Job: Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Project - Library Coordinator 1 (time limited)

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Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Project - Library Coordinator 1 (time limited)

Number position available:

$68,990 minimum salary; The Smathers Libraries offer a salary commensurate with experience and credentials

Job Category:

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





As a core team member on the “Revitalizing the Digital Library of the Caribbean” initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Project Coordinator will support activities related to open educational resources (OER) for instructors, students, and information professionals engaging with Caribbean collections. This year-round (12 month), time-limited position will undertake responsibility for managing a collaborative, international program to develop, evaluate, and disseminate freely available instructional materials for higher education in Caribbean Studies. Additionally, the position will oversee the creation and translation of guides documenting recommended practice and resources on topics relevant to dLOC Partners, such as digitization, conservation, copyright, etc. Working with educators and practitioners across disciplines, this position will ensure that expert work is transformed into published materials that are usable and maintainable moving forward.




As a member of the Digital Partnerships & Strategies Department, the dLOC Project Coordinator 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 dLOC Coordinator will serve on various committees and teams. To support all colleagues, students and faculty, and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the Coordinator will bring culturally rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, and perspectives. The dLOC Coordinator will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities.






Teaching Resource Development


·      Collaborates with multi-institutional, international group of contributors to identify, develop, review, and share educational materials for higher education students in Caribbean Studies.


·      Responds to inquiries from OER contributors, including basic information on copyright, accessibility, and technology.


·      Engages potential OER contributors or users by facilitating live and recorded information sessions.


·      Coordinates and directly undertakes publication and outreach to enhance awareness and access to contributed OER.


·      Actively engages in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and keeps abreast of work in the field that demonstrates the role of OER in inclusive and international learning environments.




Stipend Program Administration


·      Manages stipends program to facilitate creation of open educational resources (OER), including coordination with program advisory committee.


·      Disseminates calls for proposals and other outreach materials to promote awareness of funding opportunities.


·      Coordinates application, review, and award processes.


·      Assesses program milestones and progress on an annual basis.




Program Guide Development


·      Coordinates with internal experts and dLOC community members to identify topics of interest to partners such as copyright, collections metadata, preservation, digital exhibits, etc.


·      Acts as primary guide series editor and coordinates digital and print publication of guides.


·      Collaborates with department colleagues to disseminate published guides to partners.






·      Coordinates and directly undertakes translation in English and one or more of Spanish, French, Haitian Kreyòl, or another relevant language for educational resources, guides, and other materials.




Grant management


·      Contributes to assessment and reporting activities relevant to the project grant.


·      Coordinates with project team members and other units as needed to process stipends and honoraria for external partners.




Other Duties


·      Participates in other departmental activities, including public service and special projects as assigned.


·      Participates in staff development opportunities as needed.







 We value a range of experience and perspectives. Applicants are encouraged to communicate in their application materials and subsequent interview conversations how their work and other experiences satisfy the following qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.



 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



      Master’s degree in directly relevant area

      Demonstrated professional level proficiency in written and spoken English and one or more of French, Spanish, Haitian Kreyòl, or another relevant language

      Demonstrated knowledge of Caribbean histories and cultures, informed by work, academic, and/or lived experience

      Experience in one or more areas of open education, instructional design, web publishing, or digital humanities

      Basic working knowledge of copyright and accessibility

      Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service, and other work

      Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills

      Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with international and US partners, faculty, students, administrators, and the general public

      Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment

      Experience teaching or training in online environments




 Digital Partnerships & Strategies Department provides leadership for digital partnerships between the Smathers Libraries and partners across the university, regionally, nationally, and internationally. DP&S provides program development and manages program operations for Scholarly Communications, the LibraryPress@UF, and the Institutional Repository (IR@UF), ensuring alignment with the Smathers Libraries’ Strategic Directions and support for the Libraries’ collaborative partnerships, initiatives, and programs. This includes projects associated with the UF Digital Collections (UFDC), Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), the IR@UF and other digital collections and scholarship efforts hosted at UF, including support for digital scholarly publishing.



 The libraries at the University of Florida form the largest academic information resource system in the state of Florida with seven libraries and two off-campus facilities. The George A. Smathers Libraries are comprised of six of the campus libraries, and the off-site facilities. In addition to this system, the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center is part of the Levin College of Law. The Libraries hold over 6.27 million print volumes, 1.5 million e-books, 145,000 full-text electronic journals, over 1000 electronic databases, 1.3 million documents, over 15 million digitized pages from the Libraries’ collections and 1.4 million maps and images. Distinctive holdings include the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Latin American and Caribbean Collection, Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature and the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History. The Libraries maintain partnerships and engages in a variety of collaborative, international projects while engaging with the UF community. We are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and other regional library consortia.


The library staff consists of more than 300 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The George A. Smathers Libraries are strong advocates for inclusion and intellectual freedom. The Libraries’ commitment to both is articulated in the Inclusion and Intellectual Freedom Statements. The Smathers Libraries will foster and maintain a culture that supports DEI, as values are foundational and permeates all aspects of our organization per Strategic Directions 4: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Support for professional development is central to the Smathers Libraries.  Supports include a formal mentoring program, a robust training program, release time for research and professional service, a comprehensive grants program, and funding for professional development travel.


The University of Florida

 The University of Florida (UF) is the state of Florida’s preeminent university. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities and won the 2018 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. UF is currently fifth among “Top Public Universities” in the U.S. News and World Report and second among Forbes “Best Value Public Colleges (2016). 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. At UF we have some of the top faculty in the country. In addition to attracting over $900 million in research each year, they foster the uniquely collaborative environment that transforms potential into actual results. 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. The University of Florida seeks to address key challenges of our time, from COVID-19 to racism. Stronger Together: Promoting Racial Justice through Awareness and Action provides UF faculty and staff with a series of educational offerings to help them better understand and address racism and bias and help promote racial justice at the individual, institutional, and systemic levels.  For more information, please consult the UF homepage and the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer website.



 University benefits for this position include retirement plan options, insurance benefits, paid family leave (parental and medical), tuition fee waiver program, and employee assistance program, as well as paid time off and holidays. Gainesville, Florida, has no state or local income tax. The University of Florida provides ongoing guidelines and resources related to COVID-19, including free testing on campus.



 The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. We are dedicated to the goal of building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff within a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we invite all qualified applicants including women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirement under the Florida Sunshine and Public Records laws.


If an accommodation due to a hearing or speech disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 University of Florida Human Resources or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD).



 Gainesville and the surrounding community are home to approximately 257,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. The city is surrounded by more than 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers, with many paved and unpaved trails for recreation. The city is just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Gainesville is an award winning and innovative city, friendly to both professionals and families. The Guide to Greater Gainesville combines award winning photography and compelling articles that capture all the reasons for calling Gainesville your next home. The City of Gainesville is a progressive municipality that seeks to promote racial equity. 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.








Institution Information
Institution Name :
University of Florida/George A. Smathers Libraries

PO Box 117024




Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Tina Marie Litchfield

Contact Email:

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How to apply


Application Process


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)



Apply by 11:55 pm (EST) on May 31, 2022 (applications will be reviewed as received). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition Job Number 521762. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Tina Marie Litchfield, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

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