University of North Carolina Wilmington — Special Collections Librarian

Summary of Position
Reporting to the Associate Director Library Specialized Collections, the Special Collections Librarian provides expertise and leadership for the strategic development and maintenance of Special Collections.

Minimum Requirements

  • ALA-accredited MLS
  • Knowledge of metadata and intellectual control in the context of special collections
  • Significant demonstrated experience (at least three years) processing special collections material
  • Significant demonstrated experience providing reference for special collections in a university or special library
  • Experience managing graduate students, interns or other temporary employees
  • Experience with digital library development in the context of special collections including knowledge of EAD and ArchivesSpace
  • Knowledge of published materials cataloging practices
  • Experience with managing a museum collection in an Archive, including tracking collections using PastPerfect software
  • Experience creating and installing exhibits
  • Knowledge of and experience with digitization projects and creating digital collections
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of donors and solicit donations in accordance with the Collection Development Policy
  • Experience drafting and revising policies, including those related to collection development
  • Experience providing reference and information literacy services in relation to Special Collections for undergraduate and grad students, faculty, patrons and visiting scholars
  • Commitment to professional development and membership in professional organizations
  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong service orientation
  • Collegial, team-focused, management orientation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preservation management experience and knowledge of conservation practices
  • Experience digitizing and managing oral history collections
  • Grants writing experience
  • Experience with space planning in a library
  • Knowledge of best and innovative practices as they relate to library technology

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Special Collections unit collects, manages and preserves a wide variety of both primary source and specialized materials within Randall Library. It provides access to these materials for undergraduate and grad students, faculty, patrons and visiting scholars. The Special Collections unit also coordinates multiple exhibits of materials housed in that area during any given year.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 16,500 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement
UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Priority Consideration Information
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 5, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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