Job location: Coral Gables, FL

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-12-09
Req: R100051338
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Head of the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library
University of Miami Libraries
Coral Gables, Florida


The University of Miami Libraries (UML) seeks a dynamic, collaborative leader for the position of Head of the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library that is embedded in the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. Located on the edge of Lake Osceola on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami, the library is a 22,500 square-foot facility that houses nationally-known collections of sound recordings, musical theater archives, manuscripts, and other resources and offers more than 150 seats for individual and collaborative study. The new Head of the Music Library will develop and implement a new vision for the Music Library to align with the Frost School’s unique curriculum, “The Frost Method,” and the UML strategic plan; serve as UML’s lead liaison librarian for the Frost School of Music by offering library instructional and consultation services for faculty and students; oversee the Music Library’s staff, services, resources, and spaces in collaboration with Access Services and Collections Strategies; and promote the Music Library among the broader University and public. Depending on the individual’s area of specialty and qualifications, the librarian may also have the opportunity to teach in the Frost School. In addition, the Head will advise the Frost School of Music on the future of the Ensemble Library, which is separately administered.



Reporting to the Associate Dean for Learning and Research Services (LRS), the Head of the Music Library will:

Serve as the lead liaison librarian for the Frost School of Music

  • Foster collaborative working relationships with students, teaching faculty, and researchers in the Frost School of Music to promote and develop UML’s services.
  • Offer consultative and instructional/teaching services on music resources, information literacy, scholarly communications, and related topics for undergraduate students, graduate students, teaching faculty, and faculty researchers.
  • Select music resources to support students and faculty in the Frost School of Music and contribute to larger UML collection development initiatives.
  • Collaborate with librarians with expertise in data services and GIS to provide coordinated support for digital scholarship.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in UML’s Distinctive Collections (Special Collections, University Archives, and the Cuban Heritage Collection) to support the use of rare and unique music sources, housed separately.
  • Maintain familiarity with learning and research trends in the Frost School of Music and adapt library services and support in response.
  • Share professional expertise, knowledge and ideas with other UML liaison librarians and functional specialists who support students and faculty.
  • Maintain familiarity with current and emerging approaches to pedagogy in higher education and music education.
  • Serve as member of the Liaison Librarian Council.

Lead the Music Library

  • Develop and implement a new vision for the Music Library to align with the “The Frost Method” curriculum and the UML strategic plan
  • Oversee a Music Library staff of approximately 5.0 FTE staff members and student employees jointly supervised by functional specialists in Access Services and Collections Strategies.
  • Manage the library’s budgets (collections’ allocations and gift funds, operational funds, and student employee wages) in coordination with the UML Budget Manager and Head of Acquisitions.
  • Establish building, service, and staffing hours in coordination with UML Access Services.
  • Ensure a safe and welcoming library building in coordination with UML Facilities.
  • Collaborate with the Director of the Learning Commons to ensure that students have access to academic service support and programs.
  • Collaborate with the Head of the Creative Studio to ensure the ongoing development of the Weeks Music Library Creative Studio.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Digital Initiatives to increase awareness of and access to Music Library collections and to foster the use of digital collections in teaching, learning, and research.
  • Coordinate cataloging and preservation of specialized music materials in collaboration with UML Metadata and Discovery Services and Preservation Strategies.
  • Manage content in promotional materials and on the Music Library’s website and social media accounts in coordination with UML Creative Services.
  • Gather and provide data on usage of library services and spaces in coordination with the Assessment Librarian.
  • Represent the Music Library in engagements with donors, prospective donors, etc., as needed.
  • Represent the Library on the UML Department Representatives Council.
  • Lead special programs, projects, and other initiatives, as appropriate. These may include events and exhibits developed collaboratively with other library units.
  • In pursuit of the Libraries’ and University’s strategic objectives, models the University’s “DIRECCT” values (diversity, integrity, responsibility, excellence, compassion, creativity, and teamwork) and actively works to promote them.

Serve the University and library communities

  • Serve on University and Library committees, task forces, and teams. Committee membership opportunities include service on such groups as the Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion Council; Indigenous Studies Group; and Metadata Remediation Working Group.
  • Network, collaborate and actively participate in local, regional, national, or international organizations.
  • Represent and promote the University of Miami Libraries in professional organizations.


  • ALA accredited master’s degree or equivalent and experience in an academic or research library setting.
  • Bachelor's degree in music, or equivalent demonstrated subject knowledge of music and musicology.
  • Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging trends in music education and librarianship.
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervisory, and management skills.
  • Demonstrated professional accomplishments relevant to the position, which may include scholarly publications, teaching experience, and library-related publications.
  • Knowledge of digital tools and technologies needed in music.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and collaboratively and to establish and maintain strong relationships with a diverse community of faculty, students, and colleagues.


  • PhD in music, musicology, or related field or advanced degree in Library Science and advanced degree in music, musicology, or related field.
  • Demonstrated understanding of copyright and its relevance to music libraries.
  • Fluency or near-native fluency in a second language.


THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common mission of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making the University a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 16,000 faculty and staff from all over the world.

THE LIBRARY: The University of Miami Libraries (UML) rank among the top 50 research libraries in North America with a collection of over 4 million volumes and 123,652 current serial subscriptions. UML comprises six libraries across the University’s three campuses. UML locations on the Coral Gables campus include: the Otto G. Richter Library (the central, interdisciplinary library); the Paul Buisson Architecture Library; the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center; and the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library. The downtown Miami campus hosts the Louis Calder Memorial Library. The Virginia Key campus hosts the Rosenstiel Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. Libraries at the School of Law and the Department of Ophthalmology in the Medical School are administered independently. The University of Miami Libraries provide support and services for 11,307 undergraduates, 6,504 graduate students, and 16,846 full and part time faculty and staff. UML employs 103 professionals (including 70 librarian faculty), 78 support staff and 90 student employees. UML is a member of and contributor to the Association of Research Libraries, Association of Southeast Research Libraries, Association of Academic Health Science Libraries, Council on Library and Information Resources, OCLC Research Library Partners, International Federation of Library Associations, Center for Research Libraries, International Association of University Libraries, Library Publishing Coalition, Digital Library Federation, Hathi Trust, Academic Preservation Trust, Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries, Florida Collaboration of Academic Libraries of Medicine and Southeast Florida Library and Information Network. UML licenses electronic resources through the Northeast Research Libraries and Lyrasis consortia. UML is a member of the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, Scholars Trust and Florida Academic Repository (FLARE).

Salary and Benefits:

Compensation will be competitive and will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the person selected. This is a non-tenure track faculty appointment at the Associate Librarian Professor rank. The University of Miami offers a comprehensive benefits package including: 403b retirement plan; medical, dental, and vision benefits; life, disability, and long-term care insurance available; tuition remission; thirteen paid holidays; and twenty-two days annual vacation. Additional employment benefits available include credit union; Employee Assistance Program; bookstore and sporting event discounts; and optional fee-based membership in a state-of-the-art wellness center. Moving allowance is available. No state or local income taxes.


Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2022. Applications should be submitted here and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references. Materials should be combined in one .pdf file and uploaded when prompted for one’s Resume/CV (5MB max).

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. The university has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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