THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES
Technology Development Librarian – Assistant Professor
The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a talented, energetic,
innovative, and entrepreneurial professional who desires to work in
a creative, collaborative and respectful environment in Web
Technologies and Development. Reporting to the Manager of Web
Technologies and Development, this position will be responsible for
providing project leadership and technical direction within the
unit. This position will assist in planning and managing
application development processes and will supervise and train
staff and student programmers, helping guide developers to the
successful completion of complex technology projects. In
collaboration with service stakeholders and developers, this
position will analyze business and user needs, provide
recommendations for commercial and/or open source options, and,
when necessary, design solutions to meet those needs. The position
will also be expected to create and maintain applications,
application customizations, and internal documentation according to
University Libraries standards and best practices. The
successful candidate will maintain knowledge of current best
practices in all areas of responsibility with special attention
given to security and accessibility.
S/he will identify promising new technologies, tools, and
APIs that can positively impact services or generate a better user
experience and implement, troubleshoot, and maintain both
proprietary and open source software with varying levels of
This position will also be responsible for technical management
and development of existing projects using EBSCO Discovery Service,
DSpace, ArchivesSpace, and WordPress. Many of these tools
require various forms of systems integration for full
operation. The University Libraries is also a beta
development partner in the FOLIO Library Services Platform, and
this position will be engaged in development work for this
international project. The candidate must also possess the ability
to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems in an academic
MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited program or
Ability to creatively perform analysis and problem solving as
necessary to complete specific assignments.
Ability to set and follow through on both individual and team
priorities and goals.
Aptitude for learning new technologies and working in a dynamic
Demonstrated comfort with an evolving technology
Demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and
creatively in a software team environment with diverse
constituencies, using an agile development process, and
to communicate effectively with non-technical
Experience in project management and/or serving as part of
specialized project teams.
Experience working in and supporting a Linux environment.
Experience in database design and configuration, particularly
Experience with content management systems.
Knowledge of developing software functionality using RESTful
APIs and JSON arrays.
Knowledge of development for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP (LAMP)
Familiarity with or willingness to learn ADA/Section 508
Demonstrated effective oral, written, and interpersonal
Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the
significance of differences and complexities in background,
cultures, values, and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive
Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library
environment continues to change.
Experience with enterprise-level systems maintenance and
software development, demonstrating significant responsibilities
Experience leading various phases of technology infrastructure
projects (concept, investigation, deployment, operations,
migration, decommission); in particular projects which require
coordination with developers and service stakeholders.
3+ years of programming and development experience in two or
more programming languages, such as Java, C, Python, or Ruby.
Experience with scripting languages, such as PHP or
Experience in full-stack development, both backend and
Experience configuring and supporting common open-source library
applications such as Omeka, ArchivesSpace, DSpace, etc.
Experience with IT standard workflows, using taskrunners and
Experience developing secure applications.
Experience with Containers and VMs.
Familiarity with Node.js, React.js, Bootstrap, Angular.js.
Familiar with UX methodologies and processes.
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 38,000 students, is ranked in the top 50 public universities
in the United States. The University is a leader among public
universities nationwide for enrollment of National Merit Scholars,
with more than 600 currently enrolled. Under the leadership of
President Stuart Bell, UA launched a strategic planning process
that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of
graduate education. The University has achieved Doctoral
Universities –Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie
Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University
of Alabama Libraries is essential in advancing the educational
mission of the University. We provide innovative instruction,
services, and resources to facilitate teaching, research, and
The University of Alabama Libraries is committed to be
student-centered and research-focused in order to support
discovery, learning, and creativity at The Capstone. The University
Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research
Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for
Networked Information, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of
Southeastern Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, Scholars Trust,
the Rosemont Alliance, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries,
and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. We are the
oldest academic library serving as a U.S. Government Documents
Regional Depository. In this role we serve the academic
community and the public. The University Libraries is an EBSCO
FOLIO beta partner. The University Libraries homepage may be
accessed at http://www.libraries.ua.edu
The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a
metropolitan area of 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.
Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a
pre-employment background investigation.
SALARY/BENEFITS: 12-month non-tenure track renewable-contract
faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor, depending on
qualifications and experience. Salary range is $70,000.00 -
$90,000.00, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong
benefits including professional development support and tuition fee
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu
Click Search Positions. University Libraries in Organization drop
down box. Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and
names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses of three
references, including one current supervisor.
Position open until filled. Applications received by October 16,
2019 are assured of receiving full consideration.
The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of
our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people,
including women, members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons,
are especially encouraged to apply. For questions regarding
the search, contact Dr. Millie Jackson, Senior Associate Dean, at
Location/Region: Tuscaloosa, AL (35487)