Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Audio/Visual and Oral History Collections Archivist

The J. Murrey Atkins Library’s Special Collections Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is seeking an Audio/Visual and Oral History Collections Archivist to promote, preserve, and manage the department’s Audio/Visual and Oral History holdings.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a rapidly growing, research-intensive University offering nearly 25,000 students a variety of undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs in seven academic colleges. Its 1,000 acre wooded campus is within easy driving distance to the city’s performing arts, cultural, and professional sports events, as well as a wide variety of regional recreational activities. With over 1.5 million people in the greater metropolitan area, Charlotte is the second largest banking center in the nation in one of the fastest growing regions in the country.

J. Murrey Atkins Library is a vital academic center facilitating intellectual discovery and the exchange of ideas for the University community and surrounding region. The Library collects and disseminates relevant scholarly materials, provides a stimulating environment for learning and collaboration, embraces emerging technologies, and promotes lifelong learning. For further details about the Library, please consult our web site:

As the central archive for the history of the greater Charlotte region, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections is dedicated to preserving and sharing the past. Through collection and collaboration, Atkins Library Special Collections enhances research at all levels and connects communities and individuals to the documentary, photographic, and audio/visual history of the region. For additional information about the Special Collections Department please visit .

· Manages audio/visual holdings in department’s collections, including analog and digital film, video, audio, and photographic materials
· Works with colleagues in department to ensure proper storage and handling of audio/visual materials
· Provides guidance for preservation of and access to audio/visual materials, including film, video, photographic, and audio materials
· Seeks out and applies for external funding to pursue preservation and access projects for audio/visual materials
· Manages Oral History Collection. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
o evaluating methods to organize and provide accessibility to the collection;
o coordinating continued development and maintenance of the New South Voices oral history database and general web pages for the Oral History Collection and for other collections as assigned, working closely with the library webmaster and the digital services librarian;
o establishing priorities for collecting interviews and identifying potential interviewees
o advising individuals outside the department on all aspects of developing and managing oral history projects and on technical details involving equipment, etc.
o supervising part-time workers.
· Actively promotes use of all the department’s collections by seeking out university faculty and students, historic site and museum personnel, and members of the scholarly community and general public who could benefit from the department’s services.
· Provides instructional classes on campus and makes presentations to non-university groups, incorporating the advantages of technology with traditional techniques.
· Prepares displays, including exhibits on the Web.
· Shares responsibility for reference service in Special Collections on a more or less equal basis with other department faculty and staff.
· Other duties as assigned.

Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or other relevant master’s degree required
One to three years of professional level experience, in special collections departments in libraries or archives, or equivalent combination of specialized training through formal education and internships.

· Demonstrable experience working with film, video, photographic, and/or audio materials
· Demonstrable experience with digital video and audio equipment, files and formats, compression codecs, and web delivery
· Demonstrable experience in the application of metadata standards such as Dublin Core, AACR2/MARC, TEI, or EAD
· Demonstrable experience in the design and creation of web pages
· Demonstrable experience with digitization issues, processes, and techniques.
· Demonstrable experience in organizing materials, establishing intellectual control, and providing access through the use of appropriate standards in information technology.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently and collaboratively as a member of a group in a changing environment
  • Working knowledge of preservation best practices and standards for film, video, photographic, and audio materials
  • Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, and trends in archival administration and in historical scholarship, methodology, and the use of sources.
  • Ability to relate to users at a variety of educational levels.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in applying and interpreting unit policies and procedures.
  • Record of successful performance of duties in prior job(s).
  • Knowledge of the history of North Carolina or the South preferred.
  • Ability to climb ladders and to lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs. to retrieve materials for researchers.
  • Evidence of professional growth and mastery of ASERL competencies relevant to the specific job assignment.

Faculty status. Librarians are expected to show evidence of ongoing professional development and services to the profession.
Reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections
Excellent benefits package
Salary – competitive and dependent upon education and experience.


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The following Application Materials must be attached to your electronic submission:

1. Your letter of interest indicating your qualifications for this position
2. Resume
3. Supporting documentation relevant to job requirements, which may include finding aids, web pages, grant application or reports, etc. authored by the applicant
4. Names, addresses (including titles and institutions), phone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references*

*The Search Committee will not contact references without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Members of minority groups, persons with disabilities and women are encouraged to apply for this position. AA/EOE

For additional information about The University of North Carolina at Charlotte visit our Web site:

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