The University of Kentucky Libraries seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced library professional for the position of Federal Regional Depository Librarian to provide collection management support for the Libraries' U.S., Kentucky, and international government publication collections. As head of the UK Libraries' Federal Depository Unit, the successful candidate will manage and develop UK’s Federal, international (UN and EU) and Kentucky state government publication collections and online government data resources, as well as supervise the unit's staff and students. The Federal Regional Depository Librarian will also engage and collaborate with library faculty and staff to support the development, accessibility, and effective use of our government publications collections.
Reporting to the Director of Collections, the Federal Regional Depository Librarian will serve as Head of the Federal Depository Unit for the UK Libraries, ensuring that the Federal Regional Depository Collection is well-managed, preserved and accessible. The Federal Regional Depository Librarian responsibilities also include training and advisory communications with the 18 Kentucky Selective Depositories, responding to inquiries and requirements from the U. S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), communicating with the other Regionals around the country, and forwarding information about Federal government information and training opportunities to library faculty and staff, as appropriate. The Federal Regional Depository Librarian is responsible for Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) outreach, public access, support services, and collection development, and serves as the primary liaison to the GPO in matters relating to the Libraries' service as a Regional Federal Depository Library. The Federal Regional Depository Librarian also leads the unit's activities as an ASERL Center of Excellence for the Appalachian Regional Commission, WPA, and Smithsonian Institution.
The Federal Regional Depository Librarian will work closely with the UK Libraries' Teaching, Learning and Research Division to promote effective use of Federal Government information in research and instruction. The Federal Regional Depository Librarian will participate in campus engagement activities that build partnerships and cultivate relationships with key university units.
The Federal Regional Depository Librarian will participate in shared governance of the University of Kentucky by serving on library, departmental/college, and university committees as appropriate. The Federal Regional Depository Librarian will pursue scholarship, professional development and service activities in order to meet requirements for tenure and promotion.
Position is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position.
The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university of approximately 30,000 students, 2,400 faculty, and 13,000 staff dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. With over 200 academic programs across sixteen colleges and professional schools, the University plays a critical leadership role by promotion diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.
Located in the beautiful bluegrass region of central Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Libraries includes the main William T. Young Library, Medical Center Library, Special Collections Research Center, Agricultural Information Center, Fine Arts Library, Design Library, Education Library, Transportation Library, Lexmark Library, and Science & Engineering Library. Combined library holdings total more than four million volumes. The system has a faculty of 60 and a support and professional staff of 108. UK Libraries currently uses the Ex Libris Alma and Primo systems. UK Libraries memberships include the Association of Research Libraries, LYRASIS, ASERL, and the Center for Research Libraries. UK is a regional depository for government publications.
To apply, interested applicants must attach two documents:
Cover letter Please include contact information for three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.
The application deadline is January 22, 2018.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science
Required Related Experience:
Experience managing Federal government information resources/collections in an academic or research environment
Strong public service orientation
Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal) and the ability to establish strong rapport with multiple constituencies in order to effectively collaborate and build partnerships inside and outside of the library and university
Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position through research, publication, and/or professional engagement
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Experience working in a Federal Regional Depository Library
Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging trends in government information and collections management
Demonstrated understanding of current issues and trends in scholarly communication and research data management
Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.