The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Curator for Gaming Collections, UNLV University Libraries [R0135560]
ROLE of the POSITION
UNLV University Libraries seeks nominations and applications for an innovative and collaborative tenure-track faculty member to serve as the Curator for Gaming Collections. Reporting to the Director of Special Collections and Archives (SCA), the Curator for Gaming Collections acquires manuscript, archival, and rare book collections documenting the history of gaming worldwide, including gambling, casinos, e-sports, sports betting, video gaming, and other aspects of gaming business and culture. The curator will provide strategic direction for the growth of the collections and expand holdings in support of scholarly, student, and community research needs. They oversee the collection and presentation of gaming industry data and will re-envision how SCA gathers and presents that data online for the benefit of our patrons. The curator supervises temporary part-time employees and student assistants as needed and as budget allows.
Relationship building and collaboration are key aspects of this position. The curator collaborates with the Hospitality Librarian and Head of Collections, Interlibrary Loan and Acquisitions to strategically coordinate and collect hospitality and gaming resources for Lied Library and SCA. They will cultivate and maintain relationships with donors of collections to ensure smooth transfer of materials and to strengthen ties between SCA and the community. They will also collaborate broadly across SCA, UNLV Libraries, and the UNLV campus to promote use of the collections, contribute to archival instruction, and support relevant university initiatives. This position provides reference assistance, including a two-hour shift on the reference desk each week, and responds to remote and in-person reference questions. The Curator for Gaming Collections is also a core member of the SCA Area Leads Team which directs, coordinates, and advocates for the work and staff of the division.
PROFILE of the UNLV UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
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 primary mission of the Special Collections and Archives Division is to collect, preserve, provide discovery and access to, and promote, interpret, and instruct in the use of our materials. Special Collections and Archives documents the history, culture, and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada region, the global gaming industry, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Our collections include manuscripts, books, photographs, periodicals, maps, architectural drawings, oral history interviews, media, the University archives, born-digital records, and other cultural artifacts. Significant collecting areas are: gaming and gambling (including an internationally recognized rare book collection of gaming history); regional community groups and organizations; the Nevada Women’s Archive; Las Vegas entertainment and the arts; Las Vegas and urban resort architecture; mining and railroads; the American West; the Hoover Dam; and the culinary arts (including an international menu collection). UNLV Special Collections and Archives was recently the recipient of a 5-million-dollar endowment that will fund a future position, the Beverly Rogers Rare Books Curator. The division is comprised of three departments: Special Collections Technical Services, Special Collections Public Services, and Digital Collections. It also includes the Libraries’ preservation unit and conservation lab and the Oral History Research Center. Staff includes 11 academic faculty positions, 5 administrative faculty positions, 2 classified positions, and multiple student and temporary positions.
UNLV UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES COMMITMENT to DIVERSITY
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 a terminal post-graduate degree (MA, MBA, MLIS, PhD, etc.) in history, business, economics, library science, or other relevant subject discipline 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.
- Subject matter expertise in the history of gaming and the gaming industry.
- Experience and demonstrated skill with the professional standards and practices related to acquisition of special collections, collection development, and donor relations.
- Ability to build and sustain relationships with donors, UNLV colleagues, allied cultural institutions and memory workers, and foundations and granting agencies to support and extend the impact of the gaming collections.
- Evidence of strong communication, analytical, leadership, organizational, project management, and problem-solving skills.
- Familiarity with current trends in academic libraries, higher education, and relevant subject disciplines.
- Ability to meet university tenure and promotion standards, demonstrated by an existing record of scholarship or creative endeavors such as published articles, exhibitions, conference presentations, or book chapters, as well as a record of professional service to local, national, or international organizations.
- Experience providing reference assistance and/or instruction in an academic library or archives.
- Experience fundraising or collaborating with development officers to solicit financial donations.
- Familiarity with data curation and/or website development.
COMMITMENT to DIVERSITY
The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.
This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at rank of Assistant (Rank II, tenure-track). 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.
Home to many major annual conventions, Las Vegas is one of the best-connected cities in America and the nearest major city to several of the nation’s richest natural treasures. In addition to the world renowned Las Vegas Strip providing a variety of culinary and entertainment opportunities, Las Vegas is home to five professional athletic organizations and continues to expand local cultural opportunities, including the internationally recognized Smith Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more about living in Las Vegas visit our guide at https://guides.library.unlv.edu/lasvegas/welcome.
- Generous compensation packages, up to 48 days of paid time off, sick leave, and holidays
- Excellent health insurance including medical, dental and vision
- No state income tax
- Comprehensive retirement plans and voluntary benefits programs
- Tuition discounts at Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) schools
- Tuition discounts for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents
- Flexible work schedule (depending on your department)
- Employee recognition and appreciation programs
- Personal and professional development opportunities
- UNLV athletics ticket discounts
- Statewide employee purchase program discounts
- RebelCard discounts on and off campus
- Wellness programming for all UNLV faculty and staff at no cost
- Opportunity for career advancements to leadership roles
HOW TO APPLY
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 5, 2023.
Materials should be addressed to Curator for Gaming Collections 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 Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or UNLVJobs@unlv.edu.
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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.
PROFILE of the UNIVERSITY
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.
Here at UNLV, we have come together and created one of the most affirmative and dynamic academic environments in the country. UNLV sits in the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates. The university has ranked in the top ten since the rankings debuted more than a decade ago. We continue to show our commitment to serving our wonderfully diverse population and building the future for Las Vegas and Nevada.
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