Job: Music Librarian

3.9.16 – Music Librarian
Berenson Library, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy

Sarah P’s comments: If you have a music degree as well as MLIS and can speak Italian, wow, what a great job!


Villa I Tatti seeks a dynamic, service-oriented librarian whose primary responsibility will be the development and management of the Morrill Music Library, a unit of the Biblioteca Berenson. Acknowledged as a leading resource for music in medieval and Renaissance Europe, the music section of the Berenson Library is a small but important component of a broad interdisciplinary research collection supporting the study of the Italian Renaissance. For more information about the music collection, see the library’s website.

This is a full-time position with a permanent Italian contract (contratto a tempo indeterminato). Preference will be given to applicants with the necessary qualifications to work and reside in the European Union, but qualified candidates from non-EU nations will receive full consideration. Salary based on qualifications and experience.  This position reports to the Director of the Berenson Library. Applications will be accepted until May 16, 2016. To apply, please create an account and submit your application here. For assistance or additional information, send a message here.


  • Develops and manages the library’s collection of printed, manuscript, audio, and digital or digitized music materials within the comprehensive framework of the Berenson Library’s multi-disciplinary collection and content development strategies
  • In collaboration with library and research center leadership, helps promote engagement with the Berenson Library’s music collections by using both traditional and innovative ways of presenting and researching the collections, for example through online resources, outreach to multi-disciplinary academic users as well as to broader audiences, media work and digital humanities initiatives, events, contribution to online and physical exhibitions, etc.
  • Creates and monitors firm orders, standing orders, and approval plans for music materials in an automated format, working within established music acquisitions budget; receives materials and processes invoices; assesses vendor performance and services
  • Provides original and complex copy cataloging and related authority work, subject analysis, classification, database management, and shelf-preparation for music materials in a variety of languages and formats, encompassing monographs, scores and manuscripts, including rare and unusual materials, recordings, CD-ROMS, videos, newly emerging media and electronic formats
  • Contributes as needed to technical and public services for the general library, beyond subject specialization
  • Expected to show a willingness to take on a range of tasks and to develop skills, as appropriate, to support and enhance the library’s services, collaborating extensively with other library staff to evaluate and improve workflows, policies, and procedures
  • May be responsible for training and supervising interns or short-term hires for special projects
  • Cultivates and maintains professional skills by participating in continuing education and professional development activities, such as membership in appropriate organizations, involvement in workshops, conferences, and committee work, or other learning activities


Basic qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent post-graduate professional qualification in Library and Information Science
  • Advanced knowledge of music through formal education
  • Employment experience in a research or academic library
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English
  • Reading knowledge of at least one other modern European language, preferably Italian
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards, including AACR2, LCRI, LCSH, LC classification, RDA, and MARC21

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or beyond in historical musicology with specialization in medieval / Renaissance music
  • Familiarity with the standard music reference and bibliographical tools, and experience of musicological research in general
  • Three or more years of work experience in a research or academic library
  • Experience with acquisition procedures, including monographic and continuation orders, relations with vendors and evaluation of vendor performance and services, invoice processing
  • Experience with the use of MARC21, AACR2, and RDA standards to catalog music resources
  • Experience with subject analysis and classification using LCSH and LC Classification scheme
  • Experience with the use of OCLC and an integrated library system
  • Familiarity with current and emerging cataloging and metadata standards and practices, and ability to adapt to a changing cataloging environment
  • Proficiency with personal computers and software, the Internet, and library-relevant information technology applications.  Working knowledge of standard computer office applications
  • Bibliographic knowledge of major Western European languages
  • High-level organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to plan, analyze, and solve problems creatively and flexibly, both independently and cooperatively with library colleagues


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