Project Librarian


POSITION:     Project Librarian, North Carolina Historic Newspapers (At Will)
AVAILABLE:   January 4, 2018

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library seeks a knowledgeable, motivated, and collaborative individual for the position of Project Librarian, North Carolina Historic Newspapers in the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Library.

Primary purpose of position: 

The North Carolina Historic Newspapers Project Librarian, under the supervision of the grant’s principal investigator, oversees day-to-day operations of the North Carolina Historic Newspapers project, a NEH-funded effort to provide scanned pages of significant North Carolina newspapers to Chronicling America ( The Project Librarian works to ensure microfilm selected for the project meets required technical specifications, and prepares metadata on newspaper titles and reels selected for digitization. The Project Librarian tracks the movement of microfilm and digital files between the North Carolina State Archives, the Library of Congress, and the project vendor. The Project Librarian oversees the review of digital files received from the digitization vendor.

 Principal responsibilities:

  • Arranging schedules for duplication of microfilm, digitization of microfilm, and delivery of digital files.
  • Creating reel and title level metadata
  • Overseeing quality control of digital files
  • Supporting project outreach
  • Assist principal investigator in producing reports for funders and project participants

 REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to accomplish goals and meet deadlines. Superior interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Superior organizational and time management skills. Experience with assigning metadata to digital objects and creating digital collections for libraries or other cultural institutions. Knowledge of XML and digitization standards.

 PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Experience with management of grant-funded digital projects. Budget management and experience working vendors. Coursework in or knowledge of North Carolina History.

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. University Library 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 Wilson Special Collections Library is home to the North Carolina Collection, Rare Book Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives and Records Management Services. The five special collections hold unique and rare books, organizational records, personal and family papers, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, and artifacts that document the history and culture of the University, the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

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 an At Will Appointment, contingent upon the availability of funding.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2018.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. 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.