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Performing Arts Librarian


Reed College seeks a performing arts librarian to collaborate closely with the faculty and students of the dance, music, and theatre academic programs, supporting teaching, creative work, and research activities in the performing arts. This role interacts frequently with Reed students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the public, manage collections including media and scores, and deliver course-related instruction and research assistance.  The performing arts librarian manages the Performing Arts Resource Center’s library services, hiring, training, and supervising library staff and students as well as coordinating with instructional technology staff who share the Performing Arts Resource Center space. This position participates with other librarians in providing general research assistance and library instruction to the Reed community.

This is a full-time, exempt position working 37.5 hours per week on a Monday through Friday schedule, with occasional evening and weekend hours. The annual salary is $60,000-$64,000 commensurate with qualifications, background, and experience. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer and many other campus amenities, such as library privileges, membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and access to onsite daycare provided by Growing Seeds


  • Provides instruction and research assistance, creates exhibits and digital collections, and conducts other outreach activities supporting scholarship and creative work in the performing arts.  Promotes and supports use of collections and primary source materials by students, faculty, staff, and members of the public.
  • Manages library services provided by the Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC), including circulation of collections and equipment, course reserves, use of facilities, and other services supporting students, faculty, and the curriculum in the performing arts.  Responsible for hiring, training, and managing library staff and student assistants at PARC and for coordinating services with both the library and computing and information services.
  • Provides leadership and expertise to library staff and student assistants in the acquisition and management, and use of collections that support the performing arts, including audio and visual media, scores, and other materials supporting study and performance in the areas of music, theatre, and dance.
  • Participates in professional activities of the library and the college by leading or serving on committees, providing training and educational opportunities for staff, and developing and maintaining connections with local, regional, and national professional communities.


  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science and a degree or in-depth experience relevant to academic work in dance, music, and/or theatre, or any combination of education and experience that provides the desired knowledge, abilities and skills required to perform the job.
  • A minimum of one year of professional experience in libraries or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Organizational, planning, communication, and leadership skills.
  • Experience or interest in supporting diverse populations of students, faculty, and community members.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of academic research and practice in the performing arts.
  • Experience with or knowledge of the creation, organization, and use of audio and video media, scores, and other collections relating to the performing arts.
  • Project management experience.
  • Ability to collaborate with others and manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong interest or experience in contributing to the library’s research assistance, instruction, and outreach initiatives.
  • A passion for promoting the use of library collections and services in the undergraduate curriculum, particularly in the performing arts.


Click the button below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin the application process.  A resume and cover letter are required. In your cover letter, answer the following questions:

  • How does this position fit with your long-term professional goals?
  • Of which accomplishment in your recent professional experience are you most proud?
  • Reed College is a community that is committed to cultural and intellectual diversity as central to its academic mission. Please describe how you might use your lived experience, education, professional experience, and prior community engagement to contribute to diversity and inclusion at Reed.

You are encouraged to apply early. Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Reed replies to every candidate.  We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.