Repository Librarian

Chapel Hill
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Created: May 8, 2014


Repository Librarian

AVAILABLE:      July 1, 2014

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks a Repository Librarian for the Carolina Digital Repository (  The Carolina Digital Repository is a service of the University Library to the entire UNC Chapel Hill campus, providing collection, preservation, and discovery tools for faculty, researchers, staff, and students.  The Carolina Digital Repository is based on the Fedora Commons repository on iRODS.  The UNC Chapel Hill Library is an active development partner in the Fedora4 project. The Carolina Digital Repository hosts the ETDs from the Graduate School, the Honor’s Program, MFA for Fine Arts, and the School of Public Health.  The Carolina Digital Repository is the preservation home for other significant collections, such as the Southern Folklife Collection ( and the Research Laboratories of Archaeology (

Reporting to the Head of Software Development within the division of Library and Information Technology (LIT), the Repository Librarian is responsible for the planning, development, testing, and implementation of the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), managing a diverse set of stakeholders to the CDR, and collaboration with other departments that provide technical resources in support of the CDR. The Librarian will provide project management for the Repository Application Team responsible for the direct technical development of the Carolina Digital Repository and associated tools supporting data curation.  The individual in this position will play a leadership role in developing the technical and functional roadmaps with the Head of Software Development, collecting functional requirements from stakeholders, setting priorities for development, managing ingest of digital objects and collections, and effective communication and documentation.  The Repository Librarian will contribute to the planning and development of CDR strategy, functionality, and capacity by analyzing user input and feedback.

The Repository Librarian will directly support UNC faculty, staff, and students with information, training, and assistance in depositing digital materials into the CDR.  The Librarian will work with Library staff and campus stakeholders to define and implement repository policies, workflows, and capabilities.  The Librarian will work directly with the Head of Digital Research Services, the Head of the Preservation Department, University Archives, and Special Collections Technical Services on preservation policy management to ensure that CDR programs are aligned and integrated with other UNC systems as appropriate.  The Repository Librarian will work with librarians, faculty, and the heads of the various academic, administrative, and research units on campus to identify materials that would be appropriate to include in the CDR, explain expectations, policies, and workflows, negotiate deposit agreements, provide services, training, and support, and investigate and resolve user issues.  In coordination with staff from the Research Hub and Technical Services, the Repository Librarian will consult with depositors on ingest of materials, including mapping user requirements and metadata to repository functionality and standards.  The Librarian will facilitate the development and implementation of governance policies and workflows for depositing and managing content in the CDR.

The Repository Librarian will serve on Library committees, and participate in regional and national working groups related to repository development and data curation, as appropriate, and represent the University of North Carolina and its libraries at appropriate conferences and meetings relative to institutional repositories specifically and to the larger issues related to data curation and scholarly communication.


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or advanced degree in Computer Science, Archival Studies, or a related field. Demonstrated experience managing software development projects. Coursework or experience leading to knowledge of the principles and practices of data curation and long-term digital preservation.  Knowledge of metadata formats, including Dublin Core, MODS, METS, and data exchange protocols such as SWORD and OAI-PMH. Excellent communication skills.  Demonstrated experience of managing complex workflows and details.  Ability to work collaboratively with programmers, faculty, and library staff.

Preferred:  Demonstrated experience in the acquisition and management of born-digital or digitized library, archival, or research materials.  Experience using Agile Project Management. Some experience with programming languages. Experience developing web applications. Knowledge of software development best practices.

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. The UNC Health Sciences Library is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.  University 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 June 9, 2014.  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, one of whom must be a current supervisor.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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