University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 97243

Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 02/07/19


Working Title:
Librarian for Ibero-American Studies and Romance Languages
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Master's degree in Library and Information Science (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution (for Academic Librarian title series) OR Ph.D. in relevant field of study by time of appointment (for Administrative Program Specialist title series).

Note: Both title series follow the same pay schedules/ranges.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Required qualifications:
1. Written and spoken proficiency in Spanish.
2. Reading proficiency in French and Italian
3. Demonstrated subject expertise in at least one subject area served by this position
4. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

Desired qualifications:
1. Professional experience working in an academic library
2. Reading proficiency in Portuguese
3. Advanced language skills in multiple languages served by this position
4. Subject expertise in Latin American Studies
5. Experience in collection development, liaison and research services, and instruction
6. Experience working in a collaborative team-based environment
Principal duties:
70% Research Services:
1. Primary library contact for researchers and scholars in Ibero-American Studies, and French and Italian Languages and Literature, including fielding any inquiries, consulting with researchers, and providing reference and research support in-person and remotely.
2. Ascertains user needs to develop and maintain relevant, high-quality services and collections.
3. Stays abreast of research, teaching, and learning trends, and leverages this knowledge to meet needs of scholars and researchers in Ibero-American Studies, and French and Italian Languages and Literature.
4. Engagement with community of researchers and scholars in Ibero-American Studies, and French and Italian Languages and Literature. This includes various programming that showcases collections and other research resources to the academic community as well as nationally, and internationally.
5. Collaborates with other international and area studies librarians, as well as other subject specialists and special collections librarians to develop interdisciplinary opportunities for integrating distinctive global content and services into the academic environment.
6. Conduct library instruction sessions in support of Ibero-American Studies, and French and Italian Languages and Literature and related disciplines.
7. Champion the creation of learning objects that support area and international studies (including eLearning objects) in collaboration with Teaching & Learning programs.
8. Create myriad of instructive resources to cultivate information literacy skills in Ibero-American Studies, and French and Italian Languages and Literature.
9. Explore and leverage emerging technologies and tools to enhance discoverability of resources in Ibero-American Studies, and French and Italian Languages and Literature.
10. Collection development and information resource management in all formats for Ibero-American Studies, and French and Italian Languages and Literature.
11. Monitor and manage assigned collections funds.
12. Identify needs and develop profiles for individual or comprehensive approval plans and blanket orders.
13. Review, evaluate, and initiate both physical and monetary gifts related to library collections.
14. Continuously evaluate existing collections, conduct weeding and subscription cancellation projects as needed. Compile and analyze various statistics to inform collections decisions.
15. Collaborate with Technical Services staff to provide enhanced access to collections.
16. Participate in local, national, and global collection development forums relevant to Ibero-American Studies, and French and Italian Languages and Literature.
17. Recommend materials for digitization.
18. Recruit, hire, supervise, and evaluate student assistant (as applicable).

10% Scholarly Communications support:
1. Contribute to the advancement of the UW-Madison Libraries scholarly communications program, which incorporates open access or the open dissemination of scholarship, open education resources and copyright.
2. Support a range of activities pertaining to the information lifecycle, such as data curation and management, digital humanities, content creation, and other associated services.

10% Professional Development:
1. Active participation in library conferences and workshops (local, national, international).
2. Taking relevant short courses or academic courses.
3. Staying abreast of developments in librarianship and designated area, as well as national and global trends in collection development, scholarly communications, and public services.

10% Committee work and other service activities:
1. Service to the profession.
2. Institutional service.
3. Service to the Libraries, including active participation on various functional teams, taskforces, working groups, etc.
4. Other service activities.
  Additional Information
 The UW-Madison Libraries is one of the largest public university library systems in the United States. The libraries on the campus of UW-Madison reflect the breadth and comprehensiveness of the University's highly ranked schools, colleges, departments, centers and institutes and are a highly-valued partner in teaching, research and learning at the university. Campus library collections are coordinated through the leadership of the General Library System (GLS), which provides technical infrastructure, support for acquisitions, and the integration of campus library services. The GLS spends more than $11 million per year on collection materials of which approximately $9 million is spent on electronic resources.

The Libraries have rich and broad collections in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. Particular strengths related to this position include collections related to Latin America, Luso-Brazilian, Italian History and Culture, and French Early Modern Studies. The Libraries also hold the largest and most comprehensive cartonera collection in the United States.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is long established as a preeminent public research university. The impact and achievements from the research, teaching and service conducted by its faculty, staff and students are far-reaching and global in scope.

The French and Italian faculty is known internationally; faculty members have published books in university presses such as Cambridge, Johns Hopkins, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Toronto, and European scholarly presses (Ashgate, Brill, Brepols, Droz, Presses universitaires de France, etc.), with the help of the Libraries' collections.

The Spanish & Portuguese faculty is internationally recognized in the areas of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literature, linguistics, and cultures, with specialties that include visual cultures; gender and women's studies; human rights; environmental studies; film, theater and performance studies; second-language acquisition and general and historical linguistics. Faculty publish in major university presses and prestigious venues in Europe and Latin America. The excellent resources available through the Libraries' collections are essential for faculty teaching and research in the department.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

  Employee Class:
 Academic Staff
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:JUNE 01, 2019
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: FEBRUARY 22, 2019
Cover letter and resume required. All applications must be submitted through the UW-Madison job site. Click on the full position details link listed below and then on position description to see a full job description and the skills needed for a successful candidate.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Melissa Ortiz
Phone: 608-262-2799
728 State St   
Fax: N/A
365 Memorial Library   
Madison, WI 53706-1418   
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.