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Sciences Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries seeks innovative, collaborative, user-focused applicants for the position of Sciences Librarian. Reporting to the Head of the Library Liaison Program, this position will support undergraduate, graduate and faculty research in the College of Sciences throughout their practice and creative process, supporting the full research lifecycle. Liaison librarians serve as the primary contact between UNLV Libraries and their departments. The College of Sciences includes the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geoscience, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, and the Water Resources Management Program.


The successful candidate will develop curriculum-integrated instructional sessions, provide research support and consultations, collaborate with teaching faculty on assignment and course content, and maintain an effective collection in these disciplines in order to meet the teaching and research needs of faculty and students.


The incumbent is expected to contribute significantly to the planning, development, provision, and assessment of a cohesive program of library services, collections, and strategic information literacy initiatives for all departments within the College of Sciences in support of the whole educational and research processes. This will include supporting scholarly communication, open access, data services and research data management initiatives within the library and on campus and assisting the University in STEM literacy outreach to the region. 


The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and he or she 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 broadly diverse with regard to many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
  • Demonstrated subject knowledge and familiarity with the research methodologies of chemistry, biochemistry, geoscience, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and/or astronomy.
  • Strong interest in science librarianship.
  • Experience performing reference, instruction and/or collection development in the sciences.
  • Experience or course work in developing online learning support tools such as tutorials and online guides.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Relevant undergraduate and/or graduate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, geoscience, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and/or astronomy or significant discipline specific experience in an academic library.
  • Knowledge and experience using statistical, reporting, or data graphing software such as Mathematica, MATLAB, SPSS, NVivo, SAS, etc.
  • Academic library experience with research assistance and information literacy instruction.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data management plans and federal grant requirements, open access concepts and application, and scholarly communication principles.
  • Interest in data services.


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. In addition, University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities. Salaries are competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Positions are contingent upon funding.


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


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. 


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Application Instructions 

To view the full position and begin the application process, please visit the following link. 


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 September 30, 2019 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date.  Materials should be addressed to the Sciences 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



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