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Head of Discovery Services Librarian

Position Deleted on 1/01/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Las Vegas, NV
  • Admin - Libraries
  • Faculty - Science - Library and Information Science
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a Head of Discovery Services Librarian.

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 internationally recognized programs in hotel administration and creative writing; professional degrees in law, architecture, 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. For more information, visit us on-line at:

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries seeks innovative, collaborative, user-focused applicants for a newly created Head of Discovery Services Librarian position. This leadership position will join the Logistics & Resources Distribution Services (LRDS) Division which encompasses most but not all of the Libraries functions of collection and content management, access and delivery of resources, and bibliographic and metadata services. The LRDS Division has successfully implemented Lean over the past two years to fulfill the management functions necessary to measure and evaluate process performance. Staff and librarians are knowledgeable, innovative, and empowered to work together in teams to solve problems and continuously improve existing and newly developed processes and services that are focused on providing value to a wide range of customers.

Reporting to the Director of Logistics & Resources Distribution Services and together with the Head of Collections (Access), this position will co-manage LRDS a division-wide staff of 20+, focusing on the Discovery aspects of the Division's work. The incumbent will continue to develop a new 'technical services' paradigm through the supervision of staff and librarians involved with the cataloging/metadata workflows that enhance discovery and access of print and electronic resources, regardless of ownership, but always keeping the end-user in mind. This work requires collaboration with others across the organization engaged in related challenges.

Responsibilities include contributing to leadership and vision in the design of a comprehensive, future-oriented approach to making library collections (and other materials) accessible regardless of system(s). This will involve working across divisions to collaboratively develop and coordinate the various cataloging/metadata related workflows that facilitate ubiquitous access and discovery and continuously evaluate the Libraries' online resource discovery environment. This position, with a strong background in MARC record management and familiarity with non-MARC standards will also contribute to the library-wide effort to research next generation ILS / Library Services Platforms. This position will facilitate the MARC metadata 'clean up' associated with significant print collection migrations.

The successful candidate is expected to work collegially and to build partnerships within the Libraries and on campus; engage in scholarly activities; and provide service to the university, the community, and the profession in accordance with the Libraries and Universities standards for promotion and tenure.

As a strong partner in student learning, UNLV Libraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning with innovative services, entrepreneurial staff, over one million volumes, outstanding digital collections, up-to-date technology and internationally renowned Special Collections in four modern, flexible facilities. We are an organization committed to continuous improvement as informed by data and other evidence collected through review processes such as Lean as well as a wide range of other organizational assessments. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of over 100 experienced faculty librarians and staff members supporting teaching, learning, research and creative endeavors at one of the nation's fastest growing universities.

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A master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Knowledge of next-gen information discovery systems and application of linked data and semantic web technologies. Knowledge of current and emerging models and tools used by libraries for resource discovery. Experience working with and transforming catalog data/MARC; familiarity with Dublin Core and non-MARC metadata; demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects and services; evidence of a commitment to and experience with methods of gathering evidence to improve workflows and systems for our users. Within LRDS, the ability to supervise and work with people, bringing them into a new 'technical services'/information paradigm - someone who can communicate effectively, and inspire action.

Preferred: Knowledge of operating systems, database design, software development and applications related to library services, including mobile technologies. Prior experience with process improvement methodologies and assessment practices, i.e., Lean, Six Sigma, TQM. Prior experience with next-gen information discovery systems

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II or III (equivalent to an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor). Salaries are competitive and dependent upon labor market. 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 at the end of May, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to, Head of Discovery Services Librarian Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-2894 or
UNLV is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity.
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