THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES
The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a collaborative, analytical, anddetail-oriented individual to fulfill the role of Assessment Librarian.Reporting to the Head of Assessment and Government Information, the idealcandidate for this tenure-track position will have the ability to collaborateacross all University Libraries units to formulate, establish, and monitor asystematic, robust, rigorous, and sustainable library assessment program. TheAssessment Librarian will oversee University Libraries learning assessments,including training on IRB applications, identifying/monitoring meaningfulorganizational performance indicators, establishing procedures for andmonitoring of all monthly/annual assessment reporting, basic systemsadministration and help desk support for assessment, as well as user trainingfor all assessment management systems (e.g., LibPAS and LibInsight), andorganizing/analyzing assessment data to produce custom reports that supportstrategic, evidence-based management practices within the UA Libraries. The Assessment Librarian also plays a key role in the University Librariesstrategic planning process.
Internally, the Assessment Librarian’s skills in data analysis will beleveraged in support of those ongoing and special data-driven projects of theUniversity Libraries Dean’s Office. In addition, based on education andexperience or learned while at UA, the Assessment Librarian will be expected toutilize their knowledge of appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods todesign and administer user surveys for original data collection and analysis,as well as effectively gather, organize, and analyze secondary-source data fromthe UA Libraries enterprise systems and other common sources of university andlibrary assessment data. The successful candidate must have a willingnessfor continual learning, development, and application of additional expertisethrough work related experiences and professional development opportunitieswith a commitment to continuous quality improvement. The successfulcandidate must also possess the ability to deal with change, ambiguity, andcomplex problems that are typical of an academic setting. This position mayalso supervise staff and students as required and perform otherduties/functions as needed.
Master's degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accreditedinstitution or Ph.D. in the social sciences.
Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well astheir appropriate analytical counterparts.
Proven ability utilizing software for data organization and analysis (e.g.,Excel, Access, SPSS, or NVivo).
Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects.
Demonstrated ability, interest, and willingness to assume additional and/ornew responsibilities, along with the ability to set and model high performancestandards.
Ability to conceptualize, articulate, and implement short and long rangegoals.
Ability to work independently and as a team member to solve problems, usingsound judgment in decision-making according to an established timeframe.
Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, along with skillsassociated with listening, negotiating, compromising, and adapting.
Proven interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability to work cooperativelyand maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty,students, and staff.
Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.
Ability to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion.
Commitment to conduct research and scholarship consistent with a tenuretrack faculty appointment; commitment to engage in continuing professionaldevelopment.
Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library environment continuesto change.
Advanced degree in applied statistics, or a PhD in the social sciences withexperience conducting statistical analyses.
Prior experience with library assessment such as with library instruction,eresources, collections management, access services, etc.
ENVIRONMENT: The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is theState of Alabama’s flagship public university and the senior comprehensivedoctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 38,000 students, isranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. The Universityis a leader among public universities nationwide for enrollment of NationalMerit Scholars, with more than 600 currently enrolled. Under the leadership ofPresident Stuart Bell, UA launched a strategic planning process that includesan aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. TheUniversity has achieved Doctoral Universities –Very High Research Activitystatus in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. TheUniversity of Alabama Libraries is essential in advancing the educationalmission of the University. We provide innovative instruction, services, andresources to facilitate teaching, research, and learning.
The University of Alabama Libraries is committed to be student-centered andresearch-focused in order to support discovery, learning, and creativity at TheCapstone. The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association ofResearch Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition forNetworked Information, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of SoutheasternResearch Libraries, the HathiTrust, Scholars Trust, the Rosemont Alliance, theNetwork of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital PreservationNetwork. We are the oldest academic library serving as a U.S. GovernmentDocuments Regional Depository. In this role we serve the academiccommunity and the public. The University Libraries is an EBSCO FOLIO betapartner. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed athttp://www.libraries.ua.edu
The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of100,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and a reputation acrossthe South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality oflife. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several large cities, andthe beautiful Gulf Coast.
Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employmentbackground investigation
SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month tenure track faculty appointment at the Assistantor Associate Professor rank, depending on qualifications. Salary range iscommensurate with qualifications, experience, and advanced degrees. Strong benefits, including professional development support, tuition feewaiver, and matching retirement contributions.
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only athttps://facultyjobs.ua.edu Click Search Positions. UniversityLibraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application,Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses ofthree references, including one current supervisor.
Position open until filled. Applications received by October 16, 2019 areassured of receiving full consideration.
The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunityemployer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including women, members of ethnicminorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. Forquestions regarding the search, contact Dr. Millie Jackson, Senior AssociateDean, at [email protected]