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Data Services Librarian - Assistant Professor

Data Services Librarian - Assistant Professor

University Libraries Job Location: Alabama Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 03-10-2020

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 sciences. 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 projects. 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 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. Job duties continue to change with the evolving research library environment. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Proven experience delivering services in the academic library environment. Advanced degree in applied statistics, or a PhD in the natural sciences or social sciences. Experience with scripting languages (e.g., Perl, Tcl, and Python). 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 mljackson@ua.edu

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