Data Librarian, UNLV University Libraries [R0141163]

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Published March 1, 2024
Location Las Vegas, NV
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Data Librarian, UNLV University Libraries [R0141163]


UNLV University Libraries seeks nominations and applications for an innovative and collaborative tenure-track/tenured faculty member to serve as the Data Librarian.  Reporting to the Head, Scholarly Communication and Data Services (SCADS), the Data Librarian will develop and extend the library’s role in providing expertise on data management methods and standards, open science/research, and data literacy. The Data Librarian will work collaboratively and cross-organizationally to determine researcher needs and to deliver relevant services and expertise. The librarian will help the Libraries meet curricular and research needs by increasing the visibility of available data-related resources and expertise for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers and by providing expert consulting, instruction, and other coordinated programming.  Key responsibilities and expectations for this position will include:

  • Facilitate and lead instructional programming related to research data management, data literacy, and open science/research including the design, development, and delivery of instruction through multiple formats to meet stakeholder needs (e.g., in-person, hybrid, synchronous and asynchronous online).
  • Advise and guide researchers on recommended data management practices throughout the research lifecycle that align with FAIR and CARE data principles, with an emphasis on making data open when possible.
  • Provide input and guidance to researchers in selecting appropriate data repositories to store and share their data.
  • Works collaboratively with SCADS, Libraries colleagues, and campus partners to develop programming and provide expertise and guidance on fulfilling federal mandates with a specific focus on data management and open data standards and practices.
  • Stays up to date on trends, developments, technologies, tools, resources, and changes in the landscape of federal research policies, open science/research, data management, and data literacy.  Adapts activities and recommendations accordingly.

This position may be eligible for a flexible work arrangement in accordance with the UNLV Flexible Work Policy and is evaluated on a case by case basis. 


As a strong partner in research and student learning, UNLV Libraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning at one of the nation's fastest growing universities. University Libraries comprises Lied Library and four branch libraries and we are a gateway to more than 80,000 electronic journals, 1.2 million volumes, and 1.4 million e-books. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of over 120 experienced faculty librarians, professionals, and staff members.

The Collections, Discovery and Scholarly Communication (CDSC) Division is comprised of three departments (Discovery Services, Collections, Interlibrary Loan, & Acquisitions, and Scholarly Communication and Data Services (SCADS)). The division enables the UNLV community to discover and access needed and relevant scholarly resources and to create and share impactful scholarship globally.  The SCADS department supports UNLV research by building community, partnering on education, and providing expertise on open research, publishing, and data practices from ideation to impact and beyond.


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as leading a respectful, positive work environment. The University Libraries values begin with our belief that everyone deserves a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environment where they are treated with respect and dignity. The Libraries extends its commitment to diversity and equity in employment and especially welcomes applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who contribute to diversification.



This position requires an earned Master's Degree in library or information science from an American Library Association accredited program or terminal post-graduate degree (PhD, EdD, etc.) from an accredited college or university as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) by the date of appointment.

  • Competence and sensitivity in working with individuals who are highly diverse regarding many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, income, level of educational attainment, and religion.
  • Working knowledge of the research data lifecycle and the ability to apply that knowledge in providing consultations, instruction, and other expert advice to researchers at all career levels.
  • Familiarity with open science/open research concepts and principles.
  • Knowledge of research data management and data services trends within libraries.
  • Ability to initiate, engage, and create buy-in and partnerships with researchers from a variety of backgrounds, particularly those involved in interdisciplinary research.
  • Ability to explain and teach complex ideas clearly, engaging with diverse audiences through multiple instructional formats and settings.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork within the Libraries and the campus.
  • Ability to embrace creativity and change that comes from technological and research innovation.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects.


  • Familiarity with grant writing and data management requirements of federal agencies;
  • Working knowledge of research data types, tools/technologies, programming languages, and approaches (e.g., DMPTool, OpenRefine, Qualtrics, SPSS, ATLAS.ti, GIT, R, Python, Excel, Google Suite).
  • Understanding of the research lifecycle and related research computing best practices, including data handling, transfer, compute and storage solutions for general and specialized research data (e.g., big data, HIPAA, CUI, classified data).
  • Experience teaching topics related to the evolving landscape of open and public data, such as data management, data ethics, and data sharing.
  • Familiarity with digital humanities concepts and methods
  • Knowledge of current digital scholarship and scholarly communication trends



A successful candidate will support diversity, equity, and inclusiveness and contribute to a respectful, positive work environment. They will use our Campus Values to guide their decisions and actions and demonstrate our Rebel spirit.


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Rank II, tenure-track) or Associate (Rank III, tenure-track/tenure). Minimum salary is $66,015. Salary is competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Position is contingent upon funding. For more information on salary ranges please visit UNLV Salary Range.

In addition, University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities: each position receives annual allotment for professional development activities. Benefits information is available here:

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  • Competitive total rewards package including:
    • Paid time off, sick leave, and holidays
    • Excellent health insurance including medical, dental and vision
    • Comprehensive retirement plans and voluntary benefits programs
  • No state income tax
  • Tuition discounts at Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) schools
  • Tuition discounts for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents



Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, emails, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. References will not be contacted until the search chair notifies you in advance.

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 April 1, 2024.

Materials should be addressed to Data Librarian Search Committee Chair, and must be submitted through Workday, as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Libraries Human Resources at (702) 895-2286 or



UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the job requisition number, “R0141163” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.



Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 30,000 students and more than 3,600 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 152,000 degrees, producing more than 130,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. 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.

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