The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library seeks an energetic and 
innovative Associate University Librarian (AUL) to lead the development and 
management of library collections and to install a comprehensive content 
strategy.  This senior position reports to the Vice Provost for University 
Libraries & University Librarian. The AUL is a member of the Library 
Leadership Team (LLT) and collaborates with other members of the LLT to develop 
and execute the Library’s strategic objectives and to ensure organizational 
effectiveness. The Library is looking for a leader who will want to make 
Carolina a model for the nation in how it defines, expands, and sustains 
research collections in the digital age, and who will transform how Carolina 
builds collections that provide the highest level of services throughout the 
research lifecycle.

The AUL’s portfolio includes approximately 80 staff who build and manage 
general collections and provide research, teaching, and learning services to 
the UNC community. Within an overall collections budget of nearly $16 million, 
the AUL oversees the strategic allocation and management of an $11 million 
general materials budget and coordinates the materials budget for the health 
sciences. The portfolio also includes user experience and assessment, scholarly 
communication, as well as research services that support the full range of 
digital scholarship such as GIS, data visualization, data curation, and 
makerspace initiatives.

The successful candidate will articulate and implement innovative strategies 
for the holistic management, growth, and sustainability of Carolina’s 9.2 
million volume collection as well as the thousands of reformatted content 
annually generated by the Library. The AUL will also create and coordinate 
processes for assessing library collections and aligning content in a 
user-focused and evidence-based way. The incumbent will establish policies and 
best practices for managing the full lifecycle of dynamic and complex content. 
The AUL will articulate a vision and strategic direction for the ongoing 
preservation and accessibility of digital and analog content, including 
digitized special collections, data, reformatted content, and institutional 
repository content.

The AUL is expected to lead the Library’s participation in newly developed 
initiatives that encourage and enable faculty to manage their own copyright and 
to improve the economics of and access to published research.  Additionally, 
the incumbent will actively build collaborative and strategic partnerships with 
campus-wide units and programs in support of key library initiatives that 
enhance the research enterprise, bolster preservation, and promote student 
success. The AUL will represent the Library in all matters relevant to 
collections and will actively build partnerships and develop collaborative 
efforts regionally, nationally, and internationally. The AUL will be expected 
to contribute to and participate in fundraising efforts, including the 
Library’s goal to raise $50 million during the ongoing $4.25 billion Campaign 
for Carolina.



ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or 
combination of related advanced degree and relevant experience.
Minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience related to 
collection development and/or public services in an academic research 
Superior communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to 
articulate a vision, and to set goals and priorities.
Demonstrated success managing people, projects, and budgets.
Demonstrated ability to articulate priorities and values across a diverse 
constituency, including librarians, faculty, staff, students, administrators, 
and donors.
Demonstrated deep understanding of the role of the library and scholarly 
information resources, data, and institutional assets in supporting research, 
teaching, and healthcare in research and higher education.


Grant-writing and/or grant management experience.
Experience and success with fundraising.
Experience in publisher and vendor negotiations.
Demonstrated understanding of challenges regarding scholarly communications, 
copyright, and intellectual property.
Experience with coordinating and assessing library participation in resource 
sharing, collaborative collection development, shared print, and consortia 

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 medicine, social work, information science, 
and law. The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the 
south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research 
efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences 
Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections 
Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries 
hold approximately 9.2 million volumes and extensive collections of 
manuscripts, audio visual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare 
books. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the 
Council on Library and Information Resources, 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, 
healing, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its 
staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional 
dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in 
our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and 
collaboration, and encourage 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.

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 9, 2018.  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 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, one of whom must be a current supervisor.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity 
employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and 
individuals with disabilities.

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