Outreach Projects Librarian  


POSITION:        Outreach Projects Librarian

The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill helps library users find, evaluate, and use information in today’s rapidly transforming digital environment. We seek a creative, resourceful, and highly collaborative Outreach Projects Librarian to help the University Libraries fulfill this mission through its expanding outreach and engagement program.

Reporting to the Community Engagement and Outreach Librarian, the Outreach Projects Librarian will harness an understanding of the role of today’s libraries and librarians, knowledge of the resources and strengths of the University Libraries, and familiarity with library patron behavior to forge and deepen strategic connections with diverse constituencies. These activities will help students, faculty, and community members meet their research, learning, and personal goals, and to participate in civic life and the life of the community.

The Outreach Projects Librarian will help conceptualize, implement, and evaluate in-person and online experiences that enable discovery, enrichment, and multi-faceted engagement with the University Libraries and its collections, services, spaces, and expertise. The librarian will develop, implement, and provide pan-library leadership for digital content strategies, especially social media content, that guide users toward the effective use of library resources, spaces, services, and materials. The librarian will deepen the University Libraries’ commitment to student success by promoting and preparing students for civic responsibility and participation through research and the use of information resources.

Principal responsibilities:

  • Identifies needs and opportunities for library engagement with campus and community library users and potential users.
  • With the Community Engagement and Outreach Librarian, conceptualizes, implements, and evaluates activities, projects, and initiatives that advance research, learning, personal growth, and civic engagement.
  • Devises, implements, and leads a Library-wide social media presence and strategy rooted in the University Libraries’ core pillars of preservation, student success, and enabling the research enterprise, and its values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Identifies and responds to reference inquiries that arrive via social media.
  • Supervises students and interns.
  • Participates in and contributes to the activities of the Library Communications Office.
  • Represents the University Libraries in and contributes to campus, local, regional, and national organizations.
  • Serves on or participates in University Libraries, University, and professional organizations, committees, task forces, and teams.

REQUIRED Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or a related advanced degree.
  • Commitment to the values of librarianship and of the University Libraries, and appreciation for the potential of libraries to enhance campus community, promote student success, sustain democracy, and transform lives.
  • Ability to learn about the activities, strengths, and opportunities of the University Libraries and the Libraries’ relationship to the campus and the community.
  • Familiarity with applications and resources relevant to a large academic library (e.g., catalogs, finding aids, online resources, subject guides).
  • Demonstrated applied mastery of digital communications, especially norms, trends, and best practices in the use of social media for audience engagement.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access and to the expression of these values in library work and the responsibilities of the position.
  • Experience teaching and instructing peers.
  • Collegial, collaborative, creative, and entrepreneurial outlook.
  • Demonstrated ability to participate as a member of a team and to work productively with diverse colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and time-management skills.

PREFERRED Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Experience working in a library, cultural organization, or educational environment.
  • Photography, videography, and/or livecasting skills for social media.
  • Competency in the use of Adobe Creative Cloud or other production software.
  • Familiarity with principles of accessible design.

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, social work, information science, and law. The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries hold approximately 9.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audio visual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, 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, healing, 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 or 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.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply
Please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/177031  and complete the online application. Include a cover letter, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of 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.