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Wanted: One Headbanging Librarian to Work at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Let me just say librarians get the coolest gigs in the world.
Atlas Obscura reports the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is hiring a librarian to catalog and develop its resources, participate in user outreach programs and supervise Library Assistants, interns and volunteers.
I never really thought about the Hall of Fame having a librarian, much less an entire department devoted to organizing and maintaining its collection. Who knew? (If that department isn’t named “Dewey Louis and the News” I’m going to be heartbroken.)
Part of the job involves the “physical processing of library resources, including books, dissertations, periodicals, sound and video recordings, music scores, and electronic resources.”
That means you get to actually touch stuff like:
The fancy outfit Mike Smith of Dave Clark Five wore on a 1967 TV special.
The scrap of paper N.W.A.’s MC Ren used to write a song.
Some Beatles paraphernalia.
Joan Jett’s jacket.
This giant hot dog from a Phish show.
You’ll need to have some serious librarian expertise to land this awesome job.
Qualifications include a Master’s degree in library or information science, experience in a long list of cataloging and reference skills and knowledge of the history of rock and roll.
The full-time job may require some overtime and evening, weekend or holiday shifts but is primarily a Monday-through-Friday gig.
There’s no word on perks and benefits, but you can bet that one of them is getting to attend the yearly induction ceremony.
The job posting doesn’t list an explicit salary but says it’s “commensurate with experience.”
If the librarian job is out of reach for you, don’t despair. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is has a batch of other listings, including openings for interns, docents and volunteers.
Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’d take this job for free.