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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a Data Librarian & Instructor, UNLV University Libraries [R0114872]

Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV   is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on line at:

The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment. The University Libraries extends this commitment to diversity and equity in employment and especially welcomes applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who contribute to diversification.

As a strong partner in research and student learning, UNLV Libraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning with innovative services, entrepreneurial staff, outstanding digital collections, up-to-date technology and internationally renowned Special Collections, including two research centers: the Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History Research Center. University Libraries is comprised of Lied Library and four branch libraries and we are a gateway to more than 80,000 electronic journals and 1.7 million books, including e-books. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of over 130 experienced faculty librarians and staff members supporting teaching, learning, research and creative endeavors at one of the nation's fastest growing universities. The Research and Education (RED) Division has four departments (Library Liaisons Program, Educational Initiatives, Knowledge Production, User Services) and three branch libraries (Architecture Studies Library, Music Library, and Teacher Development & Resources Library) and has 40 staff members, of which 21 are library faculty. The Research and Education Division (RED) fosters collaborations that contribute to our users' academic success, research, and lifelong learning and positively impacts student learning and supports the research and scholarly agenda of the University. This mission is realized through instruction of learners using a variety of methods and tools; partnerships with faculty to create an integrated, assessable, information literacy-focused curriculum; provision of targeted information resources; expert, point-of need research assistance; and a commitment to fostering competencies for lifelong inquiry.

UNLV University Libraries seeks nominations and applications for an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented tenure-track faculty member to serve as the Data Librarian & Instructor (DLI). Based in the Research & Education Division and reporting to the Head of Knowledge Production, the DLI will develop and extend the Library’s role in providing services centered on the acquisition, development, and utilization of research data. The Libraries created this new position to improve coordinated support for library-based data services and enable research through data instruction, outreach, and community building.

The DLI will build on an existing team of functional experts and subject liaisons situated across multiple Library divisions and focused on providing services to the University community related¬¬ to scholarly activity and research data management. This role is highly collaborative, and the successful candidate must be an active relationship builder and excellent communicator with the ability to work cross-organizationally to develop and communicate data services.

•     Consults and provides instruction for students, faculty, and staff from all academic disciplines in the acquisition, analysis, visualization, and management of data.
•     Collaborates with Library and University stakeholders to design services to support data management, sharing, and reuse.
•     Creates guides and digital learning objects to enhance and scale data services.
•     Expands capacity of the Libraries to meet emerging needs by coordinating training for Library faculty and staff related to data resources and services.
•     Partners with stakeholders to develop data collections, drawing on an understanding of the collection’s strengths, its use, and scholarly trends in order to maximize relevance to the UNLV scholarly community.
•     Assists in identifying potential new applications of data services in higher education.
•     Participates in the activities of the Research & Education Division and contributes significantly to the planning, development, and assessment of the Division’s policies and services.
•     Participates in faculty governance activities, including attending faculty meetings, voting on bylaws changes, voting in other faculty elections, and serving on committees when elected or appointed.
•     Establishes and sustains an ongoing service and scholarship record in accordance with UNLV Library Faculty Bylaws and university tenure and promotion procedures.
This position requires an earned Master's Degree in library or information science from an American Library Association accredited program by the date of appointment.

•     Competence and sensitivity in working at a university in which students, faculty, and staff are highly diverse with regard to many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, income, level of educational attainment, and religion.
•     Demonstrated teaching ability and experience with instructional design principles and creating inclusive learning experiences.
•     Demonstrated data skills, including data cleaning/wrangling/normalization, using regular expressions, and web scraping.
•     Demonstrated experience with one or more statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata, or R.
•     Ability to select, acquire, and manage licensed, and open data collections to support campus research and scholarship.
•     Familiarity with aspects of copyright and licensing relating to the deposit, discoverability, sharing and reproducibility of research data.
•     Familiarity with metadata standards related to the description, access, and preservation of numeric data (e.g. Data Documentation Initiative).

•     Experience acquiring or licensing data resources for a library collection.
•     Proficiency in a programming language to support data manipulation.
•     Working knowledge of various funding agencies’ requirements related to research data and ability to consult and provide instruction on such requirements.
•     Graduate degree in a social science field, statistics coursework, certification in data science, or advanced training in data handling.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II (equivalent to Assistant Professor). Salary range is $65,000 - $68,000. Salary is competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Position is contingent upon funding. In addition, University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities.

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 22, 2019 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to the Data Librarian and Instructor, 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

UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the requisition number, “R0114872” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.

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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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