive reference collection on recording history and discography. The staff of the Archive comprises 2 FTE professional staff and 1 FTE support staff plus student assistants and works closely with the staff of the Music Library, which consists of 3 FTE professional staff and 3 FTE support staff plus student assistants.
The Archive of Recorded Sound is part of the Public Services Program that reports to the Assistant University Librarians for Public Services and Collection Development.
Stanford is committed to the principles of diversity and encourages applications from women, members of ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.