Emerging Technologies Librarian

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Created: March 4, 2016


 Emerging Technologies Librarian

The University of Louisville (UofL) Kornhauser Health Sciences Library (KHSL) invites applications from creative and self-motivated candidates for the position of emerging technologies librarian.  This outgoing individual will evaluate, implement and maintain awareness of emerging technologies in an academic and health sciences library environment. A major responsibility of this position is to provide leadership and direction for the library’s webpages. The library provides information and research support to the students, staff, and faculty of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health. 

This is a full-time, tenure-track or term position reporting to the Director of the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library.  The anticipated initial rank is Instructor or Assistant Professor.  The entry rank and salary of the successful candidate are dependent on experience and qualifications. 

  • Maintain, evaluate and implement emerging and evolving technologies
  • Design, maintain and assess the library web site and other digital systems and resources
  • Initiate, design and provide effective training for staff, students and faculty of potential and emerging services using new technologies
  • Work with the appropriate library and university technology offices, departments and committees
  • Recommend and oversee the purchase of technology (hardware, software, web-based) to meet the needs of library faculty, staff and users
  • Supervise the KHSL IT staff person and one student assistant
  • Teach orientations and workshops about information literacy, mobile technologies, social media, productivity apps, and collaboration tools to library users and library employees
  • Provide reference services

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent in library or information science granted by May 2016
  • Demonstrated evidence of basic skills in website development
  • Excellent presentation and relationship building skills
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and use new technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in multiple formats to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated evidence of initiative and flexibility with planning and problem-solving
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively as both a team member and independently
  • Potential to meet promotion and tenure requirements

Desirable Qualifications
  • Additional degree in related technology field
  • Demonstrated ability in web application development and programming languages
  • Experience in managing technology
  • Experience in a health sciences library
  • Health sciences background

Promotion and tenure within the University Libraries requires demonstration of scholarship and professional service.  The Libraries offer a comprehensive benefits package and annual vacation of 22 working days. 

The University of Louisville (http://louisville.edu) is a Carnegie research university serving 21,000 students in the state’s largest urban area.  Kornhauser Health Sciences Library (http://louisville.edu/library/kornhauser) is located at the downtown Health Sciences Center, three miles north of the main university campus, Belknap Campus.  The Health Sciences Center is home to over 50% of the university faculty and receives 90% of grant funding.  Kornhauser Health Sciences library has partnered with KentuckyOne Health Care in the provision of fully-integrated virtual library services to 27 hospitals and health centers throughout the state of Kentucky (http://insidekentuckyonehealth.org/Learning/Virtual-Library#.VbuPqE10yUk).

With a national reputation for its high-quality undergraduate programs and over twenty nationally recognized research, graduate, and professional programs, the University also has as a strong commitment to the community in which it resides. The University Libraries (http://louisville.edu/library/) joined the 126-member Association of Research Libraries in 2002. The city of Louisville (http://louisville.edu/library/hr/louisville) offers hospitality, warmth and smaller city advantages like shorter commutes and lower cost of living alongside major city amenities such as world-class performing arts, great sports, incredible dining, and a nationally-acclaimed parks system.

Nominations are sought and welcome.  Applications should be submitted electronically at https://highereddecisions.com/uofl/current_vacancies.asp.  Completed applications should include current curriculum vitae, a letter of interest detailing your relevant experience, strengths and accomplishments, and the contact information for three references.  The Search Committee will begin a confidential review of completed applications on April 11, 2016; the position is open until filled. Questions about the position or application process may be addressed to:

Neal D. Nixon
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY  40292
(502) 852-5775

Official transcripts for required degrees must be received prior to employment. Proper documentation of identity and employability are also required.  A criminal background report will be completed on the chosen candidate.    

The University of Louisville is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Employer, committed to diversity and in that spirit, seeks applications from a broad variety of candidates.


Published: Friday, March 4, 2016 16:30 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC