Director, Health Sciences Library— University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Post date: Apr 12, 2021

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Director, Health Sciences Library, UNLV University Libraries [R0124250]


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.


As a strong partner in research and student learning, UNLV Libraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning at one of the nation's fastest growing universities. University Libraries comprises Lied Library and four branch libraries and we are a gateway to more than 80,000 electronic journals, 1.2 million volumes, and 1.4 million e-books. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of over 130 experienced faculty librarians, professionals, and staff members.


UNLV School of Medicine (SoM) is a recently accredited world-class center for allopathic medical education, patient care, and research that prepares Nevada’s doctors with the most innovative and technologically advanced forms of medical training while serving the health care needs of a diverse and urban population through community partnerships. UNLV SoM is creating clinical, education, and research programs in cardiology, neuroscience, mental health and addiction, cancer, and orthopedics. Its innovative, problem-based curriculum centers on the importance of relationships in health care and will foster long-term connections between students and faculty, health care professionals, patients, families, and the community. Students learn how to provide compassionate care in teams of health professionals including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, and others in the pursuit of the best patient outcomes and satisfaction at the lowest cost.

The Health Sciences Library is currently in two locations on the developing Academic Health Center Campus. The HSL incorporates cutting edge technology while remaining high-touch as a partner in student learning and in support of research. Authoritative collections are being built and delivered whenever possible, in electronic formats enabling access on multiple mobile device platforms. Library faculty are partners in student learning, embedded to support evidence-based, interdisciplinary discovery of the latest research information. The Health Sciences Library (HSL) will be part of UNLV SoM’s first academic building and is designed to support the SoM faculty, staff, medical students, and physician trainees located on the evolving health sciences campus.


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as leading and modeling a respectful, positive work environment. The University Libraries values begin with our belief that everyone deserves a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environment where they are treated with respect and dignity. The Libraries extends its 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.


UNLV University Libraries seeks nominations and applications for an innovative and collaborative tenure-track/tenured faculty member to serve as the Director, Health Sciences Library (HSL). Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Director, Health Sciences Library will lead a dynamic and extensive suite of services that fosters education, research, student success, and community engagement efforts for a diverse student population within a growing research university. The primary focus of this position is on leadership of HSL, with a strong liaison role to the School of Medicine, building SoM stakeholder relationships, developing curriculum support, student learning, and research support.

The Director, Health Sciences Library is a key member of the leadership team of both the UNLV University Libraries as well as the UNLV SoM. We seek an experienced health sciences librarian with a strong vision for the centrality of the library in learning, research, and community engagement. The successful candidate will be responsible for transitioning to a new 21st century health sciences library. They will be responsible for managing the library and will supervise a team of library faculty and staff consisting of four Faculty Librarians, who plan and deliver a variety of instructional programs, collections, and services; and two Library Technicians. Such work will ensure that users have access to the informational resources and possess the life-long learning skills required to succeed as medical professionals.

The Director, Health Sciences Library will initiate and support diversity goals for the Libraries that include services to a broadly diverse student population, recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff, and inclusive leadership. This will support existing equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at UNLV and in the University Libraries, such as the Libraries' recent "We Need to Talk: Conversations on Racism" forums, and its implementation of "Recommendations For Diverse Recruitment" developed by the Libraries' Inclusion and Equity Committee.

As part of the UNLV University Libraries, the HSL is supported through a centralized infrastructure and shared services. The Director, Health Sciences Library works closely with main campus colleagues on programs, services, technology, and collections. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude; will have a proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams, building partnerships within the Libraries, the University, the SoM, and in the outside community; and will be committed to engage in scholarly activities and provide service to the university, the community, and the profession in accordance with the Libraries and University’s standards for promotion and tenure.


  • Provides collaborative leadership to advance our values and strategic directions for research, instruction and community engagement activities.

  • Leadership and oversight of functional areas and staff in the Health Sciences Library, including: strategic planning, budgeting, facilities management, organizational development, change management, and assessment.

  • Leads HSL with an emphasis on empathy, cultural humility, inclusion, approachability, and respect.

  • Collaboratively leads, empowers, and supports HSL Faculty Librarians, professional, classified, and student employees.

  • Coordinates strategic and annual planning for HSL and oversees implementation in support of Libraries' Strategic Plan and SoM Strategic Plan.

  • Directly supervises 4 FTE academic faculty and 2 Library Technicians.

  • Participates in space planning efforts for the new Medical Education Building to evolve in response to next-generation technologies, user expectations, and patterns in learning and research collaboration.

  • Coordinates and collaborates with Libraries' other Division Directors for shared responsibilities and integration of public services and research support with all library operations.

  • Works with Library Technologies Division staff to plan for introduction of new technology in services and operations.

  • Serves as a member of the Libraries’ Leadership Team, Library Council, and other management groups as appropriate.

  • Serves on appropriate SoM committees and attends Dean’s Leadership Team meetings.

  • Establishes and sustains an ongoing service and scholarship record in accordance with UNLV Library Faculty Bylaws and university tenure and promotion procedures. All library faculty are supported with professional development funding, and research leave is available. Additionally, UNLV faculty are not unionized, but the university has a shared governance model; faculty are represented in the Faculty Senate and supported by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Faculty Center.


This position requires a Master's Degree in library or information science from an American Library Association accredited program by the date of appointment. Experience considered is not limited to public services areas; transferable skills or experience will be considered.


  • Competence and sensitivity in working with individuals who are highly diverse regarding many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, income, level of educational attainment, and religion.

  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience with inclusive management.

  • Experience in leading, coaching, and empowering others.

  • Demonstrated skills and experience creating an inclusive and open communication culture.

  • Experience in providing library services and instruction.

  • Demonstrated skills in advocacy and promotion of medical library instruction and services.

  • Experience in developing and advancing collaboration across an organization.


  • Experience working at an R1 (Very High Research Activity) or R2 (High Research Activity) university.

  • Experience in working in an academic health sciences or medical library.

  • Experience in working in health administration, clinics, hospitals, social work, or nursing.

  • Experience managing other employees.

  • Demonstrated understanding of emerging technologies.

  • Experience in developing and implanting strategic plans in collaboration with partners and stakeholders.

  • Additional graduate degree in a relevant program.

  • Scholarship and service record at the rank of Associate or Full Professor (or equivalent rank) in a health sciences professional area.


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track/tenured faculty position at the rank of Associate (Rank III, tenured-track/tenure) or Full Professor (Rank IV, tenure). Minimum salary is $80,000. 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: each position receives annual allotment for professional development activities. Benefits information is available here:

Pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 3 passed by the Nevada State Legislature during the 31st Special Legislative Session, employees are required to take furlough at a 4.6 percent monthly reduction in compensation from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.

UNLV University Libraries provides generous support for individual professional development, and residents of Nevada enjoy no state income tax. Home to many major annual conventions, Las Vegas is one of the best-connected cities in America and the nearest major city to several of the nation’s richest natural treasures. In addition to the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip providing a variety of culinary and entertainment opportunities, Las Vegas is home to five professional athletic organizations and continues to expand local cultural opportunities, including the internationally recognized Smith Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more about living in Las Vegas visit our guide at

Exempt: Yes

Full-Time Equivalent: 100.0%

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 5, 2021 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to the Director, Health Sciences Library 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


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