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The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) seeks a dynamic and systemic-thinking Archivist and Library Outreach Manager to design and implement best practices to facilitate research and public engagement with our extensive rare-book library and special collections of modern and contemporary Latin American art.

This position is responsible for major initiatives including the implementation of a call system and database for our library volumes; as well as the expedient processing of archival collections, including contracting specialists for key collections where additional resources are required. The Archivist and Library Outreach Manager will also lead the development of ISLAA’s digital research portals, including digitized collections and related web features. Reporting to the Managing Director, this position will frequently weigh in on related ISLAA programs in order to connect researchers, curators, and audiences to our unique offerings.

The ideal candidate is methodical, forward-thinking, and able to work efficiently on multiple projects. ISLAA adheres to the principle of “More Product, Less Process” (MPLP)—and so the ability to toggle between immediate priorities and long-term vision is essential. This is an expansive position with enormous room for growth. The ideal candidate will welcome the opportunity to significantly increase research engagement with one the country’s leading collection of Latin American rare books and archives.

Public engagement is core to the mission of ISLAA, which seeks to amplify the rich legacies of Latin American artists, movements, and visual cultures. Facilitating access to this collection requires diligent processing by a team of experts, and this priority is both an ethical and organizational imperative.


Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience. Health benefits and 401k are offered after three months of employment.


The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) advances scholarship and public engagement with art from Latin America through its program of exhibitions, publications, lectures, and institutional partnerships.

ISLAA pursues greater international visibility for art from Latin America, a goal that has led to our involvement in more than 400 lectures and conferences, 30 books, and 20 large-scale exhibitions.


Designs and implement a call system for ISLAA’s rare books and volumes

Oversees the processing of special collections with an emphasis on greater accessibility both internally and for researchers

Interfaces between ISLAA’s internal teams, reporting newly processed materials and suggesting new programming and initiatives related to incoming acquisitions

Coordinates with researchers through our Scholar in Residence and Writer in Residence programs

Fields inbound research questions and makes recommendations

Advises Collections team on organization and information management, tracks research visits

Reconciles CRM and collection databases on a regular basis, working directly with developer to create code patches if necessary

Maintains consistency across metadata in website, CRM, collection databases, et al.

Works with Collections team to select database provider(s) and manage art collection and networked archives/library


Works with Collections team to coordinate physical storage of archives and library volumes

Works with Editorial Program Manager to develop archival curated selections for the website

Works with Exhibition and Curatorial Manager and visiting curators to develop archival components for ISLAA’s gallery space


Completed MLIS degree

3+ years cumulative full-time experience working with rare books and archives

Specialization in art history or artist-related materials

Advanced Spanish or higher (reading and spoken). Portuguese is helpful but not required.


ISLAA seeks team members who reflect the diverse communities we engage with. Positions are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to, attn: Lucy Hunter. We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted on December 8