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Performing Arts Librarian

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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Under the direction of the Head of Arts, Humanities, and Media, the Performing Arts Librarian provides general reference and specialized research consultations in person and virtually, by appointment and upon request. The Librarian supports the students, faculty, and staff of The Boyer College of Music and Dance and the Department of Theater.

The Librarian develops print and web based instructional materials and counsels faculty in developing effective information literacy assignments and activities. To encourage engagement with the library, the librarian conducts outreach and promotion to the faculty in their assigned liaison areas and with the wider campus community through committee participation, attendance at collegial meetings and events, and email. Provides library instruction to students in their area of responsibility as well as for undergraduates in the general education curriculum. 
Develops and manages electronic and print collections in assigned subject areas. Works closely with performing arts faculty and students and members of Temple University Libraries’ Outreach and Communications team to coordinate performing arts events throughout the fall and spring semesters. Performs other duties as assigned.

Temple University Libraries serves the Temple community and beyond, including more than 37,000 students; over 2,000 full-time faculty; and researchers and visitors on Main, Center City, and Health Sciences Center campuses in Philadelphia and on our Ambler and Harrisburg campuses. We are committed to providing research and learning services, offering open access to our facilities and information resources, and fostering innovation and experimentation. Our collections total more than four million physical and digital titles, over 275,000 print and electronic journal subscriptions, and more than 700 research databases. We also collect, preserve, and provide access to a broad universe of special collections, including rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and more. As part of our library enterprise, the award-winning Temple University Press supports our mission to advance learning and scholarship.

Required Education and Experience:
ALA accredited MLS and three years’ experience as a Music Librarian.

Required Skills and Abilities:
•Demonstrated ability to provide research assistance and instructional services. Current awareness of issues and trends in public services for academic libraries.
•Demonstrated experience with Springshare products (e.g., LibAnswer and LibChat, LibCal, LibGuides).
•Knowledge of traditional and contemporary performing arts, especially music, dance, and theater.
•Familiarity with publishing trends and issues in the performing arts.
•Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
•Commitment to providing responsive and innovative services to a culturally and racially diverse campus.

•Advanced degree in Music, Musicology, or related field
•Experience with ordering music scores in a library context.
•Experience with event planning.
•Basic knowledge of pedagogy, learning science or other evidence of training in the preparation and delivery of instruction.
•Basic understanding of systematic reviews as applied to Music Therapy, Music Education and/or related disciplines.
•Familiarity with software for creating instructional videos and tutorials.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus-Charles Library
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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