Librarian for African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, University Library

POSITION:     Librarian for African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

AVAILABLE:     July 1, 2014

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a motivated, innovative, collaborative, service-oriented, and knowledgeable individual for the position of Librarian for African, African American, and Diaspora Studies.  The individual in this position will develop and maintain Library collections in the multidisciplinary field of African-American and African Studies, focusing on the rapidly changing academic trends in the field.

Reporting to the Head of Subject Specialists for the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Research and Information Services Department, the Librarian for African, African American, and Diaspora Studies will provide vision and direction in the development of outreach, instruction, and programming related to African-American and African Studies and related collections. The Librarian will deliver and help shape high quality outreach and instructional services to faculty, students and scholars by integrating new and emerging information literacy principles and technology.  The Librarian will work collaboratively with the Stone Center, African Studies Center, the Title VI Council Committee, and the Institute of African American Research to provide library support of programs and initiatives of these organizations, and will work in close collaboration with the African American Collections and Outreach Archivist and the Library’s Special Collections in outreach to local communities to develop relevant programming, collections, and services.

The Librarian for African, African American, and Diaspora Studies has administrative and programmatic responsibility for the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library and supports and facilitates teaching, learning, and research by directing public service initiatives for student, faculty, and scholarly and community users of the Stone Center Library; developing and maintaining collections; serving as faculty liaison for the departments that conduct research and offer programs and projects in the field; participating in the University Library’s instruction program; and providing specialized research services and outreach to faculty, students and scholars.

The Librarian for African, African American, and Diaspora Studies will manage the Stone Center Library including supervision of one support staff member and graduate assistants, work-study and student workers, and will oversee and provide general and specialized public service and reference services. The person in this position will serve as a liaison to the wider Library organization by participating in library and university committees.


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Demonstrated subject background in African-American or African Studies.  Minimum two years of relevant professional experience including managerial and/or supervisory experience.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues, students, faculty, and researchers. Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility, as well as willingness to adjust to job duties as changes in technology and user needs dictate. Demonstrated instruction skills. Strong commitment to public service. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred:  Experience in library programming, particularly in collaborative teams for events and/or visiting groups and scholars.

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. The UNC Health Sciences Library is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.  University 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.

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 a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is 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 members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on June 9, 2014.  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 whom must be a current supervisor.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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