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Job: Director of the Southern Historical Collection at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a knowledgeable,
collaborative, intellectually creative, collegial, and service-oriented
individual for the position of Director of the Southern Historical Collection
(SHC). Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections
and supervising 3.5 staff members as well as student assistants, the Director
will provide vision and leadership for the SHC
(http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/shc/) by ensuring its continued preeminence as the
leading repository of unique materials reflecting the society, culture, and
contributions of the American South. The Director will ensure that the SHC has
a vibrant profile and visibility at UNC and in the larger research and public
communities through its collecting and outreach programs. Working closely with
staff in Technical Services, Research and Instructional Services,
Conservation, the Carolina Digital Library and Archives
(http://cdla.unc.edu/), and elsewhere, the Director will promote and set
priorities for the preservation of and access to SHC holdings. By engaging and
collaborating with UNC faculty, students, and Library staff and with
developments in Southern studies, the Director is expected to ensure the
ongoing relevance and integration of the SHC's holdings, services, and
programs in the academic life of the campus, the larger research community,
and other constituencies.

  
The Director will pursue an active collecting program that supports existing
and emerging areas of strength, especially as they support research and
teaching in Southern studies at UNC and in the larger research community. The
Director will manage expenditure of funds assigned to the SHC for
acquisitions, staffing, and programs to advance its growth and visibility and
will actively pursue grant and other funding opportunities. The Director will
work with the Library's Development Office (http://www.lib.unc.edu/fol/) to
help identify, cultivate, and participate in the solicitation of prospects,
and to steward relationships with current donors to ensure regular contact and
reporting. Working with the Library's Communications Office, the Director acts
as spokesperson for the SHC with the media, individuals, and scholarly and
community groups. The Director will also direct an active program of exhibits,
presentations, information, publicity, and online presentation of holdings to
ensure awareness and visibility of the SHC on campus, in the larger scholarly
world, and in the broader community.

  
As a member of the Wilson Library management group, the Director of the SHC
will collaborate with other curatorial, technical services, research and
instructional, and conservation staff to plan and implement special
collections goals, priorities, standards, policies, and workflows, and to
promote expanded use of special collections at UNC. The Director will also
participate in Library and campus committees and groups as appropriate.

  
The Director is expected to be active in and contribute to the library or
archival profession and support the activities of the department's staff in
professional organizations and working groups concerned with special
collections issues. The individual in this position is also expected to be
actively engaged with professional historical organizations and initiatives,
particularly those with strong interests in the American South.

  
Welcoming professional, student, and public researchers from around the world,
the Southern Historical Collection encourages the study and appreciation of
the history and culture of the American South by collecting, preserving, and
promoting the use of unique documentary materials of enduring historical value
that reflect American life and culture between the late colonial period and
the present day. Totaling over 17 million items organized in more than 4,700
collections, these materials document antebellum plantation life, slavery, the
American Civil War, the Long Civil Rights Movement, and social change, with
substantial holdings on family life, politics and governance, religion,
business, labor, literature, sociology, and journalism. The SHC also is the
repository for interviews conducted by the Southern Oral History Program
(http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/sohp/) with Southerners who have made significant
contributions to a variety of fields and that will render historically visible
those whose experience is not reflected in traditional written sources.

  
In addition to the Southern Historical Collection, the Louis Round Wilson
Special Collections Library (http://www.lib.unc.edu/wilson/) includes the
North Carolina Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the Southern Folklife
Collection, and University Archives and Records Management Services, holding
extensive collections documenting the University, North Carolina, and the
American South.

  
Qualifications

  
Required:

ALA-accredited MLS with coursework in archives or special collections
librarianship or a Master's degree in U.S. history, American Studies, English,
or related discipline with coursework or substantive experience in an
archival, manuscript, special collections, or museum repository or historical
program. Five (5) years of demonstrated experience working with individuals
and organizations to acquire, create, or use archival, manuscript, or
historical collections. Substantive experience managing a special collection,
including supervising professional or support staff. Strong knowledge of U.S.
history, particularly that of the American South. Demonstrated understanding
of historical methodology and pedagogy, and current and emerging research and
publication trends. Knowledge and awareness of current trends in the
digitization of unique and rare scholarly resources for preservation and
access. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining relationships
with faculty and scholars to support the building and use of archival,
manuscript, and special collections for research, teaching, and community
engagement. Demonstrated leadership, collegiality, collaboration, and planning
skills in an institutional or team setting.

  
Preferred:

Experience in an archival or special collections repository in establishing
and implementing collection scopes and priorities and in managing acquisitions
and program budgets. Knowledge of preservation and conservation needs and
practices for special collections. Experience in working with or establishing
digitization priorities and programs. Experience in fund-raising, donor
cultivation and stewardship, and grant administration. Advanced degree in U.S.
history, English, or related discipline. Demonstrated record of scholarly
publication and presentation. Experience in developing and administering
exhibits, lectures, symposia, and similar public programming.

  
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 25, 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/11302 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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