GIS Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2011-11-09

Employer: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Employer URL: http://


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented GIS Librarian. As part of the Data Services Section of the Davis Library Research and Instructional Services Department (, this individual will work with two other Data Services Librarians assisting users with GIS projects, facilitating access to spatial and numeric data sources, assisting patrons with web mapping projects, and providing consultations and referrals to researchers with data management needs. The GIS Librarian works with staff in other library and campus units who provide web mapping and GIS services to ensure high quality research support through cooperation and complementary services. To learn more about the library’s data services, please visit

The GIS Librarian serves as subject librarian primarily for the Department of City and Regional Planning and works closely with a team of subject librarians who develop high quality collections and deliver both general and specialized reference, research, and instructional services. Within this context, they participate in long-term planning, conduct on-going assessment of collections and services, develop web-based guides and other research and learning products, collaborate on special projects, and serve on committees and task forces as needed.

Librarians at UNC are expected to be actively involved with local library consortia; participate in regional, national, or international professional and scholarly organizations; and maintain an awareness of emerging research tools, methodologies, and trends in scholarly communication.

Reporting to the Head of Data Services, the successful candidate joins a creative team of subject librarians in the Davis Library Research and Instructional Services Department. The Research and Instructional Services Department provides data services, is responsible for liaison services to academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and houses collections of government documents, microforms, maps, and electronic resources.

Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or an advanced degree in a related field; proficiency with GIS software and spatial data; instruction experience and expertise; strong communication and organizational skills; web development skills; ability to manage multiple projects and priorities effectively; strong commitment to public service; the ability to work effectively with diverse library users and staff; demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team environment and evidence of innovation in delivering library services; flexible, creative outlook.

Preferred: Experience working in an academic research library; additional degree or certificate in related field (City and Regional Planning, Geography, Spatial Analysis or GIS Certificate); collection development experience; grant writing experience; web mapping skills, experience working with web mapping servers.

Archived on: 2011-12-09