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Community Digital Archivist, UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

The University of North Carolina is recruiting for a Community Digital Archivist. More information and to apply: 

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master's and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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.


Required Qualifications:

  • 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.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure track position. The salary for the position is competitive and is contingent upon the qualifications and experience. Standard benefits include state or optional (including TIAA-CREF) retirement plans, state health plan and 24 vacation days per year.

Application Procedures:
Upload an application letter addressing qualifications, along with a current curriculum vita and the names of three recent professional references.

Preference will be given to applications received by November 26, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. The start date is negotiable.

UNCG has a strong commitment to serve its highly diverse community. As such, UNCG welcomes applications from women, underrepresented racial/ethnic minority group members, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who would enrich the University's mission. UNCG is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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