Monday, December 12, 2011

Head of the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

UNC Chapel Hill, University Library

POSITION: Head of the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library AVAILABLE: March 1, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an innovative, energetic, and effective leader to continue the vision of the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library ( as “Carolina’s Learning Library.”

The Head of the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library will provide vision and leadership in developing and sustaining innovative and traditional services that support the information, learning, and teaching needs of students, faculty, staff, and the citizens of North Carolina; provide leadership in anticipating user needs, critically evaluating existing services and systems, and exploring new opportunities to ensure user needs are met; maintain a dynamic, service-oriented organization that collaborates with other campus libraries and service organizations in the development of programs and services that meet the constantly changing information environment; direct the development and management of the library’s collections and participate in the provision of reference, instruction, or other library services as appropriate; manage the overall administration of the library including planning, assessment, program development, facilities management and budget formulation.

The Head of the Undergraduate Library will manage the expenditure of endowed gift funds assigned to the Library and, with the support of the Library Development Office, will actively identify and pursue gift and grant funding opportunities. Additionally, the individual in this position will steward relationships with donors to the House Undergraduate Library by providing annual reports on the use of gifts and through tours and in-person meetings as opportunities arise.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services, the Head of the Undergraduate Library manages a team of 6 librarians, 12 support staff, graduate and undergraduate student assistants, and temporary staff.

The House Undergraduate Library provides an exciting and inviting environment for research, study, learning, and collaboration. The library provides 24-hour service and is designed to meet the changing needs of undergraduates and the faculty who support them. The House Undergraduate Library is devoted to introducing undergraduate students to Carolina’s rich library system; continuing to broaden the partnership between faculty and librarians to assist undergraduate students in navigating the complex digital information landscape; and serving as a resource for undergraduate teaching and learning initiatives.

The House Undergraduate Library facilities include a design lab, a computer classroom, the library system's electronic and print reserves service, an information commons, reference and circulation service, film viewing rooms, digital media labs for editing video and audio, and a media resources center (


ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Significant supervisory experience in progressively responsible positions. Knowledge of academic and research library trends and familiarity with effective methods of instruction and scholarly research in a rapidly changing environment. Commitment to individuality and diversity. Ability to work with diverse groups of users and staff. Experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating user service programs and a commitment to strong assessment practices. Ability to find, adopt, and use relevant new technology and apply it to improve services. Ability to develop and maintain a staff committed to an environment of mutual respect and excellent public service. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. A proven service orientation. Demonstrated ability to manage time, plan, set priorities, and organize work in order to focus on what is critical. Experience managing budgets. Commitment to professional growth and ability to facilitate the professional development of library staff.

Preferred: Facilities management skills, including the ability to anticipate and solve problems. Evidence of leadership in regional or national library or scholarly organizations, publications, or other indications of contributions to the profession.

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 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 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.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on January 9, 2012. 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. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.