Thursday, March 10, 2011

Manuscripts Digitization Project Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill

UNC Chapel Hill University Library
POSITION: Manuscripts Digitization Project Librarian (*Fixed Term Appointment*)
AVAILABLE: August 1, 2011

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks a knowledgeable, resourceful, and collaborative individual for the position of Manuscripts Digitization Project Librarian. The Project Librarian will coordinate activities for the proposed, multi-year grant project, Content, Context, and Capacity: A Collaborative Large-Scale Digitization Project on the Long Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina. In this project, member libraries of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) will digitize approximately forty modern manuscript collections and archival record groups in their entirety and present the digitized collections on the open web. TRLN is a collaborative organization of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Under the supervision of the grant’s principal investigator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Project Librarian will work closely with the project steering committee representing the four TRLN member libraries. The successful candidate will convene and facilitate working groups for metadata practices, technical standards, evaluation, etc.; develop and conduct training sessions for project staff; create and manage the project’s web presence; and write and organize project documentation, including internal and external reports. In the first year, the Project Librarian will convert legacy finding aids into modern finding aids through encoding in EAD (Encoded Archival Description). Job responsibilities will evolve over the three-year project and will require travel among the campuses and within the Triangle area. The Project Librarian will collaborate with project staff, TRLN central staff, and colleagues at the TRLN member libraries for the successful and timely completion of the project.

Each TRLN member library holds world-class special collections, including manuscript collections and archival record groups that document the historical era known as the Long Civil Rights Movement (LCRM). In 2010, the TRLN libraries’ special collections and university archives received a planning grant from the State Library of North Carolina and designed Content, Context, and Capacity. The primary objective of the project is to promote scholarship and support educational uses of manuscripts and archival resources by extending the reach of modern collections beyond the walls of the four institutions. Secondly, the project will provide a proof of concept for a collaborative approach to large-scale digitization. The TRLN libraries will develop cooperative standards and practices and test multi-institutional workflows that will deliver digitized special collections effectively now and in the future.


Required: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science with evidence of commitment to special collections, archives, or academic libraries as demonstrated by work experience (including internships), coursework, or memberships in professional associations. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to accomplish goals and meet deadlines. Superior interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills. Experience with web page creation and management.

Preferred: Working knowledge of EAD and archival descriptive standards, including DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard). Experience delivering public presentations and facilitating meetings. Coursework or interest in North Carolina history or the Long Civil Rights Movement. Grant writing experience. Evidence of managing complex projects.


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 faculty, offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN). The TRLN libraries, at Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, 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 fixed-term appointment, with the possibility of two additional one-year appointments contingent on continued funding and performance. 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 April 1, 2011. 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. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.