Visiting Digital Collections Librarian

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Visiting Digital Collections Librarian, University Libraries [17104]


Founded in 1957, 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:


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


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 four 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 supporting teaching, learning, research and creative endeavors at one of the nation’s fastest growing universities.


Reporting to the Head of Digital Collections for a two-year visiting appointment, the Visiting Digital Collections Librarian will join a robust digitization operation and work on projects designed to update legacy workflows and optimize them for future-oriented, high production digitization projects. This work includes: researching best practices for large-scale digitization, testing implementations of workflow proposals, technology troubleshooting, developing documentation for training the department’s students and temporary workers, and collecting statistics on time and costs of digitization. The Visiting Librarian will gain exposure to the full range of the digitization life-cycle from capture of digital images through online access. They will be expected to work collaboratively to contribute to reduction of the Digital Collections backlog; including hands-on digitization projects, assigned metadata projects, workflow documentation projects, and statistics/ assessment projects. As the Libraries explore migration to a new Digital Asset Management platform, there will be opportunities to participate in technology evaluation projects and migration activities.


Required qualifications:
•ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science;
•Familiarity with the principles, standards, and best practices in digital asset management, metadata, and cataloging;
•Familiarity with principles, standards, and best practices in the management and description of archival materials;
•Demonstrated ability to quickly learn new concepts and technologies;
•Aptitude for complex, analytical, and technical work with an attention to detail;
•Ability to effectively work independently or as part of a team;
•Strong verbal and written communication skills;
•Ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines;
•Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse colleagues; and
•Evidence of energy, creativity, initiative, and commitment to professional growth.

Preferred qualifications
•Experience with cultural heritage imaging;
•Experience with digital asset management systems and/or digital preservation;
•Experience creating metadata (DC, EAD, MARC) using library and archival descriptive standards (RDA, DACS) and controlled vocabularies (LCSH, LCNAF, AAT); and
•Project management experience.


This is a full-time, visiting faculty, 2-year term appointment. The salary is $65,000/year. The position is contingent upon funding.


Applications materials must include a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of 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 October 2, 2017 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to the Visiting Digital Collections Librarian Search Committee Chair, and are to be 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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