Reference Librarian, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY

  • 18 Jul 2022 12:12 PM
    Message # 12852441


    Kentucky Historical Society Reference Librarian

    The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is seeking an engaging and collaborative colleague to work in one of Kentucky’s premier research libraries.

    KHS’s Martin F. Schmidt Research library consists of more than 35,000 books and thousands of other serial, rare imprint, manuscript, graphic, and audiovisual materials. The Reference Librarian works to manage this important library collection, which is used by researchers across the nation and international scholars.

    This position is critical for the day-to-day operations of the KHS library. The Reference Librarian handles collections management, ensures the stewardship of the library collection, manages the library catalog software system (WMS), assists researchers, and oversees our interlibrary loan program. Through this work, the Reference Librarian facilitates incredible research by ensuring that our patrons have access to one of the top Kentucky history and genealogy collections in the nation.

    For a complete description of this position, please visit

    Essential Responsibilities:

    ·         Providing technical services and collections management for the KHS library

    ·         Ensuring the stewardship of the library collections

    ·         Assisting researchers to navigate and access Kentucky history research materials

    ·         Connecting to libraries across the nation by overseeing Interlibrary Loan services

    ·         Working with KHS colleagues to develop promotional materials, public programs, and tours focused on library collections


    Education/Experience – Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent, one (1) year of experience working with reference services in a public setting.

    Communication – Advanced writing skills including the ability to communicate with diverse groups of people in both formal and informal settings, and fluency in social media tools/communication strategies and other forms of content creation.

    Computer Skills – Demonstrated proficiency in complex computer skills required, including Microsoft Office, and collection management systems (e.g., OCLC, Connexion, etc.).

    Direct Reports:


    This is a full-time position located in Frankfort, KY, that reports to the KHS Head of Libraries and Archives. This is an unclassified (non-merit) position pursuant to KRS 18A.115(1)(u). The annual salary for this position is $30,585 - $32,114. The regular work schedule is Tuesday through Saturday with a 37.5-hour workweek, but this position may require occasional Monday, night, or holiday hours as needed to support the programs, events, and services of KHS and its mission. Benefits include health and life insurance, optional dental and vision insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, retirement, and optional deferred compensation plans.

    Information about the Kentucky Historical Society can be found on our website at

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume via email to No telephone calls accepted. The deadline for submissions Monday, August 8, 2022.  Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

    KHS is an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. KHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, ancestry, age, disability, political affiliation, genetic information, or veteran status in accordance with state and federal laws.


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