Curator of Special Collections – Tulane University

Curator of Special Collections. The Latin American Library, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library,
Tulane University
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library invites applications for the position of Curator of Special Collections at The Latin American Library (LAL). The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans. The LAL Curator of Special Collections will combine a strong service orientation with collection development, outreach, and reference to ensure that the Latin American Library builds upon the high level of collections and user services for which it is renowned.
The Curator of Special Collections at the Latin American Library is a service-oriented professional with a strong background in the languages, socioeconomic conditions, history and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean.  The curator has primary responsibility for the organization, cataloging, preservation and access to the LAL rare books, manuscripts, visual and ephemeral materials, in consultation with the Director. S/he coordinates LAL digitization projects in collaboration with the LAL Director and web staff.  The curator shares with LAL bibliographers collection development and reference duties for all LAL collections, and participates in long-term planning for preservation and access of the collections. S/he also serves on library committees and actively participates in national and international professional and scholarly associations.
Required:  Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution or its equivalent and a degree in a relevant subject area, or advanced degree in a relevant subject area and professional experience in an academic library or archive; excellent command of Spanish and/or Portuguese, spoken and written; knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of Latin America; familiarity with archival procedures and practices; excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and a proven record of working well in a team and with the public.
Salary/Benefits:  Rank and salary commensurate with experience, minimum Librarian I; benefits including a choice of health plans, immediate tuition waiver for self, and undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents.
Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie Research Institution and ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top fifty national universities in the United States. The university is located in beautiful uptown New Orleans where it borders the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and Audubon Park. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is the university’s main library with an ARL research collection of more than four million titles.  Founded in 1924, Tulane’s Latin American Library is one of the foremost collections of Latin American research materials in the world and one of only three stand-alone Latin American research collections in United States universities.  The Library houses more than 460,000 volumes, including over 500 current periodical subscriptions, a growing number of electronic resources, and an impressive collection of over 14,000 rare printed materials, over 4,000 linear feet of manuscripts, including 18 post-contact Mesoamerican painted manuscripts, 2,000 rubbings of Maya relief sculpture, an archive with over 54,000 images, maps and other special collections.  While the Library continues to emphasize its traditional strengths in Mesoamerican history, anthropology and archaeology, it has major holdings relevant to all other social science and humanities disciplines and the entire region, particularly the circum-Caribbean.  Throughout the academic year the LAL has a lively schedule of exhibits, invited speakers and other special events that highlight the library’s collections.  For more on the Library’s collections, services and programs visit
To Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. To ensure full consideration, applicants must supply a letter of application, resumé, and names with full contact information of at least three professional references via email to Andrea Bacino ( or mail to
Tulane University
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Attn: Andrea Bacino
7001 Freret St. 2nd floor
New Orleans LA 70118
Tulane University is an AA/EO Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.