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Job ID: 117141

Dean of Libraries
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Dec. 14, 2018
Title Dean of Libraries
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 89000:Provost
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Library Services

The University of Kentucky is seeking a transformative leader to serve as Dean of Libraries. The dean will lead with passion, creativity, and intelligence to cultivate an environment for interdisciplinary discovery and research, while transforming the libraries into hubs of life-long learning. This position will work collaboratively with library and academic leadership to direct the college and support the goals of Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant university’s strategic plan.

UK Libraries is central to the institution’s mission of excellence in education, research, service, and health care to enrich the lives of Kentuckians and beyond. The next dean must inspire the vision to vigorously pursue that mission by: providing vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership for the libraries and working with library faculty and staff to meet the college and university’s educational and research missions. This dean will be responsible for leading library faculty and staff to provide outstanding library services, collections, programming, content, and facilities; expanding the ability of the library to provide broader support for campus-wide digital scholarship; cultivating relationships across the university to enhance library support for research, teaching, and learning; renovating, repurposing, and investing in library spaces to encourage creativity, exploration, and application of new ideas and demonstrating a commitment to a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives to attract, recruit, and retain top library faculty and staff. The dean will lead the UK Libraries through the university’s comprehensive campaign by engaging with donors and partners and developing philanthropic goals that will extend beyond the campaign. This dean will serve, along with 18 other deans, as a member of the Provost’s Council and engage in professional activities within the university and across the state, region, and nation, as well as supporting continual professional development for library faculty and staff.

At least 10 years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience in an academic library setting required. M.L.S. and/or terminal degree in field of study strongly preferred. Additionally, this dean must have experience as a transformative leader, demonstrating positive vision and effective change management; proven understanding of the complexity of a large research university with a full spectrum of academic colleges, professional schools, and an academic medical center; passion and skills for articulating the college’s mission and its role in a flagship research university; ability to attract, develop, promote, and retain world-class library faculty and staff; strong communication skills and transparency in decision making; evidence of creating and implementing a vision to advance academic, scholarly, and creative activities; demonstrated initiative and flexibility, as well as the ability to adapt library services in a rapidly changing environment; a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented by the production, dissemination, and preservation of digital resources including digital scholarship, archival materials, and research data; demonstrated experience in supporting and building a diverse and inclusive environment; skills and experience to support the philanthropic role of the dean; strong portfolio of accomplished scholarly work, both independent and collaborative in nature; and active participation and leadership in state, regional, and national professional organizations.

Application materials should include a letter addressing how your experiences match the position requirements, including a statement regarding how you foster a diverse and inclusive environment, and a curriculum vitae. Application review will begin on January 11, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

The executive search firm of Greenwood/Asher & Associates has been selected to recruit for this position. To be considered, you must complete the UK application and contact Shelley Sullivan Feather ( or Ashley Hice ( at Greenwood/Asher.

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