Director, Health Sciences Library - UNLV
Friday, March 09, 2018 12:00 AM

Title: Director, Health Sciences Library

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Department: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Salary: 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.  

Closing date: Open until filled, with first review of candidates on April 2, 2018

Position Description:
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.  

Required Qualifications:

  • 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

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

How to Apply:  
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. Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on April 2, 2018 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date.  Materials should be addressed to the Director, Health Sciences Library, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or

Where cost is a material factor, the abbreviated statement can be used in lieu of the preferred complete statement.

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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