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Curator of Latin American Collections
|Faculty Type||Open Rank|
|Hiring Department||CULLS (107A)|
|Academic Location||College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences|
|Campus||Main – Albuquerque, NM|
|Benefits Eligible||The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.|
|Position Summary||Curator of Latin American Collections – Library
The University of New Mexico Libraries in Albuquerque seeks a Curator of Latin American Collections to manage its collections related to Mexico and Latin America. The Curator of Latin American Collections serves constituencies across campus and is part of the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR). S/he works closely with faculty and students conducting research in a variety of academic fields, through specialized and general reference services, as well as instructional programs using general and special collections. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position. The desired start date is June 1, 2020. The annual salary is negotiable based on qualifications and includes full benefits.
The Curator of Latin American Collections continually analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the collection in order to manage its development, preservation, and growth. This involves building both archival and research collections on Mexico and Latin America. The Curator initiates and manages strategic initiatives, programs, outreach activities, grants, and special projects, including a current initiative to digitize Mexican political materials in partnership with Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elias Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT) in Mexico. The Curator reports to the Director of the CSWR and, in consultation with the Director, other Curators and the Department of Collection Development, has responsibility for the Mexican and Latin American Collections.
The incumbent will spend regular time at the CSWR reference desk. Staff at CSWR serve an extremely varied group of readers who range from members of the general public and relatively inexperienced undergraduates to advanced graduate students, faculty members, visiting scholars, and other readers from across the state and around the world.
The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Greater Western Library Alliance and leads the LIBROS Consortium of seventeen academic libraries in New Mexico. The UNM Libraries contain over 3.5 million volumes and includes four branch libraries: Centennial Science & Engineering Library, Fine Arts & Design Library, Parish Memorial Library (business and economics), and Zimmerman Library (humanities, social sciences, and education). Zimmerman Library also houses the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. UNM is a Tier I Research Institution and a Hispanic-serving institution.
UNM Libraries consider their Mexican and Latin American Collections one of their distinctive collections, which represent the strongest single area of the library’s print materials with nearly 600,000 books in English, Portuguese and Spanish. UNM’s holdings for Mexican and Latin American Art, Art History, History, and Photography are widely recognized among the best in the United States. The Libraries works closely with the Latin American & Iberian Institute (http://www.laii.unm.edu/) which has over 110 affiliated faculty members. Together with the LAII, CSWR hosts up to three Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholars annually. Discover more about CSWR and its Latin American holdings through our websites at http://elibrary.unm.edu/cswr and https://elibrary.unm.edu/about/collections/latin-american-collections.php
In addition, CSWR’s Mexican and Latin American holdings contain extensive primary research collections in all formats: manuscript collections, photographs and other pictorial collections, music score collections, microforms and digital materials, and rare books.
The UNM Libraries is an institutional member of SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials) and MOLLAS (Midwest Organization of Libraries for Latin American Studies)
Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:
Preferred (desired) Qualifications:
Progressive experience in an academic or research library with demonstrated success as a Latin American Curator
Progressive experience in Collection Development in one or more Latin American countries
Progressive experience in a special collections environment
Native or near-native ability to speak, read, write, and comprehend in Spanish and English
Proficiency in Portuguese and/or an Indigenous language of Latin America.
Record of progressive accomplishment as a scholar-librarian
Strong knowledge of existing and emerging trends in scholarship related to Mexico or Latin America
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities
|Application Instructions||Requirements • CV • Cover letter • Three references with contact information
Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.
|For Best Consideration||For best consideration, please apply by 1/12/2020. This position will remain open until filled.|
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