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THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES and THE COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Digital Scholarship Librarian/English Professor
The University of Alabama seeks a faculty librarian to hold a split appointment (60/40) in the University Libraries and the Department of English to continue our excellent support of digital scholarship at The University of Alabama. In addition to conducting his or her own research and teaching in the Department of English, the successful candidate will serve as an ambassador within the University of Alabama faculty to promote the resources and community of the Alabama Digital Humanities Center (ADHC).
A program of the University Libraries, the ADHC (http://www.lib.ua.edu/digitalhumanities) is a space and a community of over 90 faculty and staff members from American Studies, Art and Art History, Communication and Information Sciences, Continuing Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Gender and Race Studies, History, the Libraries, Honors, Modern Languages and Classics, Music, UA Press, and the Center for Community-Based Partnerships. The facility is outfitted with a high-tech array of equipment, specialized software, presentation space, high-definition virtual conferencing capabilities, and group and individual workspace. The initiative has evolved through collaboration and represents a growing and dynamic community on campus. Housed in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, a central gathering point on campus, the Center was built through generous support from the University Libraries, the Office of Information Technology, and a generous gift from Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Taylor. Open now for nearly five years, the Center has hosted graduate digital humanities classes, numerous guest lectures, monthly brown-bag discussion gatherings, private project consultations, tool training sessions, project work, and community conversations.
The successful candidate will devote 60% time to outreach activities promoting the digital humanities and the mission of the ADHC and 40% time to conducting his or her own research and teaching in the Department of English, likely one course per semester, including:
- Teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels within the candidate’s academic specialty and in keeping with departmental needs.
- Conduct appropriate scholarly research within the candidate’s academic specialty.
- Work closely with the Libraries faculty and staff in organizing and leading lunch discussions, training workshops, and other public events related to the digital humanities. As the ADHC operates in a team atmosphere, the successful candidate will be expected to take an active role in the established community to help the ADHC maintain a responsive environment and to assess its impact.
- Provide consultations by appointment to work with faculty and students on digital humanities projects.
- Coordinate the ADHC speaker series.
- Promote the work of the ADHC, including communications about ADHC events and projects, publishing web site content, and engaging with the ADHC community through social media.
- Offer relevant workshops throughout the academic year.
- Guide the planning and execution of events such as THATCamp Alabama and the Digitorium.
- Supervise one technical specialist.
The position will report to the Associate Dean for Branch Libraries and Digital Student Services to whom the digital humanities center reports in the Libraries. The tenure home for this position is the University Libraries and progress toward promotion and tenure will be governed by the University of Alabama Faculty Handbook and Supplemental Criteria and Standards for Promotion and Tenure for University Libraries Faculty. Evaluative feedback with regard to teaching and research in the Department of English will be provided to the University Libraries by the English department chair.Required:
The following degree and experience combinations will be considered:
- PhD in English and a Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution.
- A minimum of 2 years post-graduate degree experience in a research library.
- Substantial experience working on digital scholarship/humanities projects of your own and other scholars.
- A well-developed scholarly agenda.
- Experience planning and hosting events.
- University-level teaching experience.
Candidate must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be motivated and organized, and have the ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, and staff. The candidate must be knowledgeable about digital scholarship/humanities centers and current and emerging trends in such centers. The candidate must possess knowledge and experience with a broad variety of digital humanities methods and technologies, and have documented experience working in dynamic environments where new services are tested, evaluated, and adapted. Preferred: Demonstrated familiarity with typical academic software used by students and faculty in the humanities. Experience with project management. About the University of Alabama: Founded in 1831 as Alabama’s first public college, The University of Alabama (http://www.ua.edu) is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service. We provide a creative, nurturing campus environment where our students can become the best individuals possible, can learn from the best and brightest faculty, and can make a positive difference in the community, the state and the world. The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a community of nearly 100,000 residents. Tuscaloosa is about 59 miles southwest of Birmingham. The campus is noted for its historical architecture, long-standing traditions, and Natural History Museum. Current enrollment is approximately 36,000. The community and surrounding area offer a broad range of cultural and recreational activities. The College of Arts and Sciences (http://www.as.ua.edu/home/) is the University’s largest division, with approximately 9,000 undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students. The University of Alabama Libraries (http://www.lib.ua.edu) ranks 73rd among 115 U.S. and Canadian university libraries qualifying for membership in the Association of Research Libraries and 37th among libraries at publicly funded universities in the U.S., belonging to ARL. The Libraries is also a member of the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Digital Library Federation, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. The Libraries maintains an ongoing program to digitize special collections, supported in part by a $1.5 million gift. Among its research collections, both in print and online, the Libraries’ special collections pertaining to the history, culture, and economic development of the South are nationally recognized for their breadth and depth. Noteworthy strengths are in Southern economic, political and social history; Civil Rights; and African-American studies. An extensive photo archive of the South, ca. 1850 to the present (largely unpublished and unstudied), oral histories of prominent national and Civil Rights figures, sheet music, sound recordings in a broad range of formats and subjects, and extensive collections of historical documents, literary archives, and correspondence round out the collections. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University of Alabama English Department (http://english.ua.edu) seeks to cultivate the arts of reading, writing, and speaking the English language. We encourage the creation and interpretation of imaginative works of literature; we strive for a mastery of composition, linguistics, literary history, and theory. We challenge our students to read, write, and think in a sophisticated and critical fashion; to understand the historical evolutions of American and English literatures; to participate in the development of knowledge through scholarly research, publication, and creative writing; and to provide meaningful service, to the state and nation, as teachers, writers, and scholars. The department offers graduate programs in Literature (specialization: Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies), Composition/Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Creative Writing. Salary/Benefits: Full-time, tenure-track position. Competitive salary. Excellent benefits. Moving allowance may be available. To Apply: Please apply online at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. A letter of application, resume, and names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references should be included. Position open until filled. Applications received by October 15, 2015 are assured of receiving full consideration. THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN AND MINORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY._______________________________________________________________________________________________________
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES
Dean of Libraries
The University of Alabama invites applications from, and nominations of, creative and dynamic candidates for the position of Dean of the University Libraries. As chief advocate for a library system with robust institutional support and proactive donor engagement, the Dean has overall responsibility for the collections, programs, and services of the libraries, as well as for planning and developing external sources of funding. Ultimately, the successful candidate will demonstrate a 21st-century vision for leadership in a thriving university library system.
The University of Alabama, founded in 1831 as Alabama’s first public college, is a beautiful residential campus dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service. Enrollment at the University reached a record high of 36,155 for fall 2014, including approximately 5,000 graduate students enrolled in 121 graduate and professional degree programs. The 2014 freshman class, at 6,856 students, was the largest and best qualified in UA history. Ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 38th among public universities in 2015. Tuscaloosa, a growing community of 100,000 residents, is located less than one hour from Birmingham, and a few hours from Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, and the Gulf of Mexico.
The University of Alabama Libraries is a system of five discipline-related libraries, including the Hoole Special Collections Library, the McLure Education Library, the Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering, the Bruno Business Library, and the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library for the Humanities. Together, they provide access to over 4 million print and electronic resources, 467 full-text online resources, 150 academic software packages, e-Science data management, 3D printing, as well as access and support for student audio, video, and print production tools and resources.
The University of Alabama Libraries hosts and supports the Alabama Digital Humanities Center where faculty, staff, and advanced students can explore digital resources, consult with experts about project development and digital research, and collaborate on innovative research and teaching projects. The University Libraries system also houses the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, which was acquired by the University of Alabama in 2010. This unique collection contains rare documents, photographs, books and maps related to Southern and American history.
The University Libraries system maintains membership in the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, LYRASIS, the Digital Library Federation, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries. The University Libraries system is a regional depository for U.S. Government documents, and is one of 90 member libraries in the United States, and the only member in the state of Alabama, to partner with HathiTrust.
The successful candidate will effectively communicate a vision for leveraging emerging technologies, building cooperative campus partnerships that enhance programming opportunities, and promoting and enhancing digital scholarship and collections.Qualifications and characteristics include, but are not limited to:
- MLIS/MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program and/or Ph.D. degree in relevant field required;
- A record of professional accomplishment through research, publication, service, and leadership in areas that affect and inform libraries;
- Significant experience in a complex research library environment;
- A substantial record of research, publication, and/or professional contributions that would qualify the candidate for rank of full professor;
- Knowledge of current trends in information technology and scholarly communication;
- Demonstrated experience and success in managing personnel, budgets, collections, services, and information technologies;
- Commitment to cultural diversity and equal opportunity;
- A highly collegial, collaborative and open management style and the ability to develop and sustain collaborative relationships;
- Demonstrated effectiveness in fundraising; and
- Ability to communicate the value and impact of an academic library to the larger campus community.