Rare Book Collection Assistant, Rare Book Collection

Rare Book Collection

Working Title: Rare Book Collection Assistant
Position Number: 60367
Hiring Range: $30,191 -$34,117
Closing Date: August 26, 2014

Position Description
The Rare Book Collection Assistant (RBCA) is a staff member of the Rare Book Collection Department at Wilson Special Collections Library and reports to the Curator of Rare Books. The Rare Book Collection contains literary and historical holdings of national and international significance ranging from clay tablets to medieval manuscripts to modern printings. Collection strengths include English and Irish literature, the New World cronistas, French history, fine printing, Maya archaeology, Spanish and Catalan drama, World Wars I and II, the Beat movement, the Greek and Latin classics, as well as American popular culture. The RBC collects, preserves, and provides access to its extensive holdings.

Under the direction of the Curator, the RBCA has primary responsibility for all technical acquisitions processes, including specialized bibliographic searching of titles selected by the Curator; keying bibliographic and order information into Millennium; ensuring receipt of materials from Monographic services and payment; retrieving and receiving gift materials from donors; and ensuring the transfer of material to Technical Services staff for cataloging. The RBCA coordinates announcements, publicity, and logistics for lectures, special displays, and other events. Under the Curator’s direction, the RBCA maintains the RBC web site and creates new content, including images and text, and maintains and organizes all paper and electronic files and statistics for the Department. The RBCA supervises student assistants and instructs them in bibliographic searching and other projects. The RBCA contributes to other departmental and Wilson-wide work as required. The RBCA performs public service in the Wilson Special Collections Reading Room, working there approximately two hours per week and two weekends per semester.

Minimum Education and Experience
High school diploma or equivalency and two years of experience in library services, office support, or related field; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
The Rare Book Collection Assistant must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English, as well as excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. The RBCA works with a wide variety of people—co-workers of all levels throughout the library, faculty, students, US and international vendors, US and international colleagues, donors, and alumni—and must possess excellent interpersonal skills. The RBCA must have at least intermediate level reading knowledge of French or Spanish, the ability to handle bibliographic citations in a wide variety of Western European languages, and proficiency with Windows, MS Word, Excel, email, html, and Adobe Photoshop.

Preferred Qualifications
Four-year bachelor’s degree. Experience working in an academic library. Knowledge of additional foreign languages. Experience working with rare books and knowledge of the book as object.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements
The RBCA must be able to work long hours at a PC and move heavy boxes (up to 40 lbs.)

Work Schedule
M-F 8-5, occasional evening and weekend hours

To Apply
To apply for permanent staff (SPA) positions, please visit the Office of Human Resources website. Positions are posted on the Library’s website until they are filled. For more information on application procedures, applicants may contact:

Office of Human Resources
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
104 Airport Drive CB #1045
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 843-2300

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