Triangle Research Libraries Network Program Officer, UNC Chapel Hill

Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)
POSITION:     Triangle Research Libraries Network Program Officer (At Will Appointment)
AVAILABLE:   March 1, 2013

The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) ( seeks a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and collaborative librarian to serve as Program Officer for collections-related consortial activities. The TRLN Program Officer will manage and support the work of the TRLN councils and task groups to explore and solve some of the complex issues facing academic libraries today.  This position offers an excellent opportunity to work with talented and motivated staff across four research institutions to support long-standing cooperative collection development activities.

Reporting to the TRLN Executive Director, the person in this position will support consortium-wide activities and initiatives of the Collections Council. A chief concern of this Council ( is addressing the challenges and constraints of e-resources relative to print.  The Program Officer will support the Collaborative Print Retention Program through which TRLN members share retention and storage of print materials.  The Program Officer will support the consortium-wide licensing of electronic resources and the work of the Electronic Resources Committee. This individual will also provide support to large-scale digitization projects.  The Program Officer will communicate the activities of these groups within the consortium and to a broader national audience.

The TRLN staff includes the Executive Director, an administrative assistant, a Program Officer and a TRLN Project Coordinator employed on a grant-supported project.  This is a team environment that provides support for the broad spectrum of initiatives and activities of the consortium, its standing councils, and its programs and services.  TRLN staff members organize seminars and symposia for the TRLN libraries’ staff on various topics, manage on-going communications, and coordinate strategic planning.


Required:  ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science. A minimum of 3 years of recent relevant experience, preferable in an academic research library. Familiarity with trends in collection development and management. Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. Ability to effectively represent TRLN libraries in providing consortial services to groups with diverse interests.

Preferred:  Experience working in a collaborative library setting. Familiarity with electronic resource licensing issues and practices.

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.

Triangle Research Libraries Network

Founded in 1977 and based on cooperation among academic research libraries of the Research Triangle dating back to 1933, TRLN is a resource-sharing consortium consisting of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The libraries of the four institutions encompass collections of professional schools in business, law, and health sciences, in addition to the major research resources in the humanities, social science, engineering, sciences, and technology.  The member libraries have combined holdings of fifteen million volumes, employ over a thousand staff, and have budgets totaling in excess of sixty million dollars.  TRLN offices are housed at the UNC Chapel Hill in the Wilson Library.

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 an At Will Appointment.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on January 14, 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 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.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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