The University of Kentucky Libraries seeks a creative, collaborative, and engaged library professional to provide innovative services in the position of Hispanic Studies and Political Science Librarian. The Librarian will engage and collaborate with faculty, students, library staff, and others across the University to support scholarship, teaching, and research involving Hispanic Studies (including Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies) and political science.
The Hispanic Studies and Political Science Librarian will serve as the primary liaison to the Hispanic Studies and Political Science Departments. The Librarian will provide research and curricular support in the areas of Hispanic studies and political science. The Librarian will:
Develop and manage collections related to Hispanic studies and political science.
Develop, teach, and assess information literacy instruction sessions in Hispanic studies, political science, and related fields.
Provide online and in-person research assistance and consultations for students, faculty, and community members, including creating and maintaining online research guides.
Provide support and referral for the selection, use, and lifecycle management of quantitative and qualitative data.
Act as a resource and recommend appropriate resources on scholarly communication topics including copyright, research data management, geographic information systems, open educational resources, and open access.
Initiate and support engagement and outreach to UK's international studies community.
Work collaboratively to promote diversity, equality, and inclusiveness with the Libraries and on campus.
Reporting to the Head of William T. Young Library Reference Services, the Librarian will participate in outreach and campus engagement activities that build partnerships and cultivate relationships with key university units. The Librarian will participate in shared governance of the University of Kentucky by serving on library, departmental/college, and university committees as appropriate. The position will pursue scholarship, professional development and service activities in order to meet requirements for tenure and promotion.
This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position.
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 60 and a support and professional staff of 108. 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/207764 and attach two documents:
Cover letter Please include contact information for three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system. The application deadline is February 1st, 2019.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science.
Required Related Experience:
Strong background in Hispanic Studies, political science, international affairs, or a related field.
Demonstrated communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal), including the ability to speak and write effectively in both English and Spanish.
Demonstrated instructional experience in an academic or research environment, and knowledge of key issues, trends, best practices, and concepts used in information and digital literacy.
Demonstrated experience with collections-related responsibilities in an academic or research environment.
Strong public service orientation and excellent interpersonal and research assistance skills.
Demonstrated ability to establish strong rapport with multiple constituencies in order to effectively collaborate and build partnerships inside and outside of the library and university.
Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position through research, publication, and/or professional engagement.
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Undergraduate or graduate degree in a Hispanic studies field.
Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging trends in information literacy instruction and assessment.
Demonstrated understanding of current issues and trends in scholarly communication and research data services.
Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education.
Proficiency in spoken and written Portuguese.
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.
Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.