Project Director and Audiovisual Conservator, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill NC

POSITION:      Project Director and Audiovisual Conservator (**At Will Appointment**)

AVAILABLE:    August 1, 2014

The University of North Carolina seeks an energetic and collegial Audiovisual Conservator to serve as Project Director for a one year grant (with the possibility of renewal) exploring and planning workflow and large-scale digitization for preservation of and access to sound and moving-image materials from the Southern Folklife Collection ( in the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library (

The Project Director will provide overall leadership for the project; perform analysis of existing workflows and document functional requirements for new workflows; and lead in the research and planning for an integrated workflow and systems to support the large-scale digitization, description, discovery, access, and preservation of sound and moving image collections.  The Project Director will coordinate work across library departments and functional units and with other stakeholders such as outside consultants.

Under the supervision of the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) Curator and in consultation with the Head of Special Collections Conservation, the Project Director/Audiovisual Conservator will survey SFC collections for conservation and access needs and set priorities for conservation and digitization. The position will also include: overseeing of the cleaning, repair, and rehousing of physical media; working with the Library's audiovisual digitization engineers; supervising a graduate research assistant; and participating in report writing with the co-Principal Investigators.

The Southern Folklife Collection is one of the nation's foremost archival resources for the study of American folk music and popular culture. SFC holdings extensively document all forms of southern musical and oral traditions across the entire spectrum of individual and community expressive arts, as well as mainstream media production. We do this to advance the study and public recognition of these art forms, and support the educational, research and service missions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Required: ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science or MA in sound or moving-image preservation. One year direct work experience with audiovisual collections and demonstrated experience managing projects. Demonstrated knowledge of legacy audio and moving image media and a broad understanding of archival activities in an academic research library. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Working knowledge of current and emerging trends in the preservation of audiovisual materials.

Preferred: A minimum of two years direct work experience in the conservation of audiovisual materials. Experience managing projects that involved coordinating the work of multiple teams. Experience with cataloguing and/or archival processing, and familiarity with audiovisual copyright issues. Demonstrated ability to work with media editing software, such as Pro Tools, WaveLab, Final Cut Pro, and Avid.

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. The UNC Health Sciences Library is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.  University 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 an At Will Appointment, contingent upon the availability of funding.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2014.  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.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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