Curator of Music Special Collections (FP585A1) – Norfolk, VA

Curator of Music Special Collections (FP585A1)

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA



Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, the Curator of Music Special Collections will work collaboratively within and beyond the department to acquire, manage, and provide access to music special collections, including providing in-depth reference and research support and implementing projects to process, arrange, describe, and preserve music special collections. They will also contribute to departmental public services, planning, assessment, and engagement efforts, as well assist with grant/donor fundedprojects. The Curator also represents the ODU Libraries within the commonwealth, and at the regional and national level regarding issues related to special collections and archives. The incumbent is expected to work comfortably and with a high degree of expertise in a shared decision-making environment.



  • American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in library science or Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or the international equivalents.
  • Basic knowledge of trends, issues, and standards in music special collections management
  • Basic understanding and commitment to accepted protocols for arrangement, description, cataloging, and preserving archival materials
  • Basic knowledge of best-practices for selecting, appraising, and describing archives in print, digital and other formats
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, communication, and project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to read music
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a diverse community of faculty, students, visiting scholars, university administrators, community users, and current and potential donors
  • Strong commitment to public services with an understanding of the services and use of archives
  • Basic prior experience working in an Archives setting
  • Some prior experience providing familiarity with music-specific research; music cataloging and exposure to emerging trends in music librarianship.


  • Some knowledge of intellectual property issues related to archives, libraries, and special collections and copyright issues associated with print and digital technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in donor relations, collection solicitation, and gift management
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in the preparation and management of grants
  • Some prior work experience with standards based on non-MARC metadata schemas and archival description and content standards
  • Some prior work experience with collection development.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.


The Old Dominion University Libraries mission is to enrich the academic, research, and learning experiences of the University community through access to its staff, collections, and spaces. Comprised of the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room, and Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library, the Libraries are essential partners in teaching, research, and scholarly communication through expert, flexible, and entrepreneurial staff, access to information resources, and spaces that encourage reflection, exploration, and interaction. The Libraries are committed to creating, nurturing, and sustaining an organizational culture built on core principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We apply these principles throughout all phases of operations and services, including, but not limited to selecting and enabling access to resources; providing users with physical and virtual spaces; developing policies and procedures; and recruiting and managing personnel.


Old Dominion University is a metropolitan state-supported institution with a diverse enrollment of more than 24,000, a leader in distance learning, and a Carnegie Extensive Doctoral/Research University. ODU is Virginia's forward-focused research university with rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, entrepreneurial research and collaboration, and initiatives that contribute nearly $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy.  More than 120 undergraduate and 130 graduate programs at the master's, education specialist, and doctoral levels and a wealth of certificate and professional development programs are offered.


A complete application will contain a cover letter addressing position requirements, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references (preferably current and former supervisors).  Please submit applications at

Screening of applicants will begin April 14, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Individuals from minoritized communities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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