UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

University of New Mexico
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The University of New Mexico seeks applications for a two-year CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation and Latin American, Chicano and Caribbean Studies. The fellow will help bridge gaps in the North/South information divide as part of the faculty in the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (CULLS), with an affiliated status at the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII). In the libraries, the successful fellow will collaborate with Research Data Services (RDS), Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication (DISC), and Latin American Collections to enhance and build upon existing custodial and post-custodial collections projects that bridge the North/South information gap in historical and contemporary contexts. Well-developed United States/Latin America partnerships in all affiliated programs offer a firm foundation for the successful fellow to develop new initiatives that enhance collections and scholarship while  implementing  equitable  and  culturally  sensitive  Latin American and Caribbean projects in data curation and digital humanities. This fellowship offers a distinctive opportunity to work across geographic boundaries and academic disciplines at a historically and culturally diverse, flagship university, which is National Resource Center for Latin America (Title VI NRC) as well as a Carnegie Classified “Highest Research Activity” and Hispanic-Serving Institution.

The successful fellow will work with digitized and born digital documents, data and metadata and a wide variety of historical texts, including: maps, personal and professional correspondence, political and legal records and accounting, travel and shipping logs. New Mexico’s history as part of the Spanish colonial empire, independent Mexico and the United States enables the fellow to traverse the changing political boundaries of the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean while investigating and improving online access to collections, data and metadata between the Americas. UNM presents excellent opportunities to work on several projects involving data curation in Latin American, Chicano and Caribbean Studies, ranging from interactive digital bibliography development, mapping and social network analysis to cross cultural data and meta-data translation and enhancement.  The successful fellow will have ample opportunity to conduct original research on data curation strategies in Latin American and Latin Americanist contexts. A strong emphasis on the ways that the fellow can contribute to data curation and post-custodial partnerships at UNM and beyond will be matched by the professional development of the fellow in the fields of Latin American, Chicano and Caribbean Studies, library science, data curation, and the digital humanities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Use a variety of contemporary research methods and tools to analyze, consult and instruct diverse communities on Latin American, Chicano and Caribbean documents, data and metadata in digitalized and born-digital environments
  • Work with community stake holders to develop educational material and web resources
  • Collaborate with  Latin  American  partner  institutions  to  develop  digitally-augmented materials from Latin American archival and data sources
  • Participate in professional organizations and maintain awareness of the developing trends in digital humanities, data curation and digital scholarship, Latin American librarianship and Latin American and Chicano and Caribbean Studies
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures for digitally-born acquisitions, metadata translations, data curation, and management
  • Provide training for students, faculty, staff, and international partners on best practices and standards that bridge North/South information gap
  • Collaborate in grant writing to support digital initiatives and scholarly communications across borders
  • Work with library departments, technical experts, and community partners to enhance access to Latin American and Caribbean data

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Ph.D. completed within the last five years in a relevant field
  • Reading and writing knowledge of Spanish
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations and in interdisciplinary environments

Desired:

  • Familiarity with or desire to learn HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Drupal
  • Familiarity with or desire to learn GIS data and mapping tools, and social networking technologies and international data curation practices
  • Demonstrated understanding of North/South issues in libraries, archives and the internet
  • Experience with or demonstrated aptitude for digital humanities technologies, tools and methods to organize and make discoverable digital surrogates and digitally-born data
  • Ability to work with a wide range of individuals to identify key problems and contribute to teams that develop solutions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital audio and/or video formats
  • Experience with metadata standards and/or RDF/Linked Data
  • Scholarly focus on topics in Latin American, Chicano or Caribbean Studies
  • Demonstrated excellence in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish
  • Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of digital platforms across the Americas

GUIDANCE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Training in Research Data Services (RDS), Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications (DISC), and Latin American Collections in the libraries
  • Collaborative opportunities with interdisciplinary scholars in UNM’s Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) working groups
  • Collaborative working relationships with  local  organizations  such  as  the  National Hispanic Cultural Center and the New Mexico Humanities Council
  • Opportunities to work with staff who have a variety of technical and domain-specific skill sets
  • Access to technology support and consultation services from CULLS IT staff members which maintains the Libraries’ technical infrastructure
  • Participation in the intellectual life of the CULLS and the LAII, including speaker’s series, symposia, and workshops
  • Option of co-teaching  in  Latin  American  Studies  or  Organizational  Learning and Information Sciences
  • Membership in a vibrant community of Latin Americanists and Chicano scholars and artists
  • Networking and research opportunities with Latin American partner institutions

COMPENSATION
The salary for this position is $65,000 with benefits including: medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; FSA; 403(b) and 457(b) eligibility; and discounts for UNM Athletic and Popejoy events, and local businesses that are part of the LoboPerks program.

ENVIRONMENT

The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, the 60th largest metropolitan area in the US. Set between the scenic Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande, Albuquerque is home to diverse cultures, a vibrant arts scene, sporting events, fantastic local cuisine and easy access to myriad recreational opportunities. The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences at UNM is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries.  The LAII is an NRC for Latin America.

Latin American collections include nearly 850,000 print and electronic books  in English, Spanish, Portuguese and indigenous languages. Supporting research across all UNM colleges, these comprehensive holdings also include 13,000 digitized archival pieces, 5000 repository manuscripts, and sizable archival collections in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. The following post-custodial collections make shared materials openly accessible through UNM platforms: Fideicomiso Archivo Plutarco Elias Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT), Hemispheric Research  Institute  (HEMI),  Spanish  Colonial  Research  Center (SCRC), Abya Yala and the Latin American Energy Policy, Regulation and Dialogue (LaEnergaia).

UNM’s RDS program works with diverse disciplines across UNM in the planning for and management, analysis, documentation, preservation, and sharing of research data through UNM’s Digital Repository (http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/data/), and through other disciplinary repositories. Examples of these data include environmental and ecological data from large-scale research programs, Spanish and indigenous language data and applications, and spatially enhanced document collections.

The University Libraries’ Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication (DISC) program develops online resources that promote access to, strengthen the awareness of and digitally preserve  the  cultural  heritage  of  New  Mexico  and  the  greater  Southwest.  The  University Libraries also operate an independent IT services unit that provides comprehensive technology support for all library online initiatives, and maintains an enterprise-class virtual server environment, extensive data storage facilities, and active collaborations with the UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing.

The LAII is designated a National Resource Center (NRC) for Latin America by the US Department of Education. It promotes greater understanding of Latin America and Iberia within and beyond UNM. LAII coordinates and supports the Latin American work of some 119 faculty with research and teaching specializations representing nine colleges at UNM. LAII provides a range of support services, including conference and research travel, funding for visiting speakers, interdisciplinary research working groups, and seed funding for external grant applications. In collaboration with UNM’s Global Education Office, LAII assists in negotiating and maintaining inter-institutional agreements abroad. In addition to offering interdisciplinary Latin American Studies BA, MA and PhD degrees, LAII collaborates on multiple dual degree programs with professional schools.