Vacancy for Chair of Events and Training Committee

Chair of Events and Training Committee – Job description

The Events & Training Committee devises and delivers training in various aspects of music librarianship on the Branch’s behalf. The post of Committee Chair is normally held for five years, and the holder is required to be a personal member of the branch.

The Chair is responsible for:

  • Organising meetings of the Committee, which normally take place twice a year in the spring and autumn but may be supplemented by extra meetings according to circumstances
  • Reporting on Committee meetings to the branch’s Executive Committee, of which s/he is a member
  • Contributing information on the work of the Committee to the branch’s Annual Report
  • Organising the annual seminars for Academic Music Librarians and Public Music Librarians
  • With the Committee, organising the Branch’s Annual Study Weekend in spring each year
  • With the Committee, organising delivery of its training courses. Administration involves arranging and liaising with venues, invoicing attendees and finding suitable trainers, either from among the Committee or other experienced branch members. Ideally the Chair should also be willing to act as a trainer him/herself
  • With the Committee, ensuring that course content is kept up to date
  • With the Committee, arranging occasional trips to music libraries of special interest

The courses for which the Committee is currently responsible are:

  • Music for the Terrified. An entry-level course dealing with basic music terminology, simple enquiry work and common reference resources
  • Virtuoso Skills for Music Librarians. This covers more advanced enquiry work, and introduces a wider range of print and online resources
  • Success with Inter-library Loans. This course is aimed at staff working with music interlending who may have no specialist musical background. It particularly addresses those issues that differentiate music ILLs from those for other material
  • Music cataloguing and RDA. An occasional course that introduces RDA for music
  • Copyright and music. A course that unpicks the various complex issues surrounding copyright for printed and recorded music

    Courses are normally delivered within the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The Chair is also encouraged to maintain good contacts with IAML at international level, and to take a particular interest in developments in music library training within other national branches.

To apply, or to seek further information, please contact the Chair of Events and Training, the President, or the General Secretary by 14th March 2022.