University of Alabama Libraries
Job Location: Alabama
Apply By: 11/15/2019
Date Created: 09-18-2019
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES
The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a collaborative, analytical, and detail-oriented individual to fulfill the role of Assessment Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Assessment and Government Information, the ideal candidate for this tenure-track position will have the ability to collaborate across all University Libraries units to formulate, establish, and monitor a systematic, robust, rigorous, and sustainable library assessment program. The Assessment Librarian will oversee University Libraries learning assessments, including training on IRB applications, identifying/monitoring meaningful organizational performance indicators, establishing procedures for and monitoring of all monthly/annual assessment reporting, basic systems administration and help desk support for assessment, as well as user training for all assessment management systems (e.g., LibPAS and LibInsight), and organizing/analyzing assessment data to produce custom reports that support strategic, evidence-based management practices within the UA Libraries. The Assessment Librarian also plays a key role in the University Libraries strategic planning process.
Internally, the Assessment Librarian’s skills in data analysis will be leveraged in support of those ongoing and special data-driven projects of the University Libraries Dean’s Office. In addition, based on education and experience or learned while at UA, the Assessment Librarian will be expected to utilize their knowledge of appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to design and administer user surveys for original data collection and analysis, as well as effectively gather, organize, and analyze secondary-source data from the UA Libraries enterprise systems and other common sources of university and library assessment data. The successful candidate must have a willingness for continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise through work related experiences and professional development opportunities with a commitment to continuous quality improvement. The successful 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.
Master's degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution or Ph.D. in the social sciences.
Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as their 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/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 timeframe.
Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, along with skills associated with listening, negotiating, compromising, and adapting.
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 environment.
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.
Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library environment continues to change.
Advanced degree in applied statistics, or a PhD in the social sciences with experience 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 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 or Associate Professor rank, depending on qualifications. Salary range is 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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