Job Details

  • Contact: Vida Vaughn -
  • Apply By: May 27, 2024

Job Description

The University of Louisville (UofL) Kornhauser Health Sciences Library (KHSL) invites applications from dynamic, self-directed, and experienced professional to join our team as the Associate Director of Collections. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in enhancing access to information resources, managing collections, and implementing strategic initiatives to promote the library’s resources. This is a 12-month, tenure track position with full benefits.

The University of Louisville Libraries and the University are sincerely committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. For more information, please see the Libraries Diversity and Inclusion website and the Office of Diversity & Equity website.

Primary Responsibilities:

·         Oversee the development, management, and assessment of the library’s collections, ensuring alignment with the institution’s educational and research goals.

·         Lead collection development efforts, including acquisition, evaluation, and licensing of electronic, print resources, and donor items while optimizing resource allocation within budgetary constraints.

·         Collaborate with faculty, researchers, and other stakeholders to assess information needs and curate collections that support their teaching, learning, and research activities. Provide instruction as needed.

·         Implement innovative strategies to enhance access to digital resources, including electronic journals, databases, and e-books, while ensuring compliance with copyright and licensing agreements.

·         Conduct user surveys, usability studies, and data analysis to assess user needs, preferences, and satisfaction levels, using insights to inform collection development and marketing strategies.

·         Provide leadership and supervision to library staff involved in collection management and fostering a collaborative and service-oriented work environment.

Required Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, with a focus on health sciences librarianship preferred.

·         Scholarship and service representative of the rank of Assistant Professor

·         Minimum of 2 years’ experience in libraries, including some combination of demonstrated expertise in areas of collection development and acquisitions.

·         Ability to manage complex collections budgets, negotiate vendor contracts, and assess the value and impact of library resources.

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships, collaborate with diverse stakeholders, and advocate for the library’s mission and services.

·         Proficiency with library systems and knowledge of current and emerging technologies in collection development.

·         Supervisory experience that demonstrates an ability to lead and manage library professionals and support staff.


Desirable Qualifications:

·         Experience working in an academic health sciences or medical library environment.

·         Strong understanding of current trends and best practices in health sciences librarianship, scholarly communication, and information literacy

·         Knowledge of emerging trends and technologies in health informatics, data management, and scholarly publishing.

·         Experience with discovery and integrated library systems (ILS), and electronic resource management (ERM). Experience with EBSCO Discovery, OCLC and WMS is preferred.

·         Familiarity with evidence-based practice principles and resources used in clinical decision-making.

·         Experience developing and implementing marketing strategies, including content creation, social media management, and event promotion

Both initial rank and salary for this 12-month tenure track position are dependent on experience and qualifications of the successful candidate; anticipated starting rank is Assistant Professor, with a minimum salary of $60,000/year. The successful candidate will also receive a comprehensive benefits package, and an annual vacation of 22 working days. To support the scholarship, service, and other achievements necessary for promotion, the University Libraries offers a mentorship program, extensive professional development opportunities, and funding for conferences and continuing education.

The University Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), values its collaborative efforts both within the university and among other organizations, and participates in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance, which unites academic libraries committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Kornhauser Health Sciences Library is located at the downtown Health Sciences Center campus, three miles north of the main university campus. Comprised of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health, as well as UofL Hospital, this campus is home to over 50% of the university faculty and receives 90% of grant funding. With the establishment of the eQuality educational model in 2014, the University of Louisville became the first school in the nation to fully integrate content addressing competent care for individuals who are LGBTQ+, gender nonconforming, and born with differences of sex development into the medical school curriculum. The University of Louisville is a Carnegie Research/High university and recipient of the Carnegie Community Engagement classification for Curricular Engagement & Outreach and Partnerships. The University has a national reputation for its high-quality undergraduate program; over twenty nationally recognized research, graduate, and professional programs; 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students; and a strong commitment to the community in which it resides. UofL Health is a fully integrated regional academic health system with eleven hospitals, four medical centers, 200+ physician practice locations, 700+ providers, Frazier Rehab Institute, and the Brown Cancer Center.

Most notably recognized for Muhammad Ali, the Louisville Slugger, and the Kentucky Derby, Louisville is a progressive city and home to nearly 1 million people from around the world. The richness of its history and the diversity of its communities make Louisville an ideal place to live, work, and play. Louisville offers smaller-city advantages like shorter commutes and lower cost of living, alongside major city amenities like world-class performing arts, great sports, incredible dining, a nationally ranked public school system, and a nationally acclaimed parks system. Centrally located on the banks of the Ohio River and Interstate highways I-65, I-71, and I-64, Louisville is merely hours away from major cities like Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, and Atlanta, however, there is no need to travel far with iconic attractions and unique experiences only Louisville can offer.

How to Apply

Initial application review process will begin on May 27, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Proper documentation of identity and employability are also required, and a criminal background report will be completed on the chosen candidate. Submit AS ONE PDF a letter of interest detailing your familiarity, aptitude, and/or experience with the required and desired qualifications, and commitment to diversity and inclusion; CV/resume; and name, address, phone number, and e-mail address of three references via the online application at UofL’s Human Resources site  (R104480) you have questions or would like assistance with the application process, please contact the Search Committee chair:


Vida Vaughn

KHSL Director

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292


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