Latin American and Indigenous Communities Archivist
San Diego State University
Location: San Diego, California
Type: Full Time (In-Office)
Salary: $74,280 - $77,500
Internal Number: 3788389
Latin American and Indigenous Communities Archivist University Library
Location: San Diego, CA Open Date: Jan 06, 2023
Description The San Diego State University (SDSU) Library invites applications and nominations for a 12-month, tenure-track position to be appointed at the Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian level (depending on experience), with an anticipated start date on or before July 1, 2023. The Latin American and Indigenous Communities Archivist will provide expertise and leadership as part of the Special Collections and University Archives team to promote community partnerships and the shared stewardship of archival collections documenting Latin American and Indigenous communities on both sides of the US-Mexico border. The successful candidate will partner with communities in San Diego and the Imperial Valley border region to identify, preserve, and provide access to archival collections documenting their histories, cultures, and experiences. We seek a creative, collaborative, and forward-looking colleague who can complement, strengthen, and expand partnerships across library and campus units, as well as with current and potential partners in Mexico.
The SDSU Library supports, promotes, and extends the distinctive teaching, learning, scholarship, and community engagement initiatives of the university, especially as those are highlighted in the university strategic plan, “We Rise, We Defy: Transcending Borders, Transforming Lives.” Committed to service and student-centered innovation in librarianship, recent library initiatives include the establishment of the Digital Humanities Center, build IT makerspace, and partnerships around student success, including the establishment of the Latinx Resource Center. More information about the SDSU Library is available at https://library.sdsu.edu/. Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) holds more than 600 archival collections and 80,000 books, many of which document diverse local and regional communities. More information about SCUA is available at https://library.sdsu.edu/scua.
SDSU is a large, public, research university distinguished by its diverse and urban character. Recognized both as an Hispanic-Serving Institution and as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution located on Kumeyaay land, SDSU is also distinguished by its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The university honors its residence on Kumeyaay land in its land acknowledgement and commitment to building a relationship with Indigenous peoples. The SDSU Library has adopted a Diversity Plan (https://library.sdsu.edu/diversity/library-plan) to guide our efforts to realize an institutional commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request.
We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.
The Latin American and Indigenous Communities Archivist will:
Foster partnerships with communities and cultural institutions in San Diego, Imperial Valley, and the broader region to develop community-centered projects
Manage the stewardship and description of Latin American and Indigenous-centered archival collections and cultural heritage materials
Evaluate metadata and access points for accurate and culturally sensitive description of all materials
Evaluate existing collections for appropriate and accurate stewardship
Take responsibility for collection development in relevant areas, as assigned
Provide specialized community-centered research assistance, primary source, and archival literacy instruction
Curate exhibits and develop curriculum-integrated programming and outreach around Latine/Latinx and Indigenous collections and issues
Collaborate with the University Tribal Liaison, the Chicana and Chicano Studies Archives Advisory Committee, and relevant academic departments and centers on campus
Qualifications Required Qualifications
ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent; or Master’s Degree in archival studies with demonstrated experience working in archives and/or special collections.
Experience working in an archival setting including but not limited to internships, volunteer work, and staff positions
Knowledge of archival theory and best practices
Demonstrated experience teaching with primary sources
Demonstrated experience with community outreach/relations
Knowledge of the Protocols of Native American Archival Materials
Knowledge of critical archival theory and practices
Experience working with local and/or border communities, either in San Diego or elsewhere
Familiarity with archival content management systems
Knowledge of copyright and privacy laws
Experience with multimedia archives
Spanish language proficiency
This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position. Tenure is dependent upon continuing library service effectiveness, professional growth and development, and service to the library, University, and community. CSU faculty are represented by the California Faculty Association, SEIU local 1983. Anticipated salary range: $74,280 - $77,500 (Sr. Assistant) or $85,224 - $94,500 (Associate). Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans, retirement package, and 24 vacation days per year. For more information, see https://bfa.sdsu.edu/hr/jobs/benefits
This position will remain open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by February 3, 2023. Applicants must apply via Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/119269. Anticipated start date is on or before July 2023.
Candidates should submit an application, cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement demonstrating commitment to diversity in library, museum, community, or cultural center service, and names and contact information of three (3) references.
SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See http://www.sdsu.edu for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.
As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.