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Dean of Libraries
University of Kentucky

  • Dec. 4, 2017
  • Dean of Libraries
  • 89000:Provost
  • University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Library Sciences (all categories)
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The University of Kentucky is seeking a transformative leader to serve as Dean of Libraries. With one of the nation’s largest book endowments for public university libraries, UK Libraries plays a vital role in ensuring student success, as well as enhancing the intellectual and economic capital – both on campus and beyond. The Dean will lead with passion, creativity and excellence to cultivate an interactive environment for interdisciplinary discovery and research, while transforming our libraries into hubs of life-long learning. This position will work collaboratively with library and academic leadership, to direct the College and support the goals of Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant University’s strategic plan.

The Dean’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Lead faculty and staff to provide outstanding library services and transform facilities into centers of student success.
  • Provide vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership for the libraries, working with librarians and staff to meet the College and University’s educational and research missions and ambitious goals for growth.
  • Build and cultivate relationships with alumni and other strategic partners to support the Libraries’ research, scholarly, educational, service and fundraising goals.
  • Foster a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives to attract, recruit, and retain top faculty and staff.
  • Serve, along with 18 other deans, as an equal member of the Provost’s council
  • Direct content management, acquisition, and promotion of materials to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and clinicians.
  • Engage in professional activities within the University and across the state, region and nation as well as supporting continual professional development for library staff and faculty.

As the premier research library in the Commonwealth and the University’s intellectual hub, UK Libraries is central to the institution’s mission of excellence in education, research, service and health care to enrich the lives of Kentuckians and beyond. Our tenured and non-tenured faculty and staff operate as key collaborators across campus to prepare students for leadership in the knowledge economy and a global society. UK Libraries has combined holdings totaling more than four million volumes and provided key support for research awards resulting in over $330 million in FY2017.

Application materials should include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter summarizing relevant experience in leadership, administration, and scholarly work. Please include your vision of how academic research libraries should incorporate changing trends to enhance intellectual discovery
  • Names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of four references (References will not be contacted without candidate approval, upload under Specific Request 1)

Priority application review will begin January 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the position, please contact UK’s Executive Search Recruiter Mary Beth Bracken at 859-257-3348 or via email at

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