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    Posted: 01/May/2019 at 1:51am
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Lead Acquisitions Librarian, UNLV University Libraries [R0115598]


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.

This position is located in the Continuing Resources and Collections (CRaC) department, which resides in the Collections, Acquisitions and Discovery (CAD) Division. The CRaC Department's role is evolving to encompass the budgeting, identification, selection, acquisition, licensing, management and evaluation of print and electronic information resources, both continuing and one-time, for the UNLV Libraries.


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries seeks a pro-active and innovative librarian to provide leadership and expertise for acquisition functions across all subject areas, formats and channels of delivery. This new position, in the Collections, Acquisitions and Discovery (CAD) division will report to the Head of Continuing Resources and Collections (CRaC), and will play a lead role as the CRaC department evolves and expands its acquisitions activities. The incumbent will have direct supervisory responsibility for operations, workflows and special projects involving ordering, payment, receipt, processing and access to information resources of all types.

The Lead Acquisitions Librarian will join the Libraries at an exciting time of ongoing transition. The Libraries successfully migrated to Ex Libris' Alma/Primo in December 2017 and is continuously reviewing workflows and procedures to ensure that we are fully utilizing the functionality of Alma, and that our staff have the training and skills to perform optimally in the migrated environment.

Specific responsibilities will include:

Ensure that resources are acquired in a timely, fiscally responsible, and effective manner that complies with University legal and financial policies and requirements.
Lead the department's acquisitions team, consisting of four staff members - 2 Library Faculty (including the incumbent) and 2 FTE classified staff members. Establish departmental priorities and procedures and develop appropriate documentation. Proactively work with staff to provide goals, expectations, clearly assigned tasks and establish best practices in concert with department and division needs and priorities
Lead the acquisition of monographs (both print and electronic) and tangible materials for the collections using one-time, approval, and user-driven collections budgets. Collaborate with Discovery Services department to integrate acquisitions processes with cataloging workflows for vendor services including YBP, Midwest, and Theodore Front
Lead the acquisition and maintenance of serials and e-resources. Responsibilities include:
Plan and coordinate e-resource lifecycle management efforts for databases, e-journals, e-books, data sets and streaming media including ordering, invoicing, activation, renewal, access and authentication
Troubleshooting and resolve e-resource access problems
Coordinate the acquisition, renewal and maintenance of print serials
In collaboration with the Head of CRaC assist with budget management by providing expenditure projections, monitor expenditure of the $10M+ collections budget, manage vendor accounts and provide data as needed to assist in evaluation of resources
Establish and maintain communications with external service providers, including publishers, vendors, consortia, content providers, and technology suppliers and collaborate internally with library staff across the CAD division and the Libraries to provide optimal access to resources for the University community.
Serve as a member of the Collections Committee to provide expertise on acquisitions, e-resource management and access, and subscription budget planning
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

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 knowledge of current and emerging issues, trends, workflows, business models and best practices in the changing landscape of library acquisitions, gained through at least three years of experience
A minimum of two years as a manager/supervisor
Demonstrated skills in time management and workflow management and writing documentation
Excellent analytical skills, including complex problem solving
Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
Ability to work collegially in a team environment exhibiting organizational, interpersonal and communications skills.

A record of professional engagement and scholarship.
Experience working with Ex Libris' Alma/Primo
Experience interacting with campus enterprise systems such as Workday, Peoplesoft etc. for library acquisitions and budget tracking

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II (equivalent to Assistant Professor). Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. The position is contingent upon funding with a minimum starting salary of $65,000.

Required Attachment(s)

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 May 13, 2019 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Lead Acquisitions 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, "R0115598" 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.


UNLV is committed to assisting all members of the UNLV community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report compliance document is available online.

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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