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Job: Special Collections Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The Health Sciences Library (http://hsl.lib.unc.edu/) at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a knowledgeable, innovative,
collaborative, user-focused and service-oriented individual for the position
of Special Collections Librarian. This position is charged with building
health sciences special collections encompassing a wide variety of materials
recognized for being unique or having historical value. This position leads
efforts to ensure these materials are easy to discover and use by users on and
off campus, and effectively preserved for the present and future. This
position raises awareness of how special collections and related services can
better support current and future scholars and students, and evolves the
program in response to user interest and needs. This position works with teams
at the Health Sciences Library (HSL) and the Louis Round Wilson Special
Collections Library to achieve these goals.

  
Reporting to the Head of Resources Management Services, the Special
Collections Librarian will lead and manage the Health Sciences Library's
Special Collections program, promoting awareness and use of health sciences
special collections, including those now housed in the Health Sciences Library
and in Wilson Library. The individual in this position will work closely with
faculty, library staff, donors, and dealers to develop health sciences
collections to promote health sciences historical scholarship, and will
support and encourage activities of the Bullitt History of Medicine Club
(https://www.med.unc.edu/bhomc) and other units at UNC with an interest in the
history of the health sciences. The Special Collections Librarian will work to
build and maintain effective communication and working relationships with the
HSL Director in matters relating to donors, especially as they relate to the
history of the health sciences, with the HSL Director of
Development/Communications, and other HSL staff. Additionally, the individual
in this position will work the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library
team of curators to enhance the visibility of the HSL special collections and
the impact for users of those collections through close collaboration with
Wilson Library to extend the range of possibilities in public services and
programming for both libraries.

  
Most of UNC's health sciences special collections are housed at the Health
Sciences Library, which maintains the Benson Reid Wilcox Historical
Collections Reading Room. The special collections at the Health Sciences
Library include not only printed works, such as books, pamphlets, journals,
broadsides, posters, and ephemera, but also manuscripts, letters, photographs,
student notebooks, drawings, and other documents, as well as medical
instruments, artifacts, models, and other objects. These materials range in
date from the 1500s to the present day, encompassing the history of medicine,
dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, public health, and the allied medical sciences.
The history of the health sciences in North Carolina is strongly represented.
Noteworthy items include Vesalius' 1543 anatomical classic, De Humani Corporis
Fabrica; Edward Jenner's 1798 work on smallpox, An Inquiry into the Causes and
Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae; and The Confederate States Medical and
Surgical Journal. The Health Sciences Library recently received a donation of
163 rare books to establish the Sheldon Peck Collection on the History of
Orthodontics and Dental Medicine, and funding to establish a new endowment to
help preserve and grow this collection (http://hsl.lib.unc.edu/news2012/gifts-
rare-books-and-endowment-fund-bring-preeminent-dental-collection-hsl)

  
The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library
(http://www.lib.unc.edu/wilson/) has significant national and international
literary and historical holdings, from clay tablets to medieval manuscripts to
modern printings and artists' books, including materials of interest to
scholars in the health sciences. Wilson Library's Rare Book Collection houses
the Carl W. Gottschalk Collection on the kidney in the history of medicine. In
addition to the Rare Book Collection, the Louis Round Wilson Special
Collections Library includes the North Carolina Collection, the Southern
Historical Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, and University
Archives and Records Management Services, with extensive holdings primarily
documenting the University, North Carolina, and the American South.

  
Qualifications

  
Required:

ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science or advanced
degree in archives administration or other relevant field. Working knowledge
of standard special collections library procedures typically acquired through
at least one year of relevant experience. Demonstrated knowledge of and
interest in history of one or more health sciences areas. Demonstrated
commitment to serving information needs of health professionals and the
general public. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of
constituencies including students, faculty, researchers, health professionals,
donors, library and archive professionals, state and local government
officials, and the general public. 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:

At least four (4) years of experience in a related professional capacity.
Prior experience working in an academic research library. Prior experience in
the acquisition, storage, and dissemination of historical and archival
materials. Knowledge of archival practices. Reading knowledge of Latin,
German, or other relevant languages. Demonstrated proficiency in the creation
of Web pages, scanning technology, and digital content management. Successful
grant writing experience. Experience with exhibits, publications, and/or
public programming. Experience using social media. Fund-raising and
development experience.

  
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 dentistry, medicine,
pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. 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 University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a
diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages 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.

  
The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is
strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

  
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 on January 12, 2013. 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 http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/11301 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 which must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please
indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.



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