UF Libraries Job (come work with us!): Cuban Heritage Coordinator (Library Coordinator 2)

**Update at 4:24pm: Please note that the library science degree is not required–UF respects the best mix of education and experience. I have a PhD and no library science degree, which is a perfect fit for me and my work.  Please apply!***
Please see the position announcement below and online from the UF job link.
The UF Libraries are a fabulous place to work, and this position would work closely with many people, including me and others on the UF and internationally partner community with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC, www.dLOC.com).
Apply to come work with us!

POSITION: Cuban Heritage Coordinator (Library Coordinator 2)
REPORTS TO: Associate Chair, Special and Area Studies Collections
SALARY: $56,400 annually. Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials
JOB NO:  498985
DEADLINE DATE: November 9, 2016 – review of applications will begin on October 26, 2016
The Cuban Heritage Coordinator supports the collections and services of the George A. Smathers Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection and its national and international partnerships by documenting and digitizing Cuban heritage materials and contributing to other preeminent initiatives. The position is part of the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections and reports to the Curator of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection. The Cuban Heritage Coordinator is responsible for proactively and aggressively maximizing digitization of holdings and strategically advancing access to materials related to Cuban history and materials printed in Cuba held at UF and other institutions.
The Cuban Heritage Coordinator will have primary responsibility for: 1) Analyzing SASC and other UF holdings to identify candidates for digitization and managing related workflows; and 2) coordinating national and international bibliographical and digitization efforts related to Cuba. To accomplish this, the Cuban Heritage Coordinator will conduct large-scale and detailed collection analyses, consult with curators at UF and other institutions to create systematic data, produce uniform data necessary for supporting workflows across units and institutions, and coordinate activities in each of these processes. The Coordinator will identify unique or distinctive materials not currently available online and items desirable for addition to digital collections managed by UF, the National Library of Cuba, and partnering institutions. This position conducts research, corresponds with holding institutions, and proactively leads initiatives with complex workflows.
To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Cuban Heritage Coordinator is expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities.
Project Coordination

  • Seeks out, documents, and maintains authoritative bibliographical data about holdings related to Cuban history and culture, establishing authoritative master lists of digital candidates and surrogate assets across the environment of relevant holding institutions.
  • Establishes workflows and manages digitization of materials at UF, in coordination with digitization undertaken by partnering institutions.
  • Works with the Curator of LACC to appraise and select materials for digitization. Liaises with the Collection Services unit and with other departments such as Digital Production Services, Preservation, and Cataloging & Metadata units to maintain workflows. Assists in the creation and maintenance of metadata.
  • Coordinates local curators and subject specialists in establishing relevant metadata, determining intellectual rights, providing original or digital materials for workflows, and secure return of materials.
  • Serves as chief point of contact between UF Libraries and operational colleagues at partnering institution for identification of, planning for, and prioritization of digitization of Cuban-related holdings.
  • Provides reports and statistical data regularly and upon request, in support of special projects, grant applications, sharing of data with partners, or other needs.

Collection Analysis

  • Analyzes print and digital holdings at UF and partnering institutions to identity Cuban and other materials for digitization or increased digital access, in line with strategic initiatives.
  • Prepares, maintains and updates collection data records.
  • Prepares reports and maintains data responding to calls for content by SASC Chair, Libraries administrators and potential external partners.
  • Works closely with curators and the Head of Collection Services to provide consistency, focus and efficiency in collection analysis, and coordinates departmental responses in relevant subject areas.
  • Maintains and provides collection data and statistics to curators for preparation of collection development policies and assessment activities across collections.


  • Provides presentations in person, by webinar, in narrative format, or through other outlets to promote scholarly and public understanding of digital collections about Cuba or related subjects.
  • Establishes social media and other communication presence for digital collections derived from or closely linked to the Special and Area Studies Collections Department.

Participates in other departmental activities, including public service and special projects as assigned. Participates in staff development opportunities as needed. Performs other duties as needed.
Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and four years of related library experience; or a master’s degree in Library or Information Science or some other directly relevant area.

  • Professional level knowledge of Spanish.
  • Ability to undertake U.S. and international travel, including to Cuba.
  • Excellent planning, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Strong familiarity with Latin American or Caribbean history and culture.
  • Experience in bibliographical or other documentary projects.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators and the general public.
  • Working knowledge of library technologies.
  • Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment.
  • Library or archives experience, particularly in an academic or research institution.
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.

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 was ranked 9th among public universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers 2015. 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 http://www.ufl.edu.
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, Children’s 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 http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/orgchart.pdf.
Special and Area Studies Collections encompasses Area Studies Collections, the Map & Imagery Library, and the Special Collections of the University of Florida.
The Area Studies Collections are the Latin American and Caribbean Collection; the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica; and the African Studies and Asian Studies collections.
Special Collections include the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts, the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, the General Manuscript Collection, the Rare Book Collection, and the University Archives.
The Latin American and Caribbean Collection is one of the finest collections for the study of Latin American and Caribbean studies in the world. It contains approximately 500,000 volumes, 1,100 current / active serial titles, some 50,000 microforms, and a growing body of computer-based information and digital material. The Latin American and Caribbean Collection is a major contributor to the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), supports the study of Latin American and the Caribbean studies at the University of Florida and internationally, and is closely associated with the UF Center for Latin American Studies. The Latin American and Caribbean Collection is one of a small number in the United States that maintains its own reading room and specialized staff for reference services. It is now open in newly renovated quarters on the 3rd floor of Smathers Library.
Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 257,000 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 2015, Gainesville was named the “Best Midsize College City in America” by WalletHub and ranked no. 7 on Livability.com’s “Top 10 College Towns”. 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. The Guide to Greater Gainesville combines award winning photography and compelling articles that capture all of the reasons for calling Greater Gainesville your next home. 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 http://www.hr.ufl.edu/training/neo/default.asp.
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: http://www.hr.ufl.edu/job/datacard.htm. 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.
If you are interested in this position please apply online at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/498985/cuban-heritage-coordinator-library-coordinator-2
For further details about this position please contact Tina Marie Litchfield at (352) 273-2595.


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