Music & Performing Arts Librarian

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Jun 21, 2022

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian

Job Description:

The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries seeks a creative and student-centered Music & Performing Arts Librarian. This is a year-round (12 month), tenure track library faculty position that supports the School of Music, the School of Theatre & Dance, and related interdisciplinary programs supported by the College of the Arts. This librarian provides specialized reference, consultation, and library instruction, and manages collections in all formats to support music, theatre and dance. The Music & Performing Arts Librarian will work collaboratively with other faculty and staff of the Architecture & Fine Arts Library to plan and deliver services to the wider audience served by that library, and to the University of Florida community. Additionally, this librarian will work collaboratively with faculty and staff associated with the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections to acquire collections, provide services, and plan events related to those materials.

The Smathers Libraries are committed to creating a thoughtful, equitable, and inclusive culture that provides space for innovation and creativity. We support that commitment by offering a fulfilling work experience that allows for collaboration, growth, and development as well as shared perspectives. To support all colleagues, students, faculty, and staff and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the libraries are actively seeking candidates who bring culturally rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and perspectives.

The library encourages broad participation in reaching decisions and consequently the Music & Performing Arts Librarian will contribute to discussions and provide input, and serve on various committees and teams. The Music & Performing Arts Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.


    • Serves as primary liaison between the Libraries and the administration, faculty, and students of the School of Music and the School of Theatre & Dance, taking initiative to identify and meet their resource and service expectations and to facilitate ongoing communication.
    • Develops research collections supporting music, theatre and dance in a systematic and balanced manner, managing budgets and selecting both current and retrospective materials in appropriate formats to support the curricular, research, and creative needs of the university community.
    • Provides both general and specialized reference and instructional services. This includes offering classes addressing research skills and information literacy, as well as the development of LibGuides and other online resources.
    • Analyzes the music and performing arts collections and services, and provides assessments, reports, and recommendations as required for strategic planning and statistical reporting.
    • Contributes to the efficient management of the Architecture & Fine Arts Library facilities, public service programs and technical functions. May be assigned to coordinate or manage activities or personnel in one or more areas.
    • Works collaboratively with faculty and staff associated with the Department of Special & Area Studies Collections to acquire collections, provide services, and plan events or exhibits related to special and archival collections.
    • Actively engages in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and creates a welcoming environment for all.
    • Pursues professional development opportunities including research, publication, grants, and professional service activities to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
Expected Salary:

$57,604 minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank

$66,626 minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank

The Smathers Libraries offer a salary commensurate with experience and credentials

Minimum Requirements:

Research indicates that applicants from underrepresented groups are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet the preferred qualifications.[1] We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop the preferred skills. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to communicate how their work and other experiences satisfy the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited or foreign equivalent program at time of appointment.
  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in music.
  • For appointment at Associate University Librarian rank, minimum eight (8) years of relevant experience required.
  • Broad knowledge of music, theatre, and dance literature as well as performance repertoire.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and/or perspectives in research, teaching, service, and other work.
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills and/or teaching, and/or training skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators, and the public.
  • Flexibility and the capacity to embrace innovation and change.
  • Strong potential to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion outlined in the departmental by-laws.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in music, theatre, or dance.
  • Work experience in a library supporting music, theatre, and/or dance.
  • Knowledge of musical score publishing and distribution industry practices and trends as it relates to collection development.
  • Understanding of copyright law regarding music, theatre, and dance materials in all formats and how it relates to the use of library collections.
  • Teaching experience either in a library or classroom setting.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Process

To apply, submit

  • a cover letter detailing your interest in, and qualifications for this position
  • your current resume or CV
  • a list of three references including their contact information (telephone number and email address)
  • a written statement regarding strategies for outreach to faculty and students in the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance. (250 words)

Apply by 11:55 pm (EST). Applications will be reviewed as received. Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Joe Piazza, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

The final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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