Graduate Research Assistant - Library Science

University of Kentucky   Lexington, KY   Full-time     Education
Posted on January 19, 2023
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Posting Details

Job Title

Graduate Research Assistant - Library Science

Requisition Number


Department Name

8M500:School of Information Science

Work Location

Lexington, KY

Salary Range

$15 per hour

Type of Position


Position Time Status


Required Education

Candidate should be enrolled in the MSLS program, or have earned an MSLS

Required Related Experience


Required License/Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Sitting for long periods of time at a computer.


10 hours per week for up to 16 weeks; potential for employment with future phases of the project

Job Summary

This position entails contacting potential and confirmed study participants, scheduling interviews, assisting with literature reviews, transcribing interviews, and inductive coding of interview data.

This project is the first stage of a larger study. In this phase we are interviewing county judge executives and public library administrators in Kentucky to see how they select, train, and work with trustees, especially now that KRS Bill 167 is active (allowing judge executives to select trustees). It is important to understand trustee relationships and processes, especially considering the escalation of book banning attempts nationwide, and the fact that trustees are involved in deciding what happens in book challenges. In later phases of the study, we will be surveying trustees nationwide and there may be ongoing research assistant opportunities for interested candidates.

The graduate research assistant will be responsible for: contacting potential and confirmed study participants, scheduling interviews, assisting with literature reviews, transcribing interviews, and inductive coding of interview data. We are looking for someone detail-oriented, reliable, comfortable with scheduling and transcription activities, and who has an interest in participating in library research efforts. You will need to obtain ORI certification for Responsible Conduct of Research & Scholarly Activity as part of this position. In your application materials, please detail how you meet the preferred skills/knowledge/abilities outlined in the job ad.

Please contact either Shannon Crawford Barniskis ( or Shannon Oltmann ( with any questions.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Detail oriented, reliable, ability to transcribe or edit AI-generated transcripts

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?


Preferred Education/Experience

Prior experience with scheduling, transcription, and an interest in research preferred

Deadline to Apply


University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky 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. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

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

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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    Applicant Documents
    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
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