Job Posting: Visual Resources Librarian, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY

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Visual Resources Librarian

The University of Kentucky seeks collaborative, experienced, and innovative applicants with proven skills for the position of Visual Resources Librarian.  The successful candidate will serve as an academic liaison to the areas of art, photography, theater, dance, and arts management.  The candidate will lead in the establishment of an intellectual framework and required competencies for students engaging with images in an academic environment as set out by the Association of College and Research Libraries.  The candidate will have the ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment and work collaboratively across organizational boundaries.

Reporting to the Head of the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library, responsibilities include:

  • Provides instruction in visual literacy, in the search and retrieval of image content, and best practices for presentation of images including issues related to copyright and scholarly communication
  • Teaches and assesses curriculum-integrated instructional sessions in assigned subject areas
  • Collaborates with faculty to achieve information literacy learning outcomes
  • Provides subject-specific leadership for collection building and management
  • Provides research consultations in assigned subject areas, including support for research and creative endeavors within assigned subject areas
  • Provides research and scholarly publishing support in assigned subject areas
  • Actively engages with faculty and students in assigned subject areas
  • Curates displays/exhibits which highlight collections of the Little Fine Arts Library
  • Cultivates relationships with local and Kentucky artists and donors to procure additional art work and art-related materials to be displayed/housed in the Little Fine Arts Library or funding to support the collection
  • Participates in outreach and campus engagement activities that build partnerships and cultivate relationships with key university units
  • Participates in shared governance of the University of Kentucky by serving on library, departmental/college, and university committees as appropriate
  • Pursues professional development and service activities in order to meet the library requirements for tenure and promotion


  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science
  • Course work or experience in art, art history, photography, theater, dance, and arts management, or related field
  • Demonstrated understanding or familiarity of current theory and practice of art and/or visual literacy
  • Strong public service orientation
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well with a diverse population of faculty, students, colleagues, and community
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position through research, publication, and/or professional engagement

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • One or more degrees in art history or related field
  • Minimum of two years of experience in an academic/research library or in a visual resources or museum setting
  • Experience in providing information/visual literacy instruction in an academic/research library or in a visual resources or museum setting
  • Familiarity with collection management, scholarly communication, and copyright issues
  • 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 28,000 students, 2,000 faculty, and 12,000 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, Agricultural Information Center, Fine Arts Library, Design Library, Education Library, Transportation Library, Lexmark Library, Engineering Library, and Science Library. UK Libraries also manages the Kentucky digital Library for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 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 Voyager integrated library system and anticipates a migration to the Alma system in the near future. 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 three documents: a cover letter (Cover Letter), a curriculum vitae (Resume) and list of references (Specific Request 1). If you have any questions, contact HR Employment, phone (859) 257-9555, press 2. The application deadline is October 12th, 2015.


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