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Government Information Librarian

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Posting Details

Position Title

Government Information Librarian

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Randall Library - 30800 College


Randall Library - 30800

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Location of Workplace

Main UNCW Campus

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Government Information Librarian is part of Randall Library’s Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History. The Center aims to connect the people and communities and Southeast North Carolina to the sources of their history and culture by collecting and digitizing materials, providing access to those materials, educating the campus and broader region about that history and culture, encouraging and engaging scholarship on the region, and supporting and partnering with regional cultural heritage groups.

Reporting to the Associate Director Library Specialized Collections, the Government Information Librarian provides expertise and leadership for the strategic development, maintenance, and promotion of Randall Library’s collection of federal and state government publications. The Government Information Librarian serves as the Federal Depository Library Program representative at Randall Library as well as the liaison to the State Library of North Carolina regarding state publications. This position is responsible for setting the Library’s FDLP collecting profile, deselecting items from the collection, providing information literacy instruction and reference related to government information, and promoting the use of government information by students, faculty, and the wider public.

This is an 11-month {JULY – MAY OR AUG – JUNE}, renewable, non-tenure track special faculty position reporting to the Associate Director for Library Specialized Collections.

As a library faculty member, this position will:
  • Provide in-person and on-call research help during scheduled Research Help Desk shifts, providing individual research assistance in person, by phone, email, and chat
  • Support the mission and strategic plan of Randall Library and as such engage and participate in library-wide meetings, committees, and decision-making
  • Participate in university and professional activities, including research, conference presentations, publications, service, and other evidence of scholarly activity
  • Keep current with developments in librarianship, particularly in areas related to special collections, archives, and state publications.
  • Understand and promote Randall Library’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Upon initial appointment, this position will:
  • Manage the selection of items for, and deselection of items from, state and federal government information collections
  • Manage cataloging for all state and federal government publications
  • Draft policies and procedures for state and federal government information collections that comply with all state and federal regulations
  • Manage in-person and remote reference services for state and federal government information collections
  • Coordinate information literacy instruction for graduate and undergraduate courses that utilize government information
  • Create exhibits using government information
  • Create subject guides related to various aspects of the state and federal government information collections
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

ALA -Accredited Master’s degree in library and information sciences

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • FDLP Coordinator Certificate
  • Experience cataloging government information materials of all formats
  • Experience managing graduate students, interns, and/or temporary employees
  • Experience working with state government publications
  • Demonstrated ability to work with other government information librarians and service providers
  • Experience in an academic or research library
  • Knowledge and understanding of emerging practices, standards, and trends relating to relating to government information in an academic library environment
  • Demonstrated strong service orientation and skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and colleagues
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, written, and virtual communication skills using a variety of media and technologies
  • Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills with an attention to detail
  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
Required Certifications or Licensure

Primary Function 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.

The Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History acquires, manages and preserves a wide variety of both primary source and specialized materials within Randall Library within the divisions of University Archives, Special Collections and Government Information. The Center provides access to these materials for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars. The Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History also coordinates exhibits and public programs and also facilitates reference and instruction services using these materials.

College/School Information

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. Guided by our Strategic Plan , the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

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.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Special Notes to Applicants

The candidate(s) selected for hire need a verification of their highest degree within the first 90 days of hiring. However, if teaching a four credit course the candidate(s) must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required. Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications.

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