Graduate Assistant (Fellow for African American Community Collections)

TITLE: Graduate Assistant (Fellow for African American Community Collections)

DEPARTMENT: Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, University Libraries

SUMMARY: The Southern Historical Collection seeks to hire a project-based graduate assistant to work closely with our Community-Driven Archives team.  The Graduate Assistant will collect and synthesize data related to North Carolina’s Black community archives, defined broadly.  Reporting to the Community Archivist, this person will work with various stakeholders to form a better understanding of Black community archives in North Carolina and learn what if any are the resource gaps for those communities in reaching their goals.  As a one-year appointment, the scope and depth of this project partially depends on the skills and experience of the successful candidate. Most of this work will be done remotely.

Salary: $1454.27 monthly + Student Mandatory Health Insurance Fee paid

CLASSIFICATION: Graduate Assistant

Start Date: August 17, 2020

End Date: May 31, 2021


Primary Responsibilities

  • Review and absorb reports, literature reviews, and resources related to community archives and post custodial archives, as guided by supervisor and colleagues.
  • Conduct data gathering interviews with stakeholders working with Black community archives and possibly with existing Black community archives partners.
  • Construct or assist in the construction of surveys to community networks.
  • Assess relevant UNC Special Collections for their connection to project research questions, as directed by supervisor and other colleagues.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and report on existing or created datasets.
  • Possibly participate in a community archives project.

Essential Qualifications

  • Demonstrated skills in research. This is the primary, essential qualification.  The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate their experience and ability to gather and organize information relevant to specific research questions and present informed conclusions.
  • Demonstrated experience with tools and techniques for gathering and storing data (e.g. survey / form applications such as Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, or Google Forms; tabular data applications such as Excel or Google Sheets).
  • Familiarity with archives in academic libraries (e.g. the function of an archive in an academic library; how they work with patrons).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cultural humility and anti-racist concepts or practices.
  • BA in a related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with or ability to learn quickly technologies, tools, and techniques that might aid research gathering, analysis and reporting. Examples might include but are not limited to data visualization (e.g. charts, graphs, word clouds, timelines, heat maps) and statistical analysis.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Sonoe Nakasone,