Data Services Librarian - Assistant Professor
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES
Data Services Librarian
The University of Alabama seeks a proactive, team-oriented, and
innovative person to serve as the Data Services Librarian.
Reporting to the Head of Assessment & Government Information,
the Data Services Librarian will develop a robust suite of data
services, including components of instructional support, that serve
to bolster student and faculty research through the discovery,
management, analysis, and visualization of data. The ideal
candidate possesses strong research and analytical skills, as well
as the desire to teach. The successful candidate actively
collaborates with liaison librarians to promote and integrate data
services and data literacy into library instruction across the
disciplines. They engage in outreach to academic departments toward
the development of course-specific data service support for
undergraduate and graduate students, involving both synchronous and
asynchronous (e.g., LibGuides, video tutorials, etc.) educational
programs. This includes a variety of analytical/visualization
software packages such as R, SPSS, MATLAB, and Tableau, as well as
geographic information systems such as ArcGIS. Additionally, the
Data Services Librarian works across the University Libraries to
advance open data and deliver services that support faculty engaged
in data-intensive research projects. Working with academic
departments, as well as non-academic departments, such as the
university’s Office of Information Technology, the successful
candidate promotes centers of excellence for geospatial and data
visualization research. The Data Services Librarian also supports
ongoing and special data-driven projects of the University
Libraries administration. The candidate works in a team environment
with a willingness to engage in continual learning, development,
and application of additional expertise through work-related
experiences and professional development opportunities. The
candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change,
ambiguity, and complex problems that are typical of an academic
setting. This position may also supervise staff and students as
required, and perform other duties/functions as needed.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in Library & Information Sciences from an
ALA-accredited institution or Ph.D.in the natural or social
Ability to conduct outreach to academic departments.
Experience with conducting data-driven academic research.
Experience with data management and/or visualization
applications (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS, Matlab, Tableau, and ArcGIS)
Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage
Demonstration of ability, interest, and willingness to assume
additional and/or new responsibilities, along with the ability to
set and model high performance standards.
Ability to conceptualize, articulate, and implement short and
long range goals.
Ability to work independently and as a team member to solve
problems, using sound judgment in decision-making according to an
established time frame.
Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, along
with skills associated with listening, negotiating, compromising,
Proven interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability to work
cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with
colleagues, faculty, students, and staff.
Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working
Ability to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion.
Commitment to conduct research and scholarship consistent with a
tenure track faculty appointment; commitment to engage in
continuing professional development.
Job duties continue to change with the evolving research library
Proven experience delivering services in the academic library
Advanced degree in applied statistics, or a PhD in the natural
sciences or social sciences.
Experience with scripting languages (e.g., Perl, Tcl, and
Experience with data mining.
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
learning. 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 tenure track faculty appointment at
the Assistant Professor rank, depending on qualifications.
Salary range is $55,000 to $75,000 commensurate with
qualifications, experience, and advanced degrees. Strong
benefits, including professional development support, tuition fee
waiver, and matching retirement contributions.
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.
Consideration of applications will begin April 5, 2020 and will
continue until position is filled.
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)