Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University

POSITION #:  006060             REQ. #P2919

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Manager of Recorded Media works under the
supervision of the Centerís Coordinator of Research Collections in
overseeing the organization, development, preservation, maintenance, and
use of the Centerís holdings of recorded [primarily audio] media.  The
Centerís library and archive is recognized as one of the leading
institutional popular music collections in the U.S.; its audio
collections presently consist of 160,000 commercial sound recordings in
all historical formats, and hundred of hours of manuscript recordings.

Specific duties include:  Operating the Centerís audio restoration
laboratory to carry out the Centerís own preservation needs and to serve
a wide range of patrons and requests (from making reference-quality dubs
for research to re-mastering for commercial CD release or broadcast);
developing and executing audio preservation plans and policies for the
Center; developing original audio outreach projects such as radio shows
and CD releases; engaging in field/location recording; providing
reference assistance to a wide range of patrons; supervising the work of
one student assistant; assisting with general operations of the Center;
other duties as may be assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelorís degree in appropriate field.  Two years
relevant professional experience.  Graduate degree in audio engineering,
library science, archival work, or other relevant field desirable.

ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:  Experience working with sound
recordings in an archival setting and knowledge of specialized equipment
used for preservation work including turntables, phonographic styli,
restoration pre-amps, equalization and filtering devices, disc and tape
cleaning equipment, etc.  Knowledge of historic audio formats including
commercial 78 rpm discs, instantaneous discs, and magnetic tape, and
knowledge of proper preservation practices for them.  Knowledge of the
recommended practices and guidelines for archival restoration and
transfer of sound recordings, including digital formats.  Strong
knowledge of American popular music is highly desirable. Ability to
communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to work well with
others in an active, interdisciplinary research center that is part of a
large university community.

SALARY RANGE: $34,823 Ė 42,136.  Commensurate with experience.

FILING PROCEDURE: Interested applicants should submit the following
required materials: (1) a cover letter indicating interest in the
(2) a complete resume and (3) an MTSU Application for Employment Form,
available by printing off the Internet at:
or by calling (615) 898-2928. Official school transcripts will be
required of candidates selected for an interview.


Submit application materials to:
         MTSU Employment Office
         Cope Administration Building, Room 215
         Middle Tennessee State University
         Murfreesboro, TN  37132

Paul F. Wells, Director
Center for Popular Music
Box 41
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN  37132  USA
Fax: 615-898-5829