Business, Economics, and Government Information Librarian

Job description

The University of Kentucky Libraries seeks a creative, collaborative, and engaged library professional to provide innovative services in the position of Business, Economics, and Government Information Librarian. The Librarian will engage and collaborate with faculty, students, library staff, and others across the University to support scholarship, teaching, and research involving business, economics, and public policy, as well as Federal, international, and Kentucky state and local government collections.

The Business, Economics, and Government Information Librarian will serve as the liaison to the Business and Economics departments. As such, this person will provide research, data services, and curricular support to the students and faculty of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, including the one-year and executive MBA programs, as well as other business-related research on campus. The Librarian will also serve as the liaison to the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. The Librarian will:

• Develop and manage collections related to business, economics, and policy.
• Develop, teach, and assess information literacy instruction sessions.
• Provide online and in-person research assistance and consultations for students, faculty, and community members, including creating and maintaining online research guides.
• Provide support and referral for the selection, use, and lifecycle management of quantitative and qualitative data.
• Act as a resource and recommend appropriate resources on scholarly communication topics including copyright, research data management, geographic information systems, open educational resources, and open access.
• Initiate and support engagement and outreach efforts with the campus community, for example, with the Office of Technology Commercialization and the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK).
• Work collaboratively to promote diversity, equality, and inclusiveness with the Libraries and on campus.

Additionally, the Librarian will promote and teach the effective use of government resources specific to a variety of disciplines, and will work closely with the UK Libraries Federal Regional Depository Librarian and staff to promote effective use of Federal Government documents in public services, research, and instruction. The Librarian will promote government resources to teaching faculty for integration in course syllabi, including Kentucky state documents, Federal and local government information, research data, and international government agency resources. The librarian will train Libraries faculty and staff on the effective use of government information in research and instruction, and will provide research assistance through individual and small group consultations.

Reporting to the Head of William T. Young Library Reference Services, the Librarian will participate in outreach and campus engagement activities that build partnerships and cultivate relationships with key university units. The Librarian will participate in shared governance of the University of Kentucky by serving on library, departmental/college, and university committees as appropriate. The position will pursue scholarship, professional development and service activities in order to meet requirements for tenure and promotion.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position.

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:
• 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 from your references within the employment system.
The application deadline is February 1st, 2019.

Job Title
Business, Economics, and Government Information Librarian

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Work Location
Lexington, KY

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Required Education

ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science.

Required Related Experience

• Professional experience in an academic, government, or corporate business environment
• Demonstrated experience using statistical data resources
• Demonstrated instructional experience in an academic or research environment, and knowledge of key issues, trends, best practices, and concepts used in information and digital literacy.
• Demonstrated experience with collections-related responsibilities in an academic or research environment.
• Strong public service orientation and excellent interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated 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


Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

• Undergraduate or graduate degree in a business-related field.
• Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging trends in information literacy instruction and assessment.
• Demonstrated understanding of current issues and trends in scholarly communication and research data services.
• Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education.

Deadline to Apply

Open Untill Filled

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.

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  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's Online Employment System?
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    • Inside Higher Ed
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    • A colleague, friend, and/or family member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents





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    Posted: 11/27/2018
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