Director of the World Music Archives & Music Librarian

at Wesleyan University (view profile)
Location Middletown, Connecticut
Date Posted April 16, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Twitter Handle @wesleyan_lib


The World Music Archives, established as a teaching collection in 1953 by Wesleyan Professor David McAllester, holds recordings of field music from India, Indonesia, Japan, and Native Americans that are among the most significant in the world. The Wesleyan Music Library houses the library’s collection of musical scores and recordings with key strengths in World Music and 20th/21st-century experimental music.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Academic Services, the Director of the World Music Archives / Music Librarian is responsible for the oversight, management, and policies of the World Music Archives and the Music Library, with a special emphasis on discovery, digitization, and preservation of unique materials.

Responsibilities include

  • Overseeing the preservation, cataloging, discovery, and rights management of the World Music Archives; working with donors; and engaging users, including graduate students in world music, ethnomusicology, and composition.
  • Supervising Music Library services and staff, undergraduate, and graduate students.
  • Collaborating with faculty and students to integrate the World Music Archives and the music collections with teaching and research, including reference and instruction for both undergraduate and graduate curricula.
  • Serving as liaison to the Music Department and one or more additional fields, including selection of scores, recordings, and monographs.
  • Working creatively, collaboratively, and effectively in promoting teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the Wesleyan Library and across the institution.
  • Serving on library and campus committees.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate degree and at least one year of experience working with music or in a related field, a familiarity with music in diverse areas of the world or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated passion for music and understanding of the impact of music on undergraduate education.
  • Experience with evolving digital standards and practices for music distribution and preservation.
  • Experience with the care and handling of sound recordings in different formats.
  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate successfully within the library and across the campus community.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of music faculty and students.
  • Excellent high touch customer service skills and attitude.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced study of world music/ethnomusicology or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a library setting along with progressive responsibility.
  • Demonstrated successful teaching record.
  • In-depth knowledge of preservation methods for printed music and endangered music formats.
  • Working knowledge of standards and best practices for the description, cataloging, and discovery of media collections.
  • Successful record of grant writing and external funding.
  • Knowledge of one or more languages represented in the music archives.