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.

Associate Dean for Research & User Services

The University of Alabama seeks an experienced strategic thinker to join the University Libraries administrative team. The candidate will report to the Dean of University Libraries and will be a member of the University Libraries Executive Committee. The ideal candidate will be an innovative leader with a sense of evolving trends in research libraries, particularly in instruction, library liaison programs, access services, collections management and use, outreach efforts, and user services in general. Developing opportunities to create and promote student success and support faculty teaching and research are vital components of this position’s leadership. The Associate Dean will work closely with librarians to facilitate a shared vision and commitment to the strategic plan for the University Libraries and the University of Alabama. The Associate Dean will lead and coordinate programmatic services for undergraduate and graduate education, instruction, and research support. This position will work collaboratively with librarians and stakeholders across the institution to address and support scholarly, research, and teaching needs.

The Associate Dean has programmatic, strategic, budgetary, managerial, and operational responsibilities for Gorgas Information Services, Gorgas Access Services, the Annex, and Branch Library Services. The Associate Dean will lead and oversee the University Libraries Liaison program. The incumbent will lead a group of dedicated faculty and staff that provides excellent services and learning experiences, provides access to comprehensive scholarly information resources that support curricula and the research lifecycle, and provide training and technology to support innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors. The incumbent will enable a culture of assessment, continuous improvement, and accountability. The candidate will be open to diverse voices and perspectives in the University Libraries and on campus. The incumbent will evaluate and hire faculty and staff in the assigned areas.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • At least 5 years of significant management experience in an academic library or related academic setting.
  • Demonstrated progression of increased responsibility and relevant professional work experience.
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to lead collaborative organizational change and inspire innovation.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated engagement in areas associated with the job portfolio.
  • Experience in personnel development and management.
  • Experience with various levels of outreach for students and faculty.
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic planning.
  • Strong commitment to user experience and instruction. Understanding of teaching and learning practices in higher education.
  • Experience with development and management of collections and resources.
  • Experience with Integrated Library Systems modules.
  • Experience with reporting tools and generation of high-level reports.
  • Experience with Interlibrary Loan software such as RapidILL, ILLIAD, and Reprints Desk.
  • Experience with assessment methods that demonstrate the value of libraries to the institutional mission, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Experience with the implementation of emerging trends in higher education.
  • Experience applying different technologies to support teaching and learning.
  • Evidence working collaboratively and creatively in a leadership role.
  • Experience developing library policy, articulating vision, and providing leadership and direction toward achieving strategic goals.
  • Strong comfort with creative ambiguity.
  • Evidence of potential for research, peer-reviewed publication, and service to support faculty rank.
  • Evidence of a record of service to the profession to represent the University Libraries at the national level.
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive, diverse work environment.
  • Responsibilities change as the University Libraries continue to evolves.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Doctoral or additional advanced degree.
  • Experience leading and developing complex collaborative projects.
  • Experience working in a research library.

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 37,000 students, is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. UA has graduated 15 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Truman Scholars, has had 121 Fulbright Scholars, is one of the leading institutions for National Merit Scholars (150 in 2015), and has 5 Pulitzer Prize winners among its ranks. Under the new leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate 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, the Digital Preservation Network, 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 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.

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

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month tenure track faculty appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank, depending on qualifications and experience. Salary 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 October 31, 2018 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.

Project Manager: Digitizing Alabama Newspapers Project, 2018-2019

This is a one-year renewable grant-funded position for a general librarian.

The Digitizing Alabama Newspapers Project will digitize 100,000 pages of Alabama newspapers between the years 1813-1922 in accordance with National Digital Newspaper Program standards during the grant period. Digitized Alabama newspapers will be included in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica. The Project Manager will manage daily operations and workflow, supervising two student workers, and coordinating the work of other staff contributing to the project. The incumbent must possess strong managerial skills, project management experience, supervisory experience, experience with and knowledge of technical standards and best practices for digitization and/or microfilm conversion projects, and knowledge of library operations including an understanding of bibliographic control methods. The incumbent will report to the Project Director.

Specific duties include:

60% Manage day-to-day project operations and workflow, including assisting with the title selection process; communicating with the project Advisory Board; overseeing microfilm evaluation and metadata collection; supervising the shipment and tracking of microfilm and digital assets; maintaining regular contact with contracted vendors; supervising the technical inspection of microfilm per ISO specifications; supervising quality control checks on all digital assets created by vendors; maintaining project records; compiling statistics; preparing reports; monitoring budget; assisting with maintenance of the project website; and facilitating project publicity.
20% Create and direct outreach initiatives and partnerships, including developing public relations materials and overseeing project publicity; assisting with the project website and Advisory Board wiki; promoting the project through presentations (local and state) and targeted outreach travel throughout the state; and actively participating in the NDNP user community.
20% Supervise two project student workers; coordinating work of other staff contributing to the project.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Minimum of one year’s experience working in a library or archives setting
  • Demonstrated experience with digitization processes
  • Demonstrated understanding of microfilm to digital conversion processes
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata practices and standards

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of one year’s experience as a project manager for an NDNP or other federal grant
  • Substantial project management and supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated strength in communication and organizational skills
  • Experience with projects involving microfilm to digital conversion
  • Knowledge of Alabama history and geography
  • Reading knowledge of German
  • Knowledge of CONSER and other Library of Congress cataloging processes
  • Experience conducting outreach and instruction to K-12 educators, a university community, or the general public

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 37,000 students, is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. UA has graduated 15 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Truman Scholars, has had 121 Fulbright Scholars, is one of the leading institutions for National Merit Scholars (150 in 2015), and has 5 Pulitzer Prize winners among its ranks. Under the new leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. The University of Alabama Libraries are 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 are 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, the Digital Preservation Network, 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 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.

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

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month non-tenure track faculty renewable contract appointment at the assistant professor rank. Salary is $52,000-$57,000. 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.

Applications received by October 18, 2018 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.

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.