Technical Services Archivist

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Created: August 17, 2015


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a creative, collaborative, enthusiastic professional for the position of Technical Services Archivist. Reporting to the Head of the Archival Processing Section in the Special Collections Technical Services Department, the Technical Services Archivist will manage the arrangement and description of manuscript collections, institutional records, and faculty papers in all formats.

The incumbent will arrange and describe archival materials according to national and local standards and best practices; author EAD-encoded finding aids; work in collaboration with staff in the Bibliographic Section of Special Collections Technical Services to create MARC records for archival collections; and participate in special projects relating to Special Collections Technical Services work. The Technical Services Archivist will train, direct, and review the work of graduate and undergraduate student assistants.

The incumbent will participate in University committees and other groups as appropriate. The individual in this position is expected to be active in scholarly and library professional organizations and the academic community. Demonstrated professional achievement, service, and scholarly/creative activity are required for reappointment and promotion in rank.

The Technical Services Archivist will participate in public services with a regular weekly reference desk shift and occasional weekend desk service.


ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science or advanced degree in archives administration, public history or other relevant field. Demonstrated experience with archival processing that is user-driven, flexible, and incorporates varied approaches. Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of archival arrangement and description. Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials. Demonstrated project management experience. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with administrative staff, faculty, information technology staff, and library and curatorial staff. Superior interpersonal, communication, and writing skills. Evidence of commitment to the archival profession by memberships and participation in professional associations, and record of ongoing professional development and contribution.

Preferred: Familiarity with the issues surrounding the administration of born-digital archival materials. Administrative and supervisory experience. Prior academic library or higher education work experience. Grant writing and management experience.

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 7 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 September 1, 2015.  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.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Published: Monday, August 17, 2015 21:31 UTC

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