Head of Music Library Cataloging, William and Gayle Cook, Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, Bloomington IN Music Library, Bloomington IN

The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries are seeking an experienced music cataloger for the position of Head of Music Library Cataloging for the William and Gayle Cook Music Library.  Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, Cook Music Library, the librarian will serve as head music cataloger and will catalog books, scores, and recordings, as well as other materials in various languages and formats.


Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 42,000 students and almost 3,000 faculty. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. The campus covers over 1,800 wooded acres and is distinctive for both its park-like beauty and an architectural heritage inspired by local craftsmanship in limestone.


The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries (http://www.libraries.iub.edu) are among the leading academic research library systems in North America, having recently been named the top university library by the Association of College and Research Libraries. The IUB Libraries provide strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 6.6 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over 900 languages. Users can access more than 400 databases, 43,000 electronic journals, and 224,000 electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content.


The IUB Libraries are active members of regional and national associations and consortia including the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and is a founding member of HathiTrust, a shared digital repository. IU is the principal investigator for Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) and is working with academic library partners to develop a next generation open source library management system.


The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is widely respected as one of the world's most comprehensive institutions for musical studies. Central to this program is a faculty of 140 full-time teachers and scholars and a select student body. The facilities of the Jacobs School of Music include seven buildings housing offices and studios, practice rooms, choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, three recital halls, the Musical Arts Center, and the William and Gayle Cook Music Library.


The Cook Music Library is recognized nationally as one of the finest in the United States. It occupies a four-floor 55,000 square foot facility and features state-of-the-art technology. The collections number more than 600,000 items. The staff includes six librarians, two professional staff, eight clerical staff, and approximately 10.5 FTE student assistants.


Indiana University offers a highly competitive Music Librarianship Specialization program, which combines the instructional and professional training resources of the School of Library and Information Science, the Jacobs School of Music, and the Cook Music Library.



The Head of Music Library Cataloging supervises five FTE staff, including two librarians, two support staff, and hourly student assistants.  Develops and documents music cataloging procedures and policies in keeping with current national standards and local Indiana University Libraries practice.  Catalogs books, scores, manuscripts, dissertations, electronic resources, sound recordings, scores and parts in the collections of the Performing Ensembles Division, and other monographic materials.


Oversees preservation, labeling, and binding of library materials, and communicates with the commercial bindery serving the IU Libraries.  Serves as liaison to the Herman B Wells Library central technical services department, and represents the interests of the Cook Music Library on the IO Cataloging Congress, a group that shares information and sets policy across multiple cataloging agencies on the IU Bloomington and regional campuses. Takes an active role in meetings of the Cook Music Library staff.  Participates in appropriate professional development, continuing education, professional service, and research activities.  Other duties as assigned.


Remains current with the constantly changing body of music cataloging rules and interpretations, including AACR2, RDA, MARC 21, LCSH, and LC classification.  Participates in national cooperative cataloging initiatives: OCLC National Level Enhance, BIBCO, and the NACO Music Project. Maintains a leadership role in the appropriate music cataloging forums at the national, regional and local levels. 




  •          ALA-accredited MLS
  •          Bachelor's degree in music
  •          Skill in original cataloging of scores and sound recordings
  •          Bibliographic knowledge of Western European languages, particularly German, French, Italian, and Spanish
  •          Broad knowledge of musical repertoire
  •          Demonstrated interest and participation in cataloging and music library matters at the regional and national levels
  •          Evidence of ability to plan, analyze, and solve problems creatively both independently and in groups 
  •          Strong oral and written communication skills
  •          3-5 years full-time, post-MLS music cataloging experience
  •          Must be able to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position
  •          Demonstrated supervisory experience



  •          Advanced degree in music
  •          Familiarity with metadata standards for music materials
  •          Evidence of professional service and/or research activity in the field of music cataloging



Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan. This is a tenure-track academic appointment that includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves. For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:





Review of applications will begin July 12, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications must be received prior to July 26, 2013.  Please send letter of application, professional vita, and the names/addresses/telephone numbers of four references to:

Jennifer Chaffin 
Director of Human Resources 
Libraries Human Resources 
Herman B Wells Library 201B 
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-8196
Fax: 812-855-2576 
Email: libpers@indiana.edu

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