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Music Librarian - Lib I/II Continuing

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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 812678
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Libraries
Department: Libraries 10056536
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 65000.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Library/Museums/Archives, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Working/Functional Title

Music Librarian - Lib I/II Cont

Position Summary

The Michigan State University Libraries (MSUL) seek an energetic, knowledgeable, and innovative person to provide leadership in the provision of music library services and collections and to serve as Head of the Music Library. The position requires engagement and collaboration with faculty, students, and the wider community to proactively develop creative new services and collections that meet our users’ changing needs.

As Head of the Music Library, this position will develop collaborative relationships with campus programs, faculty, and students from the College of Music, the Residential College for the Arts and Humanities, the Center for Integrated Studies in the Arts and Humanities, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, the Theatre Department, and others with teaching and research needs in music and associated areas. Areas of interest in the College of Music include musical performance and its methods, specific instruments, technical studies, music history, music education, music therapy, critical analysis, and ethnomusicology. The interest on campus encompasses Western classical music (including band, orchestra, and opera), sacred and secular vocal and choral music, jazz, contemporary American popular music, digital music, and the role of music in multi-media presentations, film, and commercial media such as advertising.

Reporting to the Humanities Coordinator, this librarian will be responsible for meeting music-related information needs of MSU students, faculty and staff through library instruction services, in-depth reference, and digital services. An important component of this position is acquiring and maintaining relevant library collections in all suitable formats. As Head of the Music Library, this position oversees two part-time staff members and several student employees.

The successful candidate must be broadly focused and collaborative in order to meet evolving campus needs. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development and scholarly activities related to their position in addition to serving on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

The MSU Libraries Strategic Plan guides our current and future work. The candidate will enthusiastically partner with our diverse campus to develop our welcoming multicultural environment. More information on MSU and the MSU Libraries’ dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is available at:

Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 4,900 faculty, 39,000 under-graduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Library and Information Science

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment;
  • Exceptional commitment to patron and community engagement;
  • Ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently;
  • Ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Preparation and commitment to conducting independent scholarship consistent with a library faculty appointment;
  • Capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and an intention to work in and foster a collaborative, respectful culture.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive, enthusiastic, and productive collaborations working with diverse audiences, constituencies, and colleagues including faculty, students, administrators, consortia partners, and national organizations as appropriate.

Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in music.
  • Academic library and supervisory experience.

Required Application Materials

Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, CV/resume, and names, addresses and email addresses of three references (2 must be present/past supervisors) to

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Minimum salary $65,000. Salary is negotiable. MSU provides generous fringe benefits. For questions, please contact Jacquelyn Hansen,, at MSU Libraries Human Resources Department.

Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

The Libraries are at the center of academic life at Michigan State University, providing expertise, collections, and infrastructure for discovery and creation. We facilitate connections that support research, teaching, and learning in our local and global communities. Discover more about us at:

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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