Head, Scholarly Communication & Data Services-- University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Post date: Mar 10, 2020

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Head, Scholarly Communication & Data Services, UNLV University Libraries [R0120644]


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: http://www.unlv.edu


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.


UNLV’s recent designation as a Research I, Very High Research Activity University (Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) highlights the changing direction of the University with a new and growing emphasis on the research, scholarship and creative activities of its faculty and students. This direction presents exciting opportunities for the University Libraries to lead, partner on, and contribute to institutional aspirations and strategic initiatives. To better support an environment in which faculty and students produce widely disseminated, and influential research, the University Libraries will implement an organizational restructuring. The restructuring will create a new Scholarly Communication & Data Services department through the merger of the existing Scholarly Communication Initiatives department and the data services functional expertise of the Knowledge Production department. By aligning expertise in this new department, the University Libraries will establish organizational leadership for the development of programs and tools that support UNLV researchers in creating, sharing and demonstrating the impact of their work. Existing and future programmatic areas of focus for the department will include:

  • Open Scholarship and Publishing, including oversight of the Institutional Repository
  • Data Visualization
  • The Carpentries
  • Data Management
  • Reputation Management
  • Research Impact

UNLV Libraries is seeking an experienced, knowledgeable, and collaborative librarian to establish the Scholarly Communication & Data Services department. An intentional decision has been made to wait until the incumbent is in place before creating the department in order to facilitate unified team development under the leadership of this role.

The Scholarly Communication & Data Services department will be part of the Collections, Acquisitions and Discovery (CAD) division. This will utilize existing Division expertise in scholarly communication, repository management and research impact and build on that foundation to strengthen support for UNLV researchers. Reporting to the Director of the CAD division, the incumbent will implement the restructuring described above and develop direction, vision, goals and priorities for Scholarly Communication & Data Services.

Key responsibilities and expectations for this position will include:

  • Establish, articulate, document, and maintain departmental vision, strategy, direction and goals
  • Lead and support a growing team of library staff responsible for the programming and services of Scholarly Communication & Data Services. The department staffing consists of the following positions, those marked with an * are vacant and recruitment will be forthcoming
    • Head, Scholarly Communication & Data Services (Academic Faculty)
    • Data Librarian & Instructor (Academic Faculty)
    • Scholarly Communication Librarian (Academic Faculty)
    • Scholarly Communication Librarian for Research Infrastructure (Academic Faculty)
    • Digital Scholarship Librarian* (Academic Faculty - position under development)
    • GIS & Data Visualization Specialist* (Administrative Faculty)
    • 2 Library Technician II positions (Classified staff)
  • Lead the development of a robust and sustainable program of services that support the needs of UNLV researchers through a collaborative approach that engages with Libraries and UNLV stakeholders as appropriate
  • Work cross-organizationally to develop effective working relationships and communication channels with key stakeholders. This will include University Libraries departments such as the- Library Liaison Program, Educational Initiatives, Health Sciences Library, and Digital Collections, and partners across the University including the Division of Research and Economic Development, and Office of Faculty Affairs as well as faculty, students and administrators from across the campuses
  • Continuously assess and evaluate programs, services, policies, and processes of the department to ensure they are responsive to the evolving needs and priorities of UNLV researchers
  • Remain up-to-date on challenges, opportunities, and issues facing research libraries and the trends that affect them and develop and evolve Scholarly Communication & Data Services and associated outreach initiatives as appropriate
  • Participate in the cross-organizational Libraries Research Support Council to build frameworks and expectations for collaboration and communication in the development, and provision of research services
  • As a faculty member, the incumbent will be expected to engage in scholarly activities and to provide service to the university, community, and profession in accordance with UNLV and University Libraries 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 broadly diverse with regard to many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion
  • Five years of experience in an academic setting
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, mentor, and train staff
  • Experience providing programmatic services in one or more focus areas of the department
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement new initiatives, including establishing and articulating vision and goals
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and apply new technologies
  • Knowledge of current digital scholarship and scholarly communication trends
  • Knowledge of research data management and data services trends within libraries
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, foster collaboration and lead teams across an organization
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and build partnerships with University stakeholders external to the library
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects
  • Demonstrated high level of initiative


  • Experience in a similar role in an academic setting
  • Demonstrated teaching experience
  • Experience with technology, methods and tools related to the programmatic areas of focus for the position, including but not limited to: data visualization, geospatial mapping, text and data mining, repository management, The Carpentries (Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, or Library Carpentry)
  • Evidence of creative thinking about library services and technologies
  • Experience applying for and managing grants


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II (equivalent to an Assistant Professor) or a tenure-track/tenured position at Rank III (equivalent to an Associate Professor). Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions.

UNLV and the Libraries provide a rich array of benefits including a generous 401 (a) retirement plan with a 15.25% university match of the employee’s 15.25% contribution; HSA / FSA options; 24 days of annual leave and 11 days of holiday leave; 30 days of initial sick leave which accrues at 2 days/month after the first year of employment; grant-in-aid benefits for university courses; and more as detailed at https://www.unlv.edu/hr/benefits. The Libraries provide 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 https://guides.library.unlv.edu/lasvegas/welcome.



Full-Time Equivalent


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 April 6, 2020 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to, Head, Scholarly Communication & Data Services 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 applicant.inquiry@unlv.edu.


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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.

Job Category

Academic Faculty

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Note to Applicant

This position may require that a criminal background check be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

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