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Literature/Language Librarian, University of Maryland Libraries

Title: School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SLLC) Librarian

Category: Librarian (Open Rank)

Department: Humanities and Social Sciences Librarians (HSSL), Public Services Division

Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays,  Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

The University of Maryland Libraries is seeking a librarian that will support several departments within the School of Languages, Literature and Cultures. Cultural literacy in Germanic and Romance languages is the primary focus for this position. The SLLC Librarian will be in a key position to help the University of Maryland Libraries define a completely new role for subject librarians – a role that will allow them to be more closely integrated in the whole educational and research process at the University of Maryland. Reporting to the Head, Humanities and Social Sciences Librarians, the SLLC Librarian manages a combination of duties and expectations. Duties include actively engaging with the campus departments in the assigned disciplines, developing strong understanding of research and teaching needs in these departments and developing and enhancing service models for these departments; providing general and specialized information/research assistance; developing subject specific library instruction and supporting Libraries’ information literacy program; and performing the specialized collection management, and liaison functions.

Requirements:

  • MLS degree from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education.
  • Written and oral competency in one or more of the following languages:  French, Italian, German.
  • Knowledge of the literature and/or linguistics in one or more of the following languages: French, Italian, German.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues, and methods of access to scholarly resources, combined with a strong service orientation.
  • Excellent planning, organizational and communication skills.

Preferred:

  • Advanced degree in related subject area.
  • Reading fluency in one or more of the following languages: Portuguese (highly preferred), Spanish.
  • Three years of library or related professional experience.
  • Experience with web technologies, repository systems, or database structure, description and development.
  • Familiarity with Semantic Web technologies; and collections in the humanities (e.g., scholarly journals, databases, digital libraries and other formats).

The position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/la/APPSC/index.html

For the full position description, please use the following URL:

http://www.lib.umd.edu/PASD/LPO/LibJobs/SLLC2011PD.pdf

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at https://jobs.umd.edu. No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until January 13, 2012.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Archivist, University of Houston Libraries

Archivist

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, this position serves as the archivist for partner-based, collaborative archival collections, including the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archives and Research Center (affiliated with the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Friends of Women’s Studies) and other humanities and social sciences collections. Manages a unit that functions collaboratively with other departments in a team-based environment. Establishes unified goals with other campus units and with Library Development and external donors. Oversees annual budgetary expenditures related to assigned archival units, such as the Women’s Archives. Requires community involvement with organizational and individual donors to acquire collections and plans and participates in public events. Manages acquisition, processing, access and marketing of archival collections and may develop new collecting areas. Hires, trains and supervises the work of staff and student processors. Provides reference service for the collections.

The Archivist is a librarian position. The Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning. Librarians hold academic ranks pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Governance document. They are expected to develop a record of service and professional involvement.

The UH Libraries’ Strategic Directions 2010-2013 focuses on supporting research and scholarly productivity, building dynamic partnerships, fostering academic success through innovative services, and enhancing user experience through technology. The complete document is available at: http://info.lib.uh.edu/sites/default/files/docs/strategic_directions.pdf. The Strategic Directions draw on and support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University (http://www.uh.edu/about/mission/goals/index.php). We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

Qualifications: Required: ALA-accredited Master’s degree. Demonstrated knowledge of best archival practices; record of public service and supervisory experience. Skilled in using an archival management system, web and social media. Experience in the development and management of digital collections. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to safely lift and carry 40 lbs. Preferred: Coursework in archival management and/or archival certificate from the Academy of Certified Archivists. Experience working in a research library setting processing archival collections and providing reference service; 3 or more years of progressively responsible supervisory experience. Desired: Academic specialization or advanced degree in a related field such as history; fluency in Spanish and English.

Salary: $58,000 to $62,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. 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: The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Texas Digital Library. The Libraries hold over 2.1 million volumes. Total staff includes 48 professionals and approximately 110 support staff. Additional information available at: http://info.lib.uh.edu

General Information: The University of Houston campus comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment exceeding 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. The University of Houston has been recognized as one of the best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review and is included in its guidebook, The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition. 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 rated eighth among livable North American cities by Places Rated Almanac.

For additional information, including information about Houston’s housing market, flourishing arts scene, and entertainment offerings, please see the My Houston site: http://www.visithoustontexas.com/myhouston/ and the Greater Houston Partnership site at: http://www.houston.org/.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, names and contact information for 3 references, and resume to Damon Camille, Training, Assessment, and Statistics Coordinator, University of Houston, 114 University Libraries, Houston, Texas 77204-2000. Applications may also be submitted by email to: dcamille@uh.edu.

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

THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

Permalink: http://info.lib.uh.edu/p/archivist

 

Inter-American Studies Data and Outreach Librarian, UNM

Working in a team-oriented environment, the Inter-American Studies Data and Outreach Librarian will work with the coordinator of Inter-American Studies as a liaison between the University Libraries and scholars in diverse academic fields at UNM. The successful candidate will collaborate with UNM’s McNair program, the Raza Graduate Student Association’s Research Showcase, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, Chicano/a, Hispano/a, Mexican/a Studies, and El Centro de la Raza to promote UNM’s LoboVault as a repository for the scholarly works of participants in these programs and organizations. The successful candidate will employ emerging information technologies, especially as related to scholarly communications, while working with the UL’s Data Librarianship Faculty. Working some evenings and weekends is required. This is a one year term appointment with the possibility for renewal after December 2012, pending additional funding.

Primary Duties:
– Maintain regular communication with the McNair program, the Raza Graduate Student Association’s Research Showcase, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, UNM’s Chicano/a, Hispano/a, and Mexican/a Studies, El Centro de la Raza and UL Data Librarians.
– Procure new data acquisitions for the UL Research Data Repository.
– Create metadata records and work with Data curation Librarian to manage online storage resources.
– Organize a symposium and exhibit to showcase new data acquisitions.
– If applicable, provide effective and timely supervision of assigned employees including required training, career development and performance reviews.
– Assist with other projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
– Earned Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program or earned Doctorate in any field by appointment start date.
– Spanish Fluency.
– One semester library or classroom instruction experience or six months outreach experience with Chicano/a, Hispano/a, or Latino/a communities.

Preferred Qualifications
– Experience using an Institutional Repository system, such as DSpace for content submission, organization, or community management.
– Knowledge of open source data management theory or practice.
– Experience in database and collection evaluation and development.
– Knowledge of academic trends in Chicano/a, Hispano/a, Latino/a, American or Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies.
– Experience participating in projects, events and activities.
– Problem-solving and analytical skills.
– Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills in Spanish and English.

Please check the UNM JOBS page for more info: https://unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1319659773554. Feel free to contact me with any questions or nominations.

 

Suzanne Michele Schadl, PhD
University of New Mexico
schadl@unm.edu

Humanities Librarian – Florida State University


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.
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