Business, Economics, and Government Information Librarian

at University of Kentucky (view profile)
Location Lexington, Kentucky
Date Posted December 7, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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University of Kentucky Libraries

Business, Economics, and Government Information Librarian


The University of Kentucky Libraries seeks a creative, collaborative, and engaged library professional to provide innovative services in the position of Business, Economics, and Government Information Librarian.  The Librarian will engage and collaborate with faculty, students, library staff, and others across the University to support scholarship, teaching, and research involving business, economics, and public policy, as well as Federal, international, and Kentucky state and local government collections.


The Business, Economics, and Government Information Librarian will serve as the liaison to the Business and Economics departments.  As such, this person will provide research, data services, and curricular support to the students and faculty of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, including the one-year and executive MBA programs, as well as other business-related research on campus. The Librarian will also serve as the liaison to the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. The Librarian will:


  • Develop and manage collections related to business, economics, and policy.
  • Develop, teach, and assess information literacy instruction sessions.
  • 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 efforts with the campus community, for example, with the Office of Technology Commercialization and the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK).
  • Work collaboratively to promote diversity, equality, and inclusiveness with the Libraries and on campus.


Additionally, the Librarian will promote and teach the effective use of government resources specific to a variety of disciplines, and will work closely with the UK Libraries Federal Regional Depository Librarian and staff to promote effective use of Federal Government documents in public services, research, and instruction. The Librarian will promote government resources to teaching faculty for integration in course syllabi, including Kentucky state documents, Federal and local government information, research data, and international government agency resources. The librarian will train Libraries faculty and staff on the effective use of government information in research and instruction, and will provide research assistance through individual and small group consultations.


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.





  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Professional experience in an academic, government, or corporate business environment
  • Demonstrated experience using statistical data resources
  • 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 skills.
  • Demonstrated communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal) and the 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.



Preference will be given to candidates with:


  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a business-related 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.



Position 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 and attach two documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
    • 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.