Posted on July 3, 2016.
Library Fellows (2 positions)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is seeking applicants for two Library Fellows (Visiting Library Faculty, 2-year limited term position) in its University Libraries. UNLV encourages individuals from historically under-represented populations to apply (16381).
PROFILE of the UNIVERSITY
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 29,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. 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.
PROFILE of the LIBRARIES and DIVISION
As a strong partner in 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 three branch libraries, and we are a gateway to more than 20,000 electronic journals and 1.7 million books, including e-books. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of over 120 experienced faculty librarians and staff members committed to a culture of continuous improvement as we contribute to the teaching, learning, research, and creative endeavors at one of the nation’s fastest growing universities.
University Libraries’ vision is to define the new academic research library—bringing people and information together in innovative ways. As UNLV emerges as a leading urban research institution, the Libraries will pioneer dynamic, user-focused methods of reaching, connecting, and engaging researchers and learners.
Both positions will be within the Libraries’ Collections, Acquisitions and Discovery (CAD) Division. CAD provides the Libraries’ functions of content development and management, access and delivery of resources, bibliographic and metadata services and scholarly communication support. The CAD Division includes the management of the high profile Digital Scholarship@UNLV institutional repository. Candidates selected will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on strategic initiatives and projects across the library organization and will work with liaison librarians, teaching and learning librarians, and other functional specialists. As a member of the library faculty, the selected candidate will have an opportunity to acquire first-hand experience with research and scholarship and service to the library, institution, and profession.
ROLE of the POSITION
UNLV is one of the most diverse universities in the nation with a large first-generation college student population. The UNLV Libraries have an enduring commitment to diversity and seek to provide a two-year visiting appointment open to interested new graduates and early-career librarians. UNLV encourages individuals from historically under-represented populations to apply. The Library Fellows appointments will provide the selected candidates with transferable professional early work experience and career development opportunities in preparation for future leadership roles in the field. Structured as an immersive academic library experience for newly qualified and early career librarians, the Library Fellows will develop a broad knowledge of the activities and functions of academic research libraries with a specialization in a key area of strategic importance for UNLV Libraries. UNLV’s program provides support for professional engagement at the national level as well as mentoring. Through participation in the program individuals will hone professional skills, develop proficiency in their area of specialization, and build a professional network in preparation for future career opportunities.
The campus is embarking on a Top Tier initiative to become one of the nation’s best public research universities. A key strategic aim articulated in the Top Tier Initiative is to “enhance library collections and infrastructure to support evolving methods of research, scholarship, and creative activity across UNLV’s disciplines”. UNLV Libraries is seeking librarians to help advance library initiatives in line with these Top Tier strategic aims. We are looking for collaborative and energetic individuals to contribute to planning, outreach, education, and the development of services, tools and policies in key areas.
The selected candidates will develop expertise, leadership, and project management skills in the inter-related Libraries’ focus areas of digital scholarship and scholarly communication. Key project areas that may be assigned are listed below:
1. Research Data Management: Working with library colleagues and other campus constituents, participate in the development of an infrastructure and services to support data discovery, curation, preservation, this will include:
· outreach to the campus community to ensure data deposit in UNLV repositories or appropriate subject repositories;
· providing guidance and instruction in creating data management plans and encourage use of the UNLV instance of the DMPToolkit; and
· monitoring new data practices and standards adopted by government agencies and other relevant disciplinary groups.
2. Scholarly Research Impact: Assist in the Libraries ORCID implementation pilot. Investigate and develop a range of services around scholarly output research impact and bibliometrics/altmetrics for UNLV. Investigate methods for tracking UNLV researcher compliance with federal granting mandates for public sharing of articles and data.
3. Metadata Support: Employ appropriate metadata schema and standards to increase discoverability of digital research outputs of UNLV. Assist in developing policies and procedures that are compatible with the Libraries’ other metadata activities, specifically in the consistent use of controlled vocabularies and identifiers. Explore the repurposing of metadata between the IR, the Libraries’ other discovery interfaces, and external aggregators.
The areas of specialization assigned to the selected candidate will be dependent on the interests and skills of the candidates as expressed in their application materials and within the context of the priorities of UNLV Libraries.
UNLV seeks to hire recent graduates and early career librarians for the Library Fellows program. UNLV encourages individuals from historically under-represented populations to apply.
Required qualifications include:
· ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information studies to be awarded no later than August 31, 2016.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills, particularly the ability to explain complex concepts to a wide variety of individuals and groups, and the ability to interact effectively and work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
· Ability to interact effectively and work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
· Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications.
· Creative and analytical thinking skills and good problem solving ability.
· Ability to prioritize workload assignments and adjust priorities as needed.
· Ability to work collaboratively as a team member.
· Understanding of an interest in the mission and role of academic libraries.
· Knowledge of current issues in academic libraries.
· Commitment to professional development growth and/or evidence of self-directed learning and adaptabilty.
· Interest in developing knowledge and skills in any or all aspects of the research lifecycle including scholarly communication, research data management, scholarly research impact, bibliometrics, and metadata.
· Understanding of the scholarly communication lifecycle and familiarity with issues and current thinking in scholarly communication.
· Experience in providing library support to science disciplines.
· Knowledge of research data management trends and issues.
· Experience with MARC and non-MARC metadata formats, standards and schema and an understanding of the principles of authority control.
· Experience with outreach and training activities.
· Experience with institutional repositories.
· Understanding of scholarly metrics.
$65,000. Position is contingent upon funding.
Application materials must include:1) a letter of interest that specifies the candidate’s interest and experience in the focus and project areas outlined above, 2) a current and detailed resume that lists qualifications, experience, and skills, and 3) names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references who may be contacted. Within the cover letter, applicants should fully describe qualifications and experience, since the initial review will serve to evaluate applicants based on documented, relevant qualifications and professional work experience. The review of materials will begin on July 11 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to the UNLV Library Fellows Search Committee Chair, and submitted via on-line application at https://hrsearch.unlv.edu. For assistance with UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.