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Director - Division of Special Collections

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 Libraries invites nominations for and applications from innovative, collaborative, externally-focused applicants to lead the Division of Special Collections as Director.

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. In 2009 the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC established Brookings Mountain West on the UNLV campus to study the region. For more information, visit us on-line at:

The primary mission of Special Collections is to collect, preserve, provide discovery and access to, and promote, interpret, and instruct in the use of our materials. The Special Collections Division documents the history, culture, and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada region, the global gaming industry, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. These collections include manuscripts, books, photographs, periodicals, maps, architectural drawings, oral history interviews, media, the university archives, and other cultural and visual artifacts. Significant collections include the Gaming Collection which includes an internationally recognized rare book collection of gaming history; Las Vegas entertainment; Las Vegas and urban resort architecture; mining and railroads; the American West; Hoover Dam; and the culinary arts including an international menu collection. The Division also includes the Libraries' Preservation unit and conservation lab, and two specialized academic research centers: The Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History Research Center. Staff includes 4 faculty positions, 1 professional position, 4 classified positions, 6-10 student assistants, and grant-funded contract positions.

The culture of the Division of Special Collections is deeply rooted in service to its users, in person, online, and through instruction and educational outreach. The Division accomplishes this mission through building and interpreting collections; using and adapting technologies to improve discovery; preserving and providing access to physical materials through a robust and nationally recognized digitization program including the university's institutional repository; partnering with faculty in classroom instruction in the use and interpretation of primary sources; an active and growing library exhibition program; collaborating regionally and nationally; and through proactive community outreach that promotes the role of Special Collections and its research centers in documenting, preserving, and engaging the community in its history.

The Division works closely with the Division of Logistics and Resources Distribution Services (LRDS) for acquisitions and cataloging, and with the Libraries Technology Division for grant-writing and implementation of digital projects.

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Director is a member of the senior management team sharing responsibility for the overall management of the Libraries. A primary role of the Director will be in external relations, fund-raising and community engagement: documenting and communicating to stakeholders the value of Special Collections to the university and to the community. The Director will work closely with the Dean, the Libraries Director of Development, and the Libraries External Relations Manager in development and communications activities for the Libraries. The successful candidate will combine traditional experience and competencies with knowledge of current trends in Special Collections and will lead the staff in shaping and implementing a shared vision, with a focus on continuous improvement.

As a tenure-track library faculty member, the incumbent will be expected to work collaboratively with others; 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.

Library Faculty proactively develop partnerships with classroom faculty to develop and deliver value-added services as well as new methods of delivering existing services to support the University's research and teaching initiatives. 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.

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Required: A master's or doctorate degree from an ALA-accredited program; OR a doctorate degree in an appropriate discipline such as history, English, American Studies, public administration, or a related field. A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in an academic or research library, archives, or major historical society. Demonstrated understanding of, and receptiveness to, the uses of emerging technologies. Evidence of performance, scholarly engagement, and active participation in professional organizations sufficient to meet criteria for appointment at the highest level. Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and collegially as a member of a team; strong analytical and organizational skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and demonstrated commitment to effective public service and ability to work with diverse constituents. Demonstrated experience and success with library development, fundraising and donor relations. An interest in, and understanding of historical collections.

Preferred: A second graduate degree in a related area. Experience with digital collections and media conversion initiatives. Experience with writing and administering grants. Familiarity with accepted preservation methodology.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II/III (equivalent to an Assistant/Associate Professor). Salaries are competitive with those at similarly situated institutions 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 August 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to Director of Special Collections 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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