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Job ID: 140548

Systems Librarian
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Mar. 23, 2020
Title Systems Librarian
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Library Sciences (all categories)

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 Systems Librarian to join our team to help support the administration, configuration and implementation of all components of the library’s Integrated Library System (Alma), the discovery system (Primo), and other services used to integrate the efficient and effective operations of the Library with the ILS. Primary duties will include researching, planning and creating data import and export between the ILS and campus enterprise systems, and with vendor systems.

Supervising the Library Discovery System Coordinator, the Systems Librarian will plan and expand discovery and educational services through the ILS Discovery system, Primo. The Systems Librarian will serve as primary technical liaison with Ex Libris, the ILS vendor of Alma and Primo. The Systems Librarian will troubleshoot problems, develop new system capabilities, and advocate for improvements to better serve our user needs. The Systems Librarian will attend and participate in vendor users’ group meetings to stay apprised of developments, share discoveries and advocate for future system developments.

Under the Collections and Technical Services Division, working in the Library Information Technology department, the Systems Librarian will collaborate with colleagues, committees and departments to define requirements for the smooth and efficient operations of the ILS. The Systems Librarian will contribute research support for library collection analysis activities and assessment, and will develop and assist others in developing and running analytics and reports. The Systems Librarian will help develop training material for library employees to maximize their understanding and effectiveness in using the ILS as its capabilities improve.

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

The application deadline is April 30, 2020.

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