Job Posting: Founding Director, Health Sciences Library, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Institution: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Admin – Libraries
  • Faculty – Science – Library and Information Science
Posted: 07/24/2015
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Announcement Number: 16018
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries is searching for a Founding Director to build a state-of-the-art Health Sciences Library for its School of Medicine (UNLV SOM), a new public medical school in Southern Nevada.

UNLV is a comprehensive research university of approximately 28,000 students and 2,900 faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, research, and service. The university has launched a top tier initiative to move from Carnegie ranking of “High Research Activity” to “Carnegie ranking of Very High Research Activity.” UNLV currently has a wide array of health sciences programs as part of its School of Allied Health Sciences, School of Community Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Dental Medicine. UNLV has just received state appropriations to develop a new allopathic School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and will be building out a second health sciences campus in Las Vegas. For more information about UNLV, visit and for further information about the UNLV SOM visit

UNLV SOM is creating a 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 will build clinical, education, and research programs in cardiology, neuroscience, mental health and addiction, cancer, and orthopedics. It’s 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 will 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.

UNLV SOM is in the process of accreditation with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). LCME is the accrediting body for all allopathic (M.D. granting) schools of medicine in the U.S. and Canada. The school anticipates an inaugural Fall 2017 class of 60 students which is expected to grow to 180 students.

Health sciences faculty, staff and students are currently located on the main campus and supported by the main Lied Library. The new Health Sciences Library will be part of UNLV SOM’s first academic building, and designed to support the School of Medicine and all other health sciences faculty, staff and students located on the evolving health sciences campus. The Health Sciences Library will incorporate cutting edge technology while remaining high-touch as a partner in student learning and in support of research. The Health Sciences Library will be designed so all health science students can study in teams and for members of the Southern Nevada health sciences community to use as a resource. Library faculty will be partners in student learning, embedded to support evidence-based, interdisciplinary discovery of the latest research information. Physical learning spaces will incorporate multimedia, data and GIS capability for research and the creation of new knowledge. Authoritative collections will be built and delivered whenever possible, in electronic formats enabling access on multiple mobile device platforms. The library’s institutional repository will capture and disseminate scholarly papers, research and conference proceedings to showcase the intellectual output of its health sciences faculty and scholars for the world to discover and use.

Reporting to the Dean of UNLV University Libraries, the Founding Library Director will be 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 and research. The successful candidate will create a new 21st century health sciences library from the ground-up. She/he will be responsible for managing the library and for creating a team of library faculty and staff who plan and deliver a variety of instructional programs, collections and services. 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.

This is a wonderful opportunity to build an innovative library that will have a significant impact on a new medical school and serve as a model embracing the future of medical education and health sciences research. The successful candidate will have a proven capacity to build innovative programs and services in support of teaching and research and to develop and grow a motivated and knowledgeable staff.

As part of the UNLV University Libraries, the Health Sciences Library will be supported through a centralized infrastructure and shared services. The Founding Director will work closely with main campus colleagues as programs, services and collections are built. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and 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 tenured library faculty member, the incumbent will engage in scholarly activities, and help mentor and model tenure-track staff regarding such efforts. The incumbent will provide service to the university, the community, and the profession in accordance with Libraries and University standards for promotion and tenure.


  • A master’s degree in Library or Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association
  • Minimum five years of experience in management positions in an academic library
  • Experience in a medical or health sciences library, or as a health sciences librarian, preferably in an academic medical library
  • Experience developing library policy, articulating vision and providing leadership and direction toward achieving strategic goals
  • Demonstrated experience in developing working partnerships with academic departments and other campus communities
  • Experience, reputation, and scholarship record sufficient to meet criteria for appointment as a tenured faculty member
  • A broad understanding of bio and health informatics and experience developing programming for both
  • Knowledge of assessment methods that demonstrate value of libraries to institutional mission, and a commitment to continuous improvement
  • Experience managing library budgets and personnel
  • Knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape and role of libraries in data lifecycle management

Experience with space planning; experience writing successful grant proposals; experience in maintaining donor relationships.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank III or IV (equivalent to an Associate Professor or Professor). Salaries are competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Position is contingent upon funding. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the UNLV University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities.

Application materials must include a current resume, detailed cover letter, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references who may be contacted. 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 September 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to the Founding Director, Health Sciences Library Search Committee Chair, and submitted via on-line application at For assistance with UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or

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