Employment Opportunities

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 https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Currently we have the following positions posted.

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.
To apply for this position, go to https://facultyjobs.ua.edu
Inquiries concerning the position should be directed to Dr. Catherine Pagani, Chair of the Search Committee ( librarydeansearch@ua.edu).
For full consideration, applications should be received by June 15, 2015, but review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES

Department Head, Resource Acquisition and Discovery

RESPONSIBILITIES:  
The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a dynamic, experienced, innovative manager to lead the newly combined departments of Acquisitions, Electronic Resources and Cataloging.  The new Department Head will lead faculty and staff in assessing and revising workflow.  The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the acquisitions process from beginning to end and will provide leadership and expertise in acquiring and integrating resources in all formats into the libraries’ collections.  The successful candidate will possess a vision for establishing a contemporary organizational model that ensures efficient workflows from point of ordering to completion of processing. The manager supervises 3 FTE faculty and 9 FTE staff and reports to the Associate Dean for Research & Instruction. Responsibilities include:

  • Managing expenditures and financial reporting for the University Libraries collection budget.

  • Acting as the primary contact for acquisitions, electronic resource and cataloging related questions.
  • Establishing work processes/procedures, including collaborative work with other departments and units, to assure that work is done efficiently and in a timely manner.
  • Establishing department priorities and goals to ensure timely processing of orders, invoices, cancellations and other assigned work.
  • Compiling and analyzing monthly and annual statistical information.
  • Working with vendors to assure understanding of ordering procedures and the processing of orders efficiently and in a timely manner.
  • Developing and implementing training for faculty and staff on procedures and policies.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  MLS/MILS degree from an ALA accredited program or equivalent. Three to five years of progressive responsibilities with acquisitions, electronic resources and/or cataloging. Understanding of and experience with fund accounting. Knowledge of and/or experience with ExLibris products.  Excellent organizational skills and an ability to manage time and set priorities. Demonstrated leadership of teams and with innovative use of resources and emerging technologies; demonstrated experience managing, supervising and motivating staff; ability to facilitate change; effective oral, written and interpersonal skills.    Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with a diverse range of colleagues. Enthusiasm for an innovative and evolving work environment.  Proficiency with creating and manipulating spreadsheets.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Advanced degree in accounting or business. Three to five years progressively  responsible experience in an academic or research library. Experience in library technical services.  Track record of professional involvement in associations and organizations related to library acquisitions.  Budgeting, compiling and reviewing acquisitions data for decision making.  Knowledge of accounting principles with respect to library acquisitions. Experience with the Voyager acquisition and cataloging system or another ILS system. Experience with Banner.

ENVIRONMENT:  The University Libraries maintains membership in the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, LYRASIS, and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries. The Libraries use Ex Libris’ Voyager Integrated Library System. The Libraries’ homepage may be accessed at http://www.lib.ua.edu.

SALARY/BENEFITS12-month tenure track appointment.  Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver.  Substantial moving allowance may be available.
TO APPLYApplications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu  Please include names, email addresses, addresses and phone numbers for three (3) professional references.
Applications received by May 15, 2015 are assured of receiving full consideration.

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

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THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
Reference Services and Outreach Coordinator

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The University of Alabama Libraries is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Special Collections Outreach Services Coordinator.  Reporting to the Associate Dean for Special Collections the incumbent is responsible for developing and providing services to the scholarly community, K-12, and the general public which expand users' awareness of and use of materials housed in the Division of Special Collections. The incumbent will develop strategies for making special collections resources available in classrooms on and off campus using both analog and digital surrogates; mount exhibits; coordinate lecture, book signings, and other public programs to highlight the collections and services of the Division. It is expected that the incumbent will be an effective team member in setting and carrying out the goals and mission of the Division of Special Collections.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. in American history, American literature, or related field of study; two or more years experience in a special collections environment; demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with diverse constituencies; effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent; experience with reference and bibliographic instruction; demonstrated ability to provide leadership in the delivery of a campus-wide bibliographic instruction program; strong knowledge of print and electronic information resources; strong knowledge of Southern history and/or literature; potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research and service; excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
ENVIRONMENT: The Division of Special Collections includes the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, the University of Alabama Archives, and the A.S. Williams, III Americana Collections. Exceptionally rich in all periods and aspects of Southern history and culture, the collections include letters, diaries, and business and professional papers of both major national figures and less commonly known individuals, book arts and print culture collections, the iconography of the South (ca. 1852 to the late twentieth century) in various formats and media, oral histories, Civil Rights, and popular culture collections.  The University Libraries maintains membership in the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC, The Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, SOLINET, and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries. The Libraries use Ex Libris’ Voyager Integrated Library System. The Libraries’ homepage may be accessed at http://www.lib.ua.edu.
SALARY/BENEFITS:
This will be a tenured-track, faculty position. Competitive salary. Excellent benefits. Moving allowance may be available.
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu . Please include your application, resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references.
Open until filled. Applications received by April 15, 2015 will receive full consideration.


THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES
Science and Engineering Librarian
Responsibilities:
The University of Alabama seeks a librarian with innovative ideas focused on development and delivery of user-centric library services.  The successful candidate assists teaching faculty with integration of library resources using course management software, provides instruction and information services, promotes the library’s value and resources both onsite and to remote users, participates in the operation of the Libraries’ 3D Studio, and offers software application training and support related to areas of responsibility.  Plans and coordinates activities for individuals who are involved in creative programs and communities in the sciences and engineering, such as undergraduate research and Honors College.  Promotes collaboration and shared information experiences among graduate students. Assists with development and implementation of assessment initiatives aimed at improving services and collections.  Creates and utilizes a variety of technologies and media for the advancement of library goals and objectives.  This position collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders to conceptualize, define, and deliver contemporary services in support of cutting-edge approaches in science and engineering instruction and research.  Candidate will work in a team environment in the Libraries.

Required:  The following degree and experience combinations will be considered:

PhD in a science or engineering discipline. 
OR

Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a science or engineering discipline, and a minimum of 2 years post-graduate degree experience in a research library or research-based science or engineering library;
 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 science and engineering resources and services, as well as current and emerging trends in science and engineering libraries.  Must possess the ability to reach out to users and create innovative services as needed.   Demonstrated knowledge of web content systems and/or tools and their use in facilitating instructional goals.  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 sciences and engineering.  Experience with some aspect of e-science support.

Environment:
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 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, 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 Libraries’ homepage may be accessed at http://www.lib.ua.edu.  Rodger Library: http://www.lib.ua.edu/libraries/sel/

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 June 30, 2015 are assured of receiving full consideration.

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

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES
Instruction Coordinator Librarian 
Position Summary:
The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a dynamic, user-focused librarian to serve as Instruction Coordinator for a thriving, innovative information literacy program. This is a twelve month tenure-track position that reports to the Head of Gorgas Information Services. The Instruction Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the First Year Experience information literacy program. Providing leadership and vision, the coordinator works with instruction librarians and faculty to integrate information literacy into the curriculum. The coordinator is responsible for developing new opportunities for library instruction by working collegially with faculty in all disciplines. The Instruction Coordinator will guide instruction librarians in their efforts and work closely with the Head of Gorgas Information Services to balance workload and scheduling.  Expected start date is August 17, 2015.

The coordinator will act as liaison to the First-Year Writing Program in the English department, and to The University of Alabama Writing Center.  The coordinator will teach course-related instruction sessions, and will organize and participate in other venues to promote information literacy across campus.  The coordinator is responsible for organizing professional development opportunities for instruction librarians.  The coordinator will supervise the Instruction Internship and GTA Program. The coordinator is responsible for collecting and analyzing data, assessing student learning outcomes, evaluating effectiveness of the information literacy program and reporting analyses. The coordinator will also provide reference services as needed. 

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. 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.
Required qualifications:
  • MLS from an ALA accredited program;
  • 3-5 Years’ experience providing reference service and managing information literacy instruction in an Academic Library setting;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction, and best practices in information literacy at class, course, and program levels;
  • Coursework or 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;
  • Evidence of commitment to undergraduates and undergraduate education; proven ability to work, and build rapport, with students;
  • Strong commitment to 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; evidence of ability to initiate and carry projects through to completion;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute collegially and productively in a team environment;
  • Potential to meet university promotion and tenure requirements for library faculty.
Preferred qualifications:
  • A record of curriculum development collaboration with faculty;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Research experience, including experience with Institutional Review Board processes;
  • Experience developing programmatic assessment.
SALARY/BENEFITS:
Full-time, tenure track appointment.  Competitive salary.  Excellent benefits.  Moving allowance may be available. 

TO APPLYApplications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu.  Please include your application, resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references. 
Position open until filled. Applications received by June 30, 2015 are assured of receiving full consideration.

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 https://staffjobs.ua.edu. For more information call the Human Resources Service Center at 205-348-7732.
Currently we have the following position available:

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 graduate students applying for employment should consult the graduate school web site for information concerning background check  requirements at http://graduate.ua.edu/admin/secure_background_reports.pdf

Payroll students should apply online at https://staffjobs.ua.edu/.

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