Music Librarian

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Music Librarian

Music, Art and Architecture Library | Vancouver Campus

Full Time, Confirmation-Track Librarian

Anticipated Start Date: August 1, 2024

UBC Library

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Music, Art and Architecture Library

The Music, Art & Architecture (MAA) Library is located in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and supports the study, research and teaching needs of the faculty, students and staff in the School of Music, the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, and the School of Community & Regional Planning.The MAA team is comprised of 3 librarians, 1 management and professional staff, 9 support staff, as well as both undergraduate and graduate student staff.

Summary of Responsibility:

Leads the development, preservation, and evolution of UBC Library’s music collection.Guides the music collection through its ongoing transition from an emphasis on analog to digital resources, which includes creating and initiating collection access policies and procedures following digital migration. Stays current with professional trends in collection assessment and maintenance, and application of new and emerging technologies.

As the liaison librarian for UBC’s School of Music, supports the research, teaching and learning of UBC’s music faculty, students and staff. In accordance with professional information literacy standards, (ACRL Information Literacy Framework), teaches information literacy classes and workshops.Creates online tutorials and research guides. Provides reference services in person and online.

Due to the MAA Library’s location in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC), adjacent to the Chapman Learning Commons and as the main service point for the Automated Storage & Retrieval System (ASRS), the Music Librarian provides reference and information services to a broad range of faculty, students, staff, and community users in the IKBLC.Contributes to UBC Library’s Virtual Chat Reference Service.

Maintains knowledge and current awareness in all areas of Academic Librarianship relevant to Music research and scholarship, and contributes to library wide efforts in strategically identified functional areas such as: Scholarly Communication, Copyright, Open Access, Knowledge Synthesis, Digital Scholarship, Research Data Management, Artificial Intelligence and other emerging areas. Participates in UBC Library Teams, Working groups and other initiatives.

Plans and implements services that respond to the needs of MAA Library users; participates in the development and review of library policies, procedures, and services; and is responsible for the coordination and management of services and projects as required.



  • A Masters-level degree from an accredited program of library, or information science, or equivalent internationally accredited program.
  • Undergraduate degree in music.
  • Ability to read music, basic understanding of music theory and knowledge of music reference literature in all formats.
  • Familiarity with German.
  • Experience building productive relationships and working collegially with a diverse population of colleagues and/or users in keeping with the UBC Respectful Environment Statement.
  • Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Graduate degree in music.
  • Professional work experience in an academic music library.
  • Experience performing music collection development across diverse formats (including scores and audio/visual materials).
  • Experience managing multiple collection development funds simultaneously.
  • Experience evaluating subject area analog and digital resources, and facility with the Library of Congress classification system as it applies to music resources.
  • Experience delivering music reference, instruction, and research support services.
  • Familiarity with French, Italian and/or Spanish.
  • Knowledge and familiarity in at least one of the strategically identified functional areas: Scholarly Communication, Copyright, Open Access, Knowledge Synthesis, Digital Scholarship, Research Data Management, or Artificial Intelligence.
  • Knowledge and familiarity in the disciplines of art, architecture, landscape architecture and/or planning.
  • Web authoring skills and proficiency with emerging technologies and their library, teaching and research applications.
  • Supervisory experience in a unionized work environment.

Working Relationships:

Reports to the Head, Music, Art & Architecture (MAA) Library.Works cooperatively with librarians and support staff in the MAA Library, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Rare Books & Special Collections, Collections Services, Technology, Discovery & User Experience (TDUX), Digital Initiatives, the Research Commons and other UBC Library Librarians, Archivists and Staff. Builds relationships with faculty, students, and the community as part of Reference, Teaching, Collections, and Liaison duties.Participates in recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising Student Librarians.

Standards of Performance

Professional and responsive liaison with the School of Music. Effective provision of reference/research service and instructional workshops. Current and comprehensive knowledge of specialized subject areas. Expert development of the collection for the purpose of supporting user needs. Innovative and efficient service development and delivery. Effective use of electronic information and technologies.Familiarity with the Library’s policies, procedures, and operations. Good working relations with staff and users across Library and campus units. Competent supervision of student staff.

Terms of Appointment and Salary Appointment:

This is a full-time Confirmation-Track appointment with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2024.

The successful candidate will be a member of The University of British Columbia Faculty Association and the terms and conditions of appointment are governed by the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association (

Eligibility: We are only considering applications from librarians with a maximum of 2 years of professional library experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

Salary: Starting salary is $81,510 to $84,000 per annum. Actual salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications, as well as internal parity. UBC also offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information about salary increases can be found in the Collective Agreement:

Benefits: Librarians and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits package including extended health care coverage, dental coverage, Employee and Family Assistance Program, life insurance, pension and travel benefits. To support families, UBC provides a top-up for eligible employees on maternity or parental leave. Tuition assistance is also available for qualifying employees and dependent children. In addition, librarians/archivists are eligible for professional development funding to support career growth at the university, as well as study leave. Details are available in the Collective Agreement, and for more information see UBC Human Resources: Additional information about relocation to UBC Vancouver can be found:

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application Process

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above, as well as how did you hear about this opportunity. One consolidated PDF is preferred.

Please visit the UBC careers website to view the full position description and on how to apply.

The application deadline will be at 11:59pm on March 6, 2024.

Compensation: $81,510 to $84,000

Closes: 6 March, 2024

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