Arts & Humanities Librarian (emphasis in Music)

  • The Claremont Colleges Services
  • Claremont, CA, USA
  • Mar 16, 2022
Full time Art & Art History Music

Job Description


Arts & Humanities Librarian (emphasis in Music)

The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) is the shared services organization for a highly regarded cluster of seven independent colleges known as The Claremont Colleges located in Southern California. Today, TCCS is a nationally recognized educational model for academic support, student support and institutional support services to meet the needs of 6,300 students and 2,300 faculty and staff. Some of the more than 30 different services include: campus safety, a central library, health and counseling services, cultural centers, central bookstore, physical plant and facilities support, payroll and accounting, information technology, real estate, risk management and employee benefits.

TCCS is committed to offering a work environment that is supportive, collaborative, accountable and enjoyable. TCCS offers generous time off benefits, employer-paid retirement contributions, tuition remission benefits and professional development opportunities. Our employees also take advantage of discounted meals provided in the TCCS café, regular employee events and an opportunity to work with exceptional colleagues.

First consideration date: 2/15/2022

Essential Functions:

The Claremont Colleges Library seeks a collaborative and learner-centered Arts & Humanities Librarian with subject responsibilities in Music, and Performing Arts (Dance and Theater) taught across The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate universities. Other relevant subject areas may be assigned depending on the background and interests of the successful candidate, as well as the needs of the organization.

Reporting to the Director of Research, Teaching, and User Services, the incumbent will teach discipline-specific information and primary source literacy sessions (including digital and scholarly communication literacies); conduct strategic and targeted departmental outreach; provide general and specialized research consultations; and participate in collection development activities for both the general collection and Special Collections.

The Arts & Humanities Librarian will work closely with librarians in the Special Collections & Archives (SCA) division to contribute to instruction, outreach, and research services related to performing arts primary source and rare materials, physical and digital exhibitions, selection of new acquisitions, consult on donations/gifts, advise on metadata creation and digitization priorities, and oversee the Roland Jackson Music Research Fellowship program.

1. Teaching, Outreach, and Research Services

  • Develops collaborative relationships with librarians, Library staff, faculty, and students to support the research, teaching, and learning of Arts & Humanities communities across The Claremont Colleges.
  • Gains a deep understanding of Arts & Humanities programs and classes, and conducts targeted and strategic outreach, particularly those promoting Library resources and services, in order to fully integrate Information and primary source literacy instruction and use of rare and archival materials the curricula.
  • Provides research support by appointment to students and faculty in Arts & Humanities fields, and general research support as needed, both online and in-person.
  • Develops and maintains online guides and digital learning objects to support courses and disciplinary research.
  • Working in consultation with the SCA Director and a faculty advisory committee, manages the Roland Jackson Memorial Music Research Fellowship.
  • Develops in-library and online exhibitions from the collections; participates in event and exhibition planning, including writing and editing accompanying documents. Actively contributes to division publications, programs, and events.

2. Collection Development & Discovery

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues in Collections, Metadata, & Resource Sharing to develop and maintain diverse and representative collections that reflect the short‐term and long‐term research, teaching, and learning needs of The Colleges.
  • Consults with disciplinary faculty to address content and format needs.
  • Manages specialized endowed funds for general collection development.
  • As a contributor to Special Collections:
  • Makes Special Collections acquisitions recommendations.
  • Collaborates with the Director of SCA on donor relations to develop collections, programs, and events relevant to the position's subject areas.
  • Sets priorities for processing, display, and maintenance of Special Collections materials
  • Identifies materials for cataloging, processing, and digitization; when applicable, contributes subject matter expertise for metadata creation.

3. Professional and General Expectations

  • Actively engages in networking and professional development through local, regional, national, or international organizations through committee work, office‐holding, presentations, and publications.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • MLIS from an ALA accredited program, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience by the time of appointment.
  • Strong commitment to supporting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusivity within the library, as both a place of work and as an educational partner.
  • Coursework or degree in music, theater, dance or another relevant Arts & Humanities discipline.
  • Exemplary emotional intelligence when working with colleagues and users.
  • Must provide evidence of complete COVID-19 vaccination within 30 calendar days of hire, unless a medical or religious accommodation or exemption is requested and granted.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with specialized library and archival software and applications, such as Springshare, Aeon, or Archives Space.
  • Reading/speaking knowledge of a second language (e.g., German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin).
  • Experience supporting Arts or Humanities subjects in an academic library.

Preferred Knowledge and Critical Skills:

  • Ability to read music notation and knowledge of music terminology.
  • Adaptable, flexible, and proactive in dealing with evolving library and campus priorities, which may require taking on new/varied responsibilities.
  • Interest in experimenting with new modes of instruction, assessment, and research support services.
  • Knowledge of current academic trends and issues related to information and primary source literacy approaches, frameworks, and pedagogies.
  • Dedication to providing responsive learner‐centered public services.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially the ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically with colleagues.
  • Effective planning, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance and complete multiple concurrent projects, and work independently to set priorities.
  • Familiarity with the evolving nature of scholarly communications in Arts & Humanities disciplines.

Application Details


This job description defines the essential job duties of this position. The Claremont Colleges Services expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, The Claremont Colleges Services will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

TCCS is an equal opportunity employer. TCCS managers make employment decisions on the basis of merit, with the aim to have the best available person in every job. TCCS prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin or ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), military or veteran status, and status with regard to public assistance, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. TCCS also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of these characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.

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