The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a Social Sciences Librarian in its University Libraries.
PROFILE of the UNIVERSITY
Located in one of the most exciting cities in the nation UNLV is a comprehensive research university of approximately 27,000 students and 2,800 faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, research, and service. The university has professional programs in law, architecture, performing arts and dental medicine; and leading programs in fine arts, sciences and education. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in dynamic Southern Nevada. In 2009 the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC established Brookings Mountain West on the UNLV campus to study the region.
Founded in 1957, UNLV is a growing urban research institution. Major areas of strategic focus for the campus are: attaining a Carnegie Foundation designation as Tier One “Research University/Very High” (RU/VH) and entering the top 100 American research universities; planning for a public medical school in Southern Nevada that will boost the regional economy and provide the community with more access to quality health care.
UNLV faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people that contribute to UNLV’s mission of teaching, research, and service. On a vibrant campus you will find a supportive workplace, and tools to help you achieve professional and personal growth. For more information, visit us on-line at: http://www.unlv.edu.
PROFILE of the LIBRARIES and the RESEARCH and EDUCATION DIVISION
As a strong partner in student learning, UNLV Libraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning with innovative services, entrepreneurial staff, outstanding digital collections, up-to-date technology and internationally renowned Special Collections, including two research centers: the Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History Research Center. University Libraries is comprised of Lied Library and three branch libraries and we are a gateway to more than 20,000 electronic journals and 1.7 million books, including e-books. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of over 115 experienced faculty librarians and staff members supporting teaching, learning, research and creative endeavors at one of the nation’s fastest growing universities.
The Research and Education (RED) Division has four departments and three branch libraries, with 40 staff members, of which 20 are library faculty. RED includes the Library Liaisons Program, Educational Initiatives, New Media Services, User Services, and the Architecture Studies Library, the Curriculum Materials Library, and the Music Library. Other areas within the scope of RED are campus outreach and collaborations, campus communications, public technology, and public space planning.
The Research and Education Division (RED) fosters collaborations that contribute to our users’ academic success, research, and lifelong learning. The Division positively impacts student learning and supports the research and scholarly agenda of the University.
ROLE of the POSITION
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries seeks innovative, collaborative, user-focused applicants for the position of Social Sciences Librarian. Reporting to the Head of the Library Liaison Program, this position will support undergraduate, graduate and faculty research in the departments of anthropology, sociology and political science throughout the research lifecycle. Liaison librarians serve as the primary contact between UNLV Libraries and their departments. The successful candidate will develop curriculum-integrated instructional sessions, provide research support and consultations, and maintain an effective collection in these disciplines in order to meet the teaching and research needs of faculty and students. The incumbent will also participate in the Libraries’ strategic initiatives to assess the needs of faculty and students related to the acquisition and management of data.
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 work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels, as well as with faculty and students
As a tenure-track library faculty member, the incumbent will also be expected to engage in scholarly activities; and provide service to the university, the community, and the profession in accordance with Libraries and University standards for promotion and tenure.
- A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
- Demonstrated subject knowledge and familiarity with social sciences resources and research methodologies.
- Familiarity with information literacy theory, practice, and assessment.
- Knowledge of emerging information technologies and their application to research and teaching.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- The ability to prioritize workload assignments.
- Relevant undergraduate or graduate degree in the social sciences or sciences, or significant discipline-specific experience in an academic library.
- Demonstrated experience with quantitative and/or qualitative data services and software.
- Understanding of current trends and issues in scholarly publishing and communication.
- Familiarity with current issues in data management.
- Academic library experience with research assistance and information literacy instruction.
This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II or III (equivalent to an Assistant or Associate Professor). Salary range starts at $60,100 – salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salaries are competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. In addition, the UNLV University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities. Position is contingent upon funding.
Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. The review of materials will begin April 1, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to the Social Sciences Librarian Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at https://hrsearch.unlv.edu. For assistance with UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-2894 or firstname.lastname@example.org.