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Music and Media Cataloging Librarian, Tenure-Track Faculty

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If you need assistance in applying please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128. If you have position specific questions, please contact Dr. David N. Nelson at

Posting Information

Posting Information

Position Number 401130
Requisition Number F164
Job Title Music and Media Cataloging Librarian, Tenure-Track Faculty
Department Library Collection Development and Management
College Walker Library
University Expectations

Excellence in teaching, research/creative activities, and service is expected for all positions. MTSU seeks candidates committed to using integrative technologies in teaching.

Job Description

MTSU’s Walker Library invites applicants for a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position (#401130) at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in Collection Development and Management. Start date for this position is July 1, 2017.

The position is a member of the cataloging unit and is responsible for providing bibliographic access to music and media formats. Other formats are included as part of the overall cataloging responsibilities. The library is a member of BIBCO and the Tennessee NACO Funnel.

 Perform original and complex copy cataloging and classification of music scores, media materials, and other resources in monographic and serial forms in accordance with RDA, AACR2R, LCSH, LCC, and DDC.
Applies music theory and practice to subject analysis and classification
 Maintain authority records and perform needed authority work including creating and editing authority records.
 Contribute BIBCO and NACO records.
 Provide database maintenance and problem solving.
 Work closely with Visual and Performing Arts Librarian to establish and refine policies and procedures.
 Serve as resource for questions and problems related to ILS.
 Work closely with cataloging colleagues to refine local procedures and establish policies.
 Work closely with other library departments and/or sub-units as needed.
 Develop and maintain knowledge of emerging cataloging theory and practice, particularly in the area of music access.
 Serve on university and library committees as appropriate.
 Participate as appropriate in local, regional, and national associations.
 Perform other duties as applicable.
 Engage in research required for promotion and tenure.

The successful candidate will be expected to have the ability to identify problems related to cataloging and devising solutions; be proficient in RDA, AACR2R, MARC, LCSH, LCC or DDC; and have the ability to meet the requirements of scholarship, service and librarianship of a tenure-track faculty position.

Required Education

ALA accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or its international equivalent. A Bachelor’s degree in Music (or substantial undergraduate/graduate coursework in Music) is also required.

Required Related Experience

Minimum of one year, post-MLS cataloging experience in an academic library or other relevant environment.

Demonstrated experience in cataloging music and media formats. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a team environment. Candidates should have demonstrated ability to manage time effectively, balance multiple responsibilities, and adjust accordingly to changing priorities, needs, and deadlines.

Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary as well as proficiency with office and computer skills, including Microsoft Office or similar.

Required License/Registration/Certification
Other Desirable

Applicants with BIBCO and NACO experience, cataloging knowledge of one or more foreign languages, or experience with metadata schema such as Dublin Core, EAD, METS, or MODS will receive special consideration.

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with education and experience. Additionally, MTSU provides its employees with a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:
• Health, dental, and life insurance
• Retirement savings programs that include your choice of two plans as well as three deferred compensation savings plans
• An Employee Assistance Program
• Educational Assistance Programs
• Sick leave
• Optional or voluntary benefits, including a flexible spending account, long-term disability, long-term care insurance, and cancer and intensive care insurance.

Job Open Date 09/30/2016
Job Review Date for Optimal Consideration 11/07/2016
Is this position Grant Funded? No
Special Instructions to Applicants

If you need assistance in applying please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128.

If you have position specific questions, please contact Dr. David N. Nelson at

Additional Information

If selected for an on-campus interview, applicants should then request official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees be sent directly to the academic department prior to the interview.

Likewise, three letters of recommendation, specific to this job posting, will be required if you are selected for an on-campus interview. Our online hiring system will automatically generate solicitation for these letters using contact information provided by applicant within their application to the posting.

Applications received by posted Review Date will receive full consideration. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Employment Information

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Job Category Faculty - Tenure Track
Job Type Full Time
Academic Resources

Reference Letters

Reference Letters

Accept References Yes
Minimum Requests 3
Maximum Requests 5
Last Day a Reference Provider Can Submit Reference 07/31/2017
Special Instructions to Reference Provider

Recommendation letters should be submitted per the instructions included in the solicitation letter that will be generated at the time the recommendation is required. Letters should be addressed to Dr. David Nelson, Chair, Collection Development and Management.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you required to register as a sex offender under TCA Title 40, Chapter 39, Part 2?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • MTSU Jobs
    • State Office of Employment Services
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Friend/Employee
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research/Creative Activities
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Other Document 2