Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Director of Wilson Library

at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries (view profile)
Published January 16, 2024
Location Chapel Hill, NC, North Carolina
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $82,200
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $172,800
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Twitter Handle @UNCLibrary


The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a team-oriented and engaged Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Director of Wilson Library to join our staff.

Reporting to the Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian, the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Special Collections and Director of Wilson Library serves as a member of the University Libraries’ leadership team and is responsible for the Special Collections program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. This program includes five curatorial units (the North Carolina, Rare Book, Southern Folklife, and Southern Historical Collections; and University Archives and Records Management); Research and Instructional Services; Technical Services (cataloging and archival processing); Preservation and Conservation Services, a unit that serves both general and special collections across formats; the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center; and exhibitions and engagement programs. The work of these departments is carried out by a team of over 50 staff who comprise almost 20% of the Libraries’ total workforce.

The AUL leads the Special Collections and Wilson Library, developing and sustaining a vision for the unit that is aligned with future directions and strategic goals of the University Libraries. The AUL fulfills this responsibility by leading, supporting, and developing a dynamic Special Collections team in creating and implementing innovative, collaborative, and sustainable practices, collections, services, and programs; nurtures and grows strategic collaborations; actively promotes and incorporates tools and methods that create new opportunities for preservation, research, teaching, and public service engagement; and oversees Wilson Library facilities and infrastructure.

In conjunction with the University Librarian, the AUL oversees gift and endowment funds across the Special Collections with a total annual income of approximately $2 million per year, representing about half of the University Libraries total endowment income, providing oversight of funds management and strategic allocation. The AUL is actively engaged in fundraising and donor stewardship in collaboration with the University Librarian and the University Libraries’ development office. They identify and develop grant-funding opportunities and support grant management.

The AUL participates in university-wide programs as appropriate and may represent the entire library system locally, regionally, or nationally. The AUL promotes a culture of collaboration and is an engaged member of the campus community to advance strategic priorities. The AUL proactively advances the University Libraries’ commitment to inclusive excellence, helping to maintain a welcoming, inclusive, and open educational and workplace climate for all and to create an environment of respect and collaboration where vision and innovation can flourish.

Wilson Library, the building that houses the Special Collections, is entering the first phase of a larger capital improvement project that will temporarily relocate all collections and staff for a minimum of two years. During this significant operational disruption, the AUL will support the work already underway to prepare for this project; oversee adjusted service levels and develop creative programming that maintains the visibility of the Special Collections; nurture relationships with partners and constituents; ensure active engagement of Special Collections staff; and, with the University Librarian and the Executive Director of Library Development, participate in fundraising for future phases of the project. The AUL will also lead on the transition back to regular operations at the conclusion of this phase of the project.



  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or other appropriate degree(s)
  • Significant achievement in the administration of special collections or other cultural or research-oriented institution, including the demonstrated ability to lead the development of innovative programs
  • Supervisory experience and a record of success in staff and organizational development, including change management
  • Ability to provide strategic alignment and direction for special collections in the research university ecosystem
  • Demonstrated leadership at regional and national levels on special collections issues
  • Experience with library or special collections facilities management
  • Experience creating welcoming and inclusive learning and research environments
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse user communities, including students, faculty, researchers, colleagues, and community members
  • Strong public presentation and excellent written communication skills


  • Advanced degree in a relevant or related field
  • Understanding of the issues of scholarly communication and the challenges faced by the 21st century research library
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in research and teaching
  • Experience with library facilities renovation projects
  • Experience in collection development and management and with technologies for preservation, access, research, and teaching
  • Demonstrated success with development activities, fundraising, and grants
  • Commitment to and demonstrated success in the areas of professional service and activity
  • Demonstrated leadership at the national, regional, and state levels
  • Familiarity with program assessment methodologies

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 aspires to set the standard for public university research libraries in the digital age. One of the largest research libraries in the U.S. South, The University Libraries 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, audiovisual, 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 UniversityNorth 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 serves campus and broader communities that reflect the socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious diversity of the state of North Carolina, and we maintain a welcoming, inclusive, and open educational and workplace climate for all. We strive to create an environment of respect and collaboration where vision and innovation can flourish. Learn more about our Strategic Framework — including our pillars, values, and priorities — by visiting

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 a half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month, non-faculty academic librarian appointment. Standard state benefits include annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement. The salary range for the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Director of Wilson Library position begins at $82,200. The University Libraries intend to hire at a minimum of $145,000, with a salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin upon receipt. The position will close on February 9, 2024. 

To Apply

Please visit to complete the online application. Please include a resume of relevant experience, a cover letter highlighting your interest in this position and Carolina’s libraries, and the names, titles, and contact information for three professional references. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.