Curator of Latin American Collections-- University of New Mexico

Post date: Dec 17, 2019

Position Description

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.

Primary Duties

  • Serves as the primary liaison to the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) and actively develops professional relationships with faculty, staff, and students in cross-disciplinary Latin American fields
  • Provides instruction in research and information literacy in a variety of settings
  • Engages in library outreach activities related to Mexico and Latin America
  • Seeks extramural funding to support special collections development
  • Builds connections with Latin American partners to develop and increase visibility of special collections
  • Selects and manages collections related to Mexico and Latin America, including working closely with specialized vendors
  • Manages collection funds allocated to these areas to ensure timely and appropriate expenditure
  • Participates in UNM Libraries faculty governance and in library management as required
  • Meets librarianship & teaching, scholarship and service requirements for promotion and tenure as detailed in the UNM Faculty Handbook
  • Contributes to UNM Libraries’ initiatives that further UNM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Collaborates with the Director of CSWR regarding support services and may directly supervise CSWR services staff.


Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:

  • An earned Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library/information sciences program or equivalent degree OR a Ph.D. in a subject-relevant field.
  • One year of experience in an academic or research library with demonstrated success in supporting Latin American research or learning in a library or archive.

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


  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Three references with contact information

The position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.