Head of R&IS Deparment, Special Collections Library
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Vacancy ID #: NF0000284
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an experienced, collaborative, collegial, innovative, and user-focused individual to lead the Research and Instructional Services Department (R&IS) of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library (www.lib.unc.edu/wilson). Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, the individual in this position will be responsible for managing research and instructional services programs for special collections serving a broad range of users, including UNC faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students; researchers from around the world; and the general public. R&IS provides a common set of services and policies for special collections users, while providing subject expertise in the areas represented by the constituent special collections. These shared services include a registration and use-tracking system, reading rooms, and collection shelving areas. The department has a staff of 8 professionals and support staff, as well as interns, graduate assistants, and undergraduate student employees. Staff members from other special collections departments also participate in research and instructional activities. The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate a deep commitment to world-class user services, a solid understanding of current and emerging user needs, and exceptional ability to manage a complex service environment for special collections. The person in this position will develop and implement a program of regular outreach, consultation, and assessment with faculty, students, and other special collections users to ensure that Wilson’s services and policies meet their evolving needs for both research and instructional endeavors. The Louis Round Wilson Library includes the North Carolina Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the Southern Historical Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, and University Archives and Records Management Services. Together they hold rich, diverse, and growing special collections of manuscripts, archives, rare books, pamphlets, government documents, newspapers, historical monographs, periodicals, maps, photographs, moving image and audio recordings, and digital materials.
ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, preferred, or Master’s degree in history, English, or related discipline with relevant experience.
Qualification and Experience: Required ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, preferred, or Master’s degree in history, English, or related discipline with relevant experience. Minimum of five years professional experience as a research and instructional services librarian or archivist in a special collection or archival repository. Substantive experience managing research and instructional services in a special collections repository, including supervising professional and support staff. Demonstrated knowledge of professional standards governing the use of special collections. Demonstrated knowledge of discovery tools used to provide access to special collections. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to set priorities and accomplish goals. Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of users and constituencies. Active participation in appropriate professional organizations. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Preferred Experience in working with curatorial, technical services, conservation, and digital library staff to develop goals for cataloging, processing, and digitization to meet user needs. Experience with assessment and user feedback methodologies and tools. Demonstrated subject expertise in one or more areas relevant to the holdings of the Wilson Library Special Collections. Experience in developing requirements for and managing automated access and management systems. Experience in developing and administering grants or fundraising initiatives.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
Please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/8150 and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.
Department Contact Name: Tiffany Allen, Director of Library Human Resources
Department Contact Telephone or Email: (919) 962-8027
For complete job descriptions and to apply, visit: http://hr.unc.edu
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.