Here are some resources for students who may be seeking a Research, Teaching or Graduate Assistantship:
- Visit the Graduate School Tuition Support page for details. The term “assistantship” is widely used - be sure to ask potential employers about tuition coverage and health insurance.
- A few fellowships are available directly from the UNC Graduate School, and are described at the Graduate School Funding Resources page. In most cases, SILS nominates potential awardees based on their application credentials. Applicants must have completed their applications by December 15 to be considered for these awards.
- Especially in this time of reduced resources, Graduate Dean Steve Matson and Associate Dean Sandra Hoeflich are happy to be able to offer graduate students a little more financial help. As a result of some private funding from numerous Graduate School donors, the Graduate Student Opportunity Fund and Transportation Grant are being reopened for students’ applications. Although the travel will need to be much more limited than in the past (limited to doctoral students at the end of their graduate studies presenting their research), we hope that this small amount of funding maybe helpful, especially when matched with other funding from your graduate program or other sources. The Graduate Student Opportunity Fund may be helpful to graduate students with unusual and unexpected academic-related needs and opportunities. Please visit The Graduate School’s website for information on eligibility and how to apply: Graduate Student Opportunity Fund: http://gradschool.unc.edu/funding/gradschool/opportunityfund.htmlGraduate Student Transportation Grant: http://gradschool.unc.edu/funding/gradschool/transportationgrant.html Julie Montaigne, The Graduate School’s Fellowship and Funding Manager, will administer these funding programs and will be happy to respond to questions you or your students may have: email@example.com.
- The CALA (Carolina Academic Library Associates) and CaTa (Carolina Technology Associates) are collaborative initiatives though which SILS partners with other units on campus to provide students with the opportunity to develop their professional knowledge and skills while receiving financial support. Normally, these assistantships are awarded for two years. CALA students are placed in the university libraries; CaTa students are placed in various technology and research units on campus. The selection process begins in early January, and decisions are usually made by March.
- A number of faculty have research grants and hire research assistants for that work; in addition, SILS holds a contract to manage the library services provided to the Environmental Protection Agency in nearby Research Triangle Park. The timing of these assistantships varies, based on the schedule of the funding agency and the length of the grand period, so they are rarely awarded as a student enters our program. As a faculty member receives a grant, they either select a student RA themselves or work with Barbara Wildemuth to identify a student who can perform the work on the grant. Some of the current grants are described at sils.unc.edu/research/student-assistantships.
- SILS also appoints research assistants to support individual faculty members’ research and teaching. These appointments are generally provided to entering students and are for one year only. SILS offers a number of smaller fellowships (not requiring service to the School). These are typically combined with part-time work on campus. They are usually awarded for only one year. The recipients are selected based on their application credentials.
Part-time Graduate Assistant
Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection
June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014
The North Carolina Collection in Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill seeks a part-time graduate assistant for seven (7) hours a week to work on the Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection.
This project seeks to bring together, preserve, and provide access to the primary materials of religious bodies in North Carolina. The 8,000 volumes of materials representing every county of the state include the histories of local religious bodies, as well as the publications of larger North Carolina associations describing their history and leaders. The Duke Divinity School Library is the leader and fiscal agent for the project. Wake Forest University and UNC are partners in the project. UNC’s role is to provide 2,000 volumes to be digitized. This digitization is done in-house through the Internet Archive Scribe machines in the Wilson Library basement. More information on the project can be found here: http://ncreligion.blogspot.com/
Duties of the Graduate Assistant
This role is focused on preparing items for digitization by the Internet Archive Scribe machines. The student will report directly to a second-year graduate student assistant and the Associate Curator of the North Carolina Collection. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Helping the second-year graduate assistant draw up lists of pamphlets, serials, and monographs for digitization each month
• Finding, checking out, and pulling those items in Aeon
• Assessing materials for conservation needs
• Filling out the associated paperwork for the Scribe Operators
As time permits, the assistant may work on other aspects of the project, including social media outreach and light copyright research.
- Facility with Excel and Google Docs
- Experience handling rare/sensitive library materials
- Strong interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to be productive independently
- Interest in the project and the North Carolina Collection
Additionally, the ideal candidate will have the best combination of previous experience with digitization projects and/or conservation, excellent writing skills, experience with Aeon, WorldCat, and the UNC Library Catalog, a familiarity with Wilson Library, and a background in American or Religious Studies.
The position is funded at a rate of $12.50/hour for seven (7) hours per week. Although initially the Assistant is expected to fulfill these hours within a Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm time frame, some flexibility during other times that the Wilson Library is open is possible later on. To apply, please send a brief cover letter (no more than one page) detailing your qualifications and interest in the position, and a current resume to Eileen McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm on Friday, May 3rd.
GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANT FOR THE INSTITUTE ON AGING (IOA)
Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at 720 Martin Luther King Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
The Institute on Aging (IOA) is seeking applicants for a 20 hour/week graduate student research assistant position for May and June 2013.
The Institute's mission is to enhance the well-being of older people in North Carolina by fostering state-wide collaboration in research, education, and service. Its mandate is to:
1. Promote collaborative applied and basic gerontological research
2. Develop innovative programs of interdisciplinary gerontological education and practice
3. Provide state-of-the-art information to policy makers, program managers, service providers, clinicians, and the general public.
Many of the IOA’s initiatives integrate research, education, and/or service to address our mission of enhancing the well-being of older people in North Carolina. The IOA has a library with relevant books, journals and materials accessible to our researchers.
After orientation and training, the Graduate Student Research Assistant (RA) will:
• Assist in doing a thorough review of scientific literature, educational resources, and clinical guidelines related to hydration in older adults
• Work on a special projects that include reviewing the IOA current physical collection and updating the IOA website
• Must be a currently enrolled graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill
• Able to articulate a desire to explore diverse areas of academic research libraries
• Demonstrated excellent time management and problem-solving skills,
• Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively on teams
• Graduate student in library or information science preferred
• Experience or course work in one or more of these areas: collection management, searching electronic databases, library services, web and social media applications
• Demonstrated enthusiasm and aptitude for working effectively with library users or other customers
• Experience or stated interest in health, medicine or the sciences
• High skill in using, and/or demonstrated ability to learn, computer programs such as content management systems (Word Press, wikis, blogs) and bibliographic management software
• Commitment to work May and June 2013
Schedule, Salary and Benefits
Monthly salary is $20/hour, 20 hours per week. 8 weeks (May 15th-June 30th)
Send cover letter and a current resume to Brenda Linares, MLIS, at email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed as received.
For more information about this position, please contact Brenda Linares, MLIS at 919-962-0801.
The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer
The Graduate School is hiring a Graduate Funding Information Center Research Assistant, for academic year 2012-13, with a possible option to continue through the summer and on through academic year 2013-14. We seek a highly motivated, self-starting individual who works well within a team environment, has excellent interpersonal and customer service skills and good problem solving abilities. This position provides essential assistance for the library functions of GFIC, including online research and web information, individual consultation services, survey data collection and database functions. Previous experience in these areas is a plus, but current relevant graduate coursework and a desire to learn is sufficient. The position requires an average of 12 hours per week (flexible) and the compensation includes a nine-month stipend ($11,000), full tuition (in-state and out-of-state/TR) and health insurance. Upon satisfactory performance of the duties of this position, the incumbent may be promoted to continue for a second year with increased compensation of $12,000 for nine-months, with full tuition and health insurance. Summer work is compensated on an hourly rate with reduced hours per week. The Graduate Funding Information Center is a small special library that assists Carolina graduate students in locating information about funding for research and study. The center is located in 307 Bynum Hall, next to Manning Hall. A full position description is attached. This is an excellent position for anyone interested in special librarianship, university research funding, and grantsmanship. Email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org ===========================
The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) is looking for graduate students who are interested in applying their skills in a community/non-profit setting. SCALE is taking applications for 11 graduate positions for the 2012-2013 school year. These positions include: • 1 America Reads Coordinator/ AmeriCorps Assistant • 3 Coach Mentors for America Reads • 1 Coach Mentor for America Counts • 1 Events Coordinator • 1 Grant Writer • 1 Membership Coordinator • 1 Social Media Coordinator • 1 Student Group Liaison • 1 Web Assistant Detailed descriptions can be found at readwriteact.org/about/graduate-student-positions/. You may apply for more than one position. To qualify, you must • have filled out the FASFA and qualify for work study • have $11,250 dollars worth of need • be able to commit 15 hours a week during the business work day for one academic school year To apply, please email email@example.com. Attach your resume and cover letter as one document, titled [last name], [first name] Resume. Title the email “SCALE graduate position.” In the body of the email, list the position you are applying for. If you are interested in more than one position, please rank up to three positions in your order of preference. (You do not have to apply for each position separately.) ==============================
UNC Chapel Hill, University Library Document Delivery Graduate Assistant Temporary Research Assistantship Available: June 1, 2012 – August 31, 2012 Where: Interlibrary Services Lending Office, Room 224 Davis Library, UNC-Chapel Hill What: Provides materials to other libraries from the University Library collections. Hours/Salary: 20 hours per week; 4 hours per day, with some flexibility. Salary paid monthly ($1125/month). May be eligible for free graduate student health insurance. More information is available upon application for position. Description: In conjunction with current Lending staff, the Graduate Assistant: - Manages and performs the filling of interlibrary loan requests from national and international libraries for loans and photocopies with priority given to expediting requests from TRLN (Triangle Research Libraries Network) member libraries. - Uses ILLiad, electronic delivery software, and scanners to update, manage, and supply requests. - Downloads OCLC statistics, and prepares monthly reports. Position reports to the Head of Interlibrary Services with training and support by Interlibrary Services Lending staff. Qualifications: Must be an UNC-CH enrolled graduate student with excellent organizational and communication skills; ability to perform detailed and precise work following established procedures to meet service goals; and ability to work independently yet request assistance when appropriate. Experience with interlibrary loan (OCLC and ILLiad), scanning, and Microsoft applications desirable, but not required. Please submit resume to: Geneva Holliday firstname.lastname@example.org Head of Interlibrary Services Davis Library =================================
Subject: GSA position at SILS - BitCurator software development The BitCurator project will be hiring a graduate student assistant (GSA) at SILS for the 2012/13 academic year. The GSA will be responsible for software development, testing and various other aspects of the project's research, development and administrative activities. This is a 20-hour/week appointment beginning in the fall 2012 semester. It provides health benefits, a generous stipend, and dedicated technical resources to support your work. BitCurator (http://www.bitcurator.net/) is a joint effort led by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) to build, test, and analyze systems and software for incorporating digital forensics methods into the workflows of a variety of collecting institutions. The GSA will have general programming responsibilities for software tools being developed as part of this project, and will work closely with the BitCurator Technical Lead (Kam Woods) and Principal Investigator (Cal Lee) to develop, package, and test these tools. Depending on experience, responsibilities will include development of plugins in Python and/or C++ to extend the capabilities of digital forensics software tools such as bulk extractor (https://github.com/simsong/bulk_extractor/wiki) and The Sleuth Kit (http://www.sleuthkit.org/) using existing APIs. Development may also include work on a new graphic interface to existing tools or extensions of existing GUIs (primarily Java-based) to incorporate novel functionality. If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Cal lee (email@example.com). In your cover letter, it would be helpful for you to identify specific products of your previous software development efforts. Review of applications will be begin on May 7 and continue until the position is filled. More information about required and preferred qualifications is below. Required qualifications: - Currently enrolled in IS/LS, Computer Science, or related programs. - Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following programming/scripting languages: Java, Python, Perl, C, C++, Ruby - Experience with cross-platform development (Windows/Mac/Linux) - Demonstrated proficiency with development platforms and tools in Linux and/or Windows environments. - Experience with content management systems (we use Subversion and git) - Demonstrated independent initiative, flexibility, and interpersonal skills A strong selection of the following is preferred: - Demonstrated experience with and understanding of XML, including generation, transformation, and querying (XSLT, XPath, etc) - Familiarity with filesystem internals (ext2/3/4, HFS/+, NTFS, FAT16/32) - Familiarity with common modern filesystems (NTFS, FAT, ext, HFS/+) - Experience with open source digital archiving platforms (particularly Archivematica) - Knowledge of metadata schemas i.e. Dublin Core, METS, MODS, PREMIS, RDF Cal Lee firstname.lastname@example.org University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science Phone: 919-962-7024 "Memory is attention in the past tense." - Daniel Goleman, 1985
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