We are seeking a suitably experienced individual to survey the holdings on the Caribbean in Senate House Library, and the libraries of the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (FCO Commonwealth collection) with the aim of producing an online presence for these collections and identifying resources for digitization. The appointee would be expected to promote the collections through social media and a launch event for embassies, Caribbean support groups, and other stakeholders. The post is part-time (0.6FTE) and the normal hours of work are 21 per week.
The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS)
The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) was established in 1965 following a government review conducted by the historian Professor John H. Parry that identified a national need to develop Latin American studies in the UK. The Parry Report initiated a ten-year programme aimed at developing the field focusing on the creation of five centres of Latin American studies at Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow and London, after which other significant centres emerged at Essex and Warwick among others. The Institute of Latin American Studies became the flagship for the discipline. In terms of the library, it housed the main reference collection for the UK and was at the forefront of coordinating Latin American studies libraries in the UK, publishing regular handbooks on Latin American studies, as well as lists of degree programmes and theses in progress. It has also been the administrative home of the Journal of Latin American Studies since it was established in 1969.
In 2004 the Institute of Latin American Studies merged with the Institute for United States Studies to form the Institute for the Study of the Americas and joined the School of Advanced Study. At that time the reference and research library of ILAS was incorporated into the Latin American Studies Library at Senate House. Latin American library now contains over 90,000 volumes of research level material focused on the humanities and related social sciences and is one of the most important Latin American libraries in the UK. It constitutes a major attraction to overseas scholars from the region. In 2012 the Institute ceased to have responsibility for the support of US studies and once more became the Institute of Latin American Studies.
In 2014 the School of Advanced Study established the Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research with the aim of developing a programme of research promotion and facilitation that focused on relations within the Caribbean, including its fringing mainland, from prehistory to the present day, crossing national boundaries and linguistic affiliations. This is administered by the Institute of Latin American Studies on behalf of the School.
As the Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies, you will, in close liaison with the Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies in ILAS, and the subject librarians in Senate House Library, IALS and IHR, analyse their Caribbean collections for their coverage and strengths. You will also promote scholarly awareness of the library collection in the field of Caribbean studies available across the Senate House Libraries. You will analyse existing digital resources and digitised materials relevant for Caribbean studies and will identify any areas where there may be gaps with potential for further digitisation . You will engage with networks and key collaborative activities in the field of Caribbean studies (e.g.. the Society for Caribbean Studies, Caribbean Studies network; CARISCC) to determine their needs for research support.
To be considered for this position, you must have a PhD in a subject relevant to the study of the Caribbean. You will have experience of working in an academic or Caribbean-related library or a similar environment. You will bring significant experience in the use of library resources, (including digital resources) to the position and will have an in-depth knowledge of Caribbean research communities and current areas of research. We are seeking an individual with an aptitude for creative thinking, excellent analytical skills and experience of engaging in scholarly networks and collaborative activities.
This position is to start as soon as possible. For a full job description and person specification, please download the recruitment pack below.
To apply for this position, please send your CV and covering letter before the close date. The close date for this role is midnight on Sunday, 29 January 2017. Interviews are scheduled to take place in the week commencing 13 February 2017 and applicants are recommended to ensure their availability during that period.
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