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Assistant/Associate Librarian, Borderlands Curator

Assistant/Associate Librarian, Borderlands Curator

University of Arizona Job Location: Arizona Apply By: 10/10/2022 Date Created: 09-08-2022

The University of Arizona Libraries seeks a driven, collaborative, service-oriented professional as an Assistant/Associate Librarian, Borderlands Curator. This position meets the information needs of students, faculty, and other customers of Special Collections by highlighting collections emphasizing the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands; providing reference service and primary source literacy instruction, curating exhibits, and acquiring archival collections, in particular for the areas relevant to the U.S - Mexico Borderlands. The Borderlands Curator / Librarian participates in developing policies for collection development and collection management in Special Collections, assists in mentoring and supervising Special Collections graduate students, and oversees and administers scholar research awards including the Ken Wolfgang and Kendra Gaines Library Endowment and the Kathy Cowan/Paul Shephard Library Endowment. They will also play a fundamental role in the execution of the digital borderlands grant, funded by the Mellon Foundation, on integrating library services into data-intensive humanities research on the borderlands as well as the Ford Foundation-funded grant project on Reclaiming the Border Narrative. The position will be part of the Curatorial Unit (CU) and work closely with others in the CU and the department to further Special Collections departmental and library-wide goals. This is a continuing-eligible or continuing track, academic professional position. Incumbents are members of the general faculty and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the Arizona Board of Regents and the University of Arizona. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service. The University of Arizona sits on the original homelands of Indigenous Peoples who have stewarded this Land since time immemorial. The University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O'odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service. Nestled in a high desert valley and surrounded by four mountain ranges, Tucson is located in south central Arizona. The University of Arizona is situated just 66 miles from the U.S.—Mexico border and four and half hours away from El Paso, Texas. There are nearly 100 faculty whose work centers on border studies at the University of Arizona in disciplines ranging from agriculture, to family studies, art, journalism, history, Spanish and Portuguese, rhetoric & composition, among many others. The incumbent will have opportunities to work across the University Libraries, the UA campus, and the southwestern Arizona and U.S.—Mexico borderlands community. Visit the University Libraries website to learn more about us. Diversity Commitment: At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES
  • Establish and maintain ongoing communications with students, faculty, researchers and donors. Assess and evaluate information and service needs of users/patrons.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing communications with Special Collections' donors, especially those supporting collections emphasizing the history and culture of the Borderlands.
  • Oversee and administer scholar research awards including the Ken Wolfgang and Kendra Gaines Library Endowment and the Kathy Cowan/Paul Shephard Library Endowment.
  • Oversee and develop policies for collection development and collection management in Special Collections providing guidance and leadership in collection building of archival collections related to the U.S. – Mexico Borderlands.
  • Identify, evaluate and select information resources including archival material for Borderlands collections.
  • Work with development office and potential donors to determine archival donation options.
  • Curate digital and physical exhibitions relevant to the Borderlands collections and plan associated events such as lectures and receptions as appropriate.
  • Curate events relevant to the Borderlands collections as well as events related to courses taught in collaboration with units/faculty on campus.
  • Develop and provide library education, course-related instruction and other specialized educational sessions to primary customers and other groups. Develop and prepare appropriate instructional and educational aids. Organize and provide student research showcases as appropriate with courses taught in collaboration with units/faculty on campus.
  • Initiate and contribute to departmental digital initiatives related to access of borderlands collections.
  • Work towards implementation of Guidelines for the Stewardship of Archival Materials by or about Indigenous Peoples at the University of Arizona Libraries Special Collections.
  • Contribute to Reading Room desk coverage. Answer reference inquiries on-site and via telephone, mail, and e-mail. Develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of Borderlands collections and contribute to other areas as well.
  • Participate in library-wide activities such as strategic project teams, cross-functional teams, and other teams as needed to complete the goals of the library.
  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.  The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the University Libraries Special Collections department.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Understands the basic history, theory, and professional practices relating to materials generally found in special collections research libraries.
  • Understands the significance of original artifacts and the nature and value of primary materials for learning, teaching, research, and outreach.
  • Ability to plan and implements programs and publications that promote the collections and the understanding of the value of primary sources, including exhibitions, conferences, guest lectures, and public speaking, as well as online exhibitions, blogs, social media, and online publishing.
  • Ability to develop and maintain knowledge of current and evolving standards, guidelines, rules, best practices, tools, and trends regarding acquisition, appraisal, processing and describing special collections materials in all formats.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to the standards, ethics, guidelines, trends, and best practices in use by special collections professionals and promulgated by core professional groups such as ACRL's Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, the Society of American Archivists, and the American Association of Museums.
  • Commitment to the profession and professional organizations, including providing leadership within the broader professional community.
  • Ability to balance and complete multiple concurrent projects, set priorities and adapt to a rapidly changing environment
  • Strong commitment to customer service, community engagement, and teamwork
  • Ability to develop and maintain cultural competencies appropriate to the repository's collections and the needs of researchers and community.
  • Knowledge of U.S. - Mexico border disciplinary studies.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.
  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or another relevant advanced degree.
  • High level of fluency in Spanish and English (verbal and written communication)
  • Coursework, training, or experience in rare books, archives, and special collections librarianship.
  • Evidence of the ability to achieve continuing status (equivalent to tenure), including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.
  • Experience with collection development best practices as these concepts apply to building and shaping collections, to identifying sources for particular materials, and to donor relations.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience or familiarity with the pedagogical skills required to provide effective Special Collections instruction.
  • Experience providing effective reference assistance to patrons of a research–oriented academic library.
  • Experience in creating programs, exhibitions, and displays that enhance the experience for users or visitors.

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