Head of Library Collections and Discovery Services
Full Time or Part Time?
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching
its educational environment and culture through the diversity of
its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing
inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of
its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative
Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse
groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of
diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive
Purpose of Position
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. The W. Frank Steely Library provides a wide range of library
services to support the University’s commitment to its Success by
Design strategic framework, which promotes student success by
embracing inclusiveness, equity, global awareness, and academic
needs of students and faculty in each academic college. Library
faculty and staff have enhanced traditional services to better
address 21st century information needs and are collaborative
partners across campus. The library’s twenty faculty members and
fourteen staff members are leading the implementation of NKU’s
campus-wide Quality Enhancement Plan on Information Literacy and
newly created digital repository, and offering an online Bachelor’s
degree in library informatics. 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.
Leadership and Supervision
• Supervises and leads a team of librarians and staff in the
Collections and Discovery Services Department, including special
collections, university archives, records management, government
documents, and the general collection.
• Develops and leads evidence-based collection assessment processes
to analyze, acquire, and evaluate the alignment of library content
and services with the teaching and learning mission of the
• Monitors budget allocations and ensures effective stewardship of
a $2.3M library acquisitions budget.
• Collaborates with colleagues to ensure that library collections
are discoverable and accessible.
• Oversees license agreements with content vendors using industry
• Works with faculty and staff to maintain an efficient workflow
for ordering and renewal in accordance with spending
• Produces analyses, data visualizations, and reports including
regular budget updates with respect to fiscal-year targets.
• Investigates and recommends policies, procedures, and best
practices for collection management processes that advance
diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Liaison Responsibilities and Organizational Leadership
• Engages with campus stakeholders on issues related to
• Collaborates with state-wide consortium to develop shared
collections and explore issues, challenges, and opportunities
related to cooperative collection development.
• Coordinates engagement and communication with vendors.
• Contributes to research tutoring and consultations.
• Other duties as assigned. Service and Scholarship
• Participates in Library and campus-wide committees and NKU
• Participates in scholarship and creative activity in order to
meet expectations for faculty at NKU .
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
• 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. Preferred Qualifications
• 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 July 21, 2021 will receive full
Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants
are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on July 21,
Salary is $66,000 – $78,000
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * Have you successfully earned a Masters in Library and/or
Information Science from an American Library Association accredited
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application