Newspaper Digitization Project Librarian

Chapel Hill
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Created: April 19, 2012


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks a knowledgeable, resourceful, and collaborative individual for the position of Newspaper Digitization Project Librarian. The Project Librarian will coordinate activities for the proposed, multi-year grant project, North Carolina Newspapers. In this project, the University Library will lead a collaborative effort with the North Carolina State Archives to digitize approximately 150 reels of microfilmed North Carolina newspapers in their entirety and make them available through the Library of Congress's Chronicling America website (

Under the supervision of the grant’s principal investigator at the University Library, the Project Librarian will coordinate the day-to-day operations of the North Carolina Newspapers project.  The Newspaper Digitization Project Librarian will work to ensure microfilm selected for the project meets required technical specifications, and will prepare metadata on newspaper titles and reels selected for digitization.  The Project Librarian will also create and maintain a database to track the movement of microfilm and digital files, and will oversee review of digital files received from digitization vendor.

The individual in this position will serve as the primary contact with technical staff at the North Carolina State Archives, the digitization vendor and Library of Congress, arranging schedules for duplication of microfilm, digitization of microfilm and delivery of digital files.  Additionally, working with the principal investigator, the Project Librarian will produce reports for funders and project participants, and will attend the annual National Digital Newspaper Program meetings in Washington, D.C.  The Project Librarian will also supervise two graduate students working as metadata assistants.


Required:  ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to accomplish goals and meet deadlines. Superior interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.  Superior organizational and time management skills. Experience with assigning metadata to digital objects and creating digital collections for libraries or other cultural institutions. Knowledge of XML and digitization standards.

Preferred: Knowledge of METS. Experience with management of grant-funded digital projects. Budget management and experience working with vendors. Coursework in or knowledge of North Carolina history.   

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 fixed-term appointment, with the possibility of one additional one-year appointment contingent on continued funding and performance.  The anticipated salary range for this position is $44,000 to $46,000. 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 1, 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.

AVAILABLE:   October 1, 2012

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