Associate University Librarian for Collections Strategy and Services

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Created: April 10, 2018


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library seeks an energetic and innovative Associate University Librarian (AUL) to lead the development and management of library collections and to install a comprehensive content strategy.  This senior position reports to the Vice Provost for University Libraries & University Librarian. The AUL is a member of the Library Leadership Team (LLT) and collaborates with other members of the LLT to develop and execute the Library’s strategic objectives and to ensure organizational effectiveness. The Library is looking for a leader who will want to make Carolina a model for the nation in how it defines, expands, and sustains research collections in the digital age, and who will transform how Carolina builds collections that provide the highest level of services throughout the research lifecycle.

The AUL’s portfolio includes approximately 80 staff who build and manage general collections and provide research, teaching, and learning services to the UNC community. Within an overall collections budget of nearly $16 million, the AUL oversees the strategic allocation and management of an $11 million general materials budget and coordinates the materials budget for the health sciences. The portfolio also includes user experience and assessment, scholarly communication, as well as research services that support the full range of digital scholarship such as GIS, data visualization, data curation, and makerspace initiatives.

The successful candidate will articulate and implement innovative strategies for the holistic management, growth, and sustainability of Carolina’s 9.2 million volume collection as well as the thousands of reformatted content annually generated by the Library. The AUL will also create and coordinate processes for assessing library collections and aligning content in a user-focused and evidence-based way. The incumbent will establish policies and best practices for managing the full lifecycle of dynamic and complex content. The AUL will articulate a vision and strategic direction for the ongoing preservation and accessibility of digital and analog content, including digitized special collections, data, reformatted content, and institutional repository content.

The AUL is expected to lead the Library’s participation in newly developed initiatives that encourage and enable faculty to manage their own copyright and to improve the economics of and access to published research.  Additionally, the incumbent will actively build collaborative and strategic partnerships with campus-wide units and programs in support of key library initiatives that enhance the research enterprise, bolster preservation, and promote student success. The AUL will represent the Library in all matters relevant to collections and will actively build partnerships and develop collaborative efforts regionally, nationally, and internationally. The AUL will be expected to contribute to and participate in fundraising efforts, including the Library’s goal to raise $50 million during the ongoing $4.25 billion Campaign for Carolina.



  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or combination of related advanced degree and relevant experience.
  • Minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience related to collection development and/or public services in an academic research environment.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to articulate a vision, and to set goals and priorities.
  • Demonstrated success managing people, projects, and budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate priorities and values across a diverse constituency, including librarians, faculty, staff, students, administrators, and donors.
  • Demonstrated deep understanding of the role of the library and scholarly information resources, data, and institutional assets in supporting research, teaching, and healthcare in research and higher education.


  • Grant-writing and/or grant management experience.
  • Experience and success with fundraising.
  • Experience in publisher and vendor negotiations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of challenges regarding scholarly communications, copyright, and intellectual property.
  • Experience with coordinating and assessing library participation in resource sharing, collaborative collection development, shared print, and consortia programs.

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 medicine, social work, information science, and law. The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries hold approximately 9.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audio visual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, 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, healing, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage 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.

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 May 9, 2018.  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.

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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