Librarian/Borderlands Curator— University of Arizona

Post date: Jul 17, 2020

Position Highlights

The Borderlands Curator/Librarian meets the information needs of students, faculty, and 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 incumbent works collaboratively in developing policies for collection development/management, mentors and supervises graduate students, oversees and administers scholar research awards including the Ken Wolfgang and Kendra Gaines Library Endowment and the Kathy Cowan/Paul Shephard Library Endowment, and plays a fundamental role in the execution of the new Mellon-funded grant project on integrating library services into data-intensive humanities research on the borderlands. The incumbent will have opportunities to work across the University Libraries, the UA campus, and the southwestern Arizona and U.S.—Mexico borderlands community. 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. Visit the University Libraries website to learn more about us. As a cost-saving measure related to the impact of COVID-19, a furlough and pay reduction program has been approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. All new hires subject to the plan will be notified in accordance with adopted furlough and pay reduction program guidelines and will be required to comply with all measures. To learn more about the furlough and pay reduction program and whether this position is affected, please visit hr.arizona.edu.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Understands the basic history, theory, and professional practices relating to materials generally found in special collections research libraries, including but not limited to rare books, maps, prints, photographs, ephemera, archives, manuscripts, original artwork, audiovisual media, and digital materials.

  • Understands the significance of original artifacts and the nature and value of primary materials for learning, teaching, research, and outreach.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge of humanities, history, and culture as these contribute to the understanding, development, and promotion of special collections.

  • 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.

  • Commitment to life-long learning as applied to professional development in a special collections environment.

  • Understands the basic theory and practice of collection development as these concepts apply to building and shaping collections, to identifying sources for particular materials, to donor relations, and to managing funds.

  • 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

  • Strong commitment to the standards, ethics, security guidelines, and best practices from professional groups such as ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section and the Society of American Archivists.

  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution.

  • Formal coursework or training in rare books, archives, and special collections librarianship.

  • Demonstrated ability in developing and maintaining foreign language and cultural competencies appropriate to the repository's collections and the needs of researchers and community.

  • Spanish language fluency (writing, reading, and speaking).

  • 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.

  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understands the basic history, theory, and professional practices relating to materials generally found in special collections research libraries, including but not limited to rare books, maps, prints, photographs, ephemera, archives, manuscripts, original artwork, audiovisual media, and digital materials.

  • Understands the significance of original artifacts and the nature and value of primary materials for learning, teaching, research, and outreach.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge of humanities, history, and culture as these contribute to the understanding, development, and promotion of special collections.

  • 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.

  • Commitment to life-long learning as applied to professional development in a special collections environment.

  • Understands the basic theory and practice of collection development as these concepts apply to building and shaping collections, to identifying sources for particular materials, to donor relations, and to managing funds.

  • 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

  • Strong commitment to the standards, ethics, security guidelines, and best practices from professional groups such as ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section and the Society of American Archivists.

  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of digital humanities and digital scholarship enterprise; experience with developing, implementing or managing digitization projects and experience with related technical platforms.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. - Mexico border disciplinary studies.

  • Demonstrated familiarity with DACS, EAD, and Dublin Core.

  • Demonstrated understanding of appropriate preservation and conservation practices for archival, rare books, and other special collections materials.

  • Demonstrated familiarity with new and emerging standards and technologies relevant to the bibliographic control of digital collections, including metadata standards.

Rate of Pay

60,000 - 75,000

Compensation Type

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required:

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Target Hire Date

9/30/2020

Contact Information for Candidates

armandocruz@arizona.edu

Open Until Filled

Yes

Documents Needed to Apply

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

As part of your application, please include a supplemental document that demonstrates your Spanish language fluency (for instance, book reviews, exhibition labels, publicity pieces, etc.).

Diversity Statement

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.