Director, Collections & Discovery
University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus
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The University of Nevada, Reno seeks an experienced, collaborative
professional for the position of Director, Collections &
Discovery. This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position.
Appointment may be at the level of Assistant Professor or above
depending on experience, record of scholarship, service and
achievement. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Director is an
academic faculty member of the Libraries' management team and plays
a leadership role in helping the Libraries meet the challenges of
changing modes of scholarly communication. The Director is
responsible for the planning, implementation, and promotion of a
wide range of departmental initiatives and will help shape future
directions for the Libraries and department. The department
includes the following units: Electronic Resources &
Acquisitions; Metadata & Cataloging; and Discovery Services.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated management success
and the ability to work effectively with individuals with diverse
backgrounds, opinions, and orientations. The Libraries emphasize
excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; a
strong service orientation; collaboration and teamwork; the ability
to adapt to change; and the desire to actively engage in campus and
community outreach activities to promote the Libraries and build
partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups.
- Provide leadership for units responsible for resource
acquisition and access, including print resources, electronic
resources and licensing, serials, discovery services, and metadata
and cataloging. The library uses the Alma library services
platform, the Primo VE discovery service, and the Islandora digital
asset management system.
- Manage a multimillion-dollar materials budget ($6M), including
state funds, student fees, gift/donor funds and endowment funds;
oversee allocations and expenditures; and ensure resource
allocation decisions are aligned with strategic
- Collaborate with Collections Librarian and acquisitions staff
to produce analyses, data visualizations, and reports, including
regular budget updates with respect to fiscal-year targets, trends,
and library impact.
- Provide leadership for the selection, licensing, management,
and preservation of print and electronic resources.
- Provide leadership and participate in consortial and
cooperative activities that relate to collections and scholarly
- Monitor and share knowledge of trends and best practices in
library collection development, discovery, descriptive standards,
and aspects of scholarly communication connected to the use of
information resources (open access, open educational resources,
fair use, etc.).
- Represent the Libraries within the university and on committees
and forums at the state and at the national level.
- Guide the tenure and promotion process for faculty within the
- Master's degree from an ALA-accredited or
- At least five years of progressively responsible academic or
research library experience working in at least one of the
department's areas: collections, acquisitions, discovery,
digitization, or cataloging.
- Experience supervising full-time, regular, library
- Demonstrated commitment to operationalizing the principles of
diversity, equity, and inclusion in library collections, systems,
- Experience in budget preparation and financial
- A record of scholarship and professional service expected of a
- Ability to assess library collections in all formats and
communicate findings and impact appropriately.
- Ability to create dashboards and data visualizations to
communicate progress toward goals and library impact.
- Demonstrated ability to solve problems and prioritize multiple
projects and demands.
- Experience in successfully leading and implementing change and
fostering that capacity in others.
- Experience with vendor relations, including negotiation of
licenses, pricing, and contracts.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Ex Libris Alma, Primo VE, or
- Knowledge of current trends in scholarly communication,
information technologies, data management, and higher
- Knowledge of copyright law and intellectual property issues as
they relate to use of and long-term access to library
- A record of scholarship and professional service expected of a
Librarian III or Librarian IV.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary minimum is $80,000
Competitive benefits package includes 24 vacation days per year and
tuition benefits for self and family. No state income tax.
More information about the University Libraries and expectations
related to faculty rank and tenure can be found in the Bylaws of
the University Libraries at UNR.
The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive
salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan,
health insurance options that include dental and vision, life
insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits.
Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for
faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR
Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of
addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual
career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners
that provides resources and assists them to identify career
opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Program
About the University Libraries
The University Libraries has been a cornerstone of the University
since it was founded in 1874. Today it encompasses a blend of
cutting-edge research facilities and services, including the state
of the art Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (main library), Special
Collections and University Archives, DeLaMare Science and
Engineering Library, Jon Bilbao Basque Library, and @One Digital Media and Technology Center. The
University Libraries fulfills its mission to further intellectual
inquiry and innovation; partner with students and faculty in the
creation of new knowledge; and foster excellence in education
through providing access to scholarly resources, active learning
environments, cutting-edge technology, and knowledgeable
assistance, all with an underlying core focus on diversity and
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Attach the following attachments to your application
2) Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three Professional References
4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you
would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally
inclusive environment in the collections, systems and
Posting Close Time
This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The
posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the
day prior. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply
immediately, review of applications begins November 12, 2021.
Posting Close Date
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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of
Nevada's land grant institution with a statewide mission and
presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research
Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National
University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of
nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree
programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University
of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks,
is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San
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