Visiting Latin American and Caribbean Collection Librarian

University of Florida/George A. Smathers Libraries in Florida

Deadline May 22, 2014
Date Posted April 25, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time





POSITION:             Visiting Latin American and Caribbean Collection Librarian


RANK:                     Visiting Assistant University Librarian


                                                        REPORTS TO:        Head, Latin American and Caribbean Collection


SALARY:                Minimum Annual Salary $50,600; Actual salary will reflect selected professionals experience and credentials


Requisition #:   0905501                                                                                    


                                                         DEADLINE DATE:     May 22, 2014. Review of applications begins upon receipt


PLEASE NOTE:      This is a time-limited position that begins June 7 and ends December 19, 2014


Please note this posting has specific instructions for submitting application materials. See our website at:  or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details.  Failure to submit required documents may result in the application not being considered.



The Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) seeks an experienced Visiting Librarian with Spanish language fluency for the period June 7 to December 19, 2014. The Visiting LACC Librarian is primarily responsible for managing daily operations, and representing the LACC to patrons, visitors, donors, and the general public. The successful candidate will work closely with the LACC Head to oversee public service functions, assist in staff and student supervision, and assure the proper management of collections and services. Responsibilities focus on reference, circulation, serials control, and preservation. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Visiting LACC Librarian is expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities.



  • Staff the service desk including for regularly scheduled weekend and evening hours
  • Resolve patron circulation and billing issues
  • Oversee re-shelving and stacks maintenance
  • Provide general and specialized reference and instruction assistance
  • Manage interaction with Library IT services and troubleshooting equipment problems
  • Maintain and update print handouts and web guides
  • Serve as liaison to the Cataloging/Metadata, Acquisitions and Digital Services departments, as well as other library and campus units
  • Participate in activities of the LACC, Special and Area Studies Department, and the Smathers Libraries
  • Represent the LACC to the campus community and public




  • Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent
  • 3 years library experience
  • Academic or research library experience
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators and the general public
  • Spanish language fluency
  • Working knowledge of library technologies
  • Excellent planning, analytical and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, administrators and the general public
  • Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment.
  • Familiarity with Latin American and/or Caribbean research trends



  • Experience maintaining and updating websites
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese and/or French languages
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work


The University of Florida

The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at



The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The libraries hold over 5,800,000 print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 630,000 e-books, 121,016 full-text electronic journals, 889 electronic databases, 1,300,000 documents and 766,000 maps and images. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Childrens Literature, and Maps and Imagery Collections. The Smathers Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The organizational chart is available at



The Latin American and Caribbean Collection ranks among the finest in the world. It contains approximately 525,000 volumes, 1,100 current and active serial titles, some 50,000 microforms, and a growing amount of computer-based information and access. The Latin American and Caribbean Collection itself is one of a small number in the United States that is housed separately and that maintains its own reading room and reference services. It is now open in newly renovated quarters on the 3rd floor of Smathers Library. Additionally, there are also important Latin American and Caribbean holdings in the UF Map Library, Science Library, and in the Rare Books and Manuscripts units of the Special and Area Studies Department. Digital resources and services are rapidly expanding.



Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.  Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the Best Place to Live and Work by Frommers Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the Best Places to Live and Play by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville's accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. A recent article in Florida Trend Magazine offers an in depth Community Portrait of Gainesville and the University of Florida. Gainesville was featured in the Top 100 Best Places to Love 2014 on Livability, Americas Best Places to Live & Visit. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive.



Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at


Application Process

The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida's Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.


A complete application consists of your online application; a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; your current resume and a list of three references including their address, telephone and email information. Apply by May 22, 2014 (applications will be reviewed upon receipt). Please initiate your application  Submit all other application materials via e-mail as attachments (MS-Word and PDF format preferred) to Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at


Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered official if a designation of Issued to Student is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

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