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Librarian III - Head of Collection Development Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection

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The University of Texas At Austin

Austin, TX

Date Last Verified
Apr 11,2018

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Apr 10,2018

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Librarian III - Head of Collection Development, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection

Hiring department

UT Libraries

Monthly salary

$6,250 depending on qualifications

Hours per week

40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM

Posting number


Job Status


FLSA status


Earliest Start Date


Position Duration

Funding expected to continue

Position open to

internal applicants only


Austin (main campus)

Number of vacancies


General Notes

The University of Texas Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and the services that we provide as well as in our recruiting, hiring and retention practices.

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A Resume is required in order to apply

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Serves as the Head of Collection Development for the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, identifying and acquiring information resources that support the study and teaching of a broad range of Latin American subjects at the University of Texas.

Essential Functions

Chief staff member responsible for Benson Collection acquisitions and collection development of core and special collections in all formats. Sets priorities for collection growth for both physical and digital collections. Provides leadership, professional development and guidance for Benson bibliographers. Works strategically on rare materials acquisitions. Manages Benson Collection acquisitions budget. Develops and updates Benson collections policies and procedures. Supervises Benson Bibliographer and Benson Acquisitions staff. Responsible for acquisitions and strategic-relations travel to the region. Manages Benson gifts program. Provides leadership for Benson collection management, including storage decisions and workflow coordination with UTL. Prepares and presents relevant collection statistics. Serves as a liaison with UT faculty, visiting scholars, and visitors on development and use of collections. Reviews and manages Benson Collection approval plans. Leads Benson Collection Development Team. Keeps abreast of trends in Latin American scholarship. Develops and builds relationships with campus and local cultural institutions and community organizations. Mentors students from LLILAS Benson and numerous UT Austin colleges and schools. Serves as the Benson Collection's principal contact for collection development matters. Represents the Benson Collection with UT Libraries, UT Austin administration, patrons, donors and other stakeholders. Represents the Benson Collection at events; regional, national and international meetings; and conferences concerned with Latin American librarianship.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Current librarian of Benson Latin American Collection. Advanced professional or academic degree that brings expertise relevant to library operations. Specialization in or thorough knowledge of the history and culture of Latin America/Caribbean. Demonstrated experience in collection development and management. Experience supervising and professionally developing staff. Experience managing a staff increasingly oriented toward digital scholarship. Experience to provide leadership in decision-making and strategic planning necessary for expanding an outstanding collection of rare archival materials. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, using tact, diplomacy, and discretion at all times including ability to communicate with diverse populations. Ability to work in a collaborative manner. Ability to interact in a professional manner with faculty, staff, students, researchers, donors and the public. Ability to organize short- and long-term priorities and projects and work with multiple deadlines. Ability to travel abroad. Independent decision making and problem solving ability. Experience managing budgets. Must be flexible and willing to take on new responsibilities. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master in Library and Information Science or related degree. Collection development experience with and specialization in Mexico and/or Central America. Experience working in a leadership position at a research library. Thorough knowledge of and commitment to digital scholarship initiatives.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Occasional after hours and weekend work. Periodic travel abroad.

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas ( TRS ), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program ( ORP ) instead of TRS , subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

UT Austin is a Tobacco-free Campus

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The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 21,000 faculty and staff, 16 colleges and schools and more than 50,000 students.

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