Job Posting: Performing Arts Librarian, Western Michigan University


Performing Arts Librarian


Western Michigan University (WMU) seeks a creative and service-oriented Performing Arts Librarian to lead and administer the Maybee Music and Dance Branch Library. This librarian must possess the knowledge and expertise necessary to manage collections and deliver services and resources appropriate to WMU’s Carnegie classification as a “research university with high research activity.” Playing a key role in the mission of WMU, this individual must employ collaborative approaches in the development of information literacy services and programs, and help promote a climate of scholarly research and inquiry.  Please view position information at:


Selected Responsibilities:

  • Provides vision and direction for the Music and Dance Library. Supervises staff (one full-time library coordinator) and operations in the branch library
  • Serves as a primary liaison between the University Libraries and School of Music, the Department of Dance, and the Department of Theatre
  • Design and implements strategic instruction for classroom and online courses, as well as for course-integrated research and resource guides
  • Work closely with students, faculty, and administrators to provide specialized reference and research consultations in music, dance, and theatre
  • Build partnerships, using current technologies and relevant information tools, and create shared practices that connect the Libraries’ learning environment and research knowledge with constituent needs
  • Engages in ongoing assessment of library resources and services, as well as contributing to the development and management of collections that support learning and discovery in music, dance, and theatre

Qualifications, Required:

  • Degree from ALA-accredited program in library and information science
  • Undergraduate degree in music
  • 3+ years’ experience in academic library
  • Evidence of progressively responsible administrative experience
  • Library reference experience and demonstrated knowledge of resources in music, dance, and theatre
  • Evidence of providing user-centered library services
  • Ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies
  • Experience in library instruction or other teaching in classroom or course-management systems
  • Ability to work independently, creatively, and collegially with administrators, faculty, and staff and within the local arts community
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Commitment to professional development and the ability to meet the research, teaching, service, and professional competency requirements for tenure and promotion advancement


Qualification, Preferred:

  • Advanced degree in music or degree in another performing arts discipline
  • Evidence of progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic library
  • Working knowledge of French, German, or Italian
  • Demonstrated understanding of scholarly communications trends and issues within the performing arts disciplines
  • Interest and ability to assist faculty with digital scholarship projects and research




This position is full-time twelve-month fiscal year tenure-track appointment. Faculty rank, status, privileges, and responsibilities are dependent on qualifications and experience.


PROCEDURES:  Cover letter, vita, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) references should be sent online to:   Application should be received by April 25, 2014.  Review will continue until the position is filled.


With more than 4.9 million total items and nearly 2.6 million total titles, Western Michigan University Libraries is the fourth largest university library system in Michigan and among the top 100 in the country with active instructional and collection development programs.  The WMU Libraries are housed at four locations:  Dwight B. Waldo Library (Main), the Lynn L. and Charles C. Zhang Legacy Collections Center, the Education Library, and the Harper C. Maybee Music and Dance Library.  The Business Librarian will be a member of the Reference and Instruction unit in Waldo Library, which includes 12 faculty librarians and four staff members.  As a faculty member, this individual will participate actively on committees and teams in the leadership of the WMU Libraries and the University.


The Performing Arts Librarian serves the School of Music, the Department of Dance, and the Department of Theatre with a total enrollment of more than 700 majors in WMU’s College of Fine Arts, a dynamic artistic and educational community dedicated to offering its students an exceptional education that is learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. The College’s fully accredited, nationally and internationally recognized programs are led by faculty who foster academic and creative excellence, a professional learning environment that inspires exploration and innovation while honoring tradition, and the diversity of human expression. In addition to undergraduate programs in all units, the School of Music offers graduate degrees in performance, composition, conducting, education, and music therapy.


The College plays an integral role in the arts community of Kalamazoo, located midway between Chicago and Detroit and 40 minutes from Lake Michigan. Kalamazoo also has a vibrant arts community with strong institutions including the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and scores of diverse music, dance, arts, and theatre organizations. Visit online at for more about the city.


Western Michigan University (WMU) seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of learning and growing in wisdom.  WMU is strongly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence by including and integrating individuals who represent different groups as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, disability, national origin, religion and veteran status.


Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law.

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