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Associate Dean, Collections

University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada, United States
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Mar 24, 2022

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Associate Dean, Collections & Discovery

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno seeks a forward-thinking, collaborative professional for the position of Associate Dean, Collections & Discovery (AD of C&D). Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the AD of C&D will be one of two associate deans, is a member of the Libraries' management team, and plays a significant leadership role in helping the Libraries. The AD of C&D is responsible for the planning, implementation, and promotion of an evolving range of initiatives that will help shape future directions for the Libraries and University.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a dynamic, growing university on the move located near beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California. With more than 3.7 million people visiting the area annually, Reno-Tahoe is a great place to live and work. It is a place of great contrast. The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority describe the area as a place, “Where the country's largest alpine lake meets The Biggest Little City in the World. The inherent tension in contrast fuels the energy and ambition to seize life, act on instinct, and explore infinite possibility. It's proof that this is a place that lives in refreshing non-conformity.”

The Libraries, an amazing place to work and grow, is committed to supporting and enhancing the diversity of the University community and creating a culturally inclusive environment. Positioned as one of the premier learning environments on campus, Libraries' faculty and staff create a contemporary environment that engages a wide range of students, faculty, researchers, graduate students, community members, and more.

Units reporting to the Associate Dean include Electronic Resources & Acquisitions; Metadata & Cataloging; Discovery Services, and Digital Services (web, systems, and preservation services). The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment. The Libraries values diversity of thought and expression, a willingness to experiment with new methods and technologies, an openness to change, and a collaborative approach to meeting user needs.

This is a 12-month, full-time tenure-track/tenured faculty position. Appointment may be at the level of Assistant Professor or above depending on experience, record of scholarship, service and achievement. 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 the University of Nevada, Reno

The University Libraries embraces intellectual inquiry and innovation, nurtures the production of new knowledge, and fosters excellence in learning, teaching and research. During each academic year, the Libraries welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors across its network of three libraries: the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library and the Savitt Medical Library.

Major responsibilities
  • Provide leadership for units responsible for digital services (web, systems, and preservation services) and resource acquisition and access (print resource, 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.
  • Provide oversight of 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 directions.
  • Collaborate with the 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 communication.
  • 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 department.

Required Qualifications
  • A master's degree from an ALA-accredited or international-equivalent program.
  • 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, cataloging, or digital services (web, systems, and preservation services).
  • Experience supervising full-time library staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to operationalizing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in library collections, systems, and services.
  • A record of scholarship and professional service expected of an Assistant Professor.

Preferred Qualifications

We recognize that candidates may not have all the preferred qualifications—we encourage you to apply if you meet some or most of them.
  • A record of scholarship and professional service expected of an Associate or Full Professor.
  • Experience mentoring faculty librarians.
  • Experience in successfully leading and implementing change and fostering that capacity in others.
  • Experience in budget preparation and financial management.
  • Knowledge of cataloging and metadata standards and trends.
  • Experience with vendor relations, including negotiation of licenses, pricing, and contracts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Ex Libris Alma, Primo VE, or Islandora.
  • Knowledge of current trends in scholarly communication, information technologies, and digital initiatives.
  • Knowledge of copyright law and intellectual property issues as they relate to use of and long-term access to library collections.

Compensation Grade

Assistant Professor

Associate Professor

Full Professor

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Academic Faculty (12 month). Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary (including an administrative stipend), moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit


The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee's spouse or domestic partner. Faculty Grant-in-Aid

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, contemporary technology, and knowledgeable assistance, all with an underlying core focus on diversity and inclusion.


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Attach the following attachments to your application

1) Resume/CV

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 role for which you are applying.

Initial review of applications will begin on April 4, 2022

Posting Close Time

Applications must be received by 11:59pm on April 18th, 2022. This posting will close at 12:00am on April 19th, 2022 with an initial review of applications will begin on April 4, 2022.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

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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 Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

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