Music Library Supervisor

University Of Southern California Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 3 months ago

The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries seek a service-oriented Library Supervisor to manage the daily functions of the Music Library. The Music Library supports the research and curricular activities of Thornton School of Music, as well as any other music and musicology-related research conducted in other departments. Reporting to the Head of the Music Library, the Music Library Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the library unit, providing excellent customer service to patrons, training and supervising student assistants, maintaining a student employment budget, overseeing daily circulation and collection management functions, ordering and maintaining materials and supplies budgets, special projects, and other duties as assigned.


The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; value serving a culturally diverse community; build a community of critical consumers of information; and help develop engaged world citizens. USC has 23 libraries and information centers and the USC Digital Library.


Reporting to the Head of the Music Library, the Music Library Supervisor will:

  • Supervises staff and/or student workers engaged in specialized library functions for a library unit, department, center or facility. Recruits, screens, hires and trains staff.

    Evaluates employee and/or student workers and provides guidance and feedback to assigned staff and/or student workers. Counsels, disciplines and/or terminates employees as required

  • Schedules, assigns, and prioritizes workloads on a daily basis. Sets appropriate goals and deadlines.

    Ensures timely completion of unit's work. Assigns and monitors progress on work assignments and special projects

  • Provides assistance to library patrons using electronic databases, electronic journals, and electronic reference materials within a tiered service environment. Assists patrons in identifying and locating appropriate discipline-specific and interdisciplinary resources, demonstrates search techniques, interprets results, and refers questions as appropriate

  • Assists in budget administration. Monitors supply and student wage budgets and reconciles financial data. Prepares budget projections and/or reports

  • Develops and implements security related procedures such as office opening and closing routines, recognition of duress signals and key controls. Coordinates security activities with University Public Safety Department.

    Promotes and maintains standards for security conscious awareness and behavior. Maintains knowledge of University's crime prevention and suppression programs and services. Ensures dissemination of security related information to staff

  • Prepares and ensures accuracy and completeness of all personnel paperwork as required including payroll documentation

  • Maintains specialized library equipment. Provides training to staff and student workers on proper utilization of equipment. Coordinates with facilities staff and/or vendors for acquisitions, maintenance, and repairs

  • Monitors the physical organization of library materials and spaces. Maintains and supervises workflow for organizing and housing new or existing materials. Identifies and supervises


Minimum qualifications: Associate's Degree

Minimum Experience: 3 Years Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience

Desirable qualifications: Bachelor's Degree Preferred, experience with music (especially the ability to read musical notation and/or knowledge of music history)

Experience: 3 Years

Minimum Field of Expertise:

  • Experience in and comprehensive knowledge of library operations

  • Knowledge of computers and information retrieval systems

  • Supervisory ability

  • Knowledge of equipment usage, both library- and music-related

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

Minimum Education: Associate's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 3 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience

Minimum Field of Expertise: Experience in and comprehensive knowledge of library operations.

Knowledge of computers and information retrieval systems. Supervisory ability. Knowledge of preservation of materials and related equipment usage.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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Music Library Supervisor

University Of Southern California