Sound Recordings Cataloging Librarian

About the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries

Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 49,000 students and over 3,100 faculty. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions to research and the arts. The campus covers over 1,800 wooded acres and is distinctive for both its park-like beauty and an architectural heritage inspired by local craftsmanship in limestone.

The Bloomington campus is home to Indiana University Libraries, ( one of the leading academic research library systems in North America. Our collections, people, and spaces use knowledge to inspire great work.

  • IU Libraries partners with every academic department on campus. Materials are digital, visual, audio, and print. Over 60,000 journals are offered electronically, and the libraries hold 9.9 million print volumes in 450 languages and 120,000 films in its Moving Image Archive. A long-time leader in digital library projects, IU Libraries developed wide-ranging initiatives as early as the 1990s, and recently embarked on the ambitious university-wide Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative.
  • Indiana University’s librarians actively collect and conserve knowledge and are leaders in national conversations in areas such as diversity initiatives, digital preservation and associated technologies, the changing role of area studies librarianship, and integrating information literacy. The Libraries are the organizational home of the innovative and visionary Office of Scholarly Publishing, which brings together the work of the highly-respected Indiana University Press with the Libraries’ open access publishing initiatives.
  • Our visual flagship, the Herman B Wells Library, is one of the busiest academic spaces on campus, recording well over 2 million visits each year. Its recently opened Scholars’ Commons, Learning Commons and Moving Image Collections and Archives were extensive and visionary renovations that redefine the role and potential of libraries. Other library destinations of particular note are the world-class Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts, the Wylie House Museum and collections, and the 6.4-million volume high-density Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF).
  • IU Libraries actively participate in local, national, and international initiatives that will define collections and services of the future. On campus, for example, we take a leadership role as active members of the Indiana University Arts and Humanities Council. Memberships include regional and national associations and consortia including the Big Ten Academic Alliance Center for Library Initiatives, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the Unizin Consortium, and the Samvera community. The IU Libraries are a founding member of HathiTrust, a shared digital repository and a managing partner of the HathiTrust Research Center, and a member of preservation initiatives such as the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust).

Salary and Benefits

Sound Recordings Cataloging Librarian

The Sound Recordings Cataloging Librarian will develop and maintain local policies and procedures for cataloging audiovisual materials, both physical and digital, in the William and Gayle Cook music library. Cook Music Library supports musical performance, teaching, learning, and research on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, primarily in the Jacobs School of Music, a world-renowned center of musical excellence. The library provides collections, services, and environments that lead to intellectual discovery, growth, and artistry.
 Materials to be cataloged include, but are not limited to, compact discs, LPs, reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, digital audio tapes, video cassettes, DVDs, video laser discs, transcription discs, and streaming audio and video. The successful candidate will collaborate with their colleagues in the music library and Jacobs School of Music to establish strategies, policies, procedures, and best practices for the long-term access, management, and preservation of music library audiovisual materials in all their forms. They may also initiate or participate in the grant-writing process for specific projects. Additionally, they will participate in the ongoing process of providing access to the content produced by the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (, a university-wide digitization and preservation project that included audio and video materials from the music library. The position reports to the Head of Music Library Cataloging.

The Indiana University Libraries are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. We encourage all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards fulfilling our mission. 

Working closely with librarians and staff in the music library, the Sound Recordings Cataloging Librarian will:

  • Participate in the process of cataloging, preserving, and archiving audiovisual materials for the music library and provide original cataloging for Indiana University Jacobs School of Music performance recordings and videos.
  • Provide original cataloging of sound recordings and videos in all formats, including compact discs, LPs, reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, digital audio tapes, streaming audio and video, video cassettes, DVDs, and video laser discs.
  • Provide catalog access for audiovisual materials as part of IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. 
  • Participate in various cooperative cataloging projects as necessary: for example, create original bibliographic records for streaming performances of the Berlin Philharmonic.
  • Provide original cataloging of other formats, including books, scores, manuscripts, dissertations, and other monographic materials as needed.
  • Supervise one full-time paraprofessional staff member and several part-time student assistants in sound recording cataloging.
  • Collaborate with the immediate supervisor and the department head to plan and implement policies and procedures for the operation of Music Technical Services.
  • Remain current with the constantly changing body of music cataloging rules and interpretations, including AACR2, RDA, MARC 21, LCSH, and LC classification.
  • Participate in national cooperative cataloging initiatives: OCLC National Level Enhance, PCC/BIBCO and the NACO Music Project.
  • Participate in the appropriate music cataloging forums at the national, regional, and local levels.
  • Engage in professional development opportunities–memberships, conferences, training, and certification–to stay current on new programs, standards, and developments in music librarianship.
  • Represent the university in matters concerning music librarianship at the local, national, and international levels.
  •  Participate in meetings and activities of professional music library-related groups, including but not limited to the music library Administrative Committee, the music library staff, and the IU Cataloging Congress. 
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in  Indiana University Bloomington’s Campus Strategic Plan ( plan/) and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan ( strategic-plan-20162017pdf). 


  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science; or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered. 
  • Three years of previous music library experience
  • Previous sound recording cataloging experience using AACR2, RDA, OCLC, MARC format for music materials, and MARC authorities format
  • Previous experience with an online library catalog
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more Western European languages in addition to English
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Good organization skills and an aptitude for analytical and detailed work
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
  • Understanding and valuing diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries (…)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Music 
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience in the use of OCLC Connexion and an integrated library system
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current topics about music cataloging procedures
  • Awareness of current and developing music cataloging and metadata standards and practices 

Applications received by September 1, 2022, will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until filled.  Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources (Phone: 812-855-8196 - Fax: 812-855- 2576 - Email:  Expected start date:  December 1. 2022
For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to  
Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, a university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university-paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan.   For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:

For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.