Sound Recordings Librarian

Music Library

To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than

Friday, April 28, 2006.  *A copy of the Notice of Vacancy is appended

to this Update.*

For more information, contact Charles E. Chamberlin, Deputy Director of
Libraries, Office of the Dean, 482 Allen Library, 5-1978,
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February 10, 2006

TITLE:                 Sound Recordings Librarian, Music Library

LOCATION:         Music Library


Among the largest academic research libraries in North America and winner

of the 2004 ACRL "Excellence in Academic Libraries Award," the University

of Washington Libraries has a collection of more than six million cataloged

volumes, an equal number in microform format, more than 50,000 serial 

and a combined media collection of well over 27,000 items. Yet beyond the

strength of local collections and networked resources, excellent service

programs, knowledgeable staff, diverse facilities and size of budget, the

Libraries is known for innovation, responsiveness and an integrated planning

and assessment process that makes the user-centered library not just a

goal, but a reality. Students and faculty recognize the value provided by

the Libraries and rank the Libraries as the most important source of

information for their work. The Libraries also receives the highest

satisfaction rating of any academic service on the surveys of graduating

seniors conducted by the Office of Educational Assessment. The Libraries

was commended in the University's 2003 accreditation review for its rich

collection, well-qualified staff, and "exceptional service to students, 

development, and a commitment to planning and assessment of service."


The Music Library is one of the 15 branches of the University of Washington

Libraries.  The Music Library holds over 68,000 books and scores, 43,000

sound recordings and other media, and about 300 subscriptions to current

periodicals. It is located in the School of Music, whose students and 

are the primary clients.  The Listening Center, located in the lower level, 

onsite audio and video playback equipment.  In collaboration with the Media

Center, located in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUGL), the Listening

Center is planning a shift to a digital sound and video delivery system, 



The Libraries seeks a creative and innovative individual to lead the 

of multimedia delivery and services at the Music Library of the University 

Washington.  The successful candidate must be knowledgeable in building a

sound and video recording collection, have a solid background in music 

and have experience working with cutting-edge multimedia technology. 

encouraged to apply are candidates who demonstrate an ability to work 

and collaboratively, and are skilled in forging and maintaining strong 

within and outside the library.

Under the general direction of the Head, Music Library, the Sound Recordings

Librarian participates in collection development of sound and video 

recommends the design and development of facilities and equipment in the

Listening Center, develops a preservation program for the recording 

catalogs audio-visual materials for the Music Library, provides reference 

user services including staffing the Music Library reference desk, acts as 

liaison, and performs other duties as assigned.


Responsible for collection development of sound and video recordings for

the Music Library and Listening Center.

Recommends the design and development of facilities and equipment to

support services of the Listening Center.  Conducts evaluation of adequacy

and suitability of facilities, equipment, materials, and services. 

policies for maintenance of materials and equipment.

Advocates and coordinates multimedia enhancements in the Music Library

in coordination with Digital Initiatives Programs, Information Technology

Services, and other departments with the Libraries and on campus.

Maintains contact and builds effective relationship with the Media 

Technician at the School of Music on projects.

Catalogs Music Library audio-visual materials in accordance with AACR2,

producing original cataloging records as well as editing cataloging records

from the OCLC database.  Maintains cataloging records for the audio-visual

collection for the Music Library

Oversees the work of technicians for cataloging and catalog maintenance.

Participates in the preservation of sound recordings and works with the

Music Library's Special Projects Librarian in this and other areas.

In coordination with other music librarians, provides reference service,

including bibliographic instruction and other user education activities as

part of the public services program in the Music Library.

Maintains contact and builds effective relationships with faculty in the

School of Music.

Collaborates with the Head of Multimedia Services, OUGL, and other

librarians on campus regarding media materials.

Participates in library committees and meetings; represents the Music

Library in the Cataloging Policy Committee.

Participates in discussions of the Music Library and Listening Center

policies; provides specific contributions in assigned areas of 

Develops grant proposals for preservation and other projects and programs

in the Listening Center.

Performs other duties as assigned or required.


Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library

Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies


Experience in an academic library environment.

Working knowledge of the issues in digitization and delivery of digital

content in an academic environment.

Experience in answering music reference inquiries.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Ability to work independently and with others in a demanding and rapidly

changing environment.

Strong commitment to user-centered services.

Flexibility and adaptability with a good sense of humor.

The ability to represent the Libraries on campus, regionally, and 

Evidence of initiative and resourcefulness in past activities.


Two years experience working in a research music library.

Experience in collection development in music, especially in sound and

 video recordings.

Experience in music cataloging, especially sound and video cataloging.

Masters Degree, or equivalent, in music history or other fields of music.

Knowledge of copyright and licensing issues related to media.

Successful experience in a variety of public service, technical service,

and/or information technology functions.

Experience in managing a diverse range of activities in a highly visible,

pressured academic environment.

Proven ability to develop technology deployment plans, including analysis

of cost/benefit issues.


$40,000 minimum.  Starting salary commensurate with qualifications

and background.


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of 

Retirement Plan (TIAA-CREF, The Vanguard Group, and/or Fidelity Investments)

on a matching basis.  Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24 working days per 

sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year.  No state or local 
income tax.


Charles E. Chamberlin

Senior Associate Dean

University of Washington Libraries

482 Allen Library

Box 352900

Seattle, Washington  98195-2900

Applicants should submit a letter of application, full resume including a

work telephone number, e-mail address, salary requirements, and the

names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who

are knowledgeable of the applicant's qualifications for this position.


To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than

5:00 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2006

University of Washington Libraries' Home Page is: and the

Music Library's home page is 

The University of Washington, an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Employer, is building culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages

applications from female and minority candidates.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the

University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment

authorization of each new employee.