Research and Design Services Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented individual for the role of Research and Design Services Librarian. Working with a team of librarians at the Undergraduate Library (, this individual will help shape the provision of research and technology services geared towards the undergraduate population. The successful candidate will develop public services for the Reference Desk and Design Lab, explore technologies supporting undergraduate education, and participate in instruction and outreach initiatives.

The Research and Design Services Librarian will lead the day to day activities of Reference Desk and Design Lab (a multi-media lab supporting scanning services and the creation of digital design projects), deliver instruction on design software and research methods, work closely with colleagues to evaluate current services, and recommend, design, and implement user-centered research and technology services.A� The successful candidate will contribute to the development of online instructional materials, such as tutorials, course guides, and other instructional tools. The individual in this position will actively supervise and mentor graduate student employees from the School of Information and Library Science and participate in collection development activities for the Undergraduate Library.

The Research and Design Services Librarian reports to the Head of the R. B. House Undergraduate Library.


A�Required:A� ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science.A� Strong public service orientation and experience providing user-centered reference service, online and in-person.A� Experience with web design (HTML and CSS), instructional technology, and Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent multimedia authoring software.A� Knowledge of emerging instructional technologies.A� Experience providing library or technology instruction. Strong written and oral communication skills.A� Self-motivated, with strong commitment to teamwork and collaboration.A� Commitment to supporting a diverse student and faculty population.

A�Preferred: A�Previous work experience in an undergraduate library/setting.A� Experience with collection development.

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.

A�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 and 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.

A�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.

A�Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on December 9, 2012. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

A�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.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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