Music and Dance Librarian

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Job Description

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for MUSIC & DANCE LIBRARIAN [R0109273]


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. The University Libraries extends this 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.


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 115 experienced faculty librarians and staff members supporting teaching, learning, research and creative endeavors at one of the nation’s fastest growing universities. The Research and Education (RED) Division has four departments (Library Liaisons Program, Educational Initiatives, Knowledge Production, User Services) and three branch libraries (Architecture Studies Library, Music Library, and Teacher Development & Resources Library) and has 40 staff members, of which 21 are library faculty. The Research and Education Division (RED) fosters collaborations that contribute to our users’ academic success, research, and lifelong learning and positively impacts student learning and supports the research and scholarly agenda of the University. This mission is realized through instruction of learners using a variety of methods and tools; partnerships with faculty to create an integrated, assessable, information literacy-focused curriculum; provision of targeted information resources; expert, point-of need research assistance; and a commitment to fostering competencies for lifelong inquiry. Based in the School of Music, the Music Library is one of three branches on the main campus and serves the School of Music and its faculty and staff.


Reporting to the Head of the Library Liaison Program, the Music & Dance Librarian will support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research in both the School of Music and Department of Dance throughout the research lifecycle. Both programs are part of the College of Fine Arts – The School of Music offers undergraduate and graduate programs in music, including doctoral programs; the Department of Dance offers undergraduate programs.

Liaison librarians serve as the primary contact between UNLV Libraries and their departments. The successful candidate will develop curriculum-integrated instructional sessions, provide research support and consultations, assist in the development of services and tools to facilitate scholarly communication, and maintain an effective collection in assigned disciplines. The incumbent will also participate in the Libraries’ strategic initiatives to assess the needs of faculty and students. Based in the Music Library, the incumbent will be responsible for general oversight of the branch and supervision of 1 FTE classified staff member (Library Technician III).

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and he or she will have a proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels, as well as with a diverse faculty and students.

As a tenure-track library faculty member, the incumbent will also be expected to engage in scholarly activities, including publication, and to provide service to the university, the community, and the profession in accordance with Libraries and University standards for promotion and tenure.


Required Qualifications

  • A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association to be awarded by date of appointment.

  • Demonstrated subject knowledge and familiarity with music and dance resources, understanding of discipline-specific research methodologies and practices, and experience managing music materials in multiple formats.

  • Understanding of scholarly communication support for music and dance.

  • Familiarity with information literacy theory, practice, and assessment.

  • Knowledge of emerging information technologies and their application to research and teaching.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to prioritize workload assignments.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant undergraduate or graduate degree in music or dance, or significant discipline-specific experience in an academic library. Graduate-level coursework OR degree in music preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience working in an academic or music library, supporting faculty in the scholarly communication areas of research data management, management of researcher profiles, and/or open access.  

  • Familiarity with current and emerging technologies and their use and application in music, dance, and fine arts disciplines.

  • Academic library experience with research assistance and information literacy instruction.

  • Competence and sensitivity in working at a university in which students, faculty, and staff are broadly diverse with regard to many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II (equivalent to Assistant Professor). Salary range is $65,000 – $68,000. In addition, University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities. Salaries are competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Positions are contingent upon funding.

UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Job Category: Academic Faculty

Exempt: Yes

Full-Time Equivalent: 100.0%

How to Apply

Apply online here.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on May 21, 2018 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date.  Materials should be addressed to the Music & Dance Search Committee Chair and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or

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