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Job announcement: Technical assistant

06 January 2015

General Description:

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) seeks to fill a College Assistant position (functional title: Technical Assistant). RILM publishes RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature which is widely recognized as the world’s premier abstracted bibliography on music and related disciplines. RILM was established in 1966 and operates under the joint sponsorship of the International Musicological Society, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, and the International Council for Traditional Music.

RILM covers research on all types of music and related studies published in all document types (books, articles, reviews, collections, etc.). RILM is fully searchable with in-depth vocabulary-controlled indexing and detailed abstracts. The data are written, input, and edited to a uniform standard by an international staff of specialists from all subject areas. The database contains over 40 years of data, and is published online and (for certain material)in print.

The successful candidate will assist with data entry and clean-up, materials handling, and project tracking, some database work, the organization of archived print materials, and other administrative work as needed. Scrupulous attention to detail is required.

Core Competencies/Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in musicology, ethnomusicology, or music theory, or equivalent experience/knowledge, is required.

• Intermediate skills in Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat. Knowledge of Access/Filemaker or other databases is a plus.

• Some familiarity with music literature, bibliographies, academic journals, and encyclopaedias, and the ability to organize data into logical concepts.
Some familiarity with library cataloguing would be a plus.

• Superior written English skills and excellence in focused, detailed work is required.

• Knowledge of XML, SQL, and HTML are not required, but could be an advantage.

• Ability to work independently but also with many diverse personalities in close proximity is essential.

The work takes place in the RILM International Center’s office in New York City.

Work schedule: An average of up to 14 hours per week until 30 June 2015. Renewal of the appointment thereafter is possible. Flexible work schedule.

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