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Librarian/Curator for Latin American and Iberian Studies

Librarian/Curator for Latin American and Iberian Studies

UCLA Job Location: California Apply By: 06/22/2022 Date Created: 05-26-2022

Librarian/Curator for Latin American and Iberian Studies Department: International & Area Studies Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian - Associate Librarian ($58,365 - $80,356) Position Availability: Immediately Application deadline for first consideration: June 22, 2022     The UCLA Library seeks a highly collaborative, knowledgeable and user-oriented librarian/curator to work with students and faculty to advance research, scholarship, teaching and learning about Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, and Chicana/o and Central American studies.   Position Duties Reporting to the Head of International & Area Studies, the Librarian/Curator for Latin American and Iberian Studies is responsible for collection development and management, reference, outreach and instruction in assigned areas, in order to support and advance research-level scholarship by UCLA students and faculty. The Librarian/Curator collaborates on the creation and/or acquisition of research and teaching tools and develops plans to digitize collections to increase access to resources; delivers specialized orientations, instruction sessions, and consultations; and serves as a resource on issues related to digital scholarship, scholarly communication and emerging research methods. The incumbent collaborates with campus and UC colleagues on a range of issues related to collections and digital projects, participates in professional forums, actively develops and implements outreach and community engagement activities in support of UCLA Library’s strategic priorities, and serves as a member of relevant library teams related to preservation and/or digitization in their areas of responsibility. They will demonstrate commitment to advancing diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and articulating a reparative collection development philosophy in these areas.   This position has supervisory responsibilities for a .5 FTE staff member and one or two student assistants.   Specific duties and responsibilities include:
  • Serves as the subject specialist for Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, and Chicana/o and Central American Studies in the UCLA Library, providing in-depth reference and research assistance to faculty and students in relevant units and programs. They may take on additional subject areas based on expertise and Library needs.
  • Serves as the UCLA Library liaison to various campus centers and institutes related to Latin American and Iberian Studies, and the Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies.
  • Develops and manages the Library’s collections regardless of format, language, period, or place of publication in the areas of the social sciences and humanities published in or relating to Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, and diasporic communities related to these areas.
  • Utilizes a creative, agile, and selective approach to collection development that incorporates attention to marginalized groups and topics, proactive campus outreach, community outreach, and collaboration with archivists, scholars and other entities.
  • Manages Library fund allocations, including those from endowments and other gifts.
  • Works closely with Library Development to identify and steward donors, collections, and endowed gift funds.
  • Participates in area-specific consortial activities with the UC and with external organizations, such as the Center for Research Libraries.
  • Develops plans for digitization of priority content and collections in the areas of responsibility. Works closely with the UCLA Library Collections Council Digitization Task Force, Imaging Services, Digital Library, and others to increase online access to UCLA content and collections.
  • Actively collaborates with Library Special Collections’ Librarians/Curators for Los Angeles Communities and Cultures on acquisition, processing, digitization, and preservation of primary source collections and rare books.
  • Collaborates whenever possible with relevant faculty, campus colleagues and students on digital projects, research initiatives, events programming, and curricular/teaching activities.
  • Contributes to Library preservation and digitization efforts and participates in developing and shepherding related activities in collaboration with international institutional partners.
  • Collaborates with the Library’s Resource Acquisitions & Metadata Services to address technical services issues related to the areas of responsibility.
  • Recruits, trains, mentors and supervises staff and student assistants, assigning and evaluating work, providing feedback and developing staff specializations as appropriate.
  The successful candidate will be committed to promoting and enhancing diversity through engagement with and promotion of the [UCLA Principles of Community]( http://www.ucla.edu/about/mission-and-values )   Description of Unit As a partner in the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the International & Area Studies Department (IAS), located in the Charles E. Young Research Library, supports the UCLA community by selecting and providing access to resources and services necessary for world-class research and instruction. The department’s subject specialists in area and international studies serve as liaisons to academic departments and research units in their areas of responsibility, partnering with faculty and students on a wide variety of research projects and teaching initiatives. These subject specialist librarians work closely together and in cooperation with librarians in other UCLA Library units and campus research centers to support interdisciplinary research, teaching, and learning. IAS is committed to furthering the library’s strategic directions and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in its collections and services. IAS liaisons engage in outreach to and work with diasporic communities in Los Angeles and Southern California with ancestral and cultural ties to their geographic areas of responsibility. To this end, they strive to cooperate with and complement the efforts of Library Special Collections and the Ethnic Studies center librarians and archivists as appropriate.   Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07479

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