Visual Materials Archivist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library

POSITION:  *Fixed-Term Appointment*

AVAILABLE: June 1, 2007

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library seeks a motivated, innovative, collaborative, and knowledgeable individual for the position of Visual Materials Archivist in the North Carolina Collection. The Visual Materials Archivist will assist in processing extensive archives of visual materials, including black-and-white and color photographic prints and negatives, color transparencies, videotapes, slides, 16 mm motion picture film, and postcards. The Visual Materials Archivist will report to the Photographic Archivist.

In the last four years, photographic holdings have more than doubled and include recently acquired collections of noted photographers Billy Barnes, Don Sturkey, and the late Hugh Morton. The Visual Materials Archivist’s primary responsibilities will focus on making these new acquisitions accessible to researchers. Primary duties will include assisting with a preliminary inventory and developing a processing strategy; housing materials in appropriate storage enclosures; and arranging and describing the collection, including development of an NC-EAD-compliant guide. Additional duties may include assisting in cataloging the collection under the supervision of the Photographic Archivist, contributing to metadata creation for a digital library collection, and maintaining a processing blog to update researchers on the work in progress.

The North Carolina Collection is located in the Wilson Library on the UNC Chapel Hill campus and is the largest and most comprehensive collection of library materials related to a single state. Its holdings include more than 300,000 books, pamphlets, government documents, newspapers, periodicals, printed maps, and audiovisual materials. It also holds more than 800,000 photographic images and 15,000 artifacts. The Collection is widely known for its distinguished Thomas Wolfe and Sir Walter Raleigh collections. The Collection is used by University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, as well as students and scholars from other institutions, independent scholars, professional writers, and the general public. The North Carolina Collection currently includes 8 librarians/archivists, 6 support staff, 3 graduate student research assistants, and several undergraduate student assistants. For more information,

Required: A graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program or a Master’s degree in archival administration, museum studies, public history, or other related field with an emphasis on archival theory and practice.

Preferred: Experience with photographic collections; writing collection guides using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD); familiarity with Dublin Core; general knowledge of North Carolina history, geography, and culture.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 27,000 students, employs more than 3,100 faculty, offers 77 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law; and the Library collections include over 5.7 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) and SOLINET.

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 each less than a 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.

This is a twelve-month fixed-term appointment, with the possibility of two one-year renewals. Salary will be 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 represented on the faculty council.

Review of applications will begin on April 26, 2007. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Send or email a letter of application, a resume and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references to:

Visual Materials Archivist
c/o Tiffany Allen, Personnel Librarian
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB #3900, 213 Davis Library
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890


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