Associate Dean, Collections & Discovery

Reno, NV
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Created: March 25, 2022


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.  

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.  

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. 

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