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. Please check back often for a listing of current positions.

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

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.