Curator for the Hogan Jazz Archive, Special Collections Division, at Tulane University – New Orleans, LA

Tulane University seeks an innovative and highly motivated professional for the position of Hogan Jazz Archive Curator for the Special Collections Division at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Reporting to the Director of Special Collections, the Curator will develop partnerships across Tulane University and the broader research community that document the unique musical legacy and culture of New Orleans and the surrounding region. S/he will develop a collecting strategy that strengthens and expands on the holdings of the Hogan Jazz Archive and that aligns with the mission and goals of the Special Collections division and the Library. S/he will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and community members to identify and facilitate new acquisitions. In collaboration with Special Collections staff and the Library’s Scholarly Engagement team, s/he will provide instruction that promotes the use of primary source materials in teaching and learning at Tulane and that is responsive to the research needs of faculty and students. S/he will support division outreach efforts by contributing to exhibitions, online content, and other programming. S/he will contribute to setting and advancing division goals and evaluating outcomes. In partnership with the Director of Special Collections, the Dean of Libraries and Academic Information Resources, and University Advancement, will identify, cultivate, and steward donors to enhance the Archive’s support base. The Hogan Jazz Archive Curator will also contribute meaningfully to relevant professional groups, training and development activities, and will present or publish in appropriate forums and otherwise enrich his/her professional profile and knowledge.

Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie I/ARL Research Institution and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top fifty national universities in the United States. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is the University’s main library, with a collection of more than 4.5 million physical items, nearly 1 million e-books, thousands of digital images, and tens of thousands of databases, electronic journals, streaming audio files, and other scholarly resources. A recently-completed addition to the building added two new floors with expansive views of the campus and city of New Orleans and has quickly become a highly desirable space for studying and events.

The university is located in beautiful uptown New Orleans, bordering Audubon Park and the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line (listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places). The booming Freret Street corridor and many unique shops and restaurants are close by.

RequirementsRequired Education & Experience:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR graduate degree combined with relevant experience OR bachelor’s degree with extensive, demonstrated knowledge of jazz history. (Graduate training strongly preferred)
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with special collections materials in an academic research environment.


  • Knowledge of the history and impact of music cultures of New Orleans and the surrounding region.
  • Knowledge of library and archival theory, standards, and best practices related to special collections management and use.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate collaborative partnerships with library staff, Tulane faculty and students, and the broader research community.
  • Understanding of current and emerging approaches to acquiring, preserving, and promoting primary source materials.
  • Ability to contribute to outreach efforts such as events, exhibits, social media, or other programming.
  • Understanding of privacy, confidentiality, copyright and use policies associated with special collections materials.
  • Able to be responsive to the needs of a diverse faculty and student population and committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the work environment.


  • Graduate degree in music history, ethnomusicology, or related fields.
  • Experience providing instruction on primary source literacy in collaboration with archivists, librarians, or faculty.
  • Familiarity with archival content management systems, such as Archon, Archivists’ Toolkit, or ArchivesSpace.
  • Experience writing grants and/or implementing grant projects.
  • A record of professional engagement through committee work, presentations, and/or publication, and knowledge of current and emerging trends in the information field.
  • Familiarity with digital technologies and best practices that support digital scholarship or digitization.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Librarians at Tulane are academic appointees who do not have tenure or faculty status, but who receive the benefits of faculty, including a choice of health plans, retirement plans, tuition waiver for themselves, and undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents. Professional travel support is available.

To apply for this position, please visit To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, and the names with full contact information of at least three professional references. First consideration will be given to those applicants who apply by November 29, 2018.

Tulane University is an AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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