The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences (CULLS) seeks an engaged, service-oriented Native American Collections Curator to manage and promote its collections related to Southwestern Native American and Indigenous cultures and history. The College welcomes interested candidates from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to: women, people of color, LGBTQ+, ability/disability, and non-binary gender identities. We also invite candidates from members of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups that do not fit into the categories listed above.
The Curator is part of the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) and works closely with faculty and students conducting research in a variety of academic fields related to this geographic area. The Curator supports the campus community through specialized and general reference services and instructional programs, and engages in outreach to Southwestern tribes and Pueblos. The Curator reports to the Director of the CSWR and, in consultation with colleagues, has curatorial responsibility for all Native American Collections. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position. The desired start date is July 1, 2021. The annual salary is negotiable based on qualifications and includes full benefits.
The Native American Collections Curator is responsible for all library collections related to Native Americans and Indigenous peoples. Responsibilities include analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the collections in order to manage their development, preservation, and growth. This involves building archival and research collections on the contemporary and historical cultures of Native American and Indigenous tribes and Pueblos with an emphasis on New Mexico and the Southwest, including both primary and secondary materials. The Curator initiates and manages strategic initiatives, programs, outreach activities, grants, and special projects, including a reorganization and digitization of the Native American Oral Histories Collection (Doris Duke Collection). Digital collection development projects will be in collaboration with the Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication (DISC) department. The Curator will act as the Tribal and Pueblo Liaison contact for the University Libraries.
CSWR serves an extremely varied group of researchers who range from members of the general public and relatively inexperienced undergraduates to advanced graduate students, faculty members, visiting scholars, and other researchers from across the state and around the world.