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Division Director of Logistics, Resources, and Distribution Services

Position Deleted on 8/30/2013. 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
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries invites nominations for Division Director of Logistics, Resources, and Distribution Services.

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 future is now at UNLV Libraries. Traditional technical services functions of cataloging and acquisitions have evolved into new modes of information discovery, access, and delivery enabled by a robust underpinning in staff and technology innovation that can ensure success. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries seeks visionary, collaborative, user-focused applicants for the Director of Logistics & Resources Distribution Services (LRDS) Division. This senior management position provides leadership to staff and library faculty who provide the Libraries functions of collection and content development and management, access and delivery of resources, and bibliographic and metadata services. The LRDS Division is also responsible for the processing of content in the institutional repository, Digital Scholarship@UNLV. The LRDS Division has successfully implemented Lean process improvement practices over the past two years and 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 to focus on providing value to a wide range of customers.

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, this position manages a division-wide staff of 20+, with direct supervision of a Head of Access and Collections, and a Head of Discovery Services. The Division is also responsible for good fiscal stewardship of the Libraries $6.5 million collections budget. The incumbent will continue to develop a new 'technical services" and "collections" paradigm through policies and workflows that enhance discovery and access of library collections and information resources, regardless of system(s) and regardless of ownership, but always keeping the end-user in mind. This work requires library wide collaboration across divisions with others engaged in related challenges. It also requires participation in the Libraries' relationships with regional and national consortial partners and vendors.

As a member of the Dean's senior management team, the Director participates in library-wide planning and policy setting, and shares in the ownership of the Libraries mission, vision, and overall health and well-being of the organization.

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; a minimum of five years as a manager and supervisor of full time staff in a library or library-related field (e.g., vendor); experience managing at least one of the areas/functions embodied by traditional technical services, such as discovery, access, and organization of knowledge; demonstrated understanding of the uses of emerging models, technologies and tools used by libraries for resource access and discovery; knowledge of next-gen collection management practices; evidence of commitment to staff initiated process improvement; experience working with vendors; project management experience; ability to work independently and collegially; evidence of commitment to a new forward thinking technical services paradigm; excellent written and oral communication skills; and a record of professional engagement and scholarship.

Preferred: experience in an academic library; experience with process improvement methodologies and assessment practices; experience with ILS technology platforms and emerging next-gen library services ; experience with institutional repositories; experience working with control systems for financial transactions; experience, reputation, and scholarship record sufficient to meet criteria for appointment as tenured faculty member.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II or III (equivalent to an Assistant or 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 March 15, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to Director of Logistics, Resources, and Distribution Services 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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