Job Posting: Collections & Cataloging Librarian, IU Bloomington Archives of Traditional Music, Bloomington, IN

Position Summary

The Archives of Traditional Music seeks a dynamic, innovative, and service oriented individual to be Collections and Cataloging Librarian at the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries.

Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 48,000 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 are among the leading academic research library systems in North America. The IUB Libraries provide strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The IU Libraries system consists of twenty libraries on the Bloomington campus, five libraries in Indianapolis, and a library at each of the other six campuses across the state. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 9.9 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over more than 430 languages. Users can access more than 400 databases, 60,000 electronic journals, and 1.4 million 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.

Located in Morrison Hall, the Archives of Traditional Music (ATM) is an audiovisual archive that documents music and culture from all over the world. With over 100,000 recordings that include more than 2,700 field collections, it is one of the largest university-based ethnographic media archives in the United States. Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, vocal and instrumental music, linguistic materials, folktales, interviews, and oral history, across a wide variety of audio-visual formats. ATM is seen as a leader in ethnographic field collection and jazz and popular music cataloging. ATM librarians have contributed thousands of NACO name authority (now AAP) records and have been actively involved in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s NACO Music Funnel project from its inception.


Reporting to the Director of the Archives of Traditional Music (ATM), the individual in this position will oversee the cataloging, access, and use of the collections and work closely with students and faculty in many departments across the university as well as researchers worldwide.


  • Oversee public and reference services including library policies and procedures, circulation, loan, and reserve functions
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate temporary employees in circulation procedures and policies, including in-house listening copy and course reserve requests
  • Maintain circulation statistics
  • Acquire commercial sound recordings
  • Oversee stacks (vault) maintenance, including withdrawals, for all commercial holdings
  • Provide in-person, phone, mail, and online reference service (shared with the ATM Archivist)
  • Provide library instruction services and tours


  • Direct, coordinate, and manage the non-MARC metadata and traditional MARC cataloging activities, including the supervision and evaluation of temporary student staff
  • Provide original bibliographic records for unpublished field collections
  • Contribute authority/authorized access point records to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), an international initiative coordinated jointly by the Library of Congress and PCC participants worldwide
  • Monitor national developments in RDA, LC-PCC policy statements, OCLC and MARC21 documentation, and other cataloging standards as they emerge and develop and adapt local policies and processes appropriately
  • Initiate projects and innovative procedures to address cataloging needs
  • Manage the Archives library in-house inventory databases of un-cataloged items
  • Add ATM images and metadata to IU’s Image Collections Online and provide high resolution photos for researchers
  • Contribute to developments in the field of metadata/cataloging through active professional engagement and research, presenting, and publishing in appropriate venues

Grant Projects

  • Help write, oversee, and report on all ATM cataloging grant projects
  • Serve as cataloging consultant for grant projects and supervise any staff hired for cataloging as part of grant-funded projects

Basic Qualifications


  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) or equivalent education and experience
  • Degree in ethnomusicology, music, anthropology, folklore, cultural studies, or a related field
  • At least two years of professional metadata/cataloging experience creating original catalog records for sound and visual recordings in a wide range of analog and digital formats, including 78 rpm, 45 rpm, and LP discs, compact discs, cassettes, open reel tape, digital audio tapes, streaming audio, video cassettes, and DVDs
  • Ability to remain current with the constantly changing body of music cataloging rules, including RDA, MARC 21, and LCSH, and participation in national cooperative cataloging initiatives, including the NACO Music Project
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement policies and procedures for technical services operations
  • Knowledge of and experience creating and designing instructional materials in traditional and new formats
  • Ability to assist faculty in the use of Archives resources in undergraduate and graduate curricula and actively engage with faculty, instructors, and other IUB librarians as partners in programmatic integration of information
  • Strong public service orientation
  • Supervisory experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work in a collegial, collaborative work environment and maintain positive professional working relationships with faculty members, supervisor, peers, and subordinates
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position


  • Three or more years of experience in an archival environment
  • Experience with OCLC and library management systems
  • Knowledge of and experience using EAD (encoded archival description)
  • Evidence of an ongoing record of professional development contribution
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect archives, academic libraries, and higher education

Review of applications will begin Friday, July 22, 2016. The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: 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 once achieving tenure.

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