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Sciences Librarian

  • Post Date:August 28, 2019
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    Employer Name University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Job Description

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for aSciences Librarian, UNLV University Libraries [R0117863] 


Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty andstaff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing morethan 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the CarnegieFoundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region’s diversifyingpopulation and workforce, driving economic activity through increased researchand community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV islocated on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in SouthernNevada.  For more information, visit us on line at:



The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity,equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment. The University Libraries extends this commitment to diversity and equity in employment and especially welcomes applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, personsof minority sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who contribute to diversification.



As a strong partner in research and student learning, UNLVLibraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning with innovativeservices, entrepreneurial staff, outstanding digital collections, up-to-datetechnology and internationally renowned Special Collections, including tworesearch centers: the Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History ResearchCenter. University Libraries is comprised of Lied Library and four branchlibraries and we are a gateway to more than 80,000 electronic journals and 1.7million books, including e-books. We welcome individuals with diversebackgrounds to join our growing organization of over 130 experienced facultylibrarians and staff members supporting teaching, learning, research andcreative endeavors at one of the nation’s fastest growing universities. TheResearch and Education (RED) Division has four departments (Library LiaisonsProgram, Educational Initiatives, Knowledge Production, User Services) andthree branch libraries (Architecture Studies Library, Music Library, andTeacher Development & Resources Library) and has 40 staff members, of which 21 are library faculty. The Research and Education Division (RED) fosters collaborations that contribute to our users’ academic success, research, andlifelong learning and positively impacts student learning and supports theresearch and scholarly agenda of the University. This mission is realizedthrough instruction of learners using a variety of methods and tools;partnerships with faculty to create an integrated, assessable, information literacy-focused curriculum; provision of targeted information resources;expert, point-of need research assistance; and a commitment to fostering competencies for lifelong inquiry.  



The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries seeks innovative,collaborative, user-focused applicants for the position of Sciences Librarian.Reporting to the Head of the Library Liaison Program, this position will support undergraduate, graduate and faculty research in the College of Sciences throughout their practice and creative process, supporting the full research lifecycle. Liaison librarians serve as the primary contact between UNLV Libraries and their departments. The College of Sciences includes theDepartments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geoscience, Life Sciences,Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, and the Water Resources Management Program. The successful candidate will develop curriculum-integratedinstructional sessions, provide research support and consultations, collaborate with teaching faculty on assignment and course content, and maintain aneffective collection in these disciplines in order to meet the teaching andresearch needs of faculty and students. The incumbent is expected to contributesignificantly to the planning, development, provision, and assessment of a cohesive program of library services, collections, and strategic information literacy initiatives for all departments within the College of Sciences in support of the whole educational and research processes. This will include supporting scholarly communication, open access, data services and research data management initiatives within the library and on campus and assisting theUniversity in STEM literacy outreach to the region. 

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and he or she will have a proven capacity to workeffectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels, as well as withfaculty and students

 As a tenure-track library faculty member, the incumbent willalso be expected to engage in scholarly activities; and provide service to theuniversity, the community, and the profession in accordance with Libraries andUniversity standards for promotion and tenure.



This position requires an earned Master’s Degree in library orinformation science from an American Library Association accredited program bythe date of appointment.



  • Competence and sensitivity in working at a university in which students, faculty, and staff are broadly diverse with regard to many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
  • Demonstrated subject knowledge and familiarity with the research methodologies of chemistry, biochemistry, geoscience, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and/or astronomy.
  • Strong interest in science librarianship.
  • Experience performing reference, instruction and/or collection development in the sciences.
  • Experience or course work in developing online learning support tools such as tutorials and online guides.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.



  • Relevant undergraduate and/or graduate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, geoscience, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and/or astronomy or significant discipline specific experience in an academic library.
  • Knowledge and experience using statistical, reporting, or data graphing software such as Mathematica, MATLAB, SPSS, NVivo, SAS, etc.
  • Academic library experience with research assistance and information literacy instruction.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data management plans and federal grant requirements, open access concepts and application, and scholarly communication principles.
  • Interest in data services.



This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II(equivalent to Assistant Professor). Salary range is $65,000 – $68,000. Inaddition, University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professionaldevelopment opportunities. Salaries are competitive with those at similarlysituated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Positions are contingentupon funding.


UNLV and the Libraries provide a rich array of benefitsincluding a generous 401 (a) retirement plan with a 15.25% university match ofthe employee’s 15.25% contribution; HSA / FSA options; 24 days of annual leaveand 11 days of holiday leave; 30 days of initial sick leave which accrues at 2days/month after the first year of employment; grant-in-aid benefits foruniversity courses; and more as detailed at The Libraries provide generous support for individual professional development,and residents of Nevada enjoy no state income tax.  Home to many majorannual conventions, Las Vegas is one of the best-connected cities in Americaand the nearest major city to several of the nation’s richest naturaltreasures.  In addition to the world renowned Las Vegas Strip providing avariety of culinary and entertainment opportunities, Las Vegas is home to fiveprofessional athletic organizations and continues to expand local culturalopportunities, including the internationally recognized Smith Center for thePerforming Arts. 


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Required Attachment(s)

Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listingqualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, emails and telephonenumbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted.Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, withspecific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications becausethis is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.


Although this position will remain open until filled, review ofcandidates’ materials will begin on September 30, 2019 and best considerationwill be gained for materials submitted prior to that date.  Materialsshould be addressed to the Sciences Librarian, Search Committee Chair, and areto be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistancewith the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702)895-3504 or [email protected].



UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of HigherEducation (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday tofind and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log intoWorkday, type “Find Jobs” in the search box which will navigate tothe internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing therequisition number, “R0117863” in the search box.


If you complete an application outside of the internalapplication process, your application will be returned and you willhave to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.



UNLV is committed to assisting all members of the UNLV communityin providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report andAnnual Fire Safety Report compliance document is available online.


UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator andemployer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualifiedapplicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, amongother things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteranstatus, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information,gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected byanti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs onlyUnited States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in theUnited States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities,and veterans are encouraged to apply.