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  • Employer Name: University Libraries
  • Post Date: July 10, 2019
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Job Title

Technology Development Librarian-Assistant Professor

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks atalented, energetic, innovative, and entrepreneurial professional who desiresto work in a creative, collaborative and respectful environment in WebTechnologies and Development.  Reportingto the Web Technologies and Development Manager, this position will beresponsible for providing project leadership and technical direction within theunit.  This position will assist inplanning and managing application development processes and will supervise andtrain staff and student programmers, helping guide developers to the successfulcompletion of complex technology projects.  In collaboration with service stakeholders anddevelopers, this position will analyze business and user needs, providerecommendations for commercial and-or open source options, and, when necessary,design solutions to meet those needs. The position will also be expected tocreate and maintain applications and application customizations and internaldocumentation according to University Libraries standards and best practices.  The successful candidate will maintainknowledge of current best practices in all areas of responsibility with specialattention to security.  S/he willidentify promising new technologies, tools, and APIs that can positively impactservices or generate a better user experience and implement, troubleshoot, andmaintain both proprietary and open source software with varying levels ofexternal support.

This position will also be responsible for technicalmanagement and development of existing projects using EBSCO Discovery Service,DSpace, ArchivesSpace, and WordPress.  Manyof these tools require various forms of systems integration for full operation. The University Libraries is also a betadevelopment partner in the FOLIO Library Services Platform, and this position willbe engaged in development work for this international project.


Candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change,ambiguity, and complex problems in an academic setting. Responsibilities of theposition evolve as the library environment continues to change. 



MLS/MLISdegree from an ALA accredited program or equivalent.

Abilityto creatively perform analysis and problem solving as necessary to completespecific assignments.

Abilityto set and follow through on both individual and team priorities and goals.

Aptitudefor learning new technologies and working in a dynamic environment.

Demonstratedcomfort with an evolving technology landscape.

Demonstratedability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, with diverseconstituencies; comfort with ambiguity.

Demonstratedeffective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Ability to understand diverseperspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexitiesin background, cultures, values, and viewpoints as the foundation for aninclusive environment.

Demonstrated ability to workcollaboratively and creatively in a software team environment, using an agiledevelopment process, and to communicate effectively withnon-technical stakeholders.

Experience in project management and-orserving as part of specialized project teams.

Experienceworking in and supporting a Linux environment.

Experiencein full-stack development, both backend and frontend.

Experience in database design andconfiguration, particularly SQL databases.

Experiencewith content management systems.

Modern programming skills in anylanguage, including version control, test-driven development, and debugging.

Proficiency in two or more commonprogramming languages, such as Java, C, Python, or Ruby.

Proficiencyin scripting languages, such as PHP and JavaScript.

Knowledgeof developing software functionality using RESTful APIs and JSON arrays.

Knowledgeof development for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP (LAMP) systems.

Familiaritywith or willingness to learn ADA-Section 508 accessibility standards.



Experiencewith enterprise-level systems maintenance and software development,demonstrating significant responsibilities and achievements.

Experienceleading various phases of technology infrastructure projects (concept,investigation, deployment, operations, migration, decommission); in particularprojects which require coordination with developers and service stakeholders.

3+years of programming and development experience in multiple languages andenvironments.

Experienceconfiguring and supporting common open-source library applications such asOmeka, ArchivesSpace, DSpace, etc.

Experiencewith IT standard workflows using taskrunners and repositories.

Experiencedeveloping secure applications.

Experiencewith Containers and VMs.

Familiaritywith Node.js, React.js, Bootstrap, Angular.js.

Familiarwith UX methodologies and processes.

ENVIRONMENT:The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama’sflagship public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral levelinstitution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 37,000 students, is ranked in the top50 public universities in the United States. UA has graduated 15 Rhodes Scholars,15 Truman Scholars, has had 121 Fulbright Scholars, is one of the leadinginstitutions for National Merit Scholars (150 in 2015), and has 5 PulitzerPrize winners among its ranks. Under the new leadership of President StuartBell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressiveresearch agenda and expansion of graduate education. The University of AlabamaLibraries is essential in advancing the educational mission of the University.We provide innovative instruction, services, and resources to facilitateteaching, research, and learning. The University of Alabama Libraries iscommitted to be student-centered and research-focused in order to supportdiscovery, learning, and creativity at The Capstone.


TheUniversity Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of ResearchLibraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for NetworkedInformation, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of Southeastern ResearchLibraries, the HathiTrust, Scholars Trust, the Rosemont Alliance, the Networkof Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital PreservationNetwork.  We are the oldest academiclibrary serving as a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository.  In this role we serve the academic communityand the public. The University Libraries is an EBSCO FOLIO beta partner. TheUniversity Libraries homepage may be accessed at .


TheUniversity of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of 200,000,with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and a reputation across the Southas an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life.Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several large cities, and thebeautiful Gulf Coast.

Priorto employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment backgroundinvestigation.


SALARY-BENEFITS:12-month non-tenure track renewable-contract faculty appointment at theAssistant Professor, depending on qualifications and experience.  Salary is commensurate with qualificationsand experience. Strong benefits including professional development support andtuition fee waiver.


TOAPPLY: Applications are accepted online only at . Click Search Positions.University Libraries in Organization drop down box. Please include yourapplication, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mailaddresses of three references, including one current supervisor.

Positionopen until filled. Applications received by August 22, 2019 are assured ofreceiving full consideration.


TheUniversity of Alabama is an Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity employer andis strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicantsfrom a broad spectrum of people, including women, members of ethnic minoritiesand disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.  For questions regarding the search, contactDr. Millie Jackson, Senior Associate Dean, at [email protected] .

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