Student Success and Engagement Librarian

The R. B. House Undergraduate Library (UL) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a student-focused and collaborative candidate to fill the new role of Student Success and Engagement Librarian.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with library and campus colleagues to foster research and information literacy engagement and student success. They will support the development of inclusive programming and services that meet the needs of all Carolina students. They will lead and refine existing co-curricular programs such as the Personal Librarian for Transfer Students program, Long Night Against Procrastination, and the Adulting 101 workshop series and explore opportunities for developing partnerships with high-impact campus partners.   The successful candidate will be a passionate instructor who enjoys working with undergraduate students in and outside the classroom. This position reports to the Head of the R.B. House Undergraduate Library.

The Undergraduate Library, part of the University , is a vibrant, user-centered department committed to supporting the learning, research, and creative needs of the campus community. With a focus on the whole student and core services such as reserves, digital and information literacies, and media collections, Undergraduate Library staff strive to create a welcoming environment where students can shine.

Under the leadership of our University Librarian, the University Libraries have set out to redefine what it means to be a research library in the digital age. Of particular significance, in June 2020, Elaine Westbrooks launched a groundbreaking Reckoning Initiative as “an effort to grapple with the fact of systemic racism as it is perpetuated in our profession, in higher education, and in the University Libraries.” As an example of a program produced by this initiative, the Libraries recently launched the IDEA Action internal grant program to fund staff-proposed projects that advance equity and inclusion within the work of the University Libraries. Through this program, the Undergraduate Library has received a grant that allows us to expand our OverDrive collection to reflect the diversity of our campus community. We are also proud of: the UL’s student-centered approach to learning and research, popular and inclusive collections, hiring and staff support practices, and cross-departmental training.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Manage, design, and assess innovative programs to connect students with Libraries’ resources.
  • Provide course-integrated information literacy sessions for the First Year Writing Program and transition courses and collaborate with instructors to design effective and engaging research assignments
  • Create instructional materials in support of curricular and co-curricular instruction
  • Provide one-on-one research consultations
  • Manage and assess research services offered through Undergraduate Library
  • Train, supervise, and mentor graduate student staff
  • Stay abreast of trends and best practices related to student success in higher education and share this expertise with library colleagues

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Candidates who are currently enrolled in a Master’s program and are within one semester of graduating will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience providing user-centered research services
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work effectively with a diverse campus community
  • Experience using instructional technology to support student learning
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated, with strong commitment to teamwork and collaboration
  • This position is primarily based on-site

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Coursework in Education or Education-related field
  • Experience working with high school or undergraduate students

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, audiovisual, 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 EHRA Non-Faculty Professional Librarian position. The salary range for this Librarian position begins at $50,000.  The University Libraries intends to hire at a minimum of $55,000, with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or Optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by December 11, 2021.

To Apply
Please visit https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/215602  and complete the online application. 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.