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Faculty Positions

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Scholarly Communications Librarian

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a proactive, team-oriented, and innovative person to serve as Scholarly Communications Librarian. The ideal candidate’s primary responsibilities will be in institutional repository development and management, as well as associated scholarly communications, copyright, publishing, and intellectual property issues. They must have a willingness for continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise in these and emerging areas through work-related experiences and professional development opportunities.

Reporting to the Director of Resource Acquisition and Discovery, this position works both independently and collaboratively to promote the use of the institutional repository (currently DSpace) for University research and publications, including electronic these and dissertations (ETDs), faculty and student works, open access ejournals, and ebooks, data sets, and emerging digital scholarship. This person will lead University Library efforts in promoting the institutional repository as an integrated tool in the scholarly communications process on campus. This position leads the efforts to raise awareness of scholarly communication issues, such as open access publishing and open educational resources.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the daily operations of the institutional repository including adding and editing content, training other library faculty and staff on use and workflows, working with vendors/publishers as needed, assessing functionality of the institutional repository, and recommending changes for continuous quality improvement.
  • Determine and implement metadata schemas, crosswalks, and workflows for ingesting and maintaining data in the institutional repository and for the institutional repository instance, utilizing Dublin Core and SGML subsets, as well as making interface recommendations through various CMS systems.
  • Create and update institutional repository procedures, policies, and other necessary documentation in consultation with colleagues within the University Libraries and on campus.
  • Promote the institutional repository to the campus community and proactively recruit appropriate and sustainable content for it.
  • Collect, analyze, and report institutional repository usage data.
  • Participate actively as a library liaison and teach workshops for faculty, departments, and research units.
  • Coordinate and provide training in support of the institutional repository and scholarly communications on campus.
  • Serve as a library resource on copyright, fair use, and open access issues.
  • Ensure institutional repository materials are discoverable via the web, listed in registries of open access repositories, and integrated into the University Libraries web site.
  • Serve as a contact for the University Libraries collection of electronic theses and dissertations and undergraduate research projects.
  • Oversees DSpace upgrades, patches, and plug-ins.
  • Monitor development in scholarly communications, open access, open educational resources, related initiatives, repository trends, and best practices while communicating their implications to library and university stakeholders.
  • Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library environment continues to change.
Qualifications:

Required:

  • Masters in Library Science from an ALA accredited program.
  • Knowledge of and experience with an institutional repository.
  • Prior success in managing projects and effectively balancing completing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, along with skills associated with listening, negotiating, compromising, and adapting.
  • Working knowledge of scholarly communication, intellectual property, rights management, and open access.
  • Knowledge of new scholarly publishing models and the economics underlying them.
  • Experience consulting with teaching faculty, administrators, and students on research or scholarly topics.
  • Friendly, approachable, public service attitude.
  • Demonstration of ability, interest, and willingness to assume additional and/or new responsibilities, along with the ability to set and model high performance standards.
  • Ability to conceptualize, articulate, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to develop the institutional repository and to solve problems, using sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Ability to meet requirements of tenure and promotion.
  • Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.
Preferred:
  • Experience working in an academic or research library.
  • Experience supervising staff and students.
  • Additional graduate or doctoral degree.
  • Experience managing information technology systems such as complex databases, repositories, web sites, or other locally developed digital resources.
  • Experience designing usable, accessible, and attractive front ends to digital resources.
  • Experience working with structural metadata and applying it to digital resources.
  • Familiarity with digital preservation issues.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and developing relationships with academic units and faculty.
  • Demonstrated professional development activity.
  • Experience with an institutional repository platform.
  • Knowledge of data formats (e.g., XML, JSON).
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Python or Java.
  • Knowledge of HTML.
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet applications such as MS Excel.
  • Experience in digital conversion, file transfer, and file management.

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 38,320 students, with record breaking freshman classes for each of the past three years. UA has also increased graduate student enrollment by seven percent for Fall 2021. Ranked among the top 70 public universities in the nation by U.S. World and News Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 67th among public universities in 2020 rankings. UA made the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-nine UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollins Scholars, and 11 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide for enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 900 currently enrolled, the highest number in UA’s history. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. There are currently 36 faculty who have received NSF Career awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top performing young scientists. UA was also recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the fifth time in six years in 2021-2022. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of over 250,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several lager cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.

The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition of Networked Information, centerNET, LYRASIS, HathiTrust, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, LOCKSS, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository since 1860, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://www.libraries.ua.edu Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12-month tenure track faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor, depending on qualifications and experience. Salary range is $60,000.00 to $80,000.00, 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 the drop down box. Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three references, including one current supervisor.

Position open until filled. Applications received by November 29, 2021 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 Library Instruction

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a forward-thinking librarian with innovative ideas for learning-centered approaches to research and instructional services in disciplines across campus. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track position that reports to the Head of Gorgas Information Services. The Coordinator of Library Instruction will lead the instructional program for undergraduate and graduate courses. The position will train and work with University Libraries liaisons and campus faculty to develop a robust program that identifies needs and opportunities for instruction across academic departments. The ideal candidate possesses a strong desire to teach and seeks out further knowledge in teaching and learning theories for different disciplines. The coordinator will teach course-related instruction sessions, and will organize and participate in other venues to promote information literacy across campus. The candidate will continuously improve instruction across the Libraries by coaching instruction librarians, sharing expertise in library instruction theory and practice, and staying abreast of innovations in library instruction and the use of technology in instruction.

 

This position will serve as a University Libraries liaison to different departments with current assignment for the social sciences.  The librarian will be responsible for instruction, proactive communication and training, and other support mechanisms for those departments’ teaching and research-related information needs. As Coordinator of Library Instruction, the librarian will also teach periodically and on an ongoing basis for all disciplines at UA to maintain current knowledge of the liaison program.  Equally, the Coordinator will assess librarian teaching performance through annual classroom observation and will ensure Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) of liaisons take place on an annual basis.  The Coordinator will also partner with and teach actively within the Data Services Program to ensure liaison engagement with related workshops and assessment activities. This position also plans and coordinates activities for individuals who are involved in creative programs and communities in the social sciences, such as the Honors College, the Sanford Media Center, and the Alabama Digital Humanities Center. The candidate also coordinates instruction efforts and provides instruction in support of the First-Year Writing program. The Coordinator of Library Instruction will guide instruction librarians in their efforts and work closely with the Head of Gorgas Information Services and the Director of Branch Library Services to set goals, to balance workload and scheduling equitably, and to identify opportunities for professional development for liaison librarians. 

 

This position promotes collaboration and shared information experiences among students, assists with development and implementation of assessment initiatives aimed at improving services and collections, and creates and utilizes a variety of technologies, media, and digital learning objects for the advancement of library goals and objectives.  The coordinator is responsible for collecting and analyzing data, assessing student learning outcomes, evaluating effectiveness of the instruction program, and reporting analyses.

 

This position collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders to conceptualize, define, and deliver contemporary services in support of cutting-edge approaches in instruction and research.  Candidate will work in a team environment in the University Libraries and must have a willingness for continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise through work related experiences and professional development opportunities. Candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems in an academic setting. This position may also provide outreach to non-academic units such as student housing to develop events and services that promote the University Libraries and perform other duties/functions as requested.  Responsibilities of this position change as the University Libraries continue to evolve. 

 

Required qualifications: 

 

·      MLS from an ALA accredited program.

      3-5 years’ experience providing reference services and instruction in a research library setting.

      Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with information literacy concepts and trends (ex: ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and curriculum mapping).

      Experience with online instructional technologies (e.g., e-learning software and authoring tools, content management systems, and learning management systems).

      Demonstrated ability to adapt emerging technologies to enhance user services and student learning.

      Experience creating assessment of student learning outcomes.

      Evidence of commitment to students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

      Demonstrated record of excellence in public service.

      Adaptability, flexibility, and willingness to engage in continuous learning in order to meet the changing needs of library users\.

      Excellent interpersonal skills.

      Strong and effective written communication skills.

      Ability to work independently and evidence of the ability to initiate and carry projects through to completion.

      Demonstrated ability to contribute collegially and productively in a team environment.

      Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.

      Potential to meet university promotion and tenure requirements for library faculty.

 

 

Preferred qualifications:

      A record of curriculum development collaboration with faculty.

      Supervisory experience.

      Additional graduate or doctoral degree.

      Research experience, including experience with Institutional Review Board processes.

      Experience developing programmatic assessment.

      Experience with assessment of teaching.

 

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 38,320 students, with record breaking freshman classes for each of the past three years.  UA has also increased graduate student enrollment by seven percent for Fall 2021. Ranked among the top 70 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 67th among public universities in the 2020 rankings. UA made the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-nine UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollings Scholars and 11 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 900currently enrolled, the highest number in UA’s history. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. There are currently 36 faculty who have received NSF Career awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top performing young scientists. UA was also recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the fifth time in six years in 2021-2022.  UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of over 250,000, 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.

The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, centerNet, LYRASIS, HathiTrust, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, LOCKSS, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network.  As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository since 1860, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public.  The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://www.libraries.ua.edu 

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 is $70,000.00- $78,000.00, 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 November 22, 2021   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 .

Director of Library Technology

RESPONSIBILITIES and DESCRIPTION: The University of Alabama seeks a candidate for a leadership role to provide comprehensive and strategic oversight for information technology. The candidate will supervise a staff of 3 clinical faculty, 8 staff, and several student programmers. They will also lead an evaluation and reorganization of technology units and positions within the University Libraries to bring them together as a stronger team.

In a digital world, maintenance, management, and development of technological resources that support teaching and research are vital to the success of UA. We are seeking a leader who will be able to manage and oversee a broad range of University Libraries technologies in a re-structured unit. Specifically, the candidate will oversee management of servers, app development, cloud-based and back up storage solutions, enterprise level and academic software, hardware management, the University Libraries web site and web-based dependencies, and both academic and administrative computing for each of the University Libraries. This person will also serve as a liaison to OIT for the University Libraries, reinforcing our historically strong partnership. The department also provides internal training for University Libraries faculty, staff, and students on software and technology.

In addition, the candidate will serve as a leader in the development of FOLIO, our new library services platform. The University Libraries is an existing beta partner in the FOLIO project with several faculty and staff across the Libraries involved in development, testing, and implementation, as well as within the larger research library community. In the interim, the current integrated library system (Voyager) must be maintained, and this position collaborates with others across the Libraries on this task. Additionally, the University Libraries supports, enhances, and collaborates with faculty and staff involved with instruction and research services throughout the Libraries and across campus. The candidate must be able to communicate calmly and proactively with a broad range of constituents to understand and deliver technology needs in a fast- changing environment.

The University of Alabama 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 includes assessing best practices and making important decisions about the future of information technology in a rapidly changing research library environment. 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 and return on investment. Candidates with experience setting strategic directions, collaborating across departments, establishing priorities, and managing librarians and staff are encouraged to apply.

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.

  • Master's degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution or advanced graduate degree in a related field.

  • Seven or more years of experience in library related information technology settings with a progression of responsibilities in relevant professional work.

  • Five or more years of management experience in a research library setting, supervising staff and/or faculty, including direct involvement with establishing goals, evaluating employees, developing job descriptions, and analyzing workflows.

  • Demonstrated engagement in areas associated with the job portfolio and the ability to collaborate across departments.

  • Experience setting unit goals, managing projects, meeting deadlines, and analyzing outcomes.

  • Experience supporting library systems, including but not limited to servers, cloud-based storage, integrated library systems, websites, web-based applications, discovery services, and academic research software.

  • Experience with scheduling and maintaining backups, log analysis, software audits, and security checks, as well as developing and maintaining appropriate documentation.

  • Experience managing computer hardware and software and managing replacement and upgrade plans.

  • Demonstration of ability to keep up to date on new technologies and trends in research library and academic technologies.

  • Experience migrating technology systems and hardware.

  • Ability to design and carry out professional development training programs for faculty, staff, and students related to library technologies.

  • Ability to facilitate continuous quality improvement.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, along with expert skills associated with listening, negotiating, compromising, and adapting.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Five or more years of management experience in an Association of Research Libraries institution.

  • Corporate sector IT experience with a library vendor.

  • Experience with budgeting and procurement for IT.

  • Experience negotiating with vendors for software and hardware needs.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12-month clinical faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. Salary range is 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 October 18, 2021 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.

Metadata Librarian

RESPONSIBILITIES: The University of Alabama Libraries is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated individual for the position of Metadata Librarian. Reporting to the Coordinator of Metadata in the Resource Acquisition & Discovery department and working collaboratively in a team with 4 metadata librarians, and appropriate units in the Libraries, this position supports the discovery of and access to the Libraries resources through providing cataloging records adhering to current cataloging standards, and analysis and enrichment of the catalog. This position will play a role in improving discovery for patrons. Specific duties include, but are not limited to: original and complex cataloging of monographs, continuing resources, non-book materials such as sound recordings, kits, videos, etc.; performing authority work; evaluating catalog data for resource discovery; and keeping current with issues and trends in cataloging. The candidates must also possess the ability to deal with change and ambiguity in an academic setting. Responsibilities of the position will evolve as the library environment continues to change. The University of Alabama Libraries is engaged as a beta partner on the FOLIO project. The Metadata Librarians will work as part of the FOLIO project management cycle as modules are developed and tested. University Libraries currently is a Voyager site and uses Ebsco Discovery Services as its discovery layer.



REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
o Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program.
o Experience creating cataloging records and performing authority control.
o Knowledge of relevant foundational metadata and technologies including but not limited to: RDA, LCC, LCSH, MARC21, etc.
o Experience using OCLC Connexion.
o Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with diverse constituencies.

o Comfortable with ambiguity.
o Excellent verbal and written communication, including associated skills such as listening and adapting.
o Ability to solve problems independently or collaboratively, using sound judgment in decision-making.
o Familiar with professional standards, best practices, and emerging technologies in metadata and libraries.
o Willingness to explore new technologies and to find ways to incorporate them in order to enhance services and complete tasks more efficiently.
o Ability to adapt quickly to new standards and technologies.
o Job duties continue to change with the evolving research library environment

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
o 1-2 years’ professional experience with cataloging or metadata creation in an academic library.
o Experience using integrated library systems (Voyager preferred).
o Knowledge of data manipulation using MarcEdit, EXCEL, or OpenRefine.
o Knowledge of batch loading MARC records.
o Knowledge of linked data models and emerging tools such as LRM, RDF, RDFa, BIBFRAME, etc.
o Knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemas including but not limited to Dublin Core, and MODS.
o Knowledge of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).

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. Ranked among the top 60 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 51st among public universities in the 2018 rankings. University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-one UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars, including four in 2017. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollings Scholars and 11 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 500 currently enrolled. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of 200,000, 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.
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 Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://www.libraries.ua.edu
Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month non-tenure track renewable faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. Salary is $52,000-$70,000 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.
Consideration of applications will begin October 7, 2021 and will continue until position is 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,
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 .

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

Digital Initiatives Librarian

The University of Alabama Libraries

Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a creative, forward-thinking professional to serve as Digital Initiatives Librarian within the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library and the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection. Through its Strategic Plan, the University of Alabama Libraries is committed to providing leadership in the areas of digital preservation of rare and historical materials and the promotion of international research on Special Collections materials, as well as digital humanities scholarship and associated technologies. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Special Collections, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will oversee day-to-day digitization activities of staff and students to ensure accuracy and productivity with an emphasis on More Product, Less Process (MPLP), and they will collaborate with other stakeholders in the preservation of digital assets to make the unique resources in University Libraries Special Collections more accessible to the global community of researchers. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will also create innovative online exhibits, as well as partner with the Alabama Digital Humanities Center on selected projects.

The successful candidate will be competent and comfortable communicating the importance and uses of the University Libraries digital platforms and applications to a wide variety of partners, collaborators, and users. This position requires a librarian with a broad understanding of tools and workflows used for digital preservation and access, excellent attention to detail, and an aptitude to learn new skills and technologies. We are seeking an information professional who has the oral and written communication skills to articulate the importance of the University Libraries digital assets, including CONTENTdm, large-scale scanners, and audio conversion equipment and software. The successful candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change and ambiguity in an academic setting. Responsibilities of the position will evolve as the library environment continues to change.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Oversees digital services operations in Special Collections, including supervision of staff and students working on digitization projects to ensure accuracy and productivity.
  • Designs and implements innovative online exhibits of resources in Special Collections.
  • Collaborates with the Associate Dean for Special Collections to determine intellectual property rights of resources selected for online display.
  • Collaborates on joint projects between Special Collections and the Alabama Digital Humanities Center.
  • Keeps apprised of current trends in digitization processes in research libraries.
  • Tracks and reports on data related to digital projects, productivity, and exhibits, including use of data visualization tools.
  • Job duties continue to change with the evolving research library environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masterís degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or graduate degree in a related field.
  • Experience managing digitization workflows and digital assets in an academic library.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital assets management systems, production software for image editing, and other advanced hardware and software used for digitization, including large-scale scanners and audio-visual conversion equipment and software.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation best practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata description standards such as Dublin Core, RDA, and/or MODS
  • Demonstrated knowledge of web design.
  • Experience setting unit goals, managing projects, meeting deadlines, and analyzing outcomes.
  • Experience working effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional graduate degree.
  • Experience using CONTENTdm.
  • Experience with markup (HTML), style sheet (CSS), and scripting (JavaScript) languages commonly used to develop websites.
  • Experience working in a research library.
  • Experience hiring, supervising, and evaluating staff and students.
  • Experience curating online exhibits.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival arrangement and description, including finding aid creation, provenance, and More Product, Less Process (MPLP).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. history, particularly Southern history.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital humanities tools and standards, such as TEI, text mining, and data visualization.
  • Reading knowledge of Spanish or another European language.

ENVIRONMENT: The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabamaís flagship public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 38,320 students, with record breaking freshman classes for each of the past three years. UA has also increased graduate student enrollment by seven percent for Fall 2021. Ranked among the top 70 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Reportís annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 67th among public universities in the 2020 rankings. UA made the Forbes list of Americaís Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-nine UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollings Scholars and 11 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 900currently enrolled, the highest number in UAís history. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. There are currently 36 faculty who have received NSF Career awards, the nationís most prestigious recognition of top performing young scientists. UA was also recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the fifth time in six years in 2021-2022. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of over 250,000, 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.

The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, centerNet, LYRASIS, HathiTrust, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, , LOCKSS, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository since 1860, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://www.libraries.ua.edu Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month non-tenure track renewable faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. Salary is $52,000-$75,000 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. Consideration of applications will begin October 28, 2021 and will continue until position is 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, 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.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

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.