UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES

CLIR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW IN LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES

Project/Position Description

The UCLA Library, with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks a two-year Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The fellow’s main duty will be to help re-envision the Latin American and Caribbean Studies collection strategies for data acquired and held at UCLA in support of teaching, research, and community outreach and engagement. The fellow will articulate and guide the development of multilingual interfaces to UCLA’s highly diverse web-based content and collections to insure ease of use and the broadest possible discovery of content and services by the international community of scholars. The fellow will work in a highly collaborative and matrixed environment. In addition, the fellow will be a member of UCLA Library’s International Digital Ephemera Project (IDEP) Team. Funded by the Arcadia Foundation, IDEP is a long-term, community-based program to digitize, preserve and share broadly online at-risk and endangered cultural heritage. Current IDEP partnerships include projects in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. At present, IDEP has several partners in Cuba, including the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí and the Instituto de Historia de Cuba. Future plans include expansion to other Latin American, Central American and Caribbean countries over the next several years; the fellow will be able to provide input on the growth and direction of these projects. IDEP works with partner institutions to provide training and resources that allow them to grow their capacity within their institutions and throughout their cultural heritage communities. The Fellow in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UCLA will work with UCLA Library staff and faculty, students, researchers and the community to promote these collections and their use in research and teaching.

This fellowship provides an exciting opportunity to contribute to new and innovative methodologies, programs, and services at one of the nation’s highest-ranked public research universities, as well as to gain skills and expand knowledge and experience related to working in a team-based, interdisciplinary, multi-modal context for using data and data curation in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in support of teaching and research. As part of the team, and working closely with the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and International Collaborations, the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication, the Associate University Librarian for Research and Development, the Head of International Studies/Librarian for Latin American Studies, and others, it is expected that the Fellow will take leadership but also be part of a team that fully defines the role.

The Fellow will be responsible for developing or refining best practices for sustaining digital projects in Latin American and Caribbean studies in support of teaching and research and conducting outreach to faculty and communities on how to incorporate resulting digital resources into teaching and research. The Fellow will review the UCLA Library’s Latin American and Caribbean resources and develop new multilingual methods to reach new audiences to discover and engage in resources and library services they did not know existed or were possible such as IDEP, NewsScape etc. The fellow will work with library staff, faculty and students to explore new technologies and further knowledge in data curation practices, particularly in terms of multilingualism, culturally sensitive practices and open access. The fellowship also allows for opportunities to lead and/or participate in building and/or connecting to networks of faculty, students and researchers in fields of interest: workshop planning, grant writing, presentations and publications, along with other activities to engage with the UCLA research community and beyond.

Required skills/experience

  • Fluent command of Spanish
  • Recent (5 years) Ph.D. in related discipline, such as Latin American Studies, Spanish/Portuguese, History, Anthropology, Information Science, etc.
  • Familiarity with or demonstrated aptitude for digitization or data curation, digital humanities, or building, preserving and making broadly discoverable digital collections
  • Understanding of the research process and research data lifecycle
  • Ability to creatively develop, assess, and promote the use of library services, technologies and collections
  • Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge to advance data curation practices and services
  • Strong interest in the development and delivery of training and teaching
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals and populations
  • Ability to significantly contribute to the development and implementation of a vision for Latin American and Caribbean Studies data and digital curation research
  • Ability to set priorities and manage work and deadlines independently
  • Demonstrated understanding of the use of images and data in humanities research
  • Demonstrated ability to create and analyze structured data sets from non-structured data
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse populations
  • Excellent oral and written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Experience working in an agile team environment.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive educational environment and workplace and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population.

Desired skills/experience

  • Previous experience with digitization or data curation, digital humanities, or digital collections
  • Previous experience working with institutions in Latin America
  • Fluency in Portuguese and/or indigenous languages
  • Successful track record in project management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital audio and/or video formats and technologies
  • Experience with digital repositories
  • Experience with web technologies
  • Experience with use of special collections, archives, rare books or other unique ephemera in support of teaching or research
  • Experience with data visualizations (GIS, narrative analysis tools and techniques, etc.)
  • Experience in community outreach and engagement.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and International Collaborations, the Associate University Librarian for Research and Development, the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communications, the Head of International Studies/Librarian for Latin American Studies, and the Digital Collections Librarian in the Digital Library, among others, related to Latin America as part of the International Digital Ephemera Project
  • Work with UCLA Library staff and Latin American partners to establish and improve digital capture, ingestion, metadata and access workflows
  • Collaborate with librarians, faculty and students to incorporate IDEP projects into instruction, research, and outreach activities
  • Explore ways to grow discovery and use of Latin American and Caribbean collections at UCLA
  • Collaborate and confer with other subject experts and stakeholders to develop outreach and promotional materials to advance the discovery and use of Latin American collections and resources
  • Provide training and consultation services on data curation and management to UCLA Library staff, faculty, students and IDEP staff

 Guidance and Professional Development

  • The post-doctoral fellow will work under the supervision of the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and International Collaborations with active support from the Head of International Studies/Librarian for Latin American Studies, the Associate University Librarian for Research and Development, the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication, the Head of User and Community Engagement in Special Collections, and the Digital Collections Librarian in the Digital Library
  • Regular meetings with the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and International Collaborations, the Associate University Librarian for Research and Development, the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communications, the Head of International Studies/Librarian for Latin American Studies, and the Digital Collections Librarian in the Digital Library, among others
  • Regular team meetings with International Studies, Community and User Engagement, Digital Library, and Special Collections
  • Digital collections librarians will provide training in project management, digital curation, metadata standards and other technical skills as needed. The infrastructure for the project is managed by the Digital Library, in cooperation with Digital Initiatives and Information Technology (DIIT), International Studies and other related departments
  • The fellow will liaise with faculty in Latin American studies and other affiliated departments through faculty meetings, colloquia and other opportunities as an associated fellow of the Latin American Institute. This association will allow the fellow to pursue opportunities for research, teaching and service within the Latin American Institute and its affiliated programs.

Compensation
The fellow’s salary is set at $65,000 annually, plus benefits.

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

As one of the world’s great public research universities, UCLA integrates education, research, and public service so that each enriches and extends the others. From its beautiful neighborhood campus in a uniquely diverse and vibrant city on the Pacific Rim, teaching and research extend beyond the classroom, office, and lab through active engagement with communities, organizations, projects, and partnerships throughout the region and around the world.

UCLA’s diverse community of scholars encompasses nearly 30,000 undergraduates pursuing 125 majors, 13,000 graduate students in fifty-nine research programs, and 4,000 faculty members including Nobel Laureates; Rhodes Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; winners of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, Pritzker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize; and recipients of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. UCLA ranks tenth in the Times of London Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, twelfth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and fifth in the U.S. by Washington Monthly. The National Research Council ranks forty of its graduate and doctoral research programs among its top ten.

To enable these accomplished students, faculty, and staff to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge for the benefit of global society, the UCLA Library is re-envisioning how it is acquired, synthesized, and shared across academic audiences and with the public. It was among the first academic libraries to develop subject-specialist librarians and to launch a program to enhance students’ research skills. Its Special Collections pioneered the acquisition by public institutions of rare and unique books, children’s literature, pulp and detective fiction, works by or about women and minorities, screenplays, architectural plans, and Los Angeles-related materials and today leads the way in collecting archival resources in digital format such as emails and manuscripts. It has launched innovative data management services and an affordable course materials initiative that have served as models for other libraries.

The Library serves UCLA students, faculty, and staff whenever and wherever they need its resources and expertise. Reconfigured, high-tech spaces and services in its ten campus libraries enable users and librarians to explore and work with print and digital materials collaboratively or individually, pursue new lines of inquiry, and develop new pedagogical approaches as well as novel forms of scholarship. More than 3.5 million people visit annually, while an additional 3.4 million visitors enter online through its virtual front doors.

UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

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