Kentucky College of Art and Design, Inc.
  • Louisville, KY, USA
  • 70000-80000 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Job Title: Director of Library Services

Job Location: KyCAD Mansion HQ - 505 W. Ormsby Ave, Louisville, Ky 40203

Reports to: Vice President of Academic Affairs/Rounsavall Dean of Studio Art

Classification Status: Exempt

Priority Application Deadline: Friday, November 18th

Part I - Position Description

The Director of Library Services is responsible for continuing to develop a first-class education for our students by developing and implementing library and student services. We expect our Director of Library Services to be interested in developing resources and setting our students up for success. KyCAD seeks to embrace a forward-looking culture of innovation. 

As we develop our policies and processes to prepare for our accreditation application, we are looking for a full-time student-centric leader for a small but ground-breaking program.

Part II - Responsibilities

The Director of Library Services will bring an important energy and vision for developing a future-focused college. A robust, collegial, and inclusive approach to decision making and discussion is required. As the institution is growing and rapidly changing, a flexible, hands-on approach is needed.

Role Requirements

  • Acquires and maintains a thorough knowledge of various College constituents' research, teaching, and learning needs, through conversation with Faculty, Staff, and Students identifying the most effective methods of providing library services.
  • Actively participates in working groups, teams, and/or committees.
  • Initiates and maintains business relationships with publishers and/or book authors, software, hardware, or electronic service vendors, both foreign or domestic, to negotiate, update, or cancel license and service agreements, discounts, subscriptions, approval plans, or standing orders; makes subsequent arrangements; follows up to resolve problems.
  • Assumes responsibility for compliance with US copyright law, licenses, and Library and College policies for specified products and services, explains related issues to library users.
  • Creates and maintains finding aids, service guides, usage instructions, and research tools needed for all library sources.
  • Define, specify, design, install, and/or maintain systems and other technologies to support library services. Services include using bibliographic, library-operation, and information-technology theories and principles for effective implementation.
  • Identifies critical library needs and develops solutions as the College prepares for its accreditation application.
  • The employee will represent the Library and KyCAD effectively in the local community in outreach student services, teaching, committee service, and collaborations.
  • The Director of Library Services plans the future development of library programs. Programs such as bibliographic instruction, development of a new database search service, development of a specialized arts research collection.
  • Takes an active role in developing and interpreting the College's future research collection, integrating the collections available to students and research opportunities with the academic curricula and the research programs, and anticipating the College's information needs.
  • Directs activities of a very small library department, identifying needs through goal-setting processes. Identifies, actively solicits, evaluates, and acquires gifts; may include contract negotiation for gifts or deposits.
  • Performs curatorial duties for a specific collection, including selecting and acquiring books, electronic resources, serials, and manuscript collections serve as a contact with current and potential library donors in partnership with the Vice President of Advancement.
  • Provides assistance to users in various settings by assessing user's information needs through the use of formal interviewing techniques, then identifies appropriate resources and assists the user in selecting and using those resources.  Requires the ability to interpret subject content and a thorough understanding of the scope, authority, arrangement, and format of reference tools and online systems, bibliographic standards, collections, services, and technologies.
  • The Director of Library Services has demonstrated the ability to use the tools and standards, internal and external to the library that provide the basis for responding to queries, coordinating services, organizing information, creating new resources or finding aids, or implementing new technologies.
  • Researches, selects, and maintains appropriate resources in various formats and delivery models to support academic programs and college initiatives, reviewing and evaluating the need, cost, availability, and ongoing usefulness, and requiring subject expertise and knowledge of user needs and the market. Doing this will align the allocation of resources with institutional goals.
  • Trains and assists library users in using electronic and print research tools at the point of need.
  • Develops, presents, and assesses formal instructional programs and resources designed to teach information skills in classroom settings or as a part of individual learning using appropriate technology.
  • Coordinates the formulation, management, and documentation of in-house and contractual cataloging and metadata standards, policies, workflows, and procedures in conformance with nationally accepted standards and current cataloging practices.
  • The Director of Library Services will Lead and/or coordinate digital preservation efforts for the library to ensure enduring access to the full content of digital resources over time.
  • Plays a significant role in developing, implementing, and interpreting departmental policies and procedures and makes exceptions to established policies and procedures within acceptable library practice and principles.
  • Evaluates new electronic resources or systems under consideration by preparing specifications, attending demonstrations, and/or providing input.
  • The Director of Library Services will provide administrative or technical leadership for a specific service, collection, project, or library unit.
  • The employee will play a significant role in preparing and monitoring grants, budgets, reports, long-term plans, and statistical data related to library operations. Exercises fiscal control over approved budgets with primary responsibility for expending the funds.
  • The Director of Library Services plays a significant role in creating and maintaining service desk policy and procedural documentation, developing, implementing, and interpreting departmental and library policies, procedures, and documentation.
  • Demonstrate initiative through the perception of critical needs and develop solutions and foster similar skills in less experienced staff.
  • Embrace and enhance the company's culture to help ensure continued engagement, motivation, and drive
  • The Director of Library Services at KyCAD resolves difficult problems associated with administrative, bibliographic, cataloging, and/or information technology methods, procedures, principles, or theories.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Part III - Minimum Qualifications

  • A graduate degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. A Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in a subject area may also be required for specialized work
  • nine (9) years of related experience
  • Work experience in a library setting
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of current technology, software, and automated library systems
  • Demonstrated leadership and excellent communication skills
  • Experience managing a budget for a department, project, team, or committee
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to think strategically, be forward-thinking, and embrace change
  • Demonstrated experience working in a team-based environment
  • Maintain active and continuing involvement in professional activities at a statewide, regional, and/or national level
  • Experience managing a department, project, or team
  • Skill in facilitating and modeling a quality customer service orientation.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to travel and work a flexible schedule
  • Ability to lead and manage change

Additional Qualifications:

  • Background in a specialized area, such as Art + Design
  • Supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of a foreign language
  • Experience with instructing individuals or groups

Training, education, experience, and other credentials vary by position to identify one or more appropriate candidates to perform the tasks and activities relating to a role; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to perform the work as outlined in the position description and responsibilities sections above.

This position requires the ability to lift 30lbs (approx.) and must be able to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Part IV - Working Conditions

Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing and moving institutional goals, priorities, and needs.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the Kentucky College of Art + Design or you have additional questions regarding this position, please contact Human Capital Management at

Any candidate offered a position will be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by KyCAD Human Capital. These screenings may include a national background check. If applicable, the candidate may also be required to complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) online training.

NOTE: All faculty, staff and students are required to provide vaccination status or complete bi-weekly COVID-19 testing (this requirement is subject to change).

About KyCAD:

Founded in 2009, The Kentucky College of Art + Design is proud of its success. Core values and principles have helped to shape the institution and our work toward a mission to provide a transformational experience for our students.

As a new independent and licensed college offering a BFA in studio art, we are the only four-year independent college of Art and Design in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Please visit our website at for more information about the College's history, mission, vision, and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning for art and design.

The Kentucky College of Art + Design is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live.

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