Head of Kenan Science Information Services: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel HIll, NC

UNC Chapel Hill University Library

POSITION:A�A�A�A�A� Head of Kenan Science Information Services

AVAILABLE:A� A� July 1, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a dynamic, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented individual for the position of Head of Kenan Science Information Services.A� Recently opened in 2010, the Kenan Science Library is a campus focal point for e-science information services, and provides a coordinated location for liaison and collection development activities in the physical, biological, and earth sciences. Leading a team of librarians, this person oversees the operation of the Kenan Science Library, provides coordination for science information services and vision for the development of new, innovative approaches to e-science and data management.A� Additionally, the Head of Kenan Science Information Services will collaborate with staff in the Health Sciences Library to build strong interdisciplinary science collections and services, especially those supporting data intensive and team based science involving the biomedical sciences.

The Head of Kenan Science Information Services will develop and maintain close relationships with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the assigned and related academic disciplines to ensure the highest and most effective level of library support for their research, teaching, and learning.A� The individual in this position will work with the science research community, the Librariesa�� Data Management Committee and other library and university colleagues to develop sustainable resources and services that assist faculty and students with preserving their own and accessing others’ research data. The Head will also maintain awareness of tools, sources, and methodologies for computationally centered, data-driven research (data mining, visualization, text mining, etc.).A� The Head is also expected to participate actively in and contribute to the work of library and campus committees, professional organizations and initiatives dealing with data and metadata.


The Head of Kenan Science Information Services supervises two subject librarians and support personnel who share responsibility for developing high quality collections and delivering both general and specialized reference, research and instructional services.A� Within this context, they participate in long-term planning, conduct on-going assessment of collections and services, develop web-based guides and other research and learning products, collaborate on special projects, and serve on committees and task forces as needed.

As a subject librarian, the Head of the Kenan Science Information Services has primary responsibility for selecting and managing collections in all formats for assigned subjects, ideally including chemistry. In addition, the person in this position works with colleagues in media, special collections, digital publishing, and curation units to develop and promote the librarya��s unique resources and digital services whenever appropriate.


Required:A� ALA accredited mastera��s degree in library or information science.A� Minimum of three years of related professional experience.A� Supervisory experience. Demonstrated science subject knowledge, and experience with relevant online resources.A� Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities effectively. Ability to think creatively in developing and promoting the use of collections and providing services, such as workshops, course-integrated instruction, and other outreach efforts. Strong commitment to public service.A� Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with diverse population of faculty, students, and academic colleagues.

Preferred:A� Significant study or a second advanced degree in chemistry or chemical informatics. Experience with data sets in numeric or other formats (images, GIS, video, etc.) and well as SciFinder Scholar and other chemical databases.

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 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 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 http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/3132 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.A� Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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