Latin American and Iberian Studies Position at UCSB

Reporting to the Head of the Area Studies Department, the Latin American/Iberian Studies Librarian enhances...
Open date: March 10th, 2016
Next review date: March 29th, 2016
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2016
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California, Santa Barbara is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the exclusive Association of American Universities (AAU). In addition, the University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

The University of California Santa Barbara seeks a collaborative, dynamic, service-oriented librarian to foster excellence in scholarship and teaching by developing research collections and facilitating access to scholarly information resources in Latin American/Iberian Studies and Spanish/Portuguese Studies. The successful candidate will actively engage and build relationships with campus scholarly communities in the assigned areas, serving as an expert resource to support traditional and emerging research practices and curricular development.

Reporting to the Head of the Area Studies Department, the Latin American/Iberian Studies Librarian enhances research, teaching, and learning by shaping the library's general and distinctive research collections in Latin American/Iberian studies and related interdisciplinary areas; contributes to the library's general reference services and instructional programs; provides specialized instructional sessions and research services for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the assigned areas, including consultation on scholarly communication issues and new methodologies and practices in digital scholarship; works collaboratively with the library's data services team including curators and librarians to support evolving needs of relevant user communities in conducting data-intensive research; advocates, promotes, and contributes to the library's new services in digital scholarship; and builds and sustains trusted relationships with key campus constituencies to further the library's strategic goals and advance the research, teaching, and service mission of the university.

Collection development and access responsibilities include selection, assessment, and life-cycle management of scholarly information resources that support scholarship and teaching in Latin American/Iberian studies, including resources in Spanish and Portuguese, as well as in English and other languages. Through responsible stewardship of collection funds allocated to the assigned areas, the incumbent ensures maximum effectiveness of the library's investment in collections in order to provide the greatest value for successful research and learning outcomes. Recognizing the unique strength of interdisciplinary scholarship on the UC Santa Barbara campus, the incumbent works collaboratively with subject librarians in related areas to develop scholarly collections and provide access to resources that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and support new fields of inquiry. In partnership with curators in Special Research Collections, the incumbent contributes to developing distinctive physical and digital collections and integrating the library's rich primary source materials into campus curricula in the relevant subject areas. The Latin American/Iberian Studies Librarian participates in the library's Humanities Collection Group and the Area, Ethnic, and Gender Studies Collection Group and contributes to area-specific consortial activities of the UC Libraries.

UC Santa Barbara librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning, governance, and shared decision making. Advancement is partially based on professional contribution beyond the primary assignment. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of, or potential for, such contribution to the campus, UC system, and profession.

•ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library or Information Science;
•Graduate-level study, or equivalent experience, in a field directly relevant to Latin American and Iberian studies;
•Research-level knowledge of Latin American and Iberian literature and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences;
•Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of researchers engaged in topics relating to Latin American/Iberian studies;
•Fluency in Spanish, and strong reading knowledge of Portuguese;
•Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
•Excellent interpersonal, analytical, assessment, problem solving, and project management skills;
•Ability to work collaboratively with diverse campus communities, and with library staff from diverse cultural backgrounds in a dynamic and complex organization;
•Demonstrated commitment to professional development and service.

•Advanced degree in Latin American studies;
•Three years of experience in Latin American/Iberian studies librarianship;
•Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly communication and publishing issues;
•Experience conducting or supporting digital scholarship and data-intensive research;
•Experience with teaching in a library or academic setting.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has an excellent retirement system which is coordinated with Social Security. A selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans are offered by the University.
The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the American Federation of Teachers.

•This position will remain open until filled with primary consideration of applications received by March 29, 2016.
•Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit:
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•Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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