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Faculty Positions

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

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES Digital Projects Librarian

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks an innovative, dynamic, and service-oriented professional for the position of Digital Projects Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Web Services, this position is primarily responsible for development, implementation, and project management of technology projects in a collaborative environment, as well as supporting the development and management of the UA Libraries various web interfaces. This position will also act as primary administrator for LibApps and similar cloud-based library application suites.

Primary Duties and Responsibilies

Reporting to the head of Web Services, the Digital Projects Librarian will manage and extend the University Libraries services by planning and implementing a variety of projects for internal and external audiences. The position will also integrate, manage, and extend various software platforms and web-based tools using LAMP technology skills and web programming languages such as PHP, CSS, and JavaScript. S/he will support tools such as the University Libraries web site and intranet, will work with an institutional repository instance and digital archives website, and will work with the LibApps suite of library tools. Will modify, implement and create widgets and small applications for learning tools and other interfaces and APIs. The librarian will interact with a wide range of individuals with differing technological abilities and will be expected to successfully collaborate across departments. The librarian will maintain a knowledge of current best practices in security for web tools, and library privacy concerns. The librarian will work to identify promising new technologies that can impact services and generate a better user experience. The librarian will be expected to have some participation in usability and user experience studies.

Department Information

The Web Services Unit is part of the University Libraries Office of Library Technology and is responsible for web applications, web sites, content, and services that comprise the University Libraries web presence. Among its duties, Web Services manages the University Libraries discovery service application, multiple instances of the WordPress CMS, WordPress Blogs, the LibApp suite of library tools, and Omeka as well as other tools, along with usability and accessibility efforts.

Duties

  • Administrate the UA suite of the LibApps tools (LibGuides, LibCal, LibAnswers, etc.); responsible for implementation of existing guidelines and maintaining continuity of look, feel and action;
  • Works as part of team that is responsible for management and extension of the University Libraries various web-based applications and tools (such as WordPress as a CMS and other CMS frameworks, WordPress Blogs, custom apps using an Angular JS framework and Bootstrap, Omeka, Drupal);
  • General, project-based web development and UX implementation within the framework of our web site, intranet and student portal;
  • Responsible for creating, modifying and implementing learning-tool solutions, such as Blackboard Learn widgets;
  • Evaluate the use and effectiveness of web applications and other technological services using analytics, usability studies, and other methods;
  • Work to identify and assist in implementing and evaluating promising emerging technologies and social media tools;
  • Provide technical expertise for the use of social media applications and tools;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited program or advanced degree in Instructional Technology or comparable field from an accredited institution;
  • Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects;
  • Demonstrated experience working on digital library projects;
  • Experience administering CMS-type tools and an understanding of web programming work;
  • Familiarity with the Linux and/or Unix command-line;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills and the ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, and staff.

Preferred qualifications

  • One year of experience working in an academic library on large digital projects – either implementation or programming/developing, or both.
  • Demonstrable experience creating course and/or subject guides via LibGuides or a comparable application;
  • Experience developing for libraries using current best practices in writing and implementation of multiple scripting or programing languages;
  • Experience with automated development repository environments using Grunt, Bower, GitHub, etc.
  • Experience with an Open Source content management systems such as WordPress;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a large and complex environment;
  • Familiarity with project management and team productivity tools such as Asana, Trello, and Slack;
  • Knowledge of XML and library metadata standards;
  • Knowledge of scripting languages such as XSLT, JavaScript, Python, Perl, and PHP
  • Familiarity with responsive design methodologies and best practices
  • Familiarity with agile-design practices;
  • Knowledge of graphic design and image editing software.

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, and its School of Library and Information Studies is ranked in the top 15 library schools in the country. 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. 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 of Alabama is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://libraries.ua.edu

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

SALARY/BENEFITS:This will be a non-tenure track 12-month renewable appointment for up to three year cycles at the Assistant Professor rank based on performance, funding, and the needs of the University Libraries. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits, including professional development support and tuition fee waiver.

To Apply:

Please apply online at facultyjobs.ua.edu. A letter of application, curriculum vita, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references, including current supervisor, should accompany the application.

Open until filled. Applications received by July 31, 2016 will receive first consideration.

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

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES Instructional Design Librarian

The University of Alabama seeks a proactive, team-oriented, and innovative person to serve as Instructional Design Librarian. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively and creatively with Libraries faculty and University faculty to plan, develop, and deliver library instruction and provide instructional design support to University faculty. This new position serves a dual role as a librarian supporting faculty, staff, and students through library instruction and research services, as well as supports University faculty as an instructional design specialist. S/he will develop and support training activities for best practices of utilizing instructional technology tools. The Instructional Design Librarian will collaborate with Web Applications Services to help librarians create and design active learning environments. The Instructional Design Librarian will also work with faculty to help integrate research-based information resources into Blackboard.  Reporting to the Department Head of Gorgas Information Services, the Instructional Design Librarian will participate proactively in the department’s priorities and initiatives and will also engage in professional activities.  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.

Required:

  • Master’s in Library Science from an ALA accredited program.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Academic library experience.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of professional experience in an educational environment.
  • Knowledge of teaching methodologies and learning theories.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies, standards, and their applications to distance education.
  • Proficiency with a variety of academic technologies (hardware, software, multimedia, and web-based applications).
  • Practical knowledge of and experience with Blackboard Learn or another Learning   Management System.

Preferred:

  • Online teaching experience.
  • Additional degree in Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Education, or a related field.
  • 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 using computer-based technologies in educational environments.
  • Knowledge of ADA compliance in online and blended/hybrid courses.

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, and its School of Library and Information Studies is ranked in the top 15 library schools in the country. UA has graduated 15 Rhodes Scholars, 14 Truman Scholars, has had 108 Fulbright Scholars, is one of the leading institutions for National Merit Scholars (136 in 2014), 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. 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 of Alabama is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://libraries.ua.edu

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES Associate Dean for Special Collections

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks an innovative, energetic, and entrepreneurial Associate Dean to lead University Libraries large and diverse Special Collections, as well as University Archives.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will possess a 21st-century vision for providing programs and services that enhance the discovery and accessibility of collections, as well as contribute to the research enterprise of The University of Alabama. In addition, the Associate Dean will possess the demonstrated ability and experience to coordinate the expansion of collections and develop and implement a collection development plan responsive to the changing teaching, research, and learning initiatives of American higher education. The Associate Dean will also play a leadership role in planning for major facilities enhancements, as well as serving on the Libraries Executive Council, strategic planning, and other leadership groups in the Libraries, on campus, and nationally.

Special Collections staff consists of 6 FTE librarians, 1 FTE professional staff, 5 FTE paraprofessional staff, and 10-15 student assistants. In addition to these staff, the Associate Dean of Special Collections will work closely and directly with the Metadata and Digital Services Department, consisting of 3 FTE librarians, 4 FTE professional staff, 2 paraprofessional staff, and 2 FTE student assistants.

Special Collections contains over 40,000 linear feet of shelving and encompasses two locations within University Libraries. Special Collections holds more than 25,000 rare books, 100,000 photographs historical photographs, 13,900 University archival items, 10,000 linear feet of University records 1,000 pieces of ephemera, 9,000 linear feet of manuscripts, and over 1,000 historical maps.

REQUIREMENTS
Education and Scholarship:
  • PhD in History or a closely related field
  • MLS from an ALA accredited institution
  • Demonstrated consistent record of scholarship through presentations and peer-reviewed publications that would garner tenure eligibility at the Associate Professor level or higher
Administrative:
  • A documented record of strong managerial skills as they relate to planning, facilities, budget, supervising staff, and user services
  • Five or more years of leadership experience in a special collection or archive
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Experience overseeing manuscript, rare books, map, and photographic collections
  • Knowledge of and experience in ensuring the maintenance and preservation of physical collections, including fire suppression systems, security systems, and mold prevention and abatement
  • Knowledge of and experience in assessing strengths and challenges of collections and determining key areas for enhancement
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain relationships with donors and vendors
  • Proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion
Digitization:
  • Knowledge of and experience in overall processing of digitization projects, including selection, copyright, pre-project planning, scanning, metadata, final review, and final digital display
  • Oversight of large scale digitization projects, both in house and through outside vendors
  • Oversight of online access to information through websites, digital object stems, and finding aids
Outreach:
  • Documented ability to grow and promote diverse collections at the local, state, and national levels
  • Record of outreach to students, faculty, and staff
  • Record of outreach to local and wider communities through presentations and public programming
  • Record of establishing collaborative partnerships with other cultural institutions and local experts, such as county historical societies, museums, and state historical societies, museums and state historical societies
Preferred:
  • Experience working with donors and participating in donor cultivation that leads to fundraising generation
  • Experience with grant writing
  • Experience with born-digital archival collections
  • Experience with public/private partnerships within the publishing community
  • Experience with revenue generation models for special collections
  • Knowledge and implementation of disaster preparedness plans
  • Teaching experience in higher education

ENVIRONMENT: The University of Alabama Libraries special collections include Hoole Special Collections Library, University Archives, and the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection. Noteworthy collection strengths include but are not limited to: Southern economic, political and social history; Civil Rights; African-American studies; book arts; gender studies; popular culture; and Southern fiction. A broad range of subjects and media formats may be found in the collections including 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, and sound recordings. The Division also holds the University Archives, consisting of the university’s permanent records dating back to the 1820s and includes the records of presidents, Boards of Trustees, and many other offices. They also administer the University’s records management program.

Thanks to exceptional financial support from the University and its donors, as well as a well-trained and highly dedicated staff, the University of Alabama Libraries has continued to increase in its rankings among members of the Association of Research Libraries. In addition to the ARL, University Libraries is 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 HathiTrust, the SEC Libraries Group, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries and Project Bamboo. The Libraries recently opened a state-of-the-art digital humanities center and maintains an ongoing program to digitize special collections, supported in part by a $1.5 million gift.

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, and its School of Library and Information Studies is ranked in the top 10 library schools in the country. UA has graduated 15 Rhodes Scholars, 14 Truman Scholars, has had 108 Fulbright Scholars, is one of the leading institutions for National Merit Scholars(136 in 2014), 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. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of over 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.

The University of Alabama is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://libraries.ua.edu

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

SALARY/BENEFITS:

12-month appointment. Tenure, rank, and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver.

TO APPLY:

Applications are accepted online only at facultyjobs.ua.edu. Click Search Positions. Click 219101- University Libraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application, resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references.

Position open until filled. Applications received by May 15, 2016 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 Research and Instruction Librarian

Responsibilities

The University of Alabama seeks a forward-thinking librarian with innovative ideas for learning-centered approaches to research and instructional services. Reporting to the Head of Gorgas Information Services, this position will serve as a proactive liaison to several humanities departments in the College of Arts & Sciences. Liaison assignments include instruction and outreach and will be determined based on candidate’s background. The Research & Instruction Librarian will actively participate in teaching and learning in GIS, including participation in the Freshman Writing Program. This position also participates in outreach to non-academic units to develop events and services that promote the Libraries.

Required qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Two years’ experience working in an academic library.
  • Experience providing reference and/or instruction services in an academic or research library environment.
  • Experience in collection development in an academic or research library.
  • Knowledge of trends and services in academic libraries to support undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in information literacy instruction and information technologies.
  • Awareness of new and emerging technologies and how they can be utilized in an academic library.
  • Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills and the ability to interact effectively with faculty, students and staff.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in a humanities field.
  • Record of scholarship and professional involvement.
  • Experience developing innovative services to enhance research and/or teaching.
  • Experience developing LibGuides, tutorials, and learning objects. Functional knowledge of WordPress, CSS, HTML, and the Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
  • Advanced technological skillsets that contribute to the teaching, learning, and research environment.
Environment:

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a community of 100,000 Residents and is located 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham. The campus is noted for its historical architecture, long-standing traditions, and Natural History Museum. Current enrollment exceeds 37,000. The community and surrounding areas offer a broad range of cultural and recreational activities. The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for 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, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The Libraries’ homepage may be accessed at http://www.lib.ua.edu.

Salary/Benefits:

Full-time position for Tenure track librarian. Rank at assistant or associate professor, dependent upon qualifications. 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 February 29, 2016 will receive full consideration.

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

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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 studentjobs.ua.edu.