Job Opportunity: Curator of Music Special Collections, Old Dominion University

Description & DetailsReporting to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, the Curator of Music Special Collections will work collaboratively within and beyond the department to develop programming that connects users with music special collections resources and services. They will develop, curate, and make accessible music manuscripts, oral histories, and rare book collections, contribute to the Libraries’ archival instruction program, and assist with music physical and digital exhibitions. They will also contribute to departmental public services, planning, assessment, and engagement efforts, as well as assist with grant/donor funded projects. The Curator also represents the ODU Libraries within the commonwealth, and at the regional and national level regarding issues related to music special collections and archives. The incumbent is expected to work comfortably and with a high degree of expertise in a shared decision-making environment. This is a one-year grant funded position, expected to continue, subject to continued financial support.


Required: An American Library Association or equivalent accredited Library graduate degree; graduate degree in archival studies, graduate degree in a humanities field with archival training; working knowledge of current trends, issues, and standards in archives and records management, including electronic records; Working knowledge, understanding and commitment to accepted protocols for arrangement, description, cataloging, and preserving archival materials; Working knowledge of technological applications in digital library development as related to special collections and archives, such as automated archival collection management systems, digitization, database management, and Web applications publishing; Excellent written, interpersonal, communication, and project management skills; Skill in developing and managing university archives in print, digital and other formats; Strong commitment to public services with an understanding of the services and use of archives; Ability to participate in fundraising, donor relations, collection solicitation, and gift management; Ability to participate in the preparation and management of grant proposals; Ability to work successfully with a diverse community of faculty, students, visiting scholars, university administrators, community users, and current and potential donors; Considerable experience working in archives.

Preferred: Working knowledge of intellectual property issues related to archives, libraries, and special collections and copyright issues associated with print and digital technologies; music degree or background; Some experience with standards based on non-MARC metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD, and other library and archival description and content standards; Some experience identifying and cultivating donors and other stakeholders in supporting library or archival programs; Some experience with collection development

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Minimum $52,000, commensurate with education and experience. Excellent benefits package.

Recognized as one of Virginia’s premier research libraries, Old Dominion University Libraries are essential partners in teaching, research, and scholarly communication through expert, flexible, and entrepreneurial staff, access to information resources, and spaces that encourage reflection, exploration, and interaction. As collaborative leaders in the facilitation of information discovery, creativity, and innovation, the Libraries empower the ODU community to provide solutions to complex, real world problems.

Old Dominion University is a metropolitan state-supported institution with a diverse enrollment of more than 24,000, a leader in distance learning, and a Carnegie Extensive Doctoral/Research University. ODU is Virginia’s forward-focused research university with rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, entrepreneurial research and collaboration, and initiatives that contribute nearly $2.6 billion annually to Virginia’s economy. More than 120 undergraduate and 130 graduate programs at the master’s, education specialist, and doctoral levels and a wealth of certificate and professional development programs are offered.

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