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History/Latin American Studies Librarian - Archive

Posting: 12442
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-04-22

The University of Oregon Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, creative, and user-oriented colleague for the position of History/Latin American Studies Librarian.  This position provides the opportunity to participate in a wide range of services and professional responsibilities in a dynamic environment.  The UO Libraries include 2.6 million volumes and approximately 15,000 current subscriptions, including many full-text electronic journals.  The Knight Library serves the research and instructional needs of the humanities and social sciences.  The Reference & Research Services Department, in which the position is situated, consists of 8.0 FTE and several student assistants. 

The history graduate program offers both an M.A. and a Ph.D.  The History Department specializes in United States, European, Asian, Latin American, and African history.  Library research collection strengths include:  Western and environmental history, social change, gender, ethnicity and race, intellectual and political cultures, urban society, popular culture, and economic history.  The campus supports an active interdisciplinary medieval studies program.

Students at the University of Oregon can earn a B.A. degree in Latin American Studies.  A minor in LAS is also available.  The librarian will also be the Libraries’ primary outreach person to the information needs of Latinos on campus and to Oregon’s Latino community.  In this regard, the UO Libraries have cemented an exciting and important relationship with PCUN (Northwest Tree Planters and Farmworkers United) that opens up many possibilities for interaction, teaching and research.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The History/Latin American Studies Librarian has responsibility for developing collections and services to support the large history department and the interdisciplinary programs of medieval studies and Latin American Studies.  Responsibilities includein-depth reference services in a full range of humanities and social sciences.  Provides library and course-integrated instruction.  Actively promotes and delivers seminars, workshops, and classes.  Consults with faculty, academic researchers, staff and students; and collaborates with library and teaching faculty on developing new methods of delivering reference, research, and instruction services.  Serves as the Libraries’ primary outreach liaison to the information needs of Latinos on campus and to Oregon’s Latino community. Collaborates with Special Collections & University Archives to engage users with primary source materials. Serves on library and campus committees.  Other related duties and projects as assigned.  Reports to the Head of Reference & Research Services.


Required: ALA-accredited MLIS degree; substantial academic background in history or Latin American studies; fluency in Spanish (both written and verbal).  Language proficiency will be assessed during interview process.  Preferred:  Advanced degree in history or Latin American studies; experience providing humanities and social sciences user services, including reference and collection development; teaching ability; demonstrated use of educational technology tools; demonstrated professional development activity.  The successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary commensurate with education and experience.  The UO offers a generous benefits package, including low staff tuition rates for employees and family members.  For details, see: http://hr.uoregon.edu/benefits.

Employment Conditions:

Librarians are non-tenure track faculty (NTTF) with rank, and renewable contracts of two or three years, depending on rank.  Professional growth and service in keeping with university and library standards for promotion, retention and merit is expected.

About the University of Oregon Libraries:

The UO is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) library in Oregon.  The UO has over 20,000 undergraduate students and approximately 3,800 graduate students, including 4,300 U.S. students of color (approximately 1,400 are Hispanic/Latino/Chicano) and 2,000 international students representing 90 countries.  The university has an institutional commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, and the library actively supports this goal with its Library Diversity Committee (see: http://libweb.uoregon.edu/diversity/).  The UO Libraries are known for their spirit of cooperation and collaboration, and for their ability to provide a variety of personal and professional opportunities that make a difference.

Application Deadline:

To ensure consideration, applications must be received by November 26, 2012. The position will remain open until filled.

To Apply:

Application materials should include cover letter explaining qualifications, résumé, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of four references (one of whom must be indicated as your most current/recent supervisor).  Send documents as PDF to Ms. Laine Stambaugh, 1299 University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, OR 97403-1299 at libapps@uoregon.edu.

For More Information:

University of Oregon: http://www.uoregon.edu

UO Libraries: http://library.uoregon.edu/index.php

Reference & Research Services: http://library.uoregon.edu/reference/index.html

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