Tuesday, April 10, 2012

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking for an Electronic Records Archivist

I don't want this blog to turn into Electronic Records Archivists Local 00110000 Hiring Hall, and I promise that I'll return to posting about other things soon. However, I think it's important to publicize these postings as widely as possible, and I also think it's important to preserve them for future reference. Whenever I come across a new posting, I'll reproduce it here.

Are you an experienced electronic records who either lives or would like to live in the Research Triangle? If so, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wants to hear from you.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a creative, collaborative, enthusiastic professional for the position of Electronic Records Archivist. Reporting to the University Archivist and Head of University Archives and Records Management Services (UARMS), the Electronic Records Archivist will have a particular focus on the management, acquisition, appraisal, description, and preservation of born-digital institutional records with historical, evidential, or administrative value to the university. The Electronic Records Archivist will be responsible for supporting UNC faculty, students, and staff with information, training, and assistance in depositing digital materials into the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), and for working with the CDR Steering Committee and with policy, programming, and other staff to define and implement repository policies, workflows, and capabilities.

The Electronic Records Archivist will work closely with staff in the Carolina Digital Library and Archives, Library Systems, Information Technology Services, Enterprise Resource Planning, University Counsel, and other units to ensure the appropriate management of born-digital records and that the CDR aligns with the needs of the UNC community. Additionally, the individual in this position will work with UNC faculty, students, and staff to raise awareness and knowledge of the CDR. Working with librarians, faculty, heads of the various academic, administrative, and research units on campus, students, and other university staff, the Electronic Records Archivist will identify materials that would be appropriate to include in the CDR, explaining expectations, policies, and workflows, providing services, training, and support, and investigating and resolving access issues. The individual in this position will participate in the development and implementation of policies and workflows that govern the ingest and management of digital materials in the CDR, including those regarding appropriate content, metadata standards, and access conditions. Additionally, the Electronic Records Archivist will contribute to the planning and development of the CDR, participate in the testing of CDR functionality and the planning of needed changes, and ensure that the CDR is aligned and integrated with other UNC systems as appropriate.

The Electronic Records Archivist will facilitate the acquisition and transfer of born-digital institutional records to the University Archives, assisting UARMS staff with outreach to University departments on the acquisition of born-digital institutional records, and developing training for University staff in the proper management of born-digital institutional records. The individual in this position will also provide expert advice and consulting to other Library staff on issues concerning born-digital materials.

Additionally, the Electronic Records Archivist will supervise graduate research assistants, interns, and fellows; will manage grant and other externally funded support for born-digital materials and electronic records management on an as-needed basis; and will represent the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and its libraries at appropriate conferences and meetings relative to born-digital materials, electronic records management, and institutional repositories.


ALA accredited master's degree in library or information science or advanced degree in archives administration, public history or other relevant field. Coursework or experience resulting in knowledge of principles and practices governing the management and preservation of digital materials. Comprehensive knowledge of electronic records management principles and practices, and digital preservation theory and practice. Understanding of principles of database management, enterprise architecture, and systems analysis. Demonstrated project management experience. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, programmers, and library and curatorial staff. Knowledge of metadata standards, reformatting guidelines, grant writing, and issues pertaining to institutional repositories. Superior interpersonal, communication, and writing skills. Evidence of commitment to the archival profession by memberships and participation in professional associations. Record of ongoing professional development and contribution.


Administrative and supervisory experience. Superior problem solving ability. Prior academic library or higher education work 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 May 1, 2012. 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/3174 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. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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