Curator, Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) - University of Florida

The Curator of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) is a full-time tenure-track library...

POSITION: Curator, Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC)

RANK: Associate University Librarian or University Librarian

REPORTS TO: Chair, Special and Area Studies Collections

SALARY: $62,478 minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank $68,230 minimum salary at the University Librarian rank Actual salary will reflect selected professional's experience and credentials


DEADLINE DATE: November 10, 2016 - review of applications will begin on October 24, 2016

Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials - see our website at: or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered.


The Curator of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) is a full-time tenure-track library faculty position within the Special and Area Studies Collections Department, responsible for overall management and development of the LACC holdings, programs, priority initiatives, and personnel. The Curator of LACC provides strategic vision and overall management for a preeminent collection at the University of Florida. This position initiates and manages unit programs, outreach activities, grants, and special projects, including initiatives to digitize Caribbean materials in partnership with leading U.S. and international institutions. The Curator of LACC is a key liaison for the Libraries in its international partnership with the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba and other partners. The Curator collaborates closely within the Libraries and across campus to promote distinctive collections and to support emerging research and teaching needs at University of Florida. This position leads a team of experienced library faculty and staff in establishing LACC priorities, goals and procedures for public services, technical services, and collection management, with oversight of materials budgets. The Curator is expected to participate in publications, bibliographical control, digitization, outreach, exhibits, and fundraising programs, and serves as a liaison between the LACC unit and Libraries administration, in consultation with the Chair. The Foundation for The Gator Nation An Equal Opportunity Institution The Smathers Libraries encourage staff participation in reaching management decisions and, consequently, the Curator of LACC will be asked to serve on various departmental and library-wide committees and teams. The incumbent will pursue research, publication, and professional service activities to meet the standards for tenure and promotion. To support all students and faculty and to foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Curator of LACC will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities.


The Curator of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection is a faculty position with managerial responsibilities and strategic leadership for the physical and digital holdings, personnel, and resources related to Latin American and Caribbean studies in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections. The following faculty responsibilities are integrated into the position of Curator of LACC:

1. Establishes strategic plans and promotes the national and international profile of LACC's mission and holdings, and develops plans with the Chair and other administrators for supporting the academic and research objectives of the University of Florida.
2. Provides overall management of LACC; supervises library faculty and staff including assigning responsibilities, training, monitoring, and evaluating; and collaborates with the Chair regarding support services for LACC.
3. Heads and manages projects to build the preeminence and distinction of LACC, beginning with a new digitization initiative focused on Cuba.
4. Serves as the key Library liaison with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida and with institutional partners, including communication in and translation of official documents.
5. Supports digitization and participates in the development of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC).
6. Provides consultative services to faculty and advanced graduate students in Latin American and Caribbean studies, maintaining contact with faculty and students utilizing the Latin American and Caribbean Collection to ensure Library support of university needs, and client awareness of relevant library resources and information.
7. Stays current with emerging scholarship in Latin American and Caribbean studies, as well as resources at UF and other libraries or collections that serve the Latin American and Caribbean studies field.
8. Oversees collection management policies for circulating and special collections, as well as LACC approval plans, working with LACC and other Libraries personnel to review relevant sources of information to ensure optimal selection of circulating and special collections material for acquisition by purchase, gift, exchange, or other, with authority over unit approval plan and oversight of expenditures and documentation.
9. Establishes cataloging and preservation priorities, and makes storage, transfer, and deselection decisions for Latin American and Caribbean materials.
10. Participates in reformatting and digitization programs for important items in jeopardy and in creation of metadata appropriate for bibliographical control, in coordination with departments in the Libraries.
11. Participates in the Special and Area Studies Collections strategic planning process and departmental activities.
12. Works closely with the Libraries' Development Office (Development Officers and Public Information Officer) to organize fundraising and donor relations activities.
13. Pursues professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional association activities, to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
14. Participates in the Library's exhibition, research, and publication programs.
15. Serves on Library and departmental consultative bodies as appropriate.
16. Develops and maintains professional relationships with other Latin American and Caribbean bibliographers, providing leadership at the national level in various organizations. The Foundation for The Gator Nation An Equal Opportunity Institution



Professional level knowledge of Spanish and English.
Masters or equivalent degree in a field relevant to Latin American and/or Caribbean studies.
Eight years of relevant experience.
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills to successfully and proactively interact with colleagues in the Libraries, the scholarly community and institutional partners.
Evidence of leadership and/or collaboration in one or more major projects related to creating, disseminating or maintaining scholarly or cultural resources.
Human resource management and/or supervision experience, including leading and engaging staff in complex projects. ? Ability to work effectively as part of a team within a culturally diverse client community – faculty, students, community members, administrators, staff, and library patrons.
Strong potential for meeting requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at


PhD in relevant field.
MLIS degree.
Strong knowledge of existing and emerging trends in scholarship related to Cuba.
Excellence in bibliographical research, heritage preservation or area related to librarianship.
Experience or strong interest in grant writing and development.
Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.

The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF was ranked 9th among public universities in Forbes' “America's Best Employers 2015.” UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. In 2013 the Florida Legislature designated UF as the state's preeminent institution which grew into an opportunity to achieve national and international recognition for the University's work in serving students and the world. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at

The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries on the Gainesville campus and three off-campus facilities; six of the campus libraries, and all of the off-site facilities, are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The remaining library is the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center. Collectively, the UF Libraries (the Smathers Libraries and the Legal Information Center) hold or provide access to over 5.45 million print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 1.25 million e-books, over 152,000 full-text electronic journals, over 1100 electronic databases, 1.26 million documents and 1.35 million maps and images. The UF Libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American and Caribbean, Judaica, Florida History, Children's Literature, and Map and Imagery The Foundation for The Gator Nation An Equal Opportunity Institution collections. The UF Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). The library staff consists of more than 300 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The organizational chart is available at

Special and Area Studies Collections encompasses Area Studies Collections, the Map & Imagery Library, and the Special Collections of the University of Florida. The Area Studies Collections are the Latin American and Caribbean Collection; the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica; and the African Studies and Asian Studies collections. Special Collections include the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts, the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, the General Manuscript Collection, the Rare Book Collection, and the University Archives.

The Latin American and Caribbean Collection is one of the finest collections for the study of Latin American and Caribbean studies in the world. It contains approximately 500,000 volumes, 1,100 current / active serial titles, some 50,000 microforms, and a growing body of computer-based information and digital material. The Latin American and Caribbean Collection is a major contributor to the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), supports the study of Latin American and the Caribbean studies at the University of Florida and internationally, and is closely associated with the UF Center for Latin American Studies. The Latin American and Caribbean Collection is one of a small number in the United States that maintains its own reading room and specialized staff for reference services. It is now open in newly renovated quarters on the 3rd floor of Smathers Library.

Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 257,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2015, Gainesville was named the “Best Midsize College City in America” by WalletHub and ranked no. 7 on “Top 10 College Towns”. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville's accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. The Guide to Greater Gainesville combines award winning photography and compelling articles that capture all of the reasons for calling Greater Gainesville your next home. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two-hour drive.

Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement about what it takes to create and support a preeminent Latin American and Caribbean collection (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by November 10, 2016 (applications will be reviewed beginning October 24, 2016). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being The Foundation for The Gator Nation An Equal Opportunity Institution considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida's Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at