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Special Collections Librarian [14060]

Position Deleted on 5/19/2014. 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 Special Collections Librarian.

UNLV is a comprehensive research university of approximately 28,000 students and 2,900 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:

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. For more information, please visit

This position is located within the UNLV Libraries' Special Collections Division. Special Collections engages students, faculty, the community, and researchers world-wide in the interdisciplinary study of gaming, Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada. The Division collects and makes available a variety of unique and rare materials on these topics, including manuscripts, archives, photographs, oral histories, books, maps, architectural drawings, media materials, government documents, and serials. The Division holds over 12,000 linear feet of archival materials and over 30,000 volumes. The Division is home to the Center for Gaming Research, the Oral History Research Center, and the only professionally equipped and staffed preservation laboratory in Nevada. The Division especially values efforts to promote learning, discovery, and scholarship.

Reporting to the Head of Special Collections Technical Services, the Special Collections Librarian will be dedicated to improving access to and discovery of archival materials in Special Collections. The incumbent will join a new department responsible for accessioning, processing, and preserving Special Collections materials in all formats. This department will work closely with the Libraries' Digital Collections Department and Discovery Services Department.

The Special Collections Librarian will be key in implementing a new archival collection management system and will be responsible for analyzing, mapping, standardizing, consolidating, and encoding description from multiple sources. The incumbent will also conduct a survey of holdings and analyze their value and processing needs. He/she will help ensure that Special Collections achieves a baseline of physical and intellectual control over all of its archival holdings. He/she will create, review, and upload finding aids. He/she will be instrumental in digitization workflows. The incumbent may eventually work with born digital records, including web archives, as well as complex archival processing projects. The incumbent will serve on Special Collections' Reference Desk and assist in the department's many outreach activities to the campus and community.

As a tenure-track library faculty member, the Special Collections Librarian 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. The incumbent will have demonstrated 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.

Required: A Master's degree accredited by the American Library Association with coursework in archives; experience using DACS, EAD, MARC, DC, LCSH, LCNA, and other library and archival descriptive and content standards; demonstrated proficiency in using automated archival collections management systems (especially Archivist's Toolkit and its successor Archives Space); one or more years of experience processing archival collections, including experience with minimal and basic processing strategies; superior technical and analytical skills; superior written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collegially within and across organizations; evidence of energy, creativity, initiative and commitment to professional growth; and a record of professional engagement and scholarship.

Preferred: Experience conducting surveys of archival holdings; experience with implementing or migrating a collection management system; experience encoding legacy finding aids; experience managing metadata for digitization projects; and experience providing reference services in a special collections.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II (equivalent to an Assistant 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 September 1, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to the Special Collections 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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