Special Collections Archivist and Diversity Resident Librarian

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Working Title
Special Collections Archivist and Diversity Resident Librarian
External Link to Posting
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Position Number
Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
Randall Library - 30800
Academic Affairs - 30000 Division
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Special Collections Archivist and Diversity Resident Librarian position is an 11-month (July 1 – May 31), time-limited position. This position will begin July 1, 2021 and continue through May 31, 2022, with the option of a 1 year renewal.

The Special Collections Archivist and Diversity Resident Librarian supports the mission of the Library Specialized Collections Department by creating ways for students, faculty, and community members to access the sources of the history and culture of Southeast North Carolina. Although the Archivist primarily does so by creating electronic finding aids as they arrange and describe manuscript collections, the person in this position will also provide reference services, create exhibits, participate in digitization projects, help write grants, and deliver information literacy instruction. The Special Collections Archivist and Diversity Resident Librarian is therefore integral to, and will receive training in carrying out, all functions of the department.

Daily tasks include providing expertise related to the preservation and management of collections in the various units that make up Library Specialized Collections, arranging and describing Special Collections and University Archives collections using ArchiveSpace, answering in-person and remote reference requests, managing student workers and interns, working with Technical Services Staff to catalog published materials, working with the Associate Director for Library Specialized Collections to implement deselection plans and solicit donations in accordance with collection development policies, filling shifts on the research help desk, collaborating with colleagues on information literacy instruction and student research projects, and performing duties related to service on library, university, and professional committees.

The Special Collections Archivist and Diversity Resident Librarian receives funding for professional development annually. In addition to this annual professional development allotment, the person in this position receives funds necessary take all classes required for completing the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist Certificate. The Library will also provide the funds necessary for the person in this position to take the Academy of Certified Archivists exam. The Associate Director for Library Specialized Collections will cooperate with the Special Collections Archivist and Diversity Resident Librarian to identify other professional development and mentorship opportunities, including those offered through the Association of College and Research Libraries Diversity Alliance, of which Randall Library is a member.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Master of Library Science degree from an institution accredited by the American Library Association, with degree conferred December 2019 or later

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

We value qualified candidates who can bring to our community a diversity of backgrounds and experiences as well as

  • Demonstrated interest in Special Collections and Archives

  • Commitment to professional development and membership in professional organizations

  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills

  • Collaborative spirit and collegial attitude

  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
    Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

    Academic Affairs is the central division for implementing the academic mission of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Through effective academic policies, practices, and programs, it provides leadership for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative work as well as service to local, regional, and global communities.

    William Madison Randall Library supports the university’s mission through the provision of information resources, services and programs relevant to the needs of its students, faculty and staff. It also serves as a rich cultural resource for the surrounding community and the region.

    To accomplish this mission, the library provides (1) diverse collections of informational resources in multiple formats and specialized technologies to enable the creation of new knowledge; (2) efficient access to those informational resources and technologies; (3) assistance and instruction in identifying, evaluating and interpreting information; (4) a safe and comfortable facility which stimulates intellectual curiosity and reflective thinking; and (5) programs that connect scholars and interested individuals with information and expertise to inspire lifelong learning.

    Library Specialized Collections acquires, manages and preserves a variety of primary source and other specialized materials within Randall Library, including University Archives, Special Collections, and Government Information. It provides access to these materials for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars. Library Specialized Collections also coordinates exhibits of, and outreach activities using, materials housed in the department.

    College/School Information

    University Information

    The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

    A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

    The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

    UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

    EEO Statement

    At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

    Special Notes to Applicants

    Please note this is a time-limited appointment opportunity beginning 7/1/2021 as outlined in the posting.

    Please provide the following required documents, located in the applicant documents section of your application.
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume
    3. List of 3 Professional References
    4. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion – “Statement on Professional Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (ca. 500 words)

    Months Per Year
    11J (July-May)
    Type of Position
    Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions
    Job Posting Date
    Posting Close Date
    Applicant Documents
    Required Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume
    3. List of 3 Professional References
    4. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
    Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington (2021)?
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