Latin American and Iberian Area Studies Librarian - Brigham Young University

The Harold B. Lee Library, an ARL Library, serves nearly 33,000 students as well as 2,000 full- and part-time faculty...

Brigham Young University (BYU), a privately owned and operated university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Provo, Utah, invites application for the position of Latin American and Iberian Area Studies Librarian.  This is a continuing faculty status track (BYU equivalent of tenure) position.  BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university's honor code and dress and grooming standards.  Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Harold B. Lee Library, an ARL Library, serves nearly 33,000 students as well as 2,000 full- and part-time faculty.  The library employs 70 faculty, 94 FTE staff and professionals, and approximately 200 FTE students.  An average of 10,000 patrons per day use the library's services and collections of over nine million items.
The mission of the Latin American and Iberian Area Studies Librarian is to develop and manage collections for the library in the areas of Latin American and Iberian area studies, as well as Spanish and Portuguese cultures, languages, and literature worldwide. Other areas may be assigned as needs dictate. It is also to 1) provide specialized reference, advanced research assistance, and library instruction in the assigned areas; 2) to work as the library liaison to faculty teaching and researching in the assigned areas; and 3) to participate in scholarship, creative works, and other professional development activities.

  • Master's degree or higher required.
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution.  Individuals with related education or work experience and who are committed to completing the MLS within a specified period of time may be considered
  • Additional degree and/or experience with Latin America and Iberia in an academic environment preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese languages required.  Preference will be given to applicants fluent in both languages.
  • Ability to provide advanced research assistance and to participate in outreach programs such as course-integrated instruction exhibits, and presentations in assigned subject areas
  • Subject expertise in assigned areas at sufficient levels to assess the curricular and research needs of the University, and to build collections to meet those needs
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability and desire to interact with students and faculty and excellent interpersonal skills enabling one to do so including the ability to work collaboratively with these populations and with library colleagues
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Flexibility including adaptability to changing organizational priorities and technological environments
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership and for supervising other employees
  • Technical Skills—demonstrated familiarity with tools commonly used to conduct research in assigned areas


  • Exemplifies honor and integrity; adheres to the standards of personal behavior outlined in the BYU Code of Honor
  • Supports the Library and University mission, goals, and objectives
  • Observes Library and University policies
  • Promotes collegiality and harmony
  • Mentors, encourages, advises, and collaborates with colleagues
  • Serves on Library, University, and consortial committees that go beyond assigned responsibilities
  • Attends department, Library, and University meetings, including devotionals, forums, and convocations
  • Serves the scholarly/professional community through activities such as holding office or performing committee service in relevant associations; organizing professional meetings and/or panels; serving as a referee of scholarship; editing newsletters or journals; serving on editorial boards; consulting; or teaching in academic departments


  • Demonstrates effectiveness in serving as a liaison to faculty in the Spanish and Portuguese Department and to other faculty involved in Latin American and Iberian area studies and Spanish and Portuguese languages and literature through:
    • Reaching out to faculty
    • Developing collections and managing content in the areas of Latin American and Iberian area studies and in Spanish and Portuguese languages and literatures
    • Promoting and providing instruction in information literacy
    • Providing reference/research support
    • Promoting and coordinating of projects to digitize collections
    • Promoting faculty and student understanding of contemporary scholarly communication issues and practices
    • Marketing library resources and services, and
    • Employing emerging technologies as appropriate in the accomplishment of the foregoing
    • Sets and accomplishes relevant goals within specified professional assignments
    • Participates in committees that are a direct outgrowth of assigned professional responsibilities
    • Achieves appropriate quantity and quality of work in assigned professional responsibilities
    • Uses sound judgment in decision-making
    • Manages personnel and resources effectively


  • Stays abreast of issues and trends in academic librarianship, higher education, and scholarly communication
  • Stays abreast of issues and trends in Latin American and Iberian area studies
  • Stays abreast of scholarship in Latin American and Iberian area studies, and other appropriate subject areas of expertise.
  • Takes courses to enhance professional assignment and/or career opportunities
  • Studies professional literature
  • Attends conferences and workshops
  • Participates in appropriate professional associations


  • Collaborates with other faculty in appropriate research endeavors
  • Presents research or innovative/unique information in the assigned fields of Latin American and Iberian studies and/or in the field of librarianship at conferences, workshops, seminars, and/or other professional meetings
  • Publishes significant and original contributions relevant to librarianship and/or Latin American and Iberian area studies
  • Curates exhibits that highlight unique library materials with a unified theme and context, providing significant educational opportunities for the campus community
  • Performs other approved scholarship/creative works

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Review of applications will begin August 1, 2013