Position: Legacy Finding Aids Archivist (*Fixed-Term Appointment*)
Available: October 1, 2008
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an organized,
knowledgeable and enthusiastic Legacy Finding Aids Archivist for a
grant-funded project to update a selected group of legacy finding aids
representing collections in the Southern Historical Collection (SHC)
of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. The project is
conceived as lasting three years, contingent on continued funding.
Under the supervision of the Manuscripts Processing Librarian, the
Legacy Finding Aids Archivist will convert approximately 1,000 legacy
finding aids that currently exist only as paper documents into modern
finding aids through encoding in EAD (Encoded Archival Description).
Most legacy finding aids are 3-5 pages in length and will easily make
the transition to EAD-encoded documents, but there are also a few
longer finding aids that will require more intense analytical work.
The Legacy Finding Aids Archivist will evaluate all of the finding
aids to determine whether they can be OCRed, need to be transcribed by
hand, or require other steps to modernize them. This triage process
will result in a finding aid set organized into categories of
complexity that will guide the encoding workflow. The resulting
finding aids will be available through the SHC's website and added to
ArchiveGrid. SHC legacy finding aids already are represented by MARC
records in the University Library's online catalog and in WorldCAT.
Revising these records will also be part of this work. The Legacy
Finding Aids Archivist will supervise a 20-hour/week graduate student
assistant dedicated to the project.
ALA-accredited MLS or a Master's degree in American history or related
field, with evidence of commitment to the archival profession as
demonstrated by work experience (including internships), coursework,
and memberships in professional associations. A minimum of one year of
experience processing archival collections (graduate-level internships
acceptable). Working knowledge of EAD and archival descriptive
standards, especially DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard).
Superior interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.
Demonstrated ability to work in a collegial environment.
Supervisory experience; experience in a manuscripts repository or
archives within an academic library; knowledge of the history and
culture of the American South.
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 27,000 students, employs more than 3,100 faculty, offers
77 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry,
medicine, pharmacy and law, and the Library collections include over 6
million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of
Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and SOLINET.
Together with the Health Sciences and Law libraries at Chapel Hill
plus 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 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 fixed-term appointment, with the possibility of
two additional one-year appointments contingent on continued funding
and performance. Salary will be 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 represented on the faculty council.
Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2008. Applications
will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be
given to applications received by the begin review date.
Please visit https://s4.its.unc.edu/RAMS4/searchCriteria.do?type=N and
complete the online application. Be sure to include a cover letter, a
resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone
number of three professional references.
Manuscripts Processing Librarian
Manuscripts Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 3926, Wilson Library, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890
919-962-1345 (FAX) 919-962-3594 [log in to unmask]