Wednesday, October 19, 2011

AVAILABLE: January 1, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented GIS Librarian. As part of the Data Services Section of the Davis Library Research and Instructional Services Department (, this individual will work with two other Data Services Librarians assisting users with GIS projects, facilitating access to spatial and numeric data sources, assisting patrons with web mapping projects, and providing consultations and referrals to researchers with data management needs. The GIS Librarian works with staff in other library and campus units who provide web mapping and GIS services to ensure high quality research support through cooperation and complementary services. To learn more about the library’s data services, please visit

The GIS Librarian serves as subject librarian primarily for the Department of City and Regional Planning and works closely with a team of subject librarians who develop high quality collections and deliver both general and specialized reference, research, and instructional services. Within this context, they participate in long-term planning, conduct on-going assessment of collections and services, develop web-based guides and other research and learning products, collaborate on special projects, and serve on committees and task forces as needed.

Librarians at UNC are expected to be actively involved with local library consortia; participate in regional, national, or international professional and scholarly organizations; and maintain an awareness of emerging research tools, methodologies, and trends in scholarly communication.

Reporting to the Head of Data Services, the successful candidate joins a creative team of subject librarians in the Davis Library Research and Instructional Services Department. The Research and Instructional Services Department provides data services, is responsible for liaison services to academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and houses collections of government documents, microforms, maps, and electronic resources.


Required: ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science or an advanced degree in a related field; proficiency with GIS software and spatial data; instruction experience and expertise; strong communication and organizational skills; web development skills; ability to manage multiple projects and priorities effectively; strong commitment to public service; the ability to work effectively with diverse library users and staff; demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team environment and evidence of innovation in delivering library services; flexible, creative outlook.

Preferred: Experience working in an academic research library; additional degree or certificate in related field (City and Regional Planning, Geography, Spatial Analysis or GIS Certificate); collection development experience; grant writing experience; web mapping skills, experience working with web mapping servers.

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 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 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 and 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 permanent twelve-month academic librarian appointment. 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.

This is an entry-level position. The anticipated hiring range for this position is an annual salary of $44,000 to $46,000.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on November 21, 2011. 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.

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. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

Tiffany Eatman Allen
Director of Library Human Resources
CB#3932, 213 Davis Library
UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 962-8027
(919) 843-8936 [fax]