Department: University Library
Position Summary: The University of North Carolina seeks an experienced, energetic, and collegial individual with a strong academic background to coordinate research and instructional services for the Rare Book Collection (http: www.lib.unc.edu rbc ) at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library (http: www.lib.unc.edu wilson ). Reporting to the Head of Special Collections Research and Instructional Services (R&IS) and working closely with the Curator of Rare Books, the Rare Book Research Librarian will foster intellectual engagement with the collection, ensure its vital role in UNC academic departments and programs, and participate in the development of special collections-wide services, instruction, and outreach. R&IS provides a common set of services and policies for users of special collections at the UNC Library. The department provides both general special collections research and instructional services, and subject and format expertise in the areas represented by the constituent special collections. The Rare Book Collection has significant national and international literary and historical holdings, from clay tablets to medieval manuscripts to modern fine printing. Strengths include incunabula, sixteenth-century imprints, the New World Cronistas, English and Irish literature, French history, Spanish and Catalan drama, publishing history, and Maya studies, as well as American popular culture, crime and detective fiction, and World War I & II graphic materials. In addition to the Rare Book Collection, the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library includes the North Carolina Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, the Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives and Records Management Services.
Education Requirements: ALA-accredited MLS or an advanced degree in a humanities discipline
Qualification and Experience: REQUIRED ALA-accredited MLS or an advanced degree in a humanities discipline with coursework in rare books, archives, or special collections. Three years of relevant special collections or humanities research or teaching experience, including direct work experience with rare books for at least one of these years. Recent experience providing reference services in a special collections environment. Reading knowledge of Latin or at least one of the following modern European languages: French, German, or Spanish. Ability to understand bibliographic information in French, German, and Spanish. Knowledge of descriptive bibliography. Knowledge of reference sources for rare books, literary studies, and other humanities research. Excellent oral communication and writing skills. Demonstrated collegial skills. Active participation in appropriate professional organizations. PREFERRED Advanced degree in a humanities discipline. Broad experience in providing research and instructional services for special collections. Experience developing digital products that promote or facilitate use of and access to a library collection. Reading knowledge of additional modern European languages and Latin strongly preferred.
Department Contact Name and Title: Tiffany Allen, Director of Library Human Resources
Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: Tiffany_Allen@unc.edu