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‘Job & Internship Opportunities’ Archives

Curator of Latin Americana – The Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, seeks a Curator of Latin Americana to manage its collections related to Mexico and Central America. The incumbent shares responsibility, including collection development, for the US-Mexico borderlands with the Curator of Western Americana. The Curator of Latin Americana works closely with faculty and students conducting research in a variety of academic fields related to this geographic area, and supports the campus community through specialized reference services and instructional programs. The Curator of Latin Americana also contributes to general reference and research services provided in Bancroft. For the full job announcement click here.

University Archivist, San Diego State University

University Archivist

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA


This full-time, tenure-track faculty position, located in the Special Collections and University Archives division, manages and participates in all aspects of the library’s archival operations, including collections related to San Diego State University’s documentary heritage and collections reflecting local and regional history and culture.  In addition to responsibilities related to the library’s analog and digital archival collections, the University Archivist provides primary resource research assistance and instruction, develops grants, maintains Archon, assists with exhibits, assists with the supervision of staff and other non-librarian personnel, and serves as the division’s liaison to the Chicana/o Studies Archive Committee.  As a faculty member, the University Librarian is expected to engage in professional growth activities and participate in the shared governance of San Diego State University by serving on library, campus-wide, and California State University committees as needed.

This position is open at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank.   Salary commensurate with experience.  This position will remain open until filled.  Reviews will begin immediately.  Preference will be given to applications received by September 18, 2015.  Anticipated start date is January 2016.

To view a complete job description and instructions for the application procedures, visit:

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity/Title IX employer.

Head of Special Collections and Senior Archivist – The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce an opening for the position of Head of Special Collections and Senior Archivist. This position at the Benson will provide senior leadership for the development, processing, and preservation of the Benson rare book and manuscript collections, oversee public services for special collections, and contribute to ongoing collection development.

The job posting with full details may be found here.

Director of the General Library, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus

University of Puerto Rico
Mayagüez Campus
Department of Human Resources
Telephone 787- 832-4040 Ext. 3159 FAX 831-1720

Announcement Number: 15-14
Position Title: Director of the General Library
Location of Position: University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus – General Library
Opening Date: July 14, 2015
Closing Date: August 3, 2015

The General Library of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus, seeks an innovative, flexible, user-centered, and visionary director that could serve as leader in library transformation for future generations. Reporting to the Dean of Academic Affairs, this position leads and manages all aspects of the library. The successful candidate must be fully bilingual in English & Spanish and should possess the ability to interact effectively with multiple constituencies. The director will serve as an active representative of the library within the academic community fostering successful partnerships to customize and adapt programs and services that support change within the institution. A thorough understanding of library technology and its applications and a collaborative style to create teamwork environment are expected.
The library provides a broad array of services, collections and resources for a community of approximately 12,100 students and supports more than 90 academic programs. An overview of the library and the university can be obtained through
The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez is an EO/AA employer, values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected class status.
To view the full job announcement in Spanish, please visit:

 Master’s degree (MIS, MLS, MLIS) in Library or Information Sciences from a graduate professional program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
 Fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
 At least three (3) years of professional experience in an academic library in administrative and supervisory positions with progressive levels of responsibilities.
 Ability to create and sustain an effective and open-collaborative environment.
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the capacity to listen.
 Ability to work with students, faculty, library staff, administrators, and other stakeholders.
 Experience in strategic planning, assessment, and the development of the libraries collections.
 Knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic libraries and demonstrated ability to creatively apply information technologies to enrich the experience of students and faculty.

 Second Master’s degree or a PhD in Library or Information Sciences.
 Experience allocating funds based upon availability and the needs of its unit in charge.
 Knowledge of issues related to academic communication, including e-research, academic research, data management, and corresponding needs of faculty and researchers.

 Provides leadership and oversight of all administrative activities, including budget, facility, and personnel management to meet current needs and anticipate future priorities.
 Leads the conceptualization, design, implementation, coordination, and management of strategic planning.
 Represents the Library in the Academic Senate, institutional committees, task forces, and accreditation processes.
 Assign responsibilities, creates and reviews position descriptions for library faculty and staff according to the Strategic Plan.
 Administers and regularly assess the effectiveness of library services, technology, and resources availability to continuously improve and enhance student learning, the renewal of academic programs, faculty teaching and research, in general.
 Supports efforts on research, data management, and experimentation.
 Promotes innovation and fosters a future-thinking organizational culture based on assessment.
 Builds and maintains relationships with the academic community.
 Provides guidance and feedback related to Library initiatives.
 Proactively promotes the search of external grants projects for the Library.
 Leads the transformational changes that are required to meet the challenges of the 21st century, in all library-related fields. In particular, promotes and facilitates the evolving roles of librarians in teaching and academic research.

The interested candidates must send an intention letter, official transcripts of all university degrees, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three (3) references to: with copy to (pdf format is preferred), or by mail to:
Dr. Jaime Seguel, Dean
Deanship of Academic Affairs
Call Box 9000
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Associate Librarian, The John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI, USA

Associate Librarian

The John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI, USA


Posting Date: June 22, 2015

Closing Date: When Filled

The John Carter Brown Library invites experienced curators and library managers with special collections experience to apply for the position of Associate Librarian. A new position at the Library reporting to the Library’s Director, the Associate Librarian will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the day-to-day management of the library’s operations, including its readers’ services division, cataloguing and technical services, acquisitions and conservation, building and collections management, and exhibition planning. The Associate Librarian will assist the Director in making strategic decisions related to the programs and activities of the Library, will advise on industry practices and trends related to digitization and outreach, and will play a public relations role in the Director’s absence as well as being an integral part of the Library’s advancement team.

The successful candidate will have experience managing a professional staff – ideally in a special collections department at a college, university, or another independent research library – as well as experience in collections development, research services, collection management, cataloguing and technical services, imaging, and exhibition planning. Applicants for this position should have an M.L.S. degree or equivalent library experience. Although this is not a position with curatorial responsibilities per se, scholarly or professional experience with historical collections that complement our areas of curatorial competency – including Latin American and European books, maps and prints, and manuscript collections from the colonial period – is welcome. Proficiency in caring for rare and fragile primary research material and experience working with digital surrogates in a research environment are likewise necessary for this position. Other necessary skills include: excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills; knowledge of basic cataloging principles; an ability to work independently and collaboratively with peers and colleagues within and beyond the institution; proficient computer skills in word processing, database, and webpage management, and the uses of technology in a research environment; and a thorough understanding of principles for arranging and managing special collections.

The Associate Librarian will supervise 4 FTE staff members (the Assistant Librarian for Research and Reference Services, the Head of Cataloguing, the Manager of Imaging, and the Coordinator of Academic Programming and Public Outreach) and will represent the Library both in the Director’s absence as well as at professional meetings. The Associate Librarian will also meet regularly with the Library’s curatorial staff to coordinate institutional priorities including acquisitions, exhibitions, services to researchers, and outreach to local, regional, national, and international constituencies.


*       Master’s degree in library /information science and/or graduate degree in a discipline relevant to the Library’s collection.

*       At least five years of experience with special collections services and operations, ideally as a manager.

*       Demonstrated ability to work as a leader, articulating a vision, setting a direction, and accomplishing new initiatives.

*       Demonstrated knowledge of rare books, manuscripts, archives, or special collections.

*       Experience in working with curatorial, technical services, conservation, and digital library staff to develop goals for acquiring, processing, and making special collections fully accessible.

*       Demonstrated understanding of and receptiveness to the uses of emerging technologies in archival and special collections.

*       Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with experience in working collaboratively with others.

*       Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

*       Evidence of success in fundraising and/or obtaining grants.

*       Evidence of scholarly engagement and active participation within the profession.


About the Library:

The John Carter Brown Library is one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. An independent research library established in 1846 and located since 1904 on the campus of Brown University, it is renowned for its collection of books, maps, and manuscripts related to the history of the Americas from the arrival of Europeans c. 1492 to the independence movements of the late-eighteenth and early- nineteenth centuries. It also houses a highly regarded fellowship program that attracts between 30 and 40 scholars from around the world each year; an ever-expanding digitization program, with ambitions to become even better connected to today’s dynamic environment of digital scholarship; a world-class curatorial staff, with professional expertise in the fields the library serves; cutting-edge academic programming; and an intimate and elegant research environment that is the envy of its peers.


To Apply: To apply, please visit Brown University’s career opportunities website at: and reference the Associate Librarian, John Carter Brown Library position (REQ118138). Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Applications can also be sent via regular mail to:

The John Carter Brown Library

Associate Librarian Search Committee

Box 1894

Providence, RI  02912


Questions about this position can also be directed to Neil Safier, Director and Librarian, at

Black Diaspora Archivist, The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce an opening for the position of Black Diaspora Archivist. This new position at the Benson will manage archival processing and collection development for Black Diaspora Special Collections, including primary source materials, rare books, and artifacts related to the global African Diaspora, with a focus on the Americas.

The job posting with full details may be found at:

Library of Congress: Librarian in the African, Latin American & Western European Division (ALAWE), Iberia/Rio Office Section

The vacancy announcement for a Librarian (GS-9 with promotion potential to GS-13) in the African, Latin American & Western European Division (ALAWE), Iberia/Rio Office Section is now posted at: Details of the announcement from the Library of Congress’s webpage are listed below.

Librarian (Vacancy #: 150040)
GS-1410-09 — Library Services (African, Latin American and Western European Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate) — $52,668.00 – $68,465.00
Opening Date: Apr 21, 2015
Closing Date: May 11, 2015

This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines major duties of both the acquisition specialist and the cataloger. Often there will be a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which cataloging or acquisitions functions are being performed. For example, staff selecting and cataloging materials from South America need knowledge of the Spanish language.

Application Information

Librarian (Reference Hispanic Division) Library of Congress

Librarian (Reference Hispanic Division) (Vacancy #: 150018)
GS-1410-09 — Library Services (Hispanic Division of the Collection and Services Directorate) — $52,668.00 – $68,465.00
Opening Date: Mar 10, 2015
Closing Date: Apr 13, 2015

Those interested should apply via USAJobs:

Job Title:Librarian (Reference Hispanic Division)

Department:Legislative Branch

Agency:Library of Congress

Job Announcement Number:150018


$52,668.00 to $68,465.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 to Monday, April 13, 2015




Open – Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


Anyone may apply – By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.


Not Applicable




About the Agency

The Librarian (Reference Hispanic Division) position reports to the Division Chief of the Hispanic Division of the Collection and Services Directorate of Library Services.

This position is located in the Hispanic Division, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 12535.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


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Manages the development and growth of library collections. Solicits information and recommends acquisitions of new materials for collections. Develops the reference collections and the general collections, including materials in all formats (print, microform and electronic), emphasizing projects that focus on filling major gaps in the collections. Reviews collections on a continual basis for correcting deficiencies, updating, rearranging, weeding, arrearage reduction, and shipment to off-site storage. Reviews a variety of foreign and domestic sources for information about available materials. Maintains special files of information on subjects of recurring or emerging interest as indicated by popular, political, or scholarly trends. Determines permissibility of copying materials based on legal copyright constraints and the preservation needs of the material. Identifies items in the collection that need special housing, preservation, and/or special handling. Ensures the security and the appropriate handling of the collections, as well as assuring their safe transport. Cooperates with scholarly and library associations relevant to the collection development activities of the organization. Utilizes acquisition and collection development procedures, policies, and responsibilities and regularly reports on collection development trends and activities. Resolves problems involving user access, online database use, and collection policy questions. Understands current and public policy issues in the area of expertise to develop collections that anticipate researcher inquiries and demands.

Provides guidance and access to information resources, both inside the library and beyond the library, through databases, telecommunications networks, and cooperative arrangements. Answers questions directly, or guides patrons to resources that include books, photographs, published and unpublished audio and video recordings, archival materials, electronic database information, digital materials, electronic journals, and bibliographic citations. Instructs patrons how to find relevant information. Provides assistance to patrons in searching library databases, on-line resources, and other information resources. Conducts a thorough reference interview, analyzes questions and requirements, and suggests search strategies. Troubleshoots and resolves problems encountered during searches. Prepares analytical bibliographies, monographs, guides, and studies, including electronic finding aids. Accepts referrals from within the library involving authority work and bibliographic records in area(s) of expertise.

Selects and recommends appropriate titles in all formats, and prepares and justifies requests for major purchases, recommends replacement of missing materials, and monitors approval plans as required.

Under the direction of the Division Chief, and the Head of the Reading Room, maintains liaison or communicates with individuals both within and outside the organization. Professional contacts are with library patrons, supervisors, library staff, other national libraries, library and information networks, information centers, experts in government agencies, associations, the private sector, and/or research groups. Provides reference, research advisory, and instructional service to individuals and groups who come to the Library or who reach it through other means. Motivates and influences clientele to fully utilize collections and services. Meets with researchers, analyzes questions and requirements; suggests search strategies; and evaluates resources from the general, special and/or reference collections regardless of format. Develops and maintains collegial relationships with librarians within and outside the organization and maintains close liaisons with scholarly associations.

Conducts extensive and intensive research. Gathers information from a wide variety of sources, both automated and in print or other media. Presents information in the form of descriptive reports and memoranda. Facilitates services to readers, analyzes information, and disseminates it in answer to requests or inquiries from a variety of sources. Advises researchers in research methodologies. Develops files, bibliographies, finding aids, and other sources. Monitors and reports on trends such as those involving scholarship and collections use.


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Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of the language and cultures of Spain or Portugal or Latin America and other countries where Spanish or Portuguese spoken. **

Knowledge of research materials and collections, in a variety of formats, required for the study of Spain or Portugal and other countries where Spanish or Portuguese is spoken. **

Ability to communicate in English and Spanish or Portuguese. **

Ability to provide reference, information, and library operation services.

Ability to utilize computer technology.


No additional requirements to those listed above.

Head of Special Collections, University of Houston (Revised)

Head of Special Collections, University of Houston (Revised)

Responsibilities:   The University of Houston Libraries are seeking a progressive and forward thinking leader prepared to articulate a vision and direction for a growing special collections and archives that supports the University’s objectives of advancing research, improving student success, and increasing national recognition.  The Libraries’ Special Collections enhances the traditional strengths of a rare books and archives department with a growing number of contemporary collections that reflect the vitality and diversity of the City of Houston.  The position provides direction and oversight to a group of 6 librarians, 4 regular staff members, and 2 post-doctoral staff members curating archival collections and rare books.  The Head oversees the ongoing development of archival collections, work with academic departments, preparation of collections for digitization, and a full calendar of exhibits.  There is frequent contact with established donors and potential donors for acquisitions of unique collections, as well as fundraising and management of departmental endowments.  The Head of Special Collections serves as a member of the Library Management Council, the Public Services Council, and the Digital Collections Management Committee.  The position reports to the Associate Dean for Public Services.  The position is available February 2, 2015.

Appointment to an endowed professorship is possible for a candidate with an exceptional record of scholarly productivity and professional engagement.


Required –

  • American Library Association accredited Master’s degree
  • Management and supervisory experience in increasingly responsible positions
  • Experience in special collections and/or archives
  • Understanding of processes and technologies for managing, providing access to, and preserving digitized and born digital materials
  • Experience caring for archival and/or rare book collections, which may include physical and electronic formats
  • Demonstrated success in the stewardship of donors
  • Demonstrated innovative leadership in organizing resources (human, technical, and financial) to assure an efficient and effective organization

Preferred –

  • Record of successful external grant activities 
  • Background in rare books

Salary:  $96,000 to $100,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications and experience.  Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Library Information:  Special Collections was founded in 1968 and serves as the main teaching and research center for primary sources at the University of Houston. Special Collections holds over 7,000 linear feet of archival collections, approximately 105,000 rare books, and over 2,000 periodicals and 1,100 historical maps.  Collection strengths include Architecture and Planning; Contemporary Literature; Energy (oil and gas); Environmental Houston; Ethnic Houston; Hispanic Collections; Houston and Texas History; Houston Hip Hop; Performing Arts; University Archives; USS Houston and Military History; and the Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection, as well as rare books from medieval manuscripts to modern artists’ books.  Special Collections has active instruction and outreach programs and collaborates with other library departments in developing and presenting a growing collection of unique digitized materials (

The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library.  The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes.  Total staff includes 69 professionals and approximately 135 support staff.  Additional information about the University Libraries is available at:

The UH Libraries’ Strategic Directions document focuses on targeting services to specific user groups, reimagining library spaces, improving outreach, and increasing national recognition.  Further information and the complete document are available at: .  The Strategic Directions support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and the further the Tier One effort (  We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

General Information:  The University of Houston comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of about 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.  Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico.  It enjoys a very reasonable cost of living and was selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities (…).

For additional information, including information about Houston’s flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see:  For information about housing and living in Houston see:

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, names of 3 references, and resume to Damon Camille, Recruitment Coordinator, University of Houston, 114 University Libraries, Houston, Texas 77204-2000.  Applications may also be submitted by email to: .

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner, Associate Dean for Personnel, Planning, and Systems, at 713-743-9801 or .





Latin American and Iberian Area Studies Librarian, Brigham Young University (BYU)

Latin American and Iberian Area Studies Librarian

Brigham Young University (BYU), a privately owned and operated university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located in Provo, Utah, invites application for the position of Latin American and Iberian Area Studies Librarian, a continuing faculty status track (BYU equivalent of tenure) position in the Harold B. Lee Library.

The mission of this position is to 1) provide specialized reference, advanced research assistance, and library instruction in Latin American and Iberian Area Studies; 2) to work as the library liaison to faculty teaching and researching in the assigned areas; 3) develop and manage collections for the library in the areas of Latin American and Iberian area studies, as well as Spanish and Portuguese cultures, languages, and literature worldwide; and 4) to participate in scholarship, creative works, and other professional development activities.

The Library is seeking a dynamic individual who can perform well in a rapidly changing environment.  Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church.

For complete job announcement and to apply, go to:

 Review of applications will begin March 16, 2015.

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