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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Music Librarian
Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Rank:  Librarian 3-5<>

Schedule:  Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at<>.

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library<>
The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library is one of the preeminent music research and performance collections in the world. The Music Library serves the entire music community at Yale, with special emphasis on the distinguished undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Music, the Department of Music, and the Institute of Sacred Music. The collections of the Music Library include more than 100,000 scores and parts for musical performance, 69,000 books about music, over 425 active serials, 35,000 LP recordings and compact discs, and extensive holdings of online resources, sheet music, microforms, and photographs. The Music Library is a leading repository of music manuscripts, archival collections, and early printed scores and books about music, and in this capacity serves an international community of music scholars. Closely affiliated with the Music Library are the Historical Sound Recordings collection and the Oral History, American Music project at Yale.

Reporting to the Director of Arts-Area Libraries, the Music Librarian is responsible for setting priorities in support of the University's teaching and research mission and oversees all administrative aspects of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, including management of public services, collection development, digital collections, technical services, personnel management, and facilities planning. Collection development activities include acquiring print and digital materials, archival collections, scores, manuscripts, and rare books. Directs and mentors a staff of six librarians, six support staff, 4.5 FTE student assistants, and fosters a creative, team-oriented work environment. The Music Librarian is expected to be active nationally in professional organizations.

Yale University librarians work in libraries across the Central, West, Medical, and Science campuses, to build, manage, and provide access to a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. They demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and imagination in their work and adapt to and help shape a continuously evolving work environment. Yale librarians provide consistently high quality service to the University, and help meet the needs of the local, national, and international teaching and research communities.

1.       The Librarian 3 is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals.

2.       Demonstrates continued effectiveness in job performance through evidence of increasing knowledge, understanding, and skill in performing the duties of his or her position.

3.       Demonstrates an ability to work effectively without supervision, to suggest new methods or procedures, and to foresee problems and suggest solutions.

4.       Provides substantive contributions to the library, university, and/or community.

5.       Provides substantive professional contributions at the regional, national, or international level.

6.       For a complete description of the position and department, please see the department URL.


1.       Analyzes, evaluates, and sets priorities for the efficient use of services, collections and funds. Advises the Dean of the School of Music, the Chair of the Department of Music, and the Director of the Institute of Sacred Music on library matters and is responsible for building strong partnerships with faculty and students, curators and librarians, and donors.

2.       Promotes the use of current and emerging technologies and advances the use of digital technology including the creation of web-based research tools. 3

3.       Coordinates the programs and collections of the Music Library with other libraries at Yale and elsewhere.

4.       Works independently with varied user groups in a complex organization and functions collaboratively in a team environment.

5.       Depending on the research activities of the successful candidate, this position may lead to opportunities for teaching in the music curriculum.

6.       The Music Librarian serves as a member of the Library Management Council in the setting of library-wide policies and is a member of the School & Department Libraries Council.

7.       May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned to work at the West Campus location in West Haven, CT.

Master's degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school and five years of related experience. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS.


1.        Demonstrated understanding of current developments in information and music librarianship with a proven ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library. Rudimentary knowledge of three or more Western European languages (preferably German, French, and/or Italian).

2.       In-depth knowledge of music literature and music reference sources. Strong commitment to collection building and to innovative public service programs, including the provision of information in electronic formats.

3.       Excellent customer service skills, flexibility and a strong commitment to innovation, creativity and excellence. Excellent problem solving skills, experience coordinating projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition.

4.       Demonstrated ability and achievement in a supervisory role. Ability to work cooperatively with others and foster teamwork.

5.       Appointments to the rank of Librarian 3 require at least 5 years of relevant professional experience and professional achievements; Librarian 4 requires at least 8 years of experience and professional achievements; Librarian 5 requires at least 12 years of experience and professional achievements.


1.       Five years of experience as a music librarian in a research library and/or a second Master's degree or PhD in music.

2.       Experience with special collections and donor relations.

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at<> for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 19078BR.  Please be sure to reference #19078BR in your cover letter.

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit<> for additional information on the background check requirements and process.


Suzanne Eggleston Lovejoy
Interim Music Librarian

Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Yale University Library
120 High Street / P.O. Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240
Tel. (203) 432-0495
FAX (203) 432-7339
office ML107M, Music Library, SML