Research Assistant, Wilson Library Technical Services

The Special Collections Technical Services Department in Wilson Library is currently seeking a UNC Chapel Hill graduate student drawn from the School of Information and Library Science interested in the arrangement, description, and preservation of photographic collections. The student will receive training in basic handling/preservation of a wide array of photographic formats, creation of descriptions for unidentified photographic materials, creation and maintenance of metadata for use in EAD (Encoded Archival Description) compliant finding aids, and processing of born-digital formats based collections in the CDR (Carolina Digital Repository).


Under the supervision of the Visual Materials Archivist, the research assistant will assist with the processing of collections, develop and implement arrangement schemes, write clear and accurate descriptions of materials, and assist with the production of finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD).

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of archival practice, interest in photography/history, and experience with still photography are preferred, but not required. Position may involve working with dusty/mildewed materials and/or lifting boxes weighing up to 40 lbs. Applicants must be enrolled as UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students.

To apply for this position, please send an email with a resume with a brief cover letter to Patrick Cullom, Visual Materials Archivist, at

Work Schedule: 20 hours/week; Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Start Date: 1 June 2017

End Date: 31 July 2017

Salary: $1,336.42 per month


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