Librarian/Borderlands Curator — University of Arizona

Post date: July 08, 2021

Posting Number: req5972

Department: Special Collections

Department Website Link:

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona Libraries seeks a driven, collaborative, service-oriented professional as a Borderlands Curator / Librarian. 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, 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.

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 Incumbent will have opportunities to work across the University Libraries, the UA campus, and the southwestern Arizona and U.S.-Mexico borderlands community.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • 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 all 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

  • Apply relevant and effective pedagogical methodologies and best practices related to the institution’s full range of audiences and communities; create appropriate interpretive content; and teach research methodology, primary source literacy, and interpretative skills

  • 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 inquires 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

Minimum Qualifications

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

  • High level of fluency in Spanish and English (verbal and written communication)

  • Formal coursework or training 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

Preferred Qualifications

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

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: 10/1/2021

Contact Information for Candidates: Armando Cruz (

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume, 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.).

To ensure your application materials are considered, please submit your application by the first review date of August 12, 2021.

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 and a Native American/Alaska Native-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.

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