Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Special Projects Cataloger (*Fixed-Term Appointment*): University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

POSITION: Special Projects Cataloger

*Fixed-Term Appointment*

AVAILABLE: September 1, 2010

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library seeks a knowledgeable, motivated, and collaborative individual for the position of Special Projects Cataloger to work halftime in the North Carolina Collection (NCC) and halftime the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC). In the NCC, the Special Projects Cataloger will perform retrospective cataloging of monographs, serials, and other special format materials using standard cataloging tools: AACR2 revised, LC subject headings, MARC21 formats, and OCLC. The NCC also applies local subject headings and a modified Dewey Decimal Classification scheme. In the SFC, the Special Projects Cataloger will chiefly catalog commercial LPs and CDs using the tools listed above, and may also work on 78rpm and 45rpm recordings. The position requires the ability to create both original and adaptive cataloging, as well as to perform catalog maintenance and authority control activities. Cataloging is done to national standards, with participation in the NACO, BIBCO, CONSER, and SACO programs. The Special Projects Cataloger will report to the Assistant Head of Special Collections Technical Services.

The North Carolina Collection and the Southern Folklife Collection are two of the Special Collections housed in the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. The NCC is the largest and most comprehensive collection of library materials related to a single state. Its holdings include more than 350,000 books, pamphlets, government documents, newspapers, periodicals, maps, and audiovisual materials. It also holds more than 1.3 million photographs and 15,000 artifacts. The NCC is widely known for its distinguished Thomas Wolfe and Sir Walter Raleigh collections. The SFC ranks as one of the nation's foremost archival resources for the study of American folk music and popular culture. It contains over 250,000 sound recordings, including cylinders, acetate discs, wire recordings, 78 rpm and 45 rpm discs, LPs, cassettes, CDs, and open reel tapes; over 3,000 video recordings; 18 million feet of motion picture film; thousands of photographs, song folios, posters, manuscript materials, ephemeral items, and research files; and an exceptionally strong collection of discographical materials for the 78 rpm era. Both collections are used by University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, as well as students and scholars from other institutions, independent scholars, professional writers, and the general public.


Required: ALA accredited master's degree in library or information science. Experience cataloging using the Anglo-American rules. Excellent attention to detail combined with high productivity. Experience editing online cataloging records. Ability to work independently and harmoniously in a small group setting. Flexibility and analytical skills needed to resolve complex problems.

Preferred: General knowledge of North Carolina history, geography, and culture. General knowledge of American folk music and popular culture. Experience in cataloging in multiple formats, especially sound recordings. NACO experience. Experience in working on retrospective conversion projects.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country's oldest state university. UNC-Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 27,000 students, employs more than 3,100 faculty, offers 77 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law, and the Library collections include over 6 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) and SOLINET. The TRLN libraries, including the Health Sciences and Law libraries at Chapel Hill plus the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, have combined collections of over eleven million volumes.

The Region

The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day's drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits

This is a twelve-month fixed-term appointment, with the possibility of two one-year extensions. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are represented on the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on August 5, 2010. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply

Please visit 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.