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Director, Health Sciences Library

Director, Health Sciences Library

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - UNLV Job Location: Nevada Date Created: 05-18-2018

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Director, Health Sciences Library, UNLV School of Medicine [R0108100]


UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 29,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on line at: http://www.unlv.edu

UNLV SOM is creating a world-class center for allopathic medical education, patient care, and research that prepares Nevada's doctors with the most innovative and technologically advanced forms of medical training while serving the health care needs of a diverse and urban population through community partnerships. UNLV SOM will build clinical, education, and research programs in cardiology, neuroscience, mental health and addiction, cancer, and orthopedics. Its innovative, problem-based curriculum centers on the importance of relationships in health care and will foster long-term connections between students and faculty, health care professionals, patients, families and the community. Students will learn how to provide compassionate care in teams of health professionals including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists and others in the pursuit of the best patient outcomes and satisfaction at the lowest cost.

The new Health Sciences Library is part of UNLV SOM's first academic building and is designed to support the School of Medicine and all other health sciences faculty, staff and students located on the evolving health sciences campus. The Health Sciences Library will incorporate cutting edge technology while remaining high-touch as a partner in student learning and in support of research. The Health Sciences Library will be designed so all health science students can study in teams and for members of the Southern Nevada health sciences community to use as a resource. Library faculty will be partners in student learning, embedded to support evidence-based, interdisciplinary discovery of the latest research information. Physical learning spaces will incorporate multimedia, data and GIS capability for research and the creation of new knowledge. Authoritative collections will be built and delivered whenever possible, in electronic formats enabling access on multiple mobile device platforms. The library's institutional repository will capture and disseminate scholarly papers, research and conference proceedings to showcase the intellectual output of its health sciences faculty and scholars for the world to discover and use


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


Reporting to the Dean of UNLV University Libraries, the Library Director is a key member of the leadership team of both the UNLV University Libraries as well as the UNLV SOM. We seek an experienced health sciences librarian with a strong vision for the centrality of the library in learning and research. The successful candidate will be responsible for transitioning to a new 21st century health sciences library. She/he will be responsible for managing the library and will supervise a team of library faculty and staff consisting of four Health Science Librarians, who plan and deliver a variety of instructional programs, collections and services; one Administrative Faculty responsible for emerging and educational technologies to support clinical and medical education; and one Library Technician. Such work will ensure that users have access to the informational resources and possess the life-long learning skills required to succeed as medical professionals.

As part of the UNLV University Libraries, the Health Sciences Library is supported through a centralized infrastructure and shared services. The Director works closely with main campus colleagues on programs, services and collections. The Director actively forms partnerships with other Schools of Health Sciences and UNLV health sciences related institutes. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude; will have a proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams, building partnerships within the Libraries, on campus, and in the outside community; and will be committed to engage in scholarly activities and provide service to the university, the community, and the profession in accordance with the Libraries and University's standards for promotion and tenure.



  • A master's degree in Library or Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association
  • Minimum five years of experience in management positions in an academic library
  • Experience in a medical or health sciences library, or as a health sciences librarian, preferably in an academic medical library
  • Experience developing library policy, articulating vision and providing leadership and direction toward achieving strategic goals
  • Demonstrated experience in developing working partnerships with academic departments and other campus communities
  • A broad understanding of bio and health informatics and experience developing programming for both
  • Experience with assessment methods that demonstrate value of libraries to institutional mission, and a commitment to continuous improvement
  • Experience managing library budgets and personnel
  • Knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape and role of libraries in data lifecycle management


Experience with space planning; experience writing successful grant proposals; experience in maintaining donor relationships.


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II (equivalent to an Assistant Professor) or a tenure-track/tenured position at Rank III (equivalent to an Associate Professor). Salaries are competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Position is contingent upon funding. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the UNLV University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities.


Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, emails 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.

Review of candidates' materials will continue until position is filled. Materials should be addressed to the Director, Health Sciences Library, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online (https://www.unlv.edu/jobs) as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or applicant.inquiry@unlv.edu


UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the requisition number, “R0108100” in the search box.

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


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

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