Rare Book Research Librarian – UNC Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The University of North Carolina seeks an experienced, energetic, and collegial individual with a strong academic background to coordinate research and instructional services for the Rare Book Collection (http://www.lib.unc.edu/rbc/) at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library (http://www.lib.unc.edu/wilson/).A� Reporting to the Head of Special Collections Research and Instructional Services (R&IS) and working closely with the Curator of Rare Books, the Rare Book Research Librarian will foster intellectual engagement with the collection, ensure its vital role in UNC academic departments and programs, and participate in the development of special collections-wide services, instruction, and outreach.

The Rare Book Research Librarian will be directly responsible for on-site and virtual researcher services for the Rare Book Collection, consulting with researchers to identify resources relevant to their work, assisting with requests for permission to publish; working with faculty and instructors to incorporate knowledge and use of the collection into courses and workshops; assessing the effectiveness of research and instructional services; and creating innovative research and access tools, including digital products. These efforts will serve a broad range of audiences, including faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, researchers from around the world, and the general public.

The Rare Book Research Librarian may supervise students and will participate directly in the delivery of researcher services in the Special Collections Reference Center, with regular weekday and occasional weekend desk shifts. The Librarian will devote approximately 10% of his/her time assisting the Curator of Rare Books with acquisitions, donor relations, exhibitions, and programs. The incumbent will serve on library committees and work closely and collaboratively with colleagues in R&IS, other Wilson Special Collections and Library departments, including the Carolina Digital Library and Archives, Library & Information Technology, and Davis Library’s Research and Instructional Services. The Rare Book Research Librarian is expected to be active in scholarly and library professional organizations and the academic community.

R&IS provides a common set of services and policies for users of special collections at the UNC Library. The department provides both general special collections research and instructional services, and subject and format expertise in the areas represented by the constituent special collections.

The Rare Book Collection has significant national and international literary and historical holdings, from clay tablets to medieval manuscripts to modern fine printing. Strengths include incunabula, sixteenth-century imprints, the New World Cronistas, English and Irish literature, French history, Spanish and Catalan drama, publishing history, and Maya studies, as well as American popular culture, crime and detective fiction, and World War I & II graphic materials.

In addition to the Rare Book Collection, the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library includes the North Carolina Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, the Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives and Records Management Services.


Required: ALA-accredited MLS or an advanced degree in a humanities discipline with coursework in rare books, archives, or special collections. Three years of relevant special collections or humanities research or teaching experience, including direct work experience with rare books for at least one of these years.A� Recent experience providing reference services in a special collections environment. Reading knowledge of Latin or at least one of the following modern European languages: French, German, or Spanish. Ability to understand bibliographic information in French, German, and Spanish. Knowledge of descriptive bibliography. Knowledge of reference sources for rare books, literary studies, and other humanities research. Excellent oral communication and writing skills.A� Demonstrated collegial skills. Active participation in appropriate professional organizations.

Preferred: Advanced degree in a humanities discipline. Broad experience in providing research and instructional services for special collections. Experience developing digital products that promote or facilitate use of and access to a library collection. Reading knowledge of additional modern European languages and Latin strongly preferred.

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. The UNC Health Sciences Library is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.A� University 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 August 8, 2013.A� 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/28322 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.A� Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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