Recently embarking on a historic $2.1 billion comprehensive campaign, the University of Kentucky set an ambitious path to be a destination for students, scholars, and healthcare providers to forge new discoveries and arrive at world-class outcomes. University of Kentucky Libraries is vital to fulfilling the goals of enhancing and expanding the university's research enterprise, and we are looking for a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to join our team to help support the creation, organization, and maintenance of metadata to facilitate discovery and access to resources in various formats and disciplines. Early career librarians are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reporting to the Head of the Cataloging and Metadata Unit, the librarian will use traditional cataloging standards as well as existing and emerging metadata schemas and techniques, such as linked data. Additionally, the librarian will provide original, adaptive, and complex cataloging of materials in multiple formats and languages; adhere to local and national standards to develop comprehensive bibliographic descriptions; perform subject analysis; and assign classification. In support of the University of Kentucky's participation in the National Authority Cooperative (NACO), the librarian will provide background work for authorizing forms of names for contribution to the national name authority file. Recognizing that technology and standards development is continual, we provide strong support for ongoing learning and professional development.
The librarian will serve as the primary cataloger for the Medical Center Library, and medicine-related materials housed outside the Medical Center Library. Additional format and/or discipline responsibilities will be assigned depending on subject or language expertise, needs within the department, and strategic initiatives and goals.
Position is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position.
The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university of approximately 32,000 students, 3,500 faculty, and 15,000 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, 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 complete an application and 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 for your references within the employment system.
The application deadline is July 22nd, 2019.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well with diverse constituencies.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
ALA-accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science, or equivalent degree.
Required Related Experience:
Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging rules, standards and tools.
Demonstrated knowledge of one or more library subject vocabularies and classification schemes.
Experience with integrated library systems and online bibliographic utilities.
Two or more years of cataloging or related experience.
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 research university environment.
Experience working with MeSH and NLM classification.
Experience with Alma/Primo.
Experience with electronic and digital resources.
Bibliographic knowledge of one or more non-English languages.
Demonstrated knowledge of trends and best practices in metadata provision.
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.