Music & Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian

Lexington, KY
Mar 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Kentucky Libraries seeks an experienced, collaborative, creative, flexible, and user-oriented professional for the position of Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian in the Collection, Digital Scholarship, and Technical Services Division (CTS). The successful candidate will manage the cataloging and discovery of print and electronic resources in the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, which includes music, art, arts administration, dance, photography, and theater. Reporting to the Director of Cataloging & Database Integrity, the Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian will serve as Unit Head for Music and Fine Arts Cataloging, and as such will demonstrate collegiality, cooperation, and engagement in planning and executing the CTS strategic initiatives.
As Unit Head, the Librarian will supervise staff, graduate assistant(s), and students in technical services at the Fine Arts Library. The Unit will be responsible for providing original and complex copy cataloging of materials in multiple formats (including scores, sound recordings, video recordings, books, and artists' books), as well as database maintenance, technical processing, binding, and inventory projects. The Librarian will also be responsible for authority work, including creation of original and corrected records for NACO; managing special cataloging projects; and the overall management of technical services processing. The Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian will be expected to remain current with constantly evolving cataloging rules and practices. Working closely with the other catalogers in the Cataloging & Database Integrity Department, the Librarian will participate in establishing and refining local procedures and policies.

Position is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position.
The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university of approximately 32,000 students, 3,500 faculty, and 15,000 staff dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. With over 200 academic programs across sixteen colleges and professional schools, the University plays a critical leadership role by promotion diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.

Located in the beautiful bluegrass region of central Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Libraries includes the main William T. Young Library, Medical Center Library, Special Collections Research Center, Agricultural Information Center, Fine Arts Library, Design Library, Education Library, Transportation Library, Lexmark Library, and Science & Engineering Library. Combined library holdings total more than four million volumes. The system has a faculty of 60 and a support and professional staff of 108. UK Libraries currently uses the Ex Libris Alma and Primo systems. UK Libraries memberships include the Association of Research Libraries, LYRASIS, ASERL, and the Center for Research Libraries. UK is a regional depository for government publications.

To apply, interested applicants must complete a UK Online Academic Profile at and attach two documents:
• Curriculum vitae
• Cover letter

Please include contact information for three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system. In addition, references will be contacted via phone to follow up on the reference letters that are provided.

If you have any questions, contact H/R employment, phone (859) 257-9555, press 2.
The application deadline is April 19th, 2017.

Job Title
Music & Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian

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Work Location
Lexington, KY

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Required Education

• ALA-accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science, or equivalent advanced degree.
• Undergraduate degree in music or related field.

Required Related Experience

• Experience cataloging scores and sound recordings.
• Two or more years of academic, conservatory, or research library experience.
• Supervisory and project management experience.
• Experience cataloging with RDA (with LC-PCC PS and Music Library Association Best Practices), Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Classification, MARC 21, and OCLC.
• Experience with principles of authority control.
• Bibliographic knowledge of one or more Western European languages other than English.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well with diverse constituencies.
• Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position through research, publication, and/or professional engagement.

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Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

• Advanced degree in music or art.
• Experience with AACR2 and other cataloging and metadata standards.
• Experience with cataloging and metadata for electronic and digital resources.
• Experience with NACO.

Deadline to Apply

Open Untill Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents


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