University Libraries relies upon faculty, professional, classified staff, and student workers to fulfill its mission. See below for employment opportunities.

Faculty Positions

A complete listing of faculty positions is available online at facultyjobs.ua.edu. Currently we have the following positions posted.

Instructional Design Librarian

The University of Alabama seeks a proactive, team-oriented, and creative person to serve as Instructional Design Librarian. This position serves a dual role as a librarian participating in multimodal library and information literacy instruction and as an instructional design specialist directly developing content and training liaison librarians who are building instructional design projects.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively and creatively with University Libraries faculty and staff to plan, develop, and deliver asynchronous and classroom library instruction. This includes training and working with librarians to design active learning environments, multimedia tutorials, and other digital learning objects. This also includes working with staff and faculty in the Sanford Media Center to design programmatic curricula for multimodal projects and instruction. The Instructional Design Librarian will also develop and support training activities for best practices in utilizing instructional technology tools.

Reporting to the Coordinator of Creative Media and Instructional Design within Gorgas Information Services, the Instructional Design Librarian will participate proactively in the unit’s priorities and initiatives. In addition, the Instructional Design Librarian will work collaboratively with The University of Alabama Faculty Resource Center and the College of Continuing Studies to support online learning initiatives in the broader campus community. Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library environment continues to change.

Primary Job Duties

  • Develop and maintain major instructional design projects for the University Libraries
  • Train liaison librarians who are building instructional design projects for distance learning, classroom supplementation, and flipped classroom pedagogy.
  • Participate in instruction efforts by leading instruction sessions for multimodal projects and by helping to design programmatic instructional curricula in partnership with the Sanford Media Center.
  • Serves as a knowledgeable resource to support greater liaison presence in University of Alabama’s learning management system (LMS; BlackBoard Learn)
  • Help design and conduct assessment of University Libraries’ instructional design efforts and multimodal projects
  • Participate in research services and the University Libraries’ larger information literacy instruction for UA’s First-Year Writing Program as needed

Required qualifications:

  • Masters in Library Science from an ALA accredited program OR Masters in Instructional Design, Education, Educational Technology or a related field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including associated skills such as listening, negotiating, and adapting.
  • Demonstrated experience/expertise with relevant academic and instructional design technologies, including but not limited to: video capture and editing software (e.g., Camtasia, iMovie), e-learning authoring tools (e.g., Storyline 360, Adobe Captivate), content creation and design in Blackboard Learn or an equivalent learning management system (LMS) (e.g., d2L, Canvas, Moodle).
  • Proven interpersonal skills, evidenced by the ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, students, and staff.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply teaching methodologies and learning theories.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies, standards, and their applications to distance education.
  • Ability to conceptualize, communicate, and execute plans to meet short- and long-term goals.
  • Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, initiate, and implement effective programs, projects, and services.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible in a dynamic work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex changing environment and complete tasks according to an established time frame.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to customer service excellence.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic library experience.
  • Two to three years of professional experience in an educational environment.
  • Online teaching experience.
  • Experience in the systematic design of instruction for online, blended/hybrid and/or traditional courses.
  • Experience designing, developing, and delivering training programs and workshops on teaching methods and technology utilization in the classroom.
  • Experience with creative media applications to support content creation (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite, video and audio editing).
  • Familiarity with and dedication to creating accessible content, including familiarity with WCAG 2.0 guidelines for interactive and video content.

ENVIRONMENT : The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama’s flagship public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 38,000 students, is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. The University is a leader among public universities nationwide for enrollment of National Merit Scholars, with more than 600 currently enrolled. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. The University has achieved Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The University of Alabama Libraries is essential in advancing the educational mission of the University. We provide innovative instruction, services, and resources to facilitate teaching, research, and learning. The University of Alabama Libraries is committed to be student- centered and research-focused in order to support discovery, learning, and creativity at The Capstone. Gorgas Library serves the Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Human Environmental Sciences, College of Communication & Information Sciences, Honors College, College of Continuing Studies, and the School of Social Work.

The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, Scholars Trust, the Rosemont Alliance, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. We are the oldest academic library serving as a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository. In this role we serve the academic community and the public. The University Libraries is an EBSCO FOLIO beta partner. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://www.libraries.ua.edu

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of 100,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and a reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several large cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.

Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12-month non-tenure track renewable-contract faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor, depending on qualifications and experience. Salary range is $52,000.00 – $60,000.00 and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu Click Search Positions. University Libraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses of three references, including one current supervisor.

Position open until filled. Applications received by January 2, 2020 are assured of receiving full consideration.

The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including women, members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. For questions regarding the search, contact Dr. Millie Jackson, Senior Associate Dean, at mljackson@ua.edu

Coordinator of Metadata

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks applications and nominations for an innovative, collaborative, and tech-savvy Coordinator of Metadata. This position reports to the Head of Resource Acquisition & Discovery and actively contributes to the management of the department. The position provides leadership, support, project management, and workflow analysis for a unit consisting of faculty and staff who are responsible for original, complex and copy cataloging, metadata creation and remediation, and authority control in MARC and BIBFRAME. The unit is also actively engaged in a collaborative fashion in projects related to Special Collections, Digital Humanities, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), the Institutional Repository, and digital library projects which require supervisory skills of Dublin Core, Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), and other metadata issues.

The University Libraries is a FOLIO beta development partner with EBSCO, and this position plays a major role internally, as well as in the FOLIO community. The position leads testing and implementation for cataloging/metadata functions and collaborates across the University Libraries regarding functionality and interoperability of cataloging/metadata with other FOLIO functions, data sources, and deliverables. The position advises on reporting and assessment functions needed in FOLIO for internal and external purposes.

UA Libraries seeks applicants who thrive in a learning organization with a strong service orientation and who demonstrate an ability to adapt to changing needs and priorities. This would include exploring best practices and making important decisions about the future of metadata and cataloging in a rapidly changing environment. Candidates with experience setting strategic directions, collaboration across departments, establishing priorities, and managing librarians and staff are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate must have a willingness for continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise through work related experiences and professional development opportunities with a commitment to continuous quality improvement. The successful candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems that are typical of an academic setting. Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library environment continues to change.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 5 years post-MLS cataloging and/or metadata experience in an academic library.
  • Supervisory experience with professional staff and/or faculty, including direct involvement with establishing goals, evaluating employees, developing job descriptions, and analyzing workflows.
  • Experience with cataloging materials, both original and complex copy cataloging, with significant knowledge of and ability to apply cataloging tools (RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LCC, FAST headings, and MARC21 formats) for bibliographic and authority data.
  • Experience with bulk importing and exporting of metadata records.
  • Knowledge of linked data and semantic web tools and frameworks such as BIBFRAME, RDF, OWL, SKOS, and SPARQL.
  • Experience effectively explaining metadata concepts to non-technical audiences and collaborating on projects extending beyond metadata.
  • Experience developing cataloging/metadata policies and creating documentation to improve communication and processes.
  • Knowledge of and experience with tools and services that support cataloging and metadata functions such as OCLC, MarcEdit, library services platforms, and relevant scripting environments.
  • Experience manipulating data using Access, Excel, SQL, VBA, etc.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of supporting librarians and staff through active personnel management and promotion of diversity and inclusion within the work place.
  • Ability to meet tenure requirements in a research library, with a focus on research and publication, and a demonstrated research agenda aligned with relevant aspects of the position.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Five years of recent cataloging/metadata and supervisory experience in an academic or research library.
  • Experience with a national cooperative cataloging program such as the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), NACO, BIBCO, CONSER or SACO.
  • Knowledge of Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).
  • Experience with data migration and data analysis in libraries.
  • Knowledge of and experience using metadata schemas and encoding initiatives including Dublin Core, MODS, and TEI and willingness to learn additional ones as needed.
  • Experience providing metadata consultation and services related to digital projects, institutional repositories, and ETD’s, etc. that are not managed by the metadata unit.
  • Working knowledge of the processes and tools used in library acquisitions, electronic resource management, and knowledge bases.
  • Experience establishing workflows and production levels for faculty librarians and staff.
  • Experience performing detailed annual evaluations for faculty librarians and staff.
  • Experience managing librarians, both tenure and non-tenure track, and staff.
  • Experience working with collaborative projects to increase usage of physical and electronic materials by making them more discoverable and accessible.
  • Experience cataloging a wide range of print and non-print materials in various formats.

ENVIRONMENT: The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama’s flagship public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 38,000 students, is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. The University is a leader among public universities nationwide for enrollment of National Merit Scholars, with more than 600 currently enrolled. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. The University has achieved Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University of Alabama Libraries is essential in advancing the educational mission of the University. We provide innovative instruction, services, and resources to facilitate teaching, research, and learning. The University of Alabama Libraries is committed to be student-centered and research-focused in order to support discovery, learning, and creativity at The Capstone.

The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, Scholars Trust, the Rosemont Alliance, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. We are the oldest academic library serving as a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository. In this role we serve the academic community and the public. The University Libraries is an EBSCO FOLIO beta partner. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://www.libraries.ua.edu.

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of 100,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and a reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several large cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.

Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank, depending on qualifications. Salary range is $70,000 to $90,000 commensurate with qualifications, experience, and advanced degrees. Strong benefits, including professional development support, tuition fee waiver, and matching retirement contributions.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Click Search Positions. University Libraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses of three references, including one current supervisor.

Position open until filled. Applications received by February 28, 2020 are assured of receiving full consideration. Position will remain open until filled.

The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including women, members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. For questions regarding the search, contact Dr. Millie Jackson, Senior Associate Dean, at mljackson@ua.edu.

Professional and Classified Staff Positions

A complete listing of administrative/professional and classified positions at The University of Alabama, including University Libraries positions, is available online through the Human Resources Department’s Internet-based application system. The J.O.B. site (Job Opportunities at Bama) allows users to conduct the entire job search and application process online. Human Resources no longer accepts paper applications, faxed applications or e-mailed resumes. The J.O.B. Site can be accessed by going to staffjobs.ua.edu. For more information call the Human Resources Service Center at 205-348-7732.

Student Positions

University Libraries employs student assistants in each of the libraries. Typical jobs include checking-out library materials, searching for bibliographic information, assisting library users, and shelving returned materials. Most student assistant positions do not require previous work experience. The libraries are looking for students with good time management skills who can balance work, study, and other campus activities. Dependability, accuracy, and a strong service orientation are other characteristics important to successful work in the libraries. Hours vary depending on the needs of each library unit.
All students applying for employment should consult the school employment web site for information concerning background check requirements.
Payroll students should apply online at UA Student Jobs.