Job Posting: Director of the Medical Center Library at the University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky Libraries
Position Vacancy
Director, Medical Center Library

The University of Kentucky Libraries seeks a director for the Medical Center Library (MCL).  The MCL Director reports to the Dean of Libraries and serves as a member of UK Libraries Executive Committee.

The MCL director is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the delivery of academic and knowledge-based information resources and tools and aligning the MCL’s strategic plan with the goals of UK Libraries, the six health profession colleges (Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health),  UK Healthcare, its three hospitals and outpatient clinics,  the Markey Cancer Center, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the Gill Heart Institute, the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science in their missions of education, research and clinical service.
This position requires an innovative individual with progressive and accomplished experience in library administrative/leadership roles that include significant responsibilities for budgetary oversight and resource planning as well as experience managing change.  Knowledge in the breadth of library operations including research and education services, managing electronic resources, collection development, and document delivery as well as knowledge and skills in evaluating, implementing and making accessible new knowledge-based technologies is needed.

The director should be a dynamic leader with the ability to develop and cultivate an energetic and results-oriented team and to champion change and continuous improvement initiatives in a complex academic health center system.  The successful candidate must bring the ability to foster relationships with faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders, thereby ensuring the success of programs created by the MCL.   A successful candidate will also have an established track record of successful grant funding, scholarly dissemination, and collaboration with educators, researchers, and clinicians.

This position is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position and requires a master’s degree in library or information science earned from a program accredited by the American Library Association. A minimum of five years of supervisory experience in a medical library is preferred, including evidence of successful supervision of professional faculty and staff.

The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university of approximately 28,000 students, 2,000 faculty and 12,000 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 16 colleges and professional schools, the university plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being. The University of Kentucky Libraries includes the main William T. Young Library, Medical Center Library, Special Collections, Agricultural Information Center, Fine Arts Library, Design Library, Education Library, Transportation Library, Lexmark Library, Engineering Library, and Science Library. UK Libraries also manages the Kentucky Digital Library for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Combined library holdings total more than four million volumes.   UK Libraries has a faculty of 60 and a support and professional staff of 108.  Eleven faculty librarians and six support staff provide services from the Medical Center Library that is housed in the Medical Center complex, adjacent to the University of Kentucky main campus.    UK Libraries uses the Voyager integrated library system. 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.  In addition, the Medical Center Library is a member of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and is a Resource Library with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Located in the beautiful Bluegrass Region of central Kentucky, UK’s campus is within 10 minutes walking distance of downtown Lexington, a city of 300,000 people, ranked fifth on’s 2013 “Top 10 College Towns in America” list.  Lexington offers a thriving business community, arts, cultural and sporting events, historical sites, and a wide variety of outdoor activities. The second largest city in Kentucky, Lexington calls itself the Horse Capital of the World and is known for its picturesque horse farms, distinctive bourbon distilleries, a vibrant downtown and excellent restaurants.

Priority applicant review will begin February, 1st 2014.  To apply for job # SC550277, submit a UK Online Academic Profile at . Interested applicants should attach three documents:  a cover letter (Cover Letter), curriculum vitae (Resume), and the names and contact information of three professional references (Other Documents).    If you have any questions, contact HR/Employment, phone (859) 257-9555, press 2.  The application deadline is February 28, 2014. The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

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