Research Data Services Librarian

at Unviersity of Kentucky Libraries (view profile)
Location Lexington, KY
Date Posted March 6, 2020
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or other advanced degree that provided experience with research data responsibilities.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $57,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @UKLibraries


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. The 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 creative, collaborative, and engaged library professional to provide innovative services in the position of Research Data Services Librarian.

In this newly created position, the Librarian will facilitate collaboration across UK Libraries to propose, plan, implement, and assess services for the management and utilization of research data. The Librarian will engage campus constituents involved in research, teaching, and learning by offering consultations for acquiring, locating, and using research data; by educating the university community about research data stewardship; and by providing expertise in managing and sharing research data. Reporting to the Director of Digital Scholarship, the Librarian will be an active relationship builder and excellent communicator with the ability to work campus-wide to develop and promote research data services.

Early career professionals and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities of the Research Data Services Librarian include:
• Develop, provide, and assess services and instruction in support of campus constituents across disciplines through the research data lifecycle.
• Provide consultation on research data management plans for grant applications and research projects.
• Provide faculty and students with assistance in finding and using research data.
• Assist researchers in meeting funders’ or publishers’ requirements for research data sharing.
• Act as the liaison with other campus units that support research data services.

Required Qualifications:
• ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or other advanced degree that provided experience with research data responsibilities.
• Demonstrated knowledge with research data responsibilities in an academic or research environment.
• Knowledge of funders’ or publishers’ requirements for research data management and sharing.
• Knowledge of data sources for the discovery of datasets suitable for research or coursework.
• Understanding of trends in data management throughout the research lifecycle.
• 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.
• Competence and sensitivity in working at a university in which students, faculty, and staff are highly diverse with regard to many facets of identity.
• Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position through research, publication, and/or professional engagement.

This 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 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. We ask that one of the references be your current supervisor.

If you have any questions, contact H/R employment, phone (859) 257-9555, press 2. The application deadline is April 9th, 2020.