Project Archivist


POSITION:        Project Archivist

AVAILABLE:      December 1, 2019

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a collaborative, creative, and organized professional for the position of Project Archivist for the Southern Historical Collection, a department of the Wilson Special Collections Library.

The Project Archivist will lead efforts to provide access to a wide variety of legacy manuscript collections through close collaboration with colleagues in the Southern Historical Collection, Technical Services, and Research and Instructional Services departments in Wilson Library. The Project Archivist will participate in appraisal of manuscript and archival materials. They will shepherd collections through accessioning and intake processes and address outstanding questions about ownership, restrictions, and access. The Project Archivist will report to library colleagues about their work and participate in discussions about best practices for appraisal, intake, and accessioning in Wilson Special Collections Library. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about collecting and collections management in a large special collections library.

 Principal responsibilities:

The Southern Historical Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries is seeking a project archivist to support efforts to evaluate, appraise, and improve access to backlog collections. The Project Archivist will work closely with archivists in Technical Services and the Southern Historical Collection to facilitate and coordinate activities that will enable better description, access, and stewardship of selected collections. The individual in this position will facilitate appraisal of backlog materials; troubleshoot complex collection management issues; identify collections and additions to be prioritized for additional arrangement and description; ensure that control files are complete; ensure that accession records are complete and accurate; participate in rehousing, labelling, and shelving collections materials; separating digital and audiovisual materials and prioritizing their reformatting and/or rehousing; creating or verifying box lists; and facilitating the disposition of collection discards.
This work will require outstanding organization and collaboration abilities and a strong foundation in archival best practices.

REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or advanced subject degree in a relevant field. Working knowledge of standard special collections library procedures and best practices typically acquired through at least one year of relevant working experience.  Demonstrated ability to excel both independently and as a team member in a collaborative working environment. Excellent time management and problem-solving skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills. Strong project management skills.

 PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Prior experience working in an academic research library. Prior experience in the acquisition, storage, and dissemination of historical and archival materials

 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.

 Funding for this position is contingent. Currently, projected funding for this position is two years.  

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin upon receipt.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply
Please visit 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.