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Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries

The Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries seeks an Archivist to process manuscript collections and archival materials and help plan, organize, and implement systems and procedures for maintaining physical and intellectual control over such collections with the goal of preserving and improving access to these collections.

To learn more: http://www.library.miami.edu/about/employment/faculty_chcarchivist.html

 

María R. Estorino
Deputy Chair & Chief Operations Manager
Cuban Heritage Collection
University of Miami Libraries
PO Box 248214
Coral Gables, FL 33124-0320
305-284-5854 (o)
305-284-4901(f)
http://library.miami.edu/chc/

Curator, Latin American Collection – Yale University

Curator, Latin American Collection, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Rank:  Librarian I-III
www.yale.edu/jobs 

Schedule:  Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (8:30-5:00); occasional evening and weekend hours

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

THE UNIVERSITY AND THE LIBRARY

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at http://www.library.yale.edu/.

THE LATIN AMERICAN  COLLECTION

The Latin American Collection at Yale is responsible for the development of a strong research collection of materials from Latin America that meets the information needs of faculty, students and other scholars in the Yale community.  The Collection selects and acquires materials published in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.  It is considered to be one of the foremost collections in the United States, containing a wealth of research material and offering a variety of research opportunities for Latin American studies.  The collection comprises over 530,000 printed volumes, including monographs, serials, newspapers, and government documents.  It has subscriptions to over 3,500 Latin American periodicals and monographic series.  Most of these works are in the principal languages of the region, Spanish and Portuguese, but also included are many publications in French, English, Dutch, Creole, and Latin American indigenous languages.  In addition to printed matter, there is a rich collection of manuscript material, a microfilm collection of over 15,000 reels, as well as such non-book materials as photographs, documentary film, sound recordings, and sheet maps.  The collection is mainly housed in Sterling Memorial Library, but there are sizeable Latin American holdings in the Economic Growth Center Collection, and the Beinecke, Divinity, Social Science, Art, Music, and Law libraries. As one of the oldest collections among the major Latin American collections in the United States, it forms the core of the national resource for the study of Latin Americana.

Yale offers Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in disciplines related to Latin America , and it continues to attract highly qualified graduate students from the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Based in Sterling Memorial Library and reporting to the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Collections and International Programs, the Curator is responsible for the department called the Latin American Collection, encompassing activities from selection to acquisition to copy cataloging to preservation and collection management across various formats and media. Provides strong support to Yale students and faculty for their teaching, learning, and research. Manages three (3) full-time equivalents (FTEs), plus students, and a substantial acquisitions budget. Works in close cooperation with key departments across the Library, including other area curators, Cataloging and Metadata Services, Preservation, International Digital Projects, and staff in other departmental libraries. Relationships with and services to Yale’s students and faculty, as well as outreach and participation in activities beyond the Yale community, including publishers, vendors, and professional groups are key components for success in the position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsible for the development, management, and interpretation of the Latin American Collection.  Selects materials for the Collection; develops, manages, and promotes library collections and services across all library formats (books, journals, databases, audio, video, etc.) in the languages of the region, mainly Spanish, Portuguese, English and French.  Evaluates content and condition of collections, deciding what to add, preserve, replace, and withdraw.  Establishes and maintains good relationships with dealers, content providers, exchange partners, libraries, and other institutions connected with Latin American studies.

Participates in and contributes specialist knowledge to Yale University Library’s and Yale University’s digital library projects for Latin America.

Manages a staff of three (3) full-time equivalents (FTEs) plus students, and a budget of over $300,000 for acquisitions.  Collaborates with other departments in preservation of and access to Latin American research materials.   Communicates with and assists faculty and students in meeting their teaching, learning, and research needs. Provides in-depth reference research, instruction, and consultations.  Develops and maintains the Latin American web page, subject guides, and finding aids.  Works closely with and serves as a member of the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies.  Advocates for, publicizes, and exhibits the Library’s Latin American activities locally and nationally.  Participates in scholarly meetings and conferences related to Latin America; keeps active in Latin American-related scholarly activities at the local regional national and international level.

Keeps the Associate University Librarian (AUL) informed of important changes in programs affecting collections and services.  Works with the AUL and Library Development to identify and develop funding opportunities.  Participates in library planning committees and task forces and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Expected to be professionally active and represents the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community.   May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.  May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.

QUALFICATIONS

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science and a graduate degree in a field relevant to Latin American studies -OR- a graduate degree in a field relevant to Latin American studies and an equivalent combination of relevant library experience. Appointment to the rank of Librarian II requires a minimum of two years of professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Appointment to the Librarian III rank requires at least five years of professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.  Experience with teaching in a library or academic setting.  Experience with the creation and use of digitized content for research and teaching.  Experience in creating content for Web pages.

Fluency/proficiency in Spanish and ability to work in at least one other Western European language, preferably Portuguese, as well as excellent communication skills in English.  Familiarity with the history of, and current trends in, scholarly research related to Latin American studies.  Familiarity with the major bibliographic tools used for Latin American studies and a knowledge of the current book trade in Latin America.  Demonstrated ability to succeed in a collaborative, team-based environment. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.  Demonstrated initiative and proactive engagement.  Knowledge of trends in networked access to information, social networking, citation management, course management systems, digitization, and other technologies used by readers and libraries to facilitate information access and management.  Familiarity with the use of archives and practices for archival description.

Preferred: Ability to plan, manage, and coordinate complex projects; demonstrated record of devising and bringing projects to a conclusion in a timely fashion.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 12885BR.  Please be sure to reference #12885BR in your cover letter.

BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENTS

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Librarian for Latin American and Iberian Studies

The UCLA Library has initiated recruitment for the position of Librarian for Latin American and Iberian Studies, in the Collections, Research & Instructional Services Department, and is actively seeking nominations and applications.  The first consideration date for this position is August 10, 2011.

For your convenience, the complete posting may be downloaded here – it includes the position description, complete qualifications and application procedures.

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply to Jenifer Abramson, Assistant Director of Academic Human Resources, UCLA Library, Library Human Resources, 22478 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1575.  Email applications encouraged and can be sent to jobs-hr@library.ucla.edu.  Applications should include: a cover letter describing qualifications and experience; a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and the names and addresses for at least three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor.

Candidates applying by August 10, 2011 will be given first consideration.  UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.  UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Bibliographer for Latin American Studies and Iberian Languages, Georgetown University

Georgetown University’s mission is that of a student-centered research university. The Library, by providing preeminent collections and services, plays a central role in the work of learning and research at the university. Georgetown University Library seeks a Bibliographer for Latin American Studies and Iberian Languages for an opportunity to develop collections in a full spectrum of formats in coordination with a wide range of constituencies. We seek an experienced and innovative individual skilled at both building and assessing research collections across a large, complex, and rapidly changing information landscape. Reporting to the Head of Collection Development, this position serves as the Library’s principal liaison to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students whose work centers in Latin America whether they are affiliated with the Center for Latin American Studies in the School of Foreign Service or with another department such as Spanish and Portuguese, Government, History, or Anthropology, and will secondarily take liaison responsibility for Spanish and Portuguese and other subjects as appropriate. Develops collections in line with the pedagogical and research needs of the University, oversees the materials budget, fosters effective working relationships with library and academic colleagues and helps to manage collections.  This position also serves as the expert for all services related to sources for Latin American studies and Iberian languages, and provides general reference and information services in the social sciences, business, and the humanities. Interprets and analyzes the information needs of researchers in particular as they pertain to Latin America, including those in the Special Collections Research Center.  Teaches library research sessions in subject areas congruent with collection responsibilities and creates research guides and other instructional materials. Employs new technologies to enhance reference and instruction services—e.g., social networking tools, multimedia, and learning management systems—in order to reach users in an increasingly online environment.

Qualifications:
·    A minimum of 3 years of experience working with Latin American collections in an academic or research library is required; collection development experience is strongly preferred.
·    Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or similarly appropriate/equivalent advanced degree or documented substantive experience is required
·    A second Master’s Degree in a field relevant to Latin American studies is required.
·    Must possess knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures, and cultures of Latin America.
·    Demonstrated experience in research methodologies, instruction and public services.
·    Must be fluent in Spanish.  A reading knowledge of Portuguese is required.
·    Demonstrated expertise in use of web-authoring applications, knowledge of current instructional and multimedia technologies, and a high degree of computer literacy and demonstrated interest in the application of information technologies in the social sciences and humanities are required.
·    Evidence of superior oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
·    Superior analytical and problem-solving skills.
·    Record of participation and/or contribution in library professional organizations.
·    Must have strong commitment to service, and the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment, with all levels of patrons and staff.

Salary/Benefits/Rank:  Salary commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including 21 days/year paid leave; medical; TIAA/CREF; tuition assistance. This is a 12-month Academic/Administrative Professional (AAP) appointment.

Apply online at www.library.georgetown.edu/employment.
Review of applications begins immediately and continues until filled.
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Research Fellow – Knowledge Management Division, IADB

Inter-American Development Bank

Objective

Support activities related to the development, maintenance, and improvement of the IDB’s Bank Repository of Institutional Knowledge (BRIK), a user-friendly web based platform for the consolidation and enhanced dissemination of knowledge products.

Activities and Responsibilities

  • Identify knowledge products to be included in BRIK collections.

  • Perform quality control of document metadata, adhering to defined standards and procedures.

  • Compile and analyze data on the accessibility and visibility of knowledge products, using developed metrics framework.

  • Support users with questions related to ingest and use of BRIK, including providing hands-on training where necessary.

  • Draft content for communication and teaching purposes as required.

  • Responsible for keeping Repository Project web Portal up to date and providing feedback.

  • Other activities as assigned, in support of KNM staff person responsible for coordination of the IKR project.

 

Qualifications

  • Research Fellow should have completed, or currently be pursuing, a master’s degree in one of these areas:  Economics (Macro or Development a plus), Latin American Studies, Library Sciences, Information Sciences, Knowledge Management, or a related discipline.

  • Proficient in both Spanish and English, written and spoken.  Portuguese and/or French a plus.

  • Highly proficient in conducting internet research and utilizing current web technology, etc.

  • Experience with taxonomy/vocabulary development, and knowledge of metadata schemas desired, but not required.

  • Research Fellow must be detail-oriented and able to act independently and creatively.

  • Should be comfortable dialoguing with and synthesizing for (orally and written) different levels of authority.

  • Should be comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.

Contract and Work Location

One year beginning in July/August at Bank headquarters in Washington DC (1300 New York Ave).
Graduate students and recent graduates encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to Kyle Strand at kyles@iadb.org.

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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