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Head of Research and Access Applications

Lexington, KY 40507
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Job Title Head of Research and Access Applications
Requisition Number FE02723
Working Title
Department Name 88000:LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Tenure Track
Required Education
 ALA-accredited graduate degree in Library and Information Science or advanced degree in a comparable field from an accredited institution.  
Required Related Experience
●       Project management experience and skills. 
●       Supervisory experience.
●       Demonstrated leadership ability in fostering and promoting new initiatives. 
●       Basic understanding of coding, infrastructure, and application development.
●       Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and creativity to manage projects both independently and as part of a team in a dynamic work environment. 
●       Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals. Ability to work successfully in a collaborative, changing environment.
●       Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position through research, publication, presentation, and professional service. 
Required License/Registration/Certification
n/a
Job Summary
University of Kentucky Libraries Head of Research and Access Applications  
 
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 faculty librarian to head our Research and Access Applications unit. Reporting to the Director of Library Technology, the Head of Research and Access Applications will be responsible for the overall planning, coordination, and management of key applications that support user access to information, including UK Libraries Drupal website, Springshare, and other specialized digital libraries and services. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver with a commitment to the design, development, and implementation of web solutions that optimize user experience and provide seamless discovery of and access to library resources.
 
Duties and Responsibilities: 
●       Provide leadership, articulate a vision, and set priorities for UK Library application development and web services.
●       Working collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders, improve user experience and support research across platforms.   
●       Supervise three faculty positions—applications coordinator, digital architect, web developer—and one professional staff programmer position.
●       Improve sustainability and capacity of infrastructure and applications to support library strategic goals and educational and research initiatives for faculty, students and Library personnel. 
●       Serve on relevant University and Library Faculty committees, participate in scholarly activity, and represent the library at and participate in regional and national meetings.
 
As a member of the UKL faculty, the Head of Research and Access Applications participates in planning, shared governance, and UK Libraries-wide faculty activities. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position and requires scholarship, ongoing professional development, and service that contributes to the effectiveness of UK Libraries, the University, and the profession. 
  
Required Qualifications: 
●       ALA-accredited graduate degree in Library and Information Science or advanced degree in a comparable field from an accredited institution.  
●       Project management experience and skills. 
●       Supervisory experience.
●       Demonstrated leadership ability in fostering and promoting new initiatives. 
●       Basic understanding of coding, infrastructure, and application development.
●       Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and creativity to manage projects both independently and as part of a team in a dynamic work environment. 
●       Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals. Ability to work successfully in a collaborative, changing environment.
●       Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position through research, publication, presentation, and professional service. 
 
Preferred Qualifications: 
●       Experience leading departments, committees, or other groups in an academic library.  
●       Knowledge of practices, standards, and tools relating to security, usability, accessibility, browser compatibility, and information architecture. 
●       Record of scholarship, teaching, and/or active membership in professional associations. 
●       Experience creating and maintaining project documentation to support training and best practices encoding guidelines.
 
Position is a 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 https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/349679 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 HR Employment, phone (859) 257-9555, press 2.
 
Applications will be reviewed beginning September 29, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. 
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? Yes
Preferred Education/Experience
●       Experience leading departments, committees, or other groups in an academic library.  
●       Knowledge of practices, standards, and tools relating to security, usability, accessibility, browser compatibility, and information architecture. 
●       Record of scholarship, teaching, and/or active membership in professional associations. 
●       Experience creating and maintaining project documentation to support training and best practices encoding guidelines.
Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
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.
Posted: 2021-09-03 Expires: 2021-11-04

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UK offers fulfilling careers in diverse fields supporting our teaching, research and health care missions. We also offer a compelling benefits package, including a generous retirement savings match and a supportive work environment distinguished by a respect for the unique work-life needs of every individual. Our culture of learning also provides tremendous support and resources for ongoing education, training and development. 

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