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Performing Arts Librarian


Reed College seeks a dynamic librarian and leader to be our next Performing Arts Librarian. The Performing Arts Librarian has principal duties as a liaison librarian for Dance, Music, and Theatre, providing research assistance and library instruction for the Reed community. This position manages collections, library services, and student workers in the Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC), a branch location and computer lab in Reed’s Performing Arts Building. The Performing Arts Librarian is part of the Research Services team and reports to the Director of Research Services. This is a unique opportunity to work in an inspiring setting with talented and dedicated faculty and students.

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), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, exempt role with a salary of $64,000 per year. 

Who You Are

  • You have at least two years’ library experience and are knowledgeable about research methods and creative practices in the one or more of the Performing Arts (Dance, Music, and Theatre.)
  • You look forward to teaching and have experience in instructional design, lesson planning, and assessment practices.
  • You have experience developing and managing electronic and print collections, preferably in the Performing Arts.
  • You understand the complexities of library operations such as circulation, inventory, and collection maintenance.
  • You have experience or demonstrated ability in supervising the work of employees or student workers.
  • You cultivate collaborative relationships and have experience reaching out to others to initiate partnerships. 
  • You hold an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or relevant advanced degree. You have an academic degree or formal training in Dance, Music, and/or Theatre. 
  • You are self-aware. You understand your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes.
  • You are personally committed to equity and it shows in your work.

What You’ll Do

  • Serve as the primary liaison for Dance, Music, and Theatre, collaborating with students and faculty engaged in research, inquiry, and creative work throughout the curriculum from introductory courses to Reed’s required senior thesis.
  • Plan, implement, and assess course-specific library instruction.
  • Manage the Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC), a branch location and computer lab in Reed’s Performing Arts Building.
  • Hire, train, and lead student workers, setting goals and meeting on a regular basis.
  • Select and manage performing arts technologies such as streaming media, digital scores and plays, and relevant equipment. 
  • Partner closely with the college’s Performing Arts Instructional Technologist who is co-located in the PARC.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted. Candidates are encouraged to apply no later than April 19, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College 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 is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.