Exhibitions Curator (Assistant Librarian), Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, UT Libraries

at UT Austin Libraries (view profile)
Published February 6, 2023
Location Austin, Texas
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements Master's degree
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $50,000 + depending on qualifications
Hourly or Salary? Salary



The Exhibitions Curator is responsible for enhancing the reach and visibility of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection’s special collections and Benson programming by implementing a robust exhibition program in four physical spaces and online; coordinating promotion and programming efforts connected to exhibitions; working with UT classes and others to integrate Benson exhibitions into teaching and learning; and overseeing outgoing and incoming exhibition loans.


Key to the curator’s role is their work at the intersection of Benson programming and Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS)-led initiatives. LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections pairs the abundant scholarly resources of one of the world’s premiere collections of Latin American, U.S. Latina and Latino, and Black diasporic materials with the teaching and research focus of a leading institute of Latin American Studies.




Exhibitions Oversight and Installation

  • Design, write, and install exhibits in the Benson Collection's galleries, at partner venues, online, and in print; and collaborate with guest curators
  • Establish workflows for Benson physical and digital exhibitions and co-manage Benson presence on the Spotlight exhibition platform
  • Work closely with LLILAS Benson communications team to implement a cohesive exhibition design consistent with LLILAS Benson intellectual production and branding
  • Work with development staff and grant coordinators on exhibitions project proposals and other fundraising activities



  • Implement promotion and programming for all exhibitions; organize and lead gallery tours
  • Mentor volunteers and students from the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS); the School of Information, Latino Studies at UT, the College of Fine Arts, and beyond
  • Work with faculty, LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator, LLILAS Benson Community Engagement Coordinator, K-12 educators, and others to integrate exhibitions into curricula and otherwise facilitate teaching and learning with Benson physical and digital exhibitions


Public Services

  • Provide in-person and virtual reference
  • Conduct rare materials showings to student groups, visiting researchers, donors, and campus partners


Exhibition Loan Program

  • Serve as primary contact for loans of collection materials to external institutions and outsourced digitization projects


Other related functions as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Museum Studies; Public History; Information Science; or related discipline
  • Specialization in or knowledge of Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, and/or the Black Diaspora in the Americas
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly (verbal and written) for a general audience
  • Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish or Portuguese
  • Demonstrated experience with the practice of public exhibition curation and related digital technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and meet project goals and manage competing priorities
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility


Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional experience in a museum or archive, or other relevant experience with museum/archival materials
  • Significant experience preparing and installing exhibitions including exhibition design, matting, framing, lighting, etc.
  • Experience working with culturally and racially diverse populations in the U.S. and/or internationally
  • Experience providing research assistance or teaching in a library or museum setting
  • Experience creating metadata for digital objects and/or working knowledge of a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) or a digital exhibitions platform
  • Knowledge of preservation and conservation principles and practices


Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all of the qualifications. We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills.