We are pleased to announce the following position opening.  Please  
feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

With all best wishes,

Deborah Campana
Conservatory Librarian
Oberlin Conservatory Library
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Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the James and Susan  
Newmann Jazz Collection
Posted Date: Apr 22, 2010
Application Due Date: Jun 15, 2010
Department: Oberlin Conservatory Library
The Oberlin Conservatory Library seeks an innovative, experienced  
librarian/curator to join its staff. This is a full-time, 12-month,  
Administrative and Professional Staff position reporting to the  
Conservatory Librarian.

Responsibilities: Oversee the development, curation, arrangement,  
description, access, and promotion of the James and Susan Neumann Jazz  
Collection and other Conservatory Library special collections; promote  
use of special collections, including the development of virtual and  
onsite exhibits, independently and in cooperation with faculty and  
visiting researchers; work with Conservatory Library Public Services  
to coordinate reference, instruction and outreach activities; work  
with Conservatory Library Technical Services to coordinate the  
organization, access, and preservation of the Conservatory Library’s  
special collections; work with the Library’s Digital Projects  
Workgroup to design and implement special collections digitization  
projects; create inventories and other types of finding aids and  
descriptive tools; create presentations on various aspects of special  
collections; develop liaison relations with jazz studies program;  
train and supervise staff in special collections projects; develop and  
implement grant proposals and projects associated with the  
Conservatory Library’s Special Collections; and remain informed of  
developments in recording and digital technology, archival studies,  
copyright policy, preservation, and professional ethics.

Requirements: ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library Science or  
equivalent accredited graduate archives management program;  
musicological background or extensive musical training with emphasis  
on American music and jazz; three years professional library or  
archives experience; knowledge of and experience with digital library  
technologies, standards, and web design; demonstrated proficiency with  
computers and software including Office suite, the Web, and library- 
relevant information technology applications; experience in archival  
processing and digital information technologies toward use in a  
special collections setting; successful supervisory experience;  
excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills;  
ability to relate well to donors and vendors; ability to work  
creatively and collaboratively as a team member; excellent  
organizational and project management skills; and commitment to  
professional development demonstrated through strong interest in local  
or national committee work, research, and publication.

Desired Qualifications: Graduate degree in musicology with emphasis on  
American music and jazz.
Compensation: Within the range established for this position, salary  
is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Excellent benefits package (summary available at 

About the Oberlin Conservatory Library: The Oberlin Conservatory  
Library is one of three branch libraries on the Oberlin campus, and  
the only one to offer a complete array of library services providing  
all public and technical services as well as collection development of  
scores, sound recordings, books, and journals. The Conservatory  
Library currently employs three professional librarians, the special  
collections curator, paraprofessional staff, and approximately 10 FTE  
student assistant staff. The Conservatory Library’s general collection  
exceeds 250,000 books, scores, sound recordings and serials  
subscriptions representative of all historical periods of Western art  
music as well as world, jazz, folk, and popular music.
President Barack Obama awarded the 2009 National Medal of the Arts to  
the Oberlin Conservatory in recognition of the wealth and depth of its  
creative expressions. This spring marks another milepost in  
Conservatory history when a fourth building is added to the complex.  
Noted for its gold LEED standard design and as the new home for the  
Conservatory’s jazz program and recording studio, the Bertram and  
Judith Kohl Building will also house the Conservatory Library’s  
special collections, including: the Violin Society of America/H. K.  
Goodkind Collection of books on all aspects of stringed instruments;  
the books, music, and documents of Frederick (Eric) R. Selch which  
focus on American music and instruments; and the James and Susan  
Neumann collection of jazz recordings and memorabilia.

About the Library System: Recipient of the 2002 ACRL Excellence in  
Academic Libraries award, the Oberlin College Library is one of the  
nation’s largest and most complex college library systems. Its 1.4  
million cataloged volumes are located in the main library, three  
branches (art, music, and science), and on- and off-site storage  
facilities. The Academic Commons in the main library integrates  
learning support services from across campus. It features  
collaborative study spaces, combined circulation/reserve desk,  
research help desk, technology support office, computer classroom,  
multimedia lab, writing center, current reading area, and café. The  
Library is a member of OhioLINK, has been a federal depository since  
1858, and is fully automated with Innovative Millennium, ILLiad  
interlibrary loan, and EMS event scheduling systems, as well as  
CONTENTdm and DSpace servers. The Library’s special collections  
include outstanding holdings in literature, drama, history, religion,  
history of the book, book arts, music, and political and social  
movements. The rich holdings of the College Archives document the  
history and development of the College and the town of Oberlin as well  
as social and religious movements related to the College’s history,  
such as antislavery, black education, coeducation, missions,  
temperance, cultural diversity, ecology, and the environment. The  
Library is committed to advocacy for open access and scholarly  
communication initiatives, enhanced information access through  
technology and digitization projects, educating and empowering users,  
and creating welcoming spaces that foster academic community. The  
Library has an active diversity program and provides support for  
professional development activities.

About Oberlin: Oberlin College, an independent coeducational  
institution with 2,800 undergraduates, is one of America’s most  
distinguished liberal arts colleges, deeply committed to academic and  
artistic excellence, social justice, and service learning. Founded in  
1833, its heritage is one of respect for the individual and active  
engagement with the larger society. It was the first coeducational  
institution to grant bachelor's degrees to women and the first to  
adopt a policy of admitting students of color; the College was also  
among the first to prohibit discrimination based on sexual  
orientation. Oberlin has been the source of more Ph.D.s than any other  
liberal arts college. Its Conservatory of Music is internationally  
renowned for preparing students for careers as professional musicians  
and music educators. The College's size, residential character,  
diversity, and selectivity create an atmosphere enhancing intellectual  
and personal growth. More information about Oberlin College can be  
found at
Oberlin, Ohio (pop. 8,600), is a diverse community with a vibrant  
cultural life located 35 miles from Cleveland. In 2004, The National  
Trust for Historic Preservation named Oberlin as one of 12  
“Distinctive Destinations” in the United States for its remarkable  
architecture, public spaces, and cultural offerings.

To Apply: Please provide letter of interest, résumé, and names of  
three references (including address, email, and phone number).  
Applicants are encouraged to email documentation to [log in to unmask] 
  (MS Word or PDF formats preferred). Alternatively, applications may  
also be mailed to: Conservatory Special Collections Librarian Search  
Committee, Main Library, Mudd Center, 148 West College Street,  
Oberlin, OH 44074-1545. Application review begins immediately and may  
continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, submit  
applications by June 15, 2010.
Oberlin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The  
College actively seeks a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse  
staff and student body.
April 22, 2010 / APS10-229

Deborah Campana
Conservatory Librarian
Oberlin Conservatory Library
77 W. College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
440/775-5128        fax 440/775-8203
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