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Data Librarian and Instructor, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

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.


Salary Range

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.


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 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


To view the full position and apply, please visit the following link. 


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