African Studies and West European Studies Librarian

AVAILABLE:   August 1, 2019

The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an energetic and innovative librarian with curiosity, enthusiasm, and savvy to promote student success, investigate new scholarship trends as they arise in the academy, and help shape the Libraries’ role in the future of research, teaching, and learning at UNC.

The Research and Instruction Librarian provides research consultations; offers impactful, student-centric instruction and course development support; and participates in collection assessment and development activities to support European Studies, African Studies, and other related subject areas. Successful candidates will build strong partnerships and deepen engagement with faculty, staff, students, community members, and other scholars across disciplines. The person in this position works closely with many campus and external partners, including the Center for European Studies, the African Studies Center; regional consortia; and national and international groups to build interdisciplinary partnerships and best serve research, teaching, and learning needs. The UNC Libraries also collaborates with the Duke University Libraries in building West European and African collections, and to support the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies. Advanced knowledge of both German and French will be necessary for both the public service and collections duties of this position. The Research and Instruction Librarian may also serve as a subject liaison to other academic departments and campus units based on prior coursework and experience. The incumbent serves on library and university committees and is expected to be active in scholarly and professional organizations and the academic community.

The Research and Instruction Librarian will join a collaborative and service-oriented Research and Instructional Services Department that supports teaching, learning, and research in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.
REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • ALA-accredited MIS, MLS, or other advanced relevant degree.
  • Advanced reading knowledge of German and French.
  • At least three years of relevant work experience in a library.
  • Experience applying technology to enhance classroom teaching or library instruction.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting student success.
  • Experience providing research consultations for a diverse community of scholars.
  • Experience with collection development in subjects related to West European Studies in both English and European languages.
  • Experience with collection development in subjects related to African Studies.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to excel in a dynamic, collaborative, team-based environment.
  • Strong commitment to user-centered services.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of digital scholarship tools.

PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of additional languages of Europe or Africa.
  • Advanced degree in a humanities or social science discipline.
  • Coursework in one or more of the following subject areas: French, German, African Studies, or European Studies.
  • Experience assessing library programs and collections.
  • Experience with consortial collection development.
  • Experience with donor relations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and professional service.

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 medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is part of the University Libraries and is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries. The University Libraries’ collections include over 7.5 million volumes. The UNC Libraries also include the Research Hub, which provides spaces, technology, and expertise to assist with all phases of research. 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 Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage 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 and the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

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 upon receipt, preference will be given to applications received by July 9, 2019.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online.  Please include a resume of relevant experience, a cover letter highlighting your interest in this position and Carolina’s libraries, and the names, titles, and contact information for three professional references.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.