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Individual Consultant, IADB Institutional Repository

TERMS OF REFERENCE – INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT
IADB Institutional Repository

(Felipe Herrera Library & Knowledge Management Division)

Background

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) continues to strengthen its strategy for the implementation of international standards and good practices for the processing, storage and dissemination of Bank’s publications to facilitate access to quality and pertinent knowledge in a timely manner and enhance the visibility of the Bank’s Knowledge Products (KPs) among relevant target groups within the Bank and in LAC.  One of the fundamental pieces of this strategy is the Bank Repository of Institutional Knowledge (BRIK), coordinated by the Knowledge Management Division and the Felipe Herrera Library of the Bank.  Among the various aspects of the Repository Project is the implementation of a repository platform able to interact with current Bank tools and external knowledge sources which will consolidate access, and provide additional context and meaning to Bank knowledge products, in coordination with the development and implementation of a faceted controlled vocabulary and the adoption of a metadata schema compliant with international standards to facilitate classification, retrieval, and exchange.

Objective of the consultancy

Main Activities

  • Maintain controlled vocabulary files (faceted, poly-hierarchical) as needed both in hosting software (source) and within systems leveraging the source files.

  • Assist in the design, development, and monitoring of a Vocabulary Portal, researching Bank’s subject vocabulary and updating thesaurus according to current events of issues in Latin American development.

  • Continuously seek for advice and feedback in understanding Bank’s use of subject terms by specialists in project and sectorial teams.

  • Identify and upload documents into the Bank’s Institutional Repository (BRIK).

  • Review and edit metadata of documents in BRIK as assigned, adhering to cataloguing standards and policies.

  • Serve as a support contact for questions related to BRIK and the controlled vocabulary, including troubleshooting and performing hands-on training for Bank personnel.

  • Work in close coordination with BRIK Repository and Vocabulary Portal teams.

  • Other activities as assigned, in support of the Repository project team.

Deliverables

  • Consistent provision of timely, high-quality service and products.
  • Updated Vocabulary file.
  • Final report including achievements and lessons learned upon completion of contract.
  • Other deliverables as required.

Contractual Characteristics

Type of consultancy: Research Fellow

Contract Duration: 1 year with the possibility of renewal for 1 year more

Post of Duty: Bank Headquarters – 1300 New York Ave. NW, Washington D.C.

Responsible Office and Org. Unit: Reports to BRIK Project Manager and the Felipe Herrera Library chief in Knowledge and Learning (KNL).
Requirements

Academic Degree

  • Preferably, the Research Fellow should have, or currently be pursuing, a master’s degree in one of these areas:  Library Sciences, Information Sciences, Knowledge Management, Latin American Studies, or a related discipline.
  • Graduate students and recent graduates encouraged to apply.

 

Experience

  • Experience with taxonomy/ vocabulary development.

  • Knowledge of metadata schemas highly desired.

  • Highly proficient in conducting internet research and utilizing current web technology, etc.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc).

  • Web-programming / website design experience a plus.

 

Languages

  • Proficient in both Spanish and English, written and spoken.

  • Portuguese and/ or French a plus.

 

Skills

  • Research Fellow should be able to multi-task and be highly organized.

  • Ability to act independently, creatively, and under own initiative.

  • Should have a clear understanding of development issues in Latin America.

 

Application:

  • Please send a cover letter and your CV to Kyle Strand (kyles@iadb.org) to apply to this position.

Curator of Special Collections – Tulane University

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

Curator of Special Collections. The Latin American Library, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library,
Tulane University

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library invites applications for the position of Curator of Special Collections at The Latin American Library (LAL). The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans. The LAL Curator of Special Collections will combine a strong service orientation with collection development, outreach, and reference to ensure that the Latin American Library builds upon the high level of collections and user services for which it is renowned.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Curator of Special Collections at the Latin American Library is a service-oriented professional with a strong background in the languages, socioeconomic conditions, history and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean.  The curator has primary responsibility for the organization, cataloging, preservation and access to the LAL rare books, manuscripts, visual and ephemeral materials, in consultation with the Director. S/he coordinates LAL digitization projects in collaboration with the LAL Director and web staff.  The curator shares with LAL bibliographers collection development and reference duties for all LAL collections, and participates in long-term planning for preservation and access of the collections. S/he also serves on library committees and actively participates in national and international professional and scholarly associations.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:  Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution or its equivalent and a degree in a relevant subject area, or advanced degree in a relevant subject area and professional experience in an academic library or archive; excellent command of Spanish and/or Portuguese, spoken and written; knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of Latin America; familiarity with archival procedures and practices; excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and a proven record of working well in a team and with the public.

Salary/Benefits:  Rank and salary commensurate with experience, minimum Librarian I; benefits including a choice of health plans, immediate tuition waiver for self, and undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents.

Environment

Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie Research Institution and ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top fifty national universities in the United States. The university is located in beautiful uptown New Orleans where it borders the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and Audubon Park. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is the university’s main library with an ARL research collection of more than four million titles.  Founded in 1924, Tulane’s Latin American Library is one of the foremost collections of Latin American research materials in the world and one of only three stand-alone Latin American research collections in United States universities.  The Library houses more than 460,000 volumes, including over 500 current periodical subscriptions, a growing number of electronic resources, and an impressive collection of over 14,000 rare printed materials, over 4,000 linear feet of manuscripts, including 18 post-contact Mesoamerican painted manuscripts, 2,000 rubbings of Maya relief sculpture, an archive with over 54,000 images, maps and other special collections.  While the Library continues to emphasize its traditional strengths in Mesoamerican history, anthropology and archaeology, it has major holdings relevant to all other social science and humanities disciplines and the entire region, particularly the circum-Caribbean.  Throughout the academic year the LAL has a lively schedule of exhibits, invited speakers and other special events that highlight the library’s collections.  For more on the Library’s collections, services and programs visit http://lal.tulane.edu/

To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. To ensure full consideration, applicants must supply a letter of application, resumé, and names with full contact information of at least three professional references via email to Andrea Bacino (abacino@tulane.edu) or mail to

Tulane University
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Attn: Andrea Bacino
7001 Freret St. 2nd floor
New Orleans LA 70118

Tulane University is an AA/EO Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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