Special Collections and Humanities Cataloger – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an energetic, motivated and collaborative librarian to serve as Special Collections and Humanities Cataloger.  The successful candidate will be responsible for bibliographic control and metadata related to rare and specialized published materials in the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library and also will catalog humanities materials in the Library’s general collections.  The position requires the ability to create both original and complex adaptive cataloging, as well as to perform catalog management and authority control activities.  Cataloging is done to national standards, with participation in the NACO, BIBCO, CONSER and SACO programs.

The Special Collections and Humanities Cataloger works in a collegial environment of cataloging specialists in both the Special Collections Library and Davis Library Technical Services.  The position is situated in the Special Collections Technical Services Department of the Wilson Library, where 60% of the cataloger’s duties are based; the cataloger also spends 40% of his or her time in the Original/Adaptive section of Resource Description and Management (RDM) in Davis Library.  The Special Collections and Humanities Cataloger reports to the Assistant Head of Special Collections Technical Services.  While in Davis Library, the cataloger’s work is directed by the head of RDM.


Required:  ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science.  Previous rare book cataloging experience in an academic or research library setting.  Working knowledge of online library systems and national standards (e.g., AACR2r, RDA, DCRM, LCSH, LC Classification, MARC21 formats).  Experience with the principles of authority control.  Reading knowledge of French and/or Italian.  Ability to handle citations and title pages in a wide range of Western European languages. Strong attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Effective organizational and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as cooperatively and flexibly with a wide variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment.  Commitment to a high level of service to faculty, staff, and students.  Active participation in appropriate professional organizations.

Preferred:  Fluency in French, Italian, German, or other western European languages. Familiarity with Latin.  Experience with: Innovative’s Millennium system; NACO, BIBCO, or other PCC programs; non-MARC metadata formats (e.g., MODS, Dublin Core); electronic cataloging support tools, such as RDA Toolkit, Classification Web and Cataloger’s Desktop; experience cataloging serials and electronic resources.

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.  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 May 24, 2013.  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/24045 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.  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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