Librarian/Borderlands Curator (Assistant or Associate)

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

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Special Collections

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Tucson, AZ USA

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 theemployee 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 andmaintain ongoing communications with students, faculty, researchers and donors. Assess and evaluate information andservice 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 policiesfor 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
  • Applyrelevant and effective pedagogical methodologies and best practices related tothe institution’s full range of audiences and communities; create appropriate interpretivecontent; and teach research methodology, primary source literacy, andinterpretative skills
  • Identify,evaluate and select information resources including archival material forBorderlands collections
  • Work withdevelopment office and potential donors to determine archival donation options
  • Curate digital and physical exhibitions relevant to the Borderlandscollections 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 toprimary customers and other groups. Develop and prepare appropriateinstructional and educational aids. Organize and provide student researchshowcases as appropriate with courses taught in collaboration withunits/faculty on campus
  • Initiate and contribute todepartmental digital initiatives related to access of borderlands collections
  • Work towards implementation of Guidelines for theStewardship of Archival Materials by or about Indigenous Peoples at theUniversity 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 andcontribute to other areas as well
  • Participate in library-wide activities such as strategic project teams, cross-functional teams, and otherteams as needed to complete the goals of the library
  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity andinclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusiveenvironment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate isexpected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the UniversityLibraries Special Collections department
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library/informationscience from an ALA-accredited institution
  • High level of fluencyin Spanish and English (verbal and written communication)
  • Formalcoursework or training in rare books, archives, and special collectionslibrarianship
  • Evidence of the ability to achievecontinuing status (equivalent to tenure), including contributing to theinformation/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of alibrary 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

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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Armando Cruz

[email protected]

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Open Until Filled:


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.


As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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