Curator of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection – University of Florida – Gainesville, FL

The Curator of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) is a full-time tenure-track library faculty position within the Special and Area Studies Collections Department, responsible for overall management and development of the LACC holdings, programs, priority initiatives, and personnel.

The Curator of LACC provides strategic vision and overall management for a preeminent collection at the University of Florida. This position initiates and manages unit programs, outreach activities, grants, and special projects, including initiatives to digitize Caribbean materials in partnership with leading U.S. and international institutions.  The Curator of LACC is a key liaison for the Libraries in its international partnership with the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba and other partners. The Curator collaborates closely within the Libraries and across campus to promote distinctive collections and to support emerging research and teaching needs at University of Florida. This position leads a team of experienced library faculty and staff in establishing LACC priorities, goals and procedures for public services, technical services, and collection management, with oversight of materials budgets. The Curator is expected to participate in publications, bibliographical control, digitization, outreach, exhibits, and fundraising programs, and serves as a liaison between the LACC unit and Libraries administration, in consultation with the Chair.

The Smathers Libraries encourage staff participation in reaching management decisions and, consequently, the Curator of LACC will be asked to serve on various departmental and library-wide committees and teams. The incumbent will pursue research, publication, and professional service activities to meet the standards for tenure and promotion. To support all students and faculty and to foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Curator of LACC will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities.

The search will remain open until November 10, 2016 – review of applications will begin on October 24, 2016.  For a full description of the position and instructions on how to apply, please refer to the George A. Smathers Libraries faculty recruitment webpage at http://library.ufl.edu/pers/FacultyPositions.html. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact: Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at bonniesmith@ufl.edu.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

Address inquiries to Bonnie J. Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: bonniesmith@ufl.edu.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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