Performing Arts Librarian

ASU Library seeks a Performing Arts Librarian to develop, manage, and promote ASU Library’s performing arts collections that serve the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre; the Sidney Poitier New American Film School; and ASU’s diverse communities of researchers, students, educators, and performing arts scholars. Reporting to the Head of Open Collections Curation and Access, the Performing Arts Librarian proactively partners with faculty to develop opportunities for the diverse community of scholars and learners at ASU to engage with the collections in traditional and creative ways. This includes instruction, reading and reference services, community programs, and other creative engagement activities. The Performing Arts Librarian develops relationships with key stakeholders and donors to help support the library’s capacity to maintain and enhance access to these rich and varied collections, from costumes to playbills. Most notably, the Child Drama collection, which documents the international history of theater for youth and theater education, is the world’s largest such archival repository, containing thousands of works dating back to the 16th century.

The Performing Arts Librarian develops the collections to enhance the diversity, gender representation, and range of the collections, observing professional best practices and alignments with the priorities of ASU Library. To achieve these objectives, the Performing Arts Librarian works collaboratively in teams across Library units with colleagues working in areas, including: musicology, archival processing, preservation and digitization, repository services, acquisitions and metadata, research data services, library analytics, geospatial services, the Community-Driven Archives team, and the Labriola National American Indian Data Center team.

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  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an American Library Association accredited program.
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in studio arts, theater, film, or dance.
  • A statement in your cover letter addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to social justice, diversity, equity, and/or inclusion will advance ASU Library’s commitment to inclusive excellence.


  • 1-3 years of experience working in an academic, public, or tribal library or archives
  • Demonstrated experience teaching with special collections and specialized reference sources in the performing arts.
  • Experience with the acquisition of out-of-print, unique, or archival materials.
  • Knowledge of nationally-accepted standards for archival processing including Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and EAD.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of theater education, particularly theater for youth.
  • Cultural fluency skills to engage and support researchers of varied and diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written.

Salary and rank

This is a continuing track Academic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Librarian and salary dependent upon experience.

Application procedures

This is a paperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. To apply, please submit electronically to the following: A cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references. No paper applications, faxes or emails will be accepted.

The applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: Application deadline is July 15, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until position is filled.

Other information

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. For more information regarding ASU, visit our website: For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit

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