The University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro seeks a creative, innovative, people-oriented, and collaborative professional for the position of Community Digital Archivist. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and working closely with the department’s collections staff, the Community Digital Archivist will help in coordinating the department’s services, programs, and projects focused on connecting different user communities to library resources, engaging new audiences, and identifying new areas of collecting. Specifically, the Community Digital Archivist will lead in efforts to develop digital content for SCUA, University Libraries, as well as for select community groups and cultural heritage organizations.
The Community Digital Archivist will be working with a highly collaborative and successful cross-department team of librarians and staff who have developed and launched a wide range of community digital projects. This individual will contribute to the development of tools, projects, programs, and relationships that will promote the collections and services of Special Collections and University Archives as well as University Libraries. The archivist will join a department of five librarians and seven paraprofessionals. It is a twelve-month tenure track faculty position. Demonstrated professional achievement, service, and scholarly activity are required for reappointment and tenure.
Primary Responsibilities: •Assists in the setting of the department’s collection development priorities and pursues an active outreach program that supports existing and emerging areas of strength.
•Provides strategic vision to the University Libraries’ efforts of connecting users and user communities to resources (collections, services, programs, and expertise).
•Promotes the collections’ profile and visibility at UNCG and in the larger Greensboro community through outreach, social media, and public programming.
•Develops relationships with key communities on campus, in Greensboro, and in the region.
•Facilitates discussions with community partners about local archiving, preservation, and digitization needs.
•Promotes the use of community archives holdings in teaching and research and participates in the department’s program of class sessions and workshops.
•Engages with university faculty to discover, develop, and highlight archival and digital collections in support of ongoing research, teaching, and scholarship.
•Contributes to the University Libraries’ discussion of best practices and policies for digitization projects.
•Continually researches new technologies and methodologies for the digital library environment.
•Contributes to the University Libraries’ discussion of metadata standards for digital collections.
•Works closely with librarians and staff in other University Libraries’ departments to sustain ongoing projects as well as to develop and implement new initiatives.
•Identifies funding opportunities with an eye to writing and managing grants for community-focused projects and programs.
•A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
•Minimum of 3 years of archival experience with responsibilities in arranging and describing manuscript collections (digital and analog), collections management, and project management.
•Knowledge of current issues and trends in archival practices in the areas of community archiving, digitization projects, and descriptive standards.
•Ability to effectively perform in a collaborative setting utilizing strong organizational and project management skills.
•Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to speak to a wide range of audiences, such as community members, faculty, students, donors, and development staff.
•Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive relationships with community members, faculty, students, and library staff.
•Experience with managing digitization projects.
•Knowledge of a wide array of digitization technologies and techniques for cultural heritage materials.
•Experience in developing and managing a library community engagement project.
•Hands-on experience and demonstrated proficiency in using a range of tools to support digital scholarship.
•Demonstrated track record of securing funding for technology or library projects.
•Knowledge and experience conducting oral histories.
Internal Number: 998870
About The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The University Libraries:
The University Libraries support the learning and research missions of the University through its print and electronic resources, reference and instructional services, and other outreach programs. With a budget of $9 million, the collections include 1.2 million book volumes, more than 47,000 electronic and print journal subscriptions, over 500 electronic databases, and 640,000 federal government documents.
Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) is a public, coeducational, doctoral-granting, residential university and is one of sixteen institutions in The University of North Carolina System. UNCG's picturesque campus includes 30 academic buildings and 24 residence halls on 210 acres. Current enrollment totals approximately 17,500 students including 3,700 graduate students.
Greensboro is a beautiful, thriving, and civic-minded city with a population of 241,000. The city has its own Symphony Orchestra, Community Theater, Opera Company, Civic Ballet, and many outstanding public and private recreation areas and facilities. Greensboro is located in the Piedmont Triad (population 1.4 mil...lion), an area of great natural beauty, diverse industry, cultural arts, and mild temperatures. North Carolina’s mountains are an easy two-hour drive from Greensboro and the beaches of North and South Carolina are three to four hours away.