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Employment Opportunity: Indigenous Nations Library Program, Program Specialist, UNM Libraries

UNM Libraries: Indigenous Nations Library Program – Program Specialist

Job Title: Program Specialist

Status: Open Until Filled

For Best Consideration Date: September 30, 2021

Posting #: req17375

Contact: Amy Mullins, Search Coordinator,

The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences (CULLS) seeks a Program Specialist for the Indigenous Nations Library Program (INLP).

The INLP Program Specialist is responsible for all facets of the day-to-day operations and program activities of the Indigenous Nations Library Program (INLP). INLP supports Indigenous learning, promotes Indigenous scholarship, and cultivates Indigenous creation. The program cultivates and supports Indigenous people to be agents of change in their community by providing culturally relevant learning environments and information services, and developing a community of scholars. For additional information, please see the INLP website or visit the space in person or online through University Libraries Virtual Open House.

The INLP Program Specialist:

  • Oversees and manages the Indigenous Nations Library Program (INLP) space in Zimmerman Library, which includes technology enabled meeting and study spaces, as well as display and collection spaces.
  • Supervises and evaluates student employees who staff INLP’s service desk..
  • Plans and implements program initiatives that serve Native American/Indigenous communities, including introductions to the UNM University Libraries resources and services, information literacy instruction, and support of collections.
  • Provides information and reference services. Creates, produces, and delivers a range of promotional, educational, and informational presentations, and develops resource materials.
  • Together with the Native American Collections Curator, liaises with the  UNM community and New Mexico Native American/Indigenous communities and provides, consultation, and support to INLP constituencies as appropriate.
  • Develops and manages INLP program resources and identifies opportunities to enhance program services and operations. Compiles and analyzes data for reports, presentations, and other presentations. Develops program operating goals, objectives, and protocols.
  • Works collaboratively with Access Services and colleagues across University Libraries, including with the Native American Collections Curator.

The Environment:

Founded in 1889, the University of New Mexico sits on the traditional homelands of the Pueblo of Sandia. The original peoples of New Mexico – Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache – since time immemorial, have deep connections to the land and have made significant contributions to the broader community statewide. We honor the land itself and those who remain stewards of this land throughout the generations and also acknowledge our committed relationship to Indigenous peoples. We gratefully recognize our history.

UNM CULLS is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, and the Greater Western Library Alliance and leads the LIBROS Consortium of seventeen academic libraries in New Mexico. The UNM Libraries contains over 3.5 million volumes and includes three libraries: Centennial Science & Engineering Library, Fine Arts & Design Library, and Zimmerman Library (humanities, social sciences, business, and education). Zimmerman Library houses the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. UNM is a Tier I Research Institution and a Hispanic-serving institution. UNM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. CULLS condemns racism.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University’s influenza vaccination requirement.
  • If located at the UNM Children’s Campus, successful candidate must pass a comprehensive post-offer, pre-employment criminal and New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) fingerprint background check, and a continued successful status will be verified by periodic future background checks.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED; at least 6 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Two years library experience.
  2. Customer service experience.
  3. Familiarity with New Mexico Native American/Indigenous communities.
  4. Experience providing information and reference services, including services delivered in person and online
  5. Experience with program or service activity planning and evaluation
  6. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community
  7. Teaching or training experience
  8. Knowledge of a Native American language.

Campus: Main

Salary: Full-time position, $3,199.73 to $4,585.53 monthly. Benefits eligible position.

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