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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian, UNLV University Libraries [R0114723]

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.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries seeks innovative, collaborative, user-focused applicants for the position of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian. Reporting to the Head of the Library Liaison Program, this position will support undergraduate, graduate and faculty research in the departments of anthropology, sociology and political science throughout the research lifecycle. Additionally, this position will support undergraduate and faculty research associated with the Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Program and its subprograms including African American and African Diaspora Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latina/o Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Gerontology, Multidisciplinary Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Social Science Studies. Liaison librarians serve as the primary contact between UNLV Libraries and their departments. The successful candidate will develop curriculum-integrated instructional sessions, provide research support and consultations, and maintain an effective collection in these disciplines in order to meet the teaching and research needs of faculty and students. The incumbent will also participate in the Libraries’ strategic initiatives to assess the needs of faculty and students related to the acquisition and management of data.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and he/she/they will have a proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels, as well as with faculty and students.

As a tenure-track library faculty member, the incumbent will also be expected to 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.

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 subject knowledge and familiarity with the research methodologies of anthropology, sociology, political sciences and/or interdisciplinary studies.
•     Demonstrated familiarity in finding and using data housed in large-scale open access data repositories used in anthropology, sociology, and/or political science, such as E-HRAF, ICPSR,, Eurostat, IPUMS, etc.
•     Recent experience or course work in information literacy instruction.
•     Recent experience or course work in developing online learning-support tools such as tutorials and online guides.
•     Excellent oral and written communication skills.
•     Evidence of energy, creativity, initiative and commitment to professional growth.
•     Ability to work independently and collegially.

•     Relevant undergraduate and/or graduate degree in anthropology, sociology, political science, and/or interdisciplinary studies or significant discipline-specific experience in an academic library.
•     Demonstrated experience with quantitative and/or qualitative data software such as Stata, R, NVivo, etc.
•     Understanding of current trends and issues in scholarly publishing and communication, including the role of open access mandates as a grant funding requirement.
•     Academic library experience with research assistance and information literacy instruction.

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 8, 2019 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian 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, “R0114723” 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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