Position Descriptions

Atkins Fellows - Position Descriptions - 2018

Descriptions of the 2018 Atkins Fellows positions, with contact information for each supervisor.  Applications submitted by February 2, 2018 will receive first consideration.

Archival Collection Management System Fellow (Special Collections and University Archives)

Assessment & Analytics Fellow (Library Administration)

Born-Digital University Archives Processing Fellow (Special Collections and University Archives)

Global Engagement Fellow (Public Services)

Technology and Digital Media Fellow (Technology + Digital Strategies and Public Services)


Archival Collection Management System Fellow - APPLY


Reporting to the Archivist for Collection Management and Software Developer, the fellow will work with SCUA’s collection management system (ArchivesSpace) to manipulate data for descriptive and analytical purposes.

The fellow’s work will have several different components, but the primary tasks will be to: utilize the ArchivesSpace API and programming to automate the cleanup and transformation of legacy collection records; and create custom reports to gather statistics and analytics likely by utilizing Open Database Connectivity and MySQL.

The fellow will work closely with his/her supervisors, as well as the University Archivist, to identify concerns and appropriate software, but will work independently on assigned projects.


Preferred Education/Training, Experience, Skills/Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Coursework in archival arrangement and description
  • Familiarity with any of the following: ArchivesSpace, JSON, ODBC, EAD, OpenRefine, XSLT, SQL, Python or other scripting language, or command-line interface
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify descriptive data requiring cleanup or transformation by working with necessary stakeholders
  • Automate transformations using selected script language
  • Identify statistical and analytical information needed for library reporting needs
  • Use necessary tools to generate reports with data from ArchivesSpace
  • Draft procedures to allow the replication of statistical and analytical reports at a later date


Supervisors: Nikki Thomas, Archivist for Collection Management (nthoma33@uncc.edu)

Derek Norton, Head of Software Development (DerekNorton@uncc.edu)


Assessment & Analytics Fellow - APPLY


In support of UNC Charlotte’s goals for student success and retention, the Assessment & Analytics Fellow will work closely with the library’s Head of Assessment to explore how students are engaged across the library and align these data with campus student engagement and success data collected via the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). With these data, we will explore how engagement with the library is associated with student academic success, retention, and graduation rates.    


Preferred Education/Training, Experience, Skills/Competencies:

  • Interest in and/or coursework in data visualization, analytics, and/or assessment
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Analytical and creative problem solving skills
  • Experience conducting independent research


Duties and Responsibilities:

The fellow will use statistical and visualization tools to analyze the library and university student engagement data, with tasks including:

  • Assist in aligning multiple, large data sets to track student engagement in library activities and across the university
  • Assist in data coding and analysis
  • Assist in formulating interview/focus group design and implementation
  • Produce data visualizations using Tableau
  • Produce report(s) and presentations based upon findings from the study
  • Participate in other assessment projects, including usability testing


Supervisor: Becky Croxton, Head of Assessment (racroxto@uncc.edu)


Born-Digital University Archives Processing Fellow - APPLY


Reporting to the University Archivist and Digital Archivist, the fellow will process born-digital materials from the University Archives. These materials may consist of official University records, records of student organizations, papers of alumni, and/or University photographs.

In addition to processing records, the fellow will also create documentation related to this processing, such as a processing workflow or manual.

Preferred Education/Training, Experience, Skills/Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Coursework or practical experience with digital archives, including principles of digital preservation
  • Coursework or practical experience with archival description standards
  • Coursework or practical experience with digital forensics and data analysis tools
  • Understanding of digital photography formats including JPG, TIF/TIFF, and RAW formats
  • Basic familiarity with one or more metadata standards, including MARC, MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, etc.
  • Familiarity with digital asset management systems and frameworks for libraries, such as CONTENTdm, Hydra, and Islandora


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete the transfer of files to local server using existing workflow
  • Establish workflow for processing born-digital University records, which may include extracting embedded metadata, reformatting files, and arrangement and description
  • Develop a plan for ingest into Islandora repository
  • Ensure standard-compliant metadata is applied


Supervisors: Katie Howell, University Archivist (chowel29@uncc.edu)

Tyler Cline, Digital Archivist (tcline11@uncc.edu)


Global Engagement Fellow - APPLY


Working with the Education Librarian, the Global Engagement fellow will discover how academic librarians have participated in global engagement on campuses across the United States. The fellow will investigate examples of libraries collaborating with Offices of International Programs for campus programming, as well as potential connections between information literacy instruction and global engagement/global citizenship. Additionally, the fellow will explore study abroad course syllabi in an effort to determine potential collaborative opportunities in global engagement and study abroad projects between librarians and instructors. Based on these findings, the fellow will make recommendations and create materials to connect the library with global engagement and study abroad projects -- possibly to include research guides, collections, and instructional materials. Candidates with study abroad interest and/or experience are encouraged to apply.


Preferred Education/Training, Experience, Skills/Competencies:

  • Research skills
  • Survey design experience
  • Course development/Instruction experience
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature review on academic librarians and global engagement
  • Discover Study Abroad programs featuring academic librarians across the United States and compare/contrast programs
  • Survey current and past academic librarians about their experiences with global engagement and study abroad
  • Recommend collection development areas and strategies, library events and programming, and activities or assignments for research instruction that are tied to global engagement
  • Create infographic to report results of research
  • With the Education Librarian, design a study abroad course that incorporates research methods and literature


Supervisor: Abby Moore, Education Librarian (amoor164@uncc.edu)


Technology and Digital Media Fellow - APPLY


The Technology & Digital Media fellowship provides an opportunity to collaborate with Research and Instructional Services’ faculty to understand the applications of technology in various disciplines. The Fellow will conduct research in the area of digital imaging and will identify and prioritize collections for conversion to 3D modeling. Possible scanning projects may include everyday objects, books, and/or textiles and artifacts from Special Collections and University Archives such as artists’ and pop-up books. The fellow will split their time between two units; initially working in Research and Instructional Services on Digital Humanities research and then embedded within Technology & Digital Strategies, gaining exposure to relevant technologies. The Fellow will become an expert in digital and 3D imaging processes and application through research and hands-on learning.


Preferred Education/Training, Experience, Skills/Competencies:

  • Knowledge of and/or experience with photography and/or digital imaging
  • Experience with graphic design programs
  • Experience conducting independent research
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent time management, analytical and creative problem solving skills


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature review and environmental scan of digital production workflows and technology applications
  • Identify use cases for implementation in academic libraries and higher education
  • Research, report, and recommend platforms and tools
  • Assess and identify collection/s and design high-resolution 3D models
  • Present findings at internal and external meetings and/or conferences
  • Generate reports, as well as present findings and recommendations to internal and external audiences
  • Help to define and model collaborative relationship between Research and Instructional Services (liaison/subject librarians) and the Makerspace/Visualization Lab in supporting digital media projects


Supervisors: Somally Kim Wu, Head of Library Technology Innovation (skimwu@uncc.edu)

Jenna Rinalducci, Arts + Architecture Librarian (jrinaldu@uncc.edu)