UNC Chapel Hill, University Library*

*POSITION:        Head of Special Collections Research and Instructional
Services Department*
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*AVAILABLE:      September 1, 2009*
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an experienced,
collaborative, and innovative individual to lead the Research and
Instructional Services Department (R&IS) of the Louis Round Wilson
Special Collections Library. Reporting to the Associate University
Librarian for Special Collections, the incumbent will be responsible for
building a consolidated research and instructional services program for
special collections that will serve a broad range of audiences,
including UNC faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students,
researchers from around the world, and the general public.  The Head
will also foster a collaborative environment with curatorial, technical
services, and conservation staff to set library-wide standards and
priorities for special collections, and lead efforts to encourage
expanded use of special collections at UNC.

R&IS was established in July 2008 to provide consolidated services for
all special collections in the UNC Library.  Its goal is to provide a
common set of services and policies for special collections users, while
continuing to provide subject expertise in the areas represented by the
constituent special collections.  This will include cross-training of
R&IS staff, consolidation of reading rooms and collection shelving
areas, a shared registration and use-tracking system, and development of
a shared set of policies and workflows.

The Head of R&IS will provide leadership and administration in special
collections for research and reference services, instruction, stacks
management, program planning, user information channels, permissions and
reproduction services, and record-keeping and reporting.  He/she will
supervise professional and support staff and manage the department's
budget. The Head will also develop and implement a program of regular
consultation and assessment with faculty, students, and other special
collections users to ensure that services and policies meet their
evolving needs. As a part of a newly consolidated special collections
library, this department will have approximately 9 full-time staff, as
well as interns, graduate assistants, and undergraduate student
employees. It is expected that the Head will also participate in the
direct delivery of research and instructional services, including
regular shifts on the reference desks and classroom instruction. As a
member of the Wilson Library management group, the Head will participate
in the planning and implementation of special collections goals,
priorities, policies, and workflows.

The incumbent will also work closely with special collections staff in
other Wilson Library departments and with staffs of other University
Library departments, including the Carolina Digital Library and
Archives, Systems, Reference, and Instructional Services to ensure that
a research and instructional services perspective is incorporated into
all aspects of special collections functions and activities.

The Head will be active in the library or archival profession and
support the activities of the department's staff in professional
organizations and working groups concerned with special collections
issues and will ensure that the Wilson Library adopts and contributes to
the development of relevant standards and participates in professional
discussions on research and instruction for special collections in
academic and research libraries.

The Louis Round Wilson Library includes the North Carolina Collection,
the Rare Book Collection, the Southern Historical Collection, the
Southern Folklife Collection, and University Archives and Records
Management Services. Together they hold rich, diverse, and growing
special collections of manuscripts, archives, rare books, pamphlets,
government documents, newspapers, historical monographs, periodicals,
maps, photographs, moving image and audio recordings, and digital

*Required:  *ALA-accredited MLS preferred, or Master's degree in
history, English, or related discipline with relevant experience.  Five
years professional experience as a librarian or archivist, with recent
experience in delivering reference services and instruction programs in
a special collection or archival repository. Management experience in a
special collections repository, including supervising professional and
support staff. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to set
priorities and accomplish goals. Demonstrated ability to work with a
wide range of users and constituencies. Active participation in
appropriate professional organizations. Excellent oral communication and
writing skills.

*Preferred:* Substantive experience in managing research and
instructional services functions for special collections in an academic
or research library. Experience in planning for and implementing
consolidation of research and instructional services.  Demonstrated
subject expertise in one or more areas relevant to the holdings of the
Wilson Library Special Collections.  Experience in working with
curatorial, technical services, conservation, and digital library staff
to develop goals for cataloging, processing, and digitization.
Experience in developing requirements and specifications for automated
access and management systems. Experience in planning the renovation of
library facilities. Experience in developing and administering grants or
fundraising initiatives.
*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 27,000 students, employs more than 3,100 faculty,
offers 77 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry,
medicine, pharmacy and law, and the Library collections include over 6
million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research
Libraries <>, the Center for Research Libraries, the
Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) and SOLINET
<>. The TRLN libraries, including the Health
Sciences <> and Law
<> libraries at Chapel Hill plus
the libraries at Duke University <>, North
Carolina Central University <>,
and North Carolina State University <>, have
combined collections of over eleven million volumes.

*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 represented on the faculty council.

*Deadline for Application*
Review of applications will begin on *July 20, 2009*. 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.

Aimee Babcock-Ellis

Graduate Assistant
Nonprint Media Services Library
301-405-9236  fax 301-314-9419
(cell) 518-225-7127
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