Job: Caribbean Partnerships Librarian

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Caribbean Partnerships Librarian

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$62,800 minimum salary

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Position DOES NOT require a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


SALARY:               $62,800 minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank

                         $72,600 minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank

                              The Smathers Libraries offer a salary commensurate with experience and credentials


Requisition #:  521692
DEADLINE DATE: May 26, 2022 - review of applications will begin on May 12, 2022
The Caribbean Partnerships Librarian is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position that provides leadership in planning, developing, and managing partnerships and training programs for the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC, The Caribbean Partnerships Librarian will provide facilitated leadership for nearly 80 existing dLOC partners and engage with potential new partners. The Librarian will support and encourage collaboration with international, national, local, and diaspora communities to form sustainable, forward-thinking, and non-extractive partnerships. The Librarian will be a member of the senior leadership team for dLOC, to enable and facilitate program maintenance and sustainable growth.
The Librarian will maintain schedules and processes for relationship management as part of project portfolio management, which will include regular consultations with each partner, regular community meetings, and schedules for periodic updates to program resources. Because the Librarian will conduct annual check-ins with all partners across the year, strong project and partner management is critical. The Librarian will serve as editorial liaison and co-editor on handbooks and other partner resources, to ensure up-to-date, usable information and resources that best meet partner needs.
The creation of the Caribbean Partnerships Librarian represents a critical development in the history of dLOC and the role of the Smathers Libraries in supporting this community. Supported by a $2 million award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Revitalizing the Digital Library of the Caribbean ( will build and sustain dLOC in the years to come. The Librarian will work closely with the UF project team and serve as the project manager. As a member of the Digital Partnerships & Strategies Department, the Librarian joins a team whose functional responsibility spans many core areas and that is intentionally designed to create, sustain, and foster productive partnerships for shared goals.
The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Caribbean Partnerships Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all colleagues, students and faculty, and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the Caribbean Partnerships Librarian will bring culturally rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, and perspectives. The Caribbean Partnerships Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
The Smathers Libraries is committed to creating a thoughtful, equitable, and inclusive culture that provides space for innovation and creativity. We support that commitment by offering a fulfilling work experience that allows for collaboration, growth, and development as well as shared perspectives.

  • Collaborates with dLOC partners and international, national, local, and diaspora communities to form sustainable, forward-thinking, non-extractive programs for collection development and knowledge exchange.
  • Serves as the first point of contact for all partnership inquiries, serving as liaison to connect with other team members to support partnership goals.
  • Provides support and consults with partners and other program stakeholders. Conducts annual check-ins with individual partners.
  • Plans and implements regular professional development opportunities for dLOC partners, drawing on expertise of community members as needed.
  • Communicates effectively with stakeholders in written or spoken English and French or Spanish to achieve program goals.
  • Facilitates regular meetings with dLOC partners to address needs, specific projects, and strategic planning in support of collection development and related activities.
  • Engages with subject matter experts in the department regarding copyright, OER, digital publishing, and other core areas for partner services.
  • Collaborates with relevant personnel across the Smathers Libraries responsible for related areas such as the Latin American and Caribbean Collection, digital collection development, conservation and preservation, and exhibits.
  • Leads editing of training resource materials, working with experts at UF and in the dLOC community for creating and updating core resources.
  • Co-facilitates the annual dLOC partners meeting and other partner events.
  • Actively engages in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and creates a welcoming environment for all.
  • Leads and collaboratively supports partners in outreach, promotion, and advocacy activities for dLOC.
  • Participates in grant projects and fundraising activities.
  • Participates in the ongoing evaluation and development of dLOC.
  • Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.



Research indicates that applicants from underrepresented groups are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all the required and preferred qualifications.[1] We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop the preferred skills. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to communicate how their work and other experiences satisfy the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Two years of experience working in a collaborative community and partnerships environment [For appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank, eight years of relevant, post graduate degree experience is required]
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English and either French or Spanish
  • Subject expertise in Caribbean Studies or directly related area
  • Experience actively participating in or managing collaborative networks including diverse stakeholder groups
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service, and other work
  • Experience teaching or training in online environments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent planning, analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment
  • Strong potential to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion outlined in the departmental by-laws


  • Experience working in library, archival, or cultural heritage environments
  • Experience in project portfolio management
  • Experience working with digital publishing or content management platforms or tools
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relationship and partnership management practices


[1] Schmaling, K. B., Blume, A. W., & Baker, D. L. (2017). Characteristics of Faculty Position Advertisements Associated with Applicant Diversity. Journal of Higher Education Theory & Practice, 17(8), 10–17.  Collier, D., & Zhang, C. (2016). Can We Reduce Bias in the Recruiting Process and Diversify Pools of Candidates by Using Different Types of Words in Job Descriptions? Mohr, T. S. (2014). Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified. Harvard Business Review, 25.



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  • Academic Libraries

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Job Place:
Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Job Location:
Central Florida

1545 W University Avenue




Institution Information
Institution Name :
University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries

1545 W University Avenue




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Contact Name:
Joseph Piazza

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How to apply

To apply, submit

  • a cover letter detailing your interest in, and qualifications for this position
  • your current resume or CV
  • a list of three references including their contact information (telephone number and email address)
  • a written statement (about 250 words) regarding your approach to managing collaborative projects. 

Apply by May 26, 2022 (review of applicants will begin on May 12, 2022). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 521692. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Joe Piazza, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

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