Latin American Studies Librarian position, Northwestern Univ.

The Northwestern University Libraries seek an energetic, user-focused librarian for the newly created position of Librarian for Latin American Studies. Reporting through the Research & Learning Services (RLS) Work Group within the User Services Council, the successful candidate will work as one of a team of librarians engaged in research, instructional, and collection development services in support of teaching and research needs in the university’s interdisciplinary field of Latin American Studies, and in related fields based on the strategic priorities of the campus community and/or the library. The specific programmatic needs will be defined in the larger context of the university’s emerging emphasis on global studies.

See the full position description and instructions to apply here:

Librarian/Cataloger, South America Section, Library of Congress

Librarian (Vacancy #: 150259)
GS-1410-09 — Library Services (African, Latin American, and Western European Division (ALAWE), Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate (ABA)) — $52,668.00 – $68,465.00
Opening Date: Dec 11, 2015
Closing Date: Jan 5, 2016

This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines major duties of both the acquisitions specialist and the cataloger. Often there will be a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which cataloging or acquisitions functions are being performed. For example, staff selecting and cataloging materials from South America need knowledge of the Spanish language.


More details on the posting are below at:


Job Title:  Librarian
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress

Job Announcement Number:  150259



$52,668.00 to $68,465.00 / Per Year


Friday, December 11, 2015 to Tuesday, January 5, 2016




Open – Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


Anyone may apply – By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.


Not Applicable




About the Agency

This position is located in the African, Latin American and Western European Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 58498.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Digital Scholarship Coordinator – LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections

The University of Texas Libraries (UTL) and the College of Liberal Arts invite applications for the position of Digital Scholarship Coordinator at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. The incumbent in this position partners with faculty to promote the use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning and research at UT Austin, with a focus on Latin American Studies. In addition to overseeing the LLILAS Benson digital scholarship program, the incumbent will regularly collaborate with other LLILAS staff, with librarians and archivists from the Benson Collection and UTL, and with faculty to advance our digital initiatives and to think strategically about the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, and technology in teaching and scholarship at The University of Texas.

The job posting with full details may be found here:

UNM Looking for Research Librarian for the Life Sciences

The University of New Mexico, College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences seeks a Research Librarian for the Life Sciences to support a dynamic library system with a strong outreach and instruction program. This is a full-time, 12-month tenure track faculty position. The desired start date is January 1, 2016. The rank and annual salary is negotiable based on qualifications. This position includes full benefits.

For best consideration, apply online by November 13, 2015. If the quick link above does not work, please go to the UNMJobs website at and search for posting #0832324.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

Curator of Latin Americana – The Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, seeks a Curator of Latin Americana to manage its collections related to Mexico and Central America. The incumbent shares responsibility, including collection development, for the US-Mexico borderlands with the Curator of Western Americana. The Curator of Latin Americana works closely with faculty and students conducting research in a variety of academic fields related to this geographic area, and supports the campus community through specialized reference services and instructional programs. The Curator of Latin Americana also contributes to general reference and research services provided in Bancroft. For the full job announcement click here.

University Archivist, San Diego State University

University Archivist

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA


This full-time, tenure-track faculty position, located in the Special Collections and University Archives division, manages and participates in all aspects of the library’s archival operations, including collections related to San Diego State University’s documentary heritage and collections reflecting local and regional history and culture.  In addition to responsibilities related to the library’s analog and digital archival collections, the University Archivist provides primary resource research assistance and instruction, develops grants, maintains Archon, assists with exhibits, assists with the supervision of staff and other non-librarian personnel, and serves as the division’s liaison to the Chicana/o Studies Archive Committee.  As a faculty member, the University Librarian is expected to engage in professional growth activities and participate in the shared governance of San Diego State University by serving on library, campus-wide, and California State University committees as needed.

This position is open at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank.   Salary commensurate with experience.  This position will remain open until filled.  Reviews will begin immediately.  Preference will be given to applications received by September 18, 2015.  Anticipated start date is January 2016.

To view a complete job description and instructions for the application procedures, visit:

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity/Title IX employer.

Head of Special Collections and Senior Archivist – The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce an opening for the position of Head of Special Collections and Senior Archivist. This position at the Benson will provide senior leadership for the development, processing, and preservation of the Benson rare book and manuscript collections, oversee public services for special collections, and contribute to ongoing collection development.

The job posting with full details may be found here.

Director of the General Library, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus

University of Puerto Rico
Mayagüez Campus
Department of Human Resources
Telephone 787- 832-4040 Ext. 3159 FAX 831-1720

Announcement Number: 15-14
Position Title: Director of the General Library
Location of Position: University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus – General Library
Opening Date: July 14, 2015
Closing Date: August 3, 2015

The General Library of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus, seeks an innovative, flexible, user-centered, and visionary director that could serve as leader in library transformation for future generations. Reporting to the Dean of Academic Affairs, this position leads and manages all aspects of the library. The successful candidate must be fully bilingual in English & Spanish and should possess the ability to interact effectively with multiple constituencies. The director will serve as an active representative of the library within the academic community fostering successful partnerships to customize and adapt programs and services that support change within the institution. A thorough understanding of library technology and its applications and a collaborative style to create teamwork environment are expected.
The library provides a broad array of services, collections and resources for a community of approximately 12,100 students and supports more than 90 academic programs. An overview of the library and the university can be obtained through
The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez is an EO/AA employer, values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected class status.
To view the full job announcement in Spanish, please visit:

 Master’s degree (MIS, MLS, MLIS) in Library or Information Sciences from a graduate professional program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
 Fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
 At least three (3) years of professional experience in an academic library in administrative and supervisory positions with progressive levels of responsibilities.
 Ability to create and sustain an effective and open-collaborative environment.
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the capacity to listen.
 Ability to work with students, faculty, library staff, administrators, and other stakeholders.
 Experience in strategic planning, assessment, and the development of the libraries collections.
 Knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic libraries and demonstrated ability to creatively apply information technologies to enrich the experience of students and faculty.

 Second Master’s degree or a PhD in Library or Information Sciences.
 Experience allocating funds based upon availability and the needs of its unit in charge.
 Knowledge of issues related to academic communication, including e-research, academic research, data management, and corresponding needs of faculty and researchers.

 Provides leadership and oversight of all administrative activities, including budget, facility, and personnel management to meet current needs and anticipate future priorities.
 Leads the conceptualization, design, implementation, coordination, and management of strategic planning.
 Represents the Library in the Academic Senate, institutional committees, task forces, and accreditation processes.
 Assign responsibilities, creates and reviews position descriptions for library faculty and staff according to the Strategic Plan.
 Administers and regularly assess the effectiveness of library services, technology, and resources availability to continuously improve and enhance student learning, the renewal of academic programs, faculty teaching and research, in general.
 Supports efforts on research, data management, and experimentation.
 Promotes innovation and fosters a future-thinking organizational culture based on assessment.
 Builds and maintains relationships with the academic community.
 Provides guidance and feedback related to Library initiatives.
 Proactively promotes the search of external grants projects for the Library.
 Leads the transformational changes that are required to meet the challenges of the 21st century, in all library-related fields. In particular, promotes and facilitates the evolving roles of librarians in teaching and academic research.

The interested candidates must send an intention letter, official transcripts of all university degrees, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three (3) references to: with copy to (pdf format is preferred), or by mail to:
Dr. Jaime Seguel, Dean
Deanship of Academic Affairs
Call Box 9000
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Associate Librarian, The John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI, USA

Associate Librarian

The John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI, USA


Posting Date: June 22, 2015

Closing Date: When Filled

The John Carter Brown Library invites experienced curators and library managers with special collections experience to apply for the position of Associate Librarian. A new position at the Library reporting to the Library’s Director, the Associate Librarian will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the day-to-day management of the library’s operations, including its readers’ services division, cataloguing and technical services, acquisitions and conservation, building and collections management, and exhibition planning. The Associate Librarian will assist the Director in making strategic decisions related to the programs and activities of the Library, will advise on industry practices and trends related to digitization and outreach, and will play a public relations role in the Director’s absence as well as being an integral part of the Library’s advancement team.

The successful candidate will have experience managing a professional staff – ideally in a special collections department at a college, university, or another independent research library – as well as experience in collections development, research services, collection management, cataloguing and technical services, imaging, and exhibition planning. Applicants for this position should have an M.L.S. degree or equivalent library experience. Although this is not a position with curatorial responsibilities per se, scholarly or professional experience with historical collections that complement our areas of curatorial competency – including Latin American and European books, maps and prints, and manuscript collections from the colonial period – is welcome. Proficiency in caring for rare and fragile primary research material and experience working with digital surrogates in a research environment are likewise necessary for this position. Other necessary skills include: excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills; knowledge of basic cataloging principles; an ability to work independently and collaboratively with peers and colleagues within and beyond the institution; proficient computer skills in word processing, database, and webpage management, and the uses of technology in a research environment; and a thorough understanding of principles for arranging and managing special collections.

The Associate Librarian will supervise 4 FTE staff members (the Assistant Librarian for Research and Reference Services, the Head of Cataloguing, the Manager of Imaging, and the Coordinator of Academic Programming and Public Outreach) and will represent the Library both in the Director’s absence as well as at professional meetings. The Associate Librarian will also meet regularly with the Library’s curatorial staff to coordinate institutional priorities including acquisitions, exhibitions, services to researchers, and outreach to local, regional, national, and international constituencies.


*       Master’s degree in library /information science and/or graduate degree in a discipline relevant to the Library’s collection.

*       At least five years of experience with special collections services and operations, ideally as a manager.

*       Demonstrated ability to work as a leader, articulating a vision, setting a direction, and accomplishing new initiatives.

*       Demonstrated knowledge of rare books, manuscripts, archives, or special collections.

*       Experience in working with curatorial, technical services, conservation, and digital library staff to develop goals for acquiring, processing, and making special collections fully accessible.

*       Demonstrated understanding of and receptiveness to the uses of emerging technologies in archival and special collections.

*       Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with experience in working collaboratively with others.

*       Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

*       Evidence of success in fundraising and/or obtaining grants.

*       Evidence of scholarly engagement and active participation within the profession.


About the Library:

The John Carter Brown Library is one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. An independent research library established in 1846 and located since 1904 on the campus of Brown University, it is renowned for its collection of books, maps, and manuscripts related to the history of the Americas from the arrival of Europeans c. 1492 to the independence movements of the late-eighteenth and early- nineteenth centuries. It also houses a highly regarded fellowship program that attracts between 30 and 40 scholars from around the world each year; an ever-expanding digitization program, with ambitions to become even better connected to today’s dynamic environment of digital scholarship; a world-class curatorial staff, with professional expertise in the fields the library serves; cutting-edge academic programming; and an intimate and elegant research environment that is the envy of its peers.


To Apply: To apply, please visit Brown University’s career opportunities website at: and reference the Associate Librarian, John Carter Brown Library position (REQ118138). Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Applications can also be sent via regular mail to:

The John Carter Brown Library

Associate Librarian Search Committee

Box 1894

Providence, RI  02912


Questions about this position can also be directed to Neil Safier, Director and Librarian, at

Black Diaspora Archivist, The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce an opening for the position of Black Diaspora Archivist. This new position at the Benson will manage archival processing and collection development for Black Diaspora Special Collections, including primary source materials, rare books, and artifacts related to the global African Diaspora, with a focus on the Americas.

The job posting with full details may be found at: