Head of Collection Development, Benson Latin American Collection, UT Libraries

at University of Texas Austin Libraries (view profile)
Published June 7, 2024
Location Austin, Texas
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $70,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


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This position serves as the Head of Collection Development for the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, identifying and acquiring information resources, including core and circulating collections materials in all formats to support the study and teaching of a broad range of Latin American subjects at the University of Texas.

This position is eligible for consideration of sponsorship of a work visa.



Collection Development

  • Chief staff member responsible for Benson Collection acquisitions and collection development of core and special collections in all formats.
  • Sets priorities for collection growth for both physical and e-resources, and provides leadership, professional development, and guidance for Benson bibliographers.
  • Works strategically with the Head of Special Collections on rare materials acquisitions.
  • Works collaboratively with the Head of Digital Initiatives to assess born-digital acquisitions, and integrate post-custodial methods and collaborations into collection development strategies.
  • In collaboration with Benson Director, manages Benson Collection acquisitions budget, including endowments.
  • Responsible for collection development of core and special collections, including strategic acquisitions travel for one or more region of Latin America.
  • Works collaboratively with UT Libraries (UTL) Scholarly Resources team on overarching collection development matters and strategies.
  • Trains, supervises, and evaluates performance of 1 FTE Benson Bibliographer and 1 Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Public service

  • Serves as library liaison for to faculty, staff, and visiting researchers for one or more region of Latin America, providing specialized research and reference support.
  • Develops and builds relationships with campus and local cultural institutions and community organizations.
  • Conducts rare materials showings and tours for visitors.
  • Consults on, and sometimes organizes, collections-related displays and exhibitions.


Professional Representation of the Collection

  • Serves as the Benson Collection’s primary contact for collection development matters.
  • Represents the Benson Collection with UT Libraries, UT-Austin administration, patrons, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Represents the Benson Collection at events; regional, national and international meetings; and conferences concerned with Latin American librarianship.


Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree (MLS and/or MA in any Latin American Studies discipline) plus 4 years of experience relevant to library collection development, OR PhD in any Latin American Studies discipline and 2 years of experience relevant to library collection development.
  • Specialization in and thorough knowledge of the history and culture of Latin America/Caribbean.
  • Full professional fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of collection development and management, including archives.
  • Ability to provide leadership in decision making and strategic planning necessary for expanding an outstanding collection of rare archival materials.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, using tact, diplomacy, and discretion at all times including the ability to communicate with different populations from varying backgrounds.
  • Ability to organize short- and long-term priorities and projects and work with multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively supervise and mentor employees.
  • Successful history of working independently and collaboratively to reach desired objectives.
  • Ability to travel abroad.
  • Aptitude for independent decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Experience managing budgets.
  • Must be flexible and willing to take on new responsibilities.


Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Specialization in Mexican and or Central American history and culture.
  • Knowledge of trends in U.S. Latina/o Studies and Black Diaspora Studies.
  • Familiarity with archival processes including appraisal, acquisitions, gift agreements, processing, preservation, security, and access.
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese.


We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleagues develop these preferred skills.


Salary Range

$70,000 + depending on qualifications


Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office and library conditions.
  • Use of manual dexterity.
  • Climbing of stairs.
  • Weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Must be able to travel overnight and weekends.
  • Lifting objects, bending, kneeling, walking, standing.

Work Shift

Monday - Friday, between the hours of 7am and 6pm, as arranged with manager. Flexible work arrangements are available.


Required Materials (PDF preferred)

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest


During your application, you will be asked the following questions:

  • Please describe how your knowledge of the history and culture of Latin America will shape your approach to collection development of both core and special collections at the Benson Latin American Collection.
  • Please describe your relevant experience with collection development and management, including specific geographic or subject area expertise.
  • How will your skills and experience allow you to build on the legacy of the Benson Latin American Collection in its continued collection growth?
  • How would your skills and experience contribute to your success as a supervisor and mentor to library staff at a highly motivated, collegially-governed organization?