Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian: UNC Chapel Hill, University Library

Available: January 1, 2011

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks an experienced, creative, and collaborative individual for the position of Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian for the North Carolina Collection (NCC) Gallery.

The Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian will work under the supervision of the Keeper of the NCC Gallery to maintain web pages and raise the Gallery’s public profile through the creation of online exhibits and web-based social media. The Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian will also work with the Keeper to help organize other promotional and outreach activities, such as the development and delivery of tours and educational programs for broad and targeted audiences. This individual will also serve as Assistant Keeper, with responsibilities for the record-keeping and physical management of a collection of 22,000 historic objects, in addition to other administrative tasks. The individual in this position will hire, train, and monitor assignments for undergraduate and graduate student assistants.

Located in the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, the NCC Gallery offers exhibitions and related programs that interpret North Carolina history, literature, and culture. The Gallery also includes three historic rooms: the Sir Walter Raleigh Room, complete with late sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English furniture; the nineteenth-century library from Hayes Plantation in Edenton, N.C.; and the Early Carolina Room. The latter is decorated with mid-eighteenth century paneling from Pasquotank County, as well as furniture from the late colonial and early federal periods (ca. 1760- 1820).

Long-term exhibits in the Gallery's main display area interpret the early exploration and attempted settlement of Roanoke Island by English colonists in the 1580s and depict the Algonquian culture indigenous to that region. Another exhibit on North Carolina's early nineteenth-century gold rush includes a rare 24-coin set of Bechtler coins. Still other exhibits recount the history of the University of North Carolina, the department's collection of rare ornithological prints, the lives of the original Siamese twins Eng and Chang Bunker (1811-1874), and much more. The Gallery is also responsible for displays in two special rooms that memorialize the work and contributions of two distinguished alumni of the university: Asheville native and novelist Thomas Wolfe and philanthropist John Sprunt Hill of Durham. For more information on the Gallery, please visit:


Required: ALA-accredited MLS or Master’s degree in history, museum studies, public history, American studies or related discipline, with relevant experience. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to accomplish goals. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience working on digital projects for cultural heritage institutions. Familiarity with HTML and web page creation and management.

Preferred: Two or more years of full-time experience in a library, museum, historic site, gallery, or related institution. Experience working with content management systems such as CONTENTdm or Drupal. Experience creating metadata for digital objects. Demonstrated proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop. Experience with outreach and public presentations. Coursework in or knowledge of North Carolina history. Knowledge of professional museum practices. Supervisory experience.


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country's oldest state university. UNC-Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.


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.


This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; 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 members of the faculty council.


Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2010. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.


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.

An Equal Opportunity Employer