Diversity Resident: Latin American Studies, The Ohio State University

Mary P. Key Diversity Resident: Latin American Studies

The Ohio State University (OSU) Libraries seeks a dynamic and self-motivated librarian for the position of Mary P. Key Diversity Resident. OSU Libraries’ two-year Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program is designed to provide mentorship through a successful transition from academic training to research librarianship, to provide the opportunity for hands-on exposure in many areas of the University Libraries’ operations, and to increase diversity from underrepresented groups for academic librarianship and The Ohio State University Libraries. The program provides professional development in a nurturing, yet productive, real world environment at one of the top 10 public university libraries in the country. The Resident will be encouraged to participate in selected workshops, conferences, institutes, and committees and develop a robust portfolio of engagement at the start of their library career.

During 2015–17, the resident will advance engagement in Latin American Studies and with co-curricular centers. In an increasingly globalized, interdisciplinary, technologically enriched academic context, the OSU Libraries’ Area Studies program provides forward-facing, responsive services which intensely support research, teaching and learning. OSUL’s Latin American Studies services and collections are relevant and distinctive, reflecting the dynamic energy of the University’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Spanish and Portuguese Department (SPPO). The resident will engage with these vigorous programs as they explore new possibilities in dual degrees, new pedagogies, community engagement led by the steady growth of the Latino Studies program and foreign language instruction in a variety of peninsular and indigenous languages. The resident will also advance understanding of the global information environment and explore strategies for supporting co-curricular centers and initiatives on campus. The resident will build partnerships to participate in shared practices that connect the Libraries’ learning environment, expertise, resources, and services with constituent needs.


  • Actively engage. Develop strong working relationships with an interdisciplinary community of faculty, students, and staff, serving specifically as liaison to CLAS and SPPO.
  • Advance transformative teaching. Work closely with faculty and graduate teaching assistants to programmatically integrate information literacy concepts and library resources into the curriculum, including instruction in globally networked learning environments and offering on-demand research support.
  • Leverage online resources. Identify areas where new online learning and digital tools can place the Libraries into the flow of teaching, learning and research.
  • Collaborate across the Libraries. Work with other subject, area studies and special collections librarians to develop interdisciplinary solutions to integrating distinctive intellectual content and services into the academic environment.
  • Collection development. Assist with the management of a distinctive, interdisciplinary, responsive research collection in Latin American Studies which supports distinguished academic and teaching programs.
  • Develop partnerships. Engage with co-curricular centers on campus such as the Multicultural Center, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, or the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity and evaluate the nature of co-curricular liaison work to inform future libraries’ initiatives in this area.
  • Serve on selected library committees.
  • Begin development of a research agenda that will contribute to an area of scholarship.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program completed by the time of appointment
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills in English and Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Evidence of a user-centered vision and innovation
  • Interest in professional development and research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a Latin American-related subject area
  • Ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment
  • Understanding of major trends in Latin American Studies scholarship
  • Experience in developing and delivering innovative instruction and research support services

About the Appointment

This is a full-time, two year Visiting Faculty (non-tenure track) position. As a Visiting Faculty member, the resident is strongly encouraged to engage in professional research and publication. The resident will provide a faculty annual report as well as periodic reports to the Diversity Committee to track progress on established objectives. Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and experience.

About The Ohio State University

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.

The Ohio State University Libraries contribute to the University’s eminence as dynamic partners and campus leaders in advancing inquiry and discovery for OSU, the state of Ohio and for an ever expanding community of world scholars. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at http://library.osu.edu.


The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see: http://hr.osu.edu/hrpubs/ben/fs-bensummaryreg.pdf.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by May 15, 2015. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Erica Jonak at jonak.3@osu.edu. Please include the position title in the subject field.

Contact Information: Erica Jonak, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-247-8887

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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