Manuscripts Digitization Project Librarian

Chapel Hill
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Created: December 19, 2012


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks a knowledgeable, resourceful, and collaborative individual for the position of Manuscripts Digitization Project Librarian. The Project Librarian will coordinate activities for the multi-year grant project, Content, Context, and Capacity: A Collaborative Large-Scale Digitization Project on the Long Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina. The project began July 1, 2011, is currently funded through June 30, 2013, and will be requesting funding for an additional year of work through June 30, 2014. In this project, member libraries of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) will digitize approximately forty modern manuscript collections and archival record groups in their entirety and present the digitized collections on the open web. TRLN ( is a collaborative organization of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Under the supervision of the grant's principal investigator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Project Librarian will work closely with the project steering committee representing the four TRLN member libraries. The successful candidate will coordinate all project activities including project working groups for materials handling, evaluation, and outreach, and may chair one or more of these; ensure all project deliverables and deadlines are met; design and oversee the implementation of project assessment activities; create and manage the project's web and social media presence; and write and organize project documentation, including internal and external reports. Job responsibilities will evolve as project work progresses and will require travel among the campuses and within the Triangle area. The Project Librarian will collaborate with project staff, TRLN central staff, and colleagues at the TRLN member libraries for the successful and timely completion of the project.

Each TRLN member library holds world-class special collections, including manuscript collections and archival record groups that document the historical era known as the Long Civil Rights Movement (LCRM). The primary objective of the project is to promote scholarship and support educational uses of manuscripts and archival resources by extending the reach of modern collections beyond the walls of the four institutions through digitization. Secondly, the project will provide a proof of concept for a collaborative approach to large-scale digitization. As part of this project, the TRLN libraries are developing and evaluating cooperative standards and practices and test multi-institutional workflows that will deliver digitized special collections online effectively now and in the future.


ALA accredited master's degree in library or information science with evidence of commitment to special collections, archives, or academic libraries as demonstrated by work experience (including internships), coursework, or memberships in professional associations. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to accomplish goals and meet deadlines. Superior interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills. Experience with web page creation and management. Demonstrated aptitude for quantitative and qualitative data analysis and other assessment methods.

Experience managing complex projects. Experience delivering public presentations and facilitating meetings. Grant writing experience. Knowledge of digitization best practices. Working knowledge of EAD and archival descriptive standards. Coursework or interest in North Carolina history or the Long Civil Rights Movement.

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 an At Will Appointment with funding currently guaranteed through June 30, 2013, with the possibility of extension through June 30, 2014 contingent on continued funding and performance. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on January 14, 2013. 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 which must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.


Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 15:08 UTC

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