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Social Sciences Librarian

Social Sciences Librarian

University of Kentucky Job Location: Kentucky Apply By: 08/23/2019 Date Created: 08-09-2019

University of Kentucky Social Sciences Librarian   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 creative and engaged library professional to join our team who will collaborate with faculty, students, library staff, and others across the University to support scholarship, teaching, and research within the social sciences.   The Social Sciences Librarian will serve as the primary liaison who will provide research and curricular support to assigned subject areas.  Possible subject areas include Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, and Anthropology.  The Librarian will:  
  • In collaboration with the Libraries’ instruction program, develop, teach, and assess curriculum-integrated information literacy instruction sessions in assigned subject areas and related fields. Share instruction responsibilities for other courses as needed.
  • Responsible for collection development, management and assessment for assigned subject areas. This includes collaborating with other librarians on interdisciplinary collection decisions and scholarly communication issues.
  • Provide research assistance and consultations for students, faculty, and community members, including creating and maintaining web-based research guides.
  • Engage in consultative services for the selection, use, and lifecycle management of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Identify and communicate appropriate resources and emerging trends related to scholarly communication, including copyright, research data management, geographic information systems, open educational resources, and open access.
  • Participate in outreach and campus engagement activities that build partnerships and cultivate relationships with key university units
  Reporting to the Head of William T. Young Library Reference Services, the Social Sciences Librarian will participate in shared governance of the University of Kentucky by serving on library, departmental/college, and university committees as appropriate. The Librarian will pursue scholarship, professional development, and service activities in order to meet requirements for tenure and promotion as well as work collaboratively to promote diversity, equality, and inclusivity with the Libraries and on campus.     REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  
  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a social sciences field (i.e. Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, and Anthropology) or demonstrated knowledge of these subjects as academic disciplines.
  • Strong public service orientation and excellent interpersonal and research assistance skills.
  • Demonstrated recent instructional experience in information literacy and assessment in an academic or research environment, including best practices, and concepts used in information and digital literacy.
  • Demonstrated understanding of key issues and emerging trends in academic libraries and higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience with collections-related responsibilities in an academic or research environment and an understanding of the current research, information sources, and scholarly trends in social science disciplines and research data services.
  • Proven ability to establish strong rapport with multiple constituencies in order to effectively collaborate and build partnerships inside and outside of the library and university.
  • Understanding and sensitivity in working in a university in which students, faculty and staff are highly diverse with many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, income, level of educational attainment and religion.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position through research, publication, and/or professional engagement.
  Preference will be given to candidates with:  
  • Experience conducting or collaborating on systematic reviews.
  • Experience identifying and using data sets (e.g. ICPSR, census or survey data).
  • Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques and software packages (e.g. SAS, SPSS, R).
  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 a UK Online Academic Profile at http://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/237859 and attach two documents:  
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 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.   If you have any questions, contact H/R employment, phone (859) 257-9555, press 2.   The application deadline is August 23rd, 2019.  

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