Head of Library Collections and Discovery Services, Steely Library
The W. Frank Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University seeks a collaborative, visionary, and service-oriented individual to lead Collections and Discovery Services. This newly-formed, tenure-track faculty position is responsible for re-invigorating collections to meet the curriculum needs of all academic departments, both print and electronic as a result of increased financial support for the library. The position will be responsible for supervising faculty and staff, defining departmental goals, developing systematic assessment measures, refining workflows, and fostering an environment of collegiality, respect, and teamwork. Collections and Discovery Services includes acquisitions, cataloging, and discovery of print and e-resources, including special collections, university archives, records management, and government documents. The individual will also oversee the library’s resource management system, licensing, and budget monitoring. The position will play an active role in cultivating resources for diversity, inclusion, and equity to first generation, historically marginalized and underrepresented students. This position serves on the Library’s leadership team and will contribute to the development and implementation of the Library’s vision and goals. Successful candidates may be hired at the assistant or associate professor rank.
NKU is a public comprehensive university located in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area. The university delivers innovative, learner-centered education and engages in impactful scholarly and creative activities, all of which empower students for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives while contributing to the social and economic vitality of the region. NKU has almost 14,000 students, over 2,000 faculty and staff. It offers 79 undergraduate degree programs, master’s degrees in 21 disciplines, graduate certificates in 15 areas, two doctoral programs, a law degree, and in a partnership with the University of Kentucky and St. Elizabeth Hospital opened a medical school in the fall of 2019.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Knowledge of current and emerging trends and technologies related to library services and higher education.
• Understanding of scholarly communication and the evolving publishing ecosystem, including the open access movement.
• Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment and to prioritize various projects and departmental initiatives.
• Ability to assess collections.
• Demonstrated commitment to training and professional development/achievement of faculty and staff especially in the area of collection management and accessibility.
• Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library or information science program or an ALA approved foreign equivalent.
• Demonstrated experience with collection development and/or technical services in an academic or research library.
• Supervisory experience and/or evidence of the ability to be an effective team leader who fosters an inclusive, efficient, and collegial workplace.
• Experience with and/or knowledge of collections assessment.
• Demonstrated understanding of project management skills.
• Experience with and/or knowledge of resource licensing.
• Demonstrated use of WorldShare Management Services or similar library management system.
Applications submitted by April 18, 2021 will receive full consideration.