Duke University, Duke University Libraries

Position ID:Duke-DUL-LASL [#20610]
Position Title: Librarian for Latin American, Caribbean, Iberian & Latinx Studies
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Library Science
International and Area Studies / Latin America
Appl Deadline:2022/01/21 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/11/23, finished 2022/07/23, listed until 2022/01/21)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Librarian for Latin American, Caribbean, Iberian and Latinx Studies serves as the primary liaison for faculty and users in Latin American, Iberian and Latinx Studies,  develops and manages the collections from and about Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal and persons of Hispanic origin in the United States and provides specialized reference assistance and instruction to library users.  The position reports to the Head of the International and Area Studies Department.

Please join us to learn more about the position and ask questions.  We are offering an information session over Zoom where we will share more information about the university, our library, and the position. No registration is needed - just click the link at the listed date and time.  This is in Eastern Standard Time. Participants can login as anonymous, attendee names only seen by panelists.

Tuesday, January 4th at 12:00PM EST  https://duke.zoom.us/j/94544969141  



·       Serves as primary liaison to Latin American, Caribbean, Iberian and Latinx Studies faculty and users in a variety of departments and academic programs at Duke University, including the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; the Duke-UNC Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for Latino/a Studies in the Global South and the Spanish and Portuguese Programs of the Romance Studies Department.

·       Takes initiative to identify, meet, and facilitate ongoing communication about user resource needs and service expectations.

·       Serves as a member of the Duke Council on Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

·           Connects with faculty and students and promotes library services related to scholarly communication, data management, open access, institutional repositories, digital scholarship and information literacy. 

·       Designs and implements strategic and pedagogically appropriate instruction for library users using a variety of methods. Collaborates with Rubenstein library on instruction using primary sources.

·       Supports Duke University Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (DUCLACS) outreach initiatives to K-12 AND Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) teachers.

·       Participates in academic research, writing, editing and publication in the fields of Latin American and Latinx Studies and Latin American Studies Librarianship.

·       Provides in-depth, specialized research consultation and reference for Duke University Libraries' users related to Latin American, Iberian & Latinx Studies 


·       Develops and manages collections to support research and instruction in Latin American, Caribbean, Iberian and Latinx Studies by formulating policies and selecting materials in relevant formats and languages; monitoring and reviewing gifts; managing the materials budgets including endowment funds

·       Leads Duke's participation in national projects, such as LARRP, LAMP and DLOC.

·       Collects, analyzes, and reports on metrics relevant to departmental goals; uses relevant metrics in making judgments and recommendations; identifies and uses trend information in planning.

·       Participates in relevant discipline groups of subject librarians and fosters cooperation with other subject librarians and technical services staff at Duke and with relevant personnel at other institutions, especially in TRLN and the Duke UNC Consortium on Latin America & the Caribbean. 


·       Participates in professional organizations, such as SALALM and LASA.

·       Participates in the planning, review, and implementation of the goals, policies, and procedures of International & Area Studies Department and in DUL activities, as appropriate.

·       Serves on library and university committees; participates in professional and academic activities related to Latin American and Caribbean Studies and professional librarianship; contributes to and is active in local, consortial, regional and national meetings to stay abreast of developments/trends in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

·       Reviews professional literature and participates in activities to stay informed about trends in supporting research in academic research institutions; familiar with new library technologies and trends.

·       Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuous development of professional knowledge and abilities through membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.

·       Performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

·       None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience. 


Required: Advanced degree in a relevant subject area or combination of relevant education and experience. 

Preferred: Ph.D. in a relevant subject area and/or MLS from an ALA-accredited program. 


Required: At least three years experience as a Latin American studies librarian (including collection development responsibilities from a variety of sources) or comparable academic experience; native or near native fluency, both spoken and written, in Spanish and/or Portuguese; knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of Latin America, Spain and Portugal; knowledge of the Latin American and Iberian publishing industries and book trades; familiarity with electronic resources and reference tools for Latin American and Iberian Studies; ability to coordinate collaborative projects; must be service-oriented, flexible, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to work effectively and creatively with faculty, students and other library staff in a highly collaborative, service-oriented environment.       

Preferred:  Prior experience working in an academic research library. Knowledge of the issues confronting higher education; demonstrated leadership in establishing and implementing successful new programs; working knowledge of an integrated library system such as  ExLibris Aleph.

Working Conditions

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience; the anticipated range is $55,000-$75,000. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States. 

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.                 

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business. 

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.


Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20610 . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by January 10, 2022. All applications received will be reviewed.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
email address
365 Rubenstein Library
Box 90194
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708