Job Opportunity: Health Sciences Librarian, University of Kentucky

With historic levels in grant funding and expanded programs and services across the state, the
University of Kentucky is taking bold steps to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, improve the
health of individuals throughout the Commonwealth and lead the way in solving some of the toughest
health issues facing communities across the United States. University of Kentucky Libraries Medical
Center Library (MCL), which supports the education, research, and clinical programs of the six UK health
sciences colleges, UK Healthcare, and the wider interdisciplinary biomedical community, is integral to
helping the University realize those ambitious goals. Due to the unprecedented growth of the
university’s medical research complex combined with recent retirements at the MCL, University of
Kentucky Libraries is currently looking for two collaborative, proactive, enthusiastic and service-oriented
candidates to join our team of Health Sciences Librarians.

Reporting to the MCL Director, Health Sciences Librarians provide innovative services to a range of
health sciences subject areas including information, education, and research activities using a variety of
methods and technologies. Both candidates will work with colleagues to advise clients on information
sources, research lifecycle services, scholarly communication, and emerging library services.


  • Provide instruction through workshops, course sessions, online modules, and research guides
  • Conduct searches and literature reviews, as well as systematic reviews and other advanced
    research support searches
  • Participate with other librarians and staff in providing research assistance and consultations for
    all MCL users
  • Serve as library contact/liaison to one or more health sciences colleges and/or research centers
  • Assist users to effectively select and use information tools and resources; including helping
    clients manage research results and information assets for effective use
  • Provide services related to scholarly communication, including copyright, research impact,
    research data management, open educational resources, and open access
  • Work with researchers to identify collaborators, partners, and research opportunities

Librarians 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 promotion and
tenure as well as work collaboratively to promote diversity, equality, and inclusivity with the Libraries
and campus.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health sciences resources and scholarly communication issues
  • Ability to work in an environment of teamwork and cooperation; excellent interpersonal skills;
    and the ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably, orally and in writing
  • 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


  • Education or work experience in a health or life sciences discipline
  • Experience working in academic health center, hospital, or health sciences library
  • Experience conducting or collaborating on systematic reviews
  • Research data services skills

Both positions are full-time, 12-month, tenure-track positions. All career levels are encouraged to apply.
Recently recognized as one of the best employers in higher education by The Chronicle of Higher
Education and ranked among America’s Best Employers and Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes
Magazine, the University of Kentucky strives to create an environment where all staff and faculty are
embraced and supported. Employees are offered a wide array of excellent benefit options. Library
tenure-track faculty are also eligible to receive a generous relocation allowance, start-up funding for
research, and annual professional development/travel funds.

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, 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 50 and a support and professional staff of 86. 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 and attach two documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter

Please include contact information for three references when prompted in the application. We ask that
one of the references be your current supervisor.

If you have any questions, contact H/R employment, phone (859) 257-9555, press 2.

The application deadline is 4/13/21.

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