Job Posting: Digital Projects Librarian

Steven Turner sjturner at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 19 16:47:21 EDT 2016

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks to hire a service-oriented
librarian to fulfill the new role of Digital Projects Librarian -


Digital Projects Librarian

Position Description

General Summary of Responsibilities

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks an innovative, dynamic, and
service-oriented professional for the position of Digital Projects
Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Web Services, this position is
primarily responsible for development, implementation, and project
management of technology projects in a collaborative environment, as well
as supporting the development and management of the UA Libraries various
web interfaces. This position will also act as primary administrator for
LibApps and similar cloud-based library application suites.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the head of Web Services, the Digital Projects Librarian will
manage and extend the University Libraries services by planning and
implementing a variety of projects for internal and external audiences. The
position will also integrate, manage, and extend various software platforms
and web-based tools using LAMP technology skills and web programming
languages such as PHP, CSS, and JavaScript. S/he will support tools such as
the University Libraries web site and intranet, will work with an
institutional repository instance and digital archives website, and will
work with the LibApps suite of library tools. Will modify, implement and
create widgets and small applications for learning tools and other
interfaces and APIs. The librarian will interact with a wide range of
individuals with differing technological abilities and will be expected to
successfully collaborate across departments. The librarian will maintain a
knowledge of current best practices in security for web tools, and library
privacy concerns. The librarian will work to identify promising new
technologies that can impact services and generate a better user
experience. The librarian will be expected to have some participation in
usability and user experience studies.

Department Information

The Web Services Unit is part of the University Libraries Office of Library
Technology and is responsible for web applications, web sites, content, and
services that comprise the University Libraries web presence. Among its
duties, Web Services manages the University Libraries discovery service
application, multiple instances of the WordPress CMS, WordPress Blogs, the
LibApp suite of library tools, and Omeka as well as other tools, along with
usability and accessibility efforts.

• Administrate the UA suite of the LibApps tools (LibGuides, LibCal,
LibAnswers, etc.); responsible for implementation of existing guidelines
and maintaining continuity of look, feel and action;
• Works as part of team that is responsible for management and extension of
the University Libraries various web-based applications and tools (such as
Wordpress as a CMS and other CMS frameworks, Wordpress Blogs, custom apps
using an Angular JS framework and Bootstrap, Omeka, Drupal);
• General, project-based web development and UX implementation within the
framework of our web site, intranet and student portal;
• Responsible for creating, modifying and implementing learning-tool
solutions, such as Blackboard Learn widgets;
• Evaluate the use and effectiveness of web applications and other
technological services using analytics, usability studies, and other
• Work to identify and assist in implementing and evaluating promising
emerging technologies and social media tools;
• Provide technical expertise for the use of social media applications and
• Other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications
• Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited
program or advanced degree in Instructional Technology or comparable field
from an accredited institution;
• Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects;
• Demonstrated experience working on digital library projects;
• Experience administering CMS-type tools and an understanding of web
programming work;
• Familiarity with the Linux and/or Unix command-line;
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills and
the ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, and staff.

Preferred Qualifications
• One year of experience working in an academic library on large digital
projects – either implementation or programming/developing, or both.
• Demonstrable experience creating course and/or subject guides via
LibGuides or a comparable application;
• Experience developing for libraries using current best practices in
writing and implementation of multiple scripting or programing languages;
• Experience with automated development repository environments using
Grunt, Bower, GitHub, etc.
• Experience with an Open Source content management systems such as
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a large and complex
• Familiarity with project management and team productivity tools such as
Asana, Trello, and Slack;
• Knowledge of XML and library metadata standards ;
• Knowledge of scripting languages such as XSLT, JavaScript, Python, Perl,
and PHP;
• Familiarity with responsive design methodologies and best practices;
• Familiarity with agile-design practices;
• Knowledge of graphic design and image editing software.

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 37,000 students, is ranked in
the top 50 public universities in the United States, and its School of
Library and Information Studies is ranked in the top 15 library schools in
the country. UA has graduated 15 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Truman Scholars, has
had 121 Fulbright Scholars, is one of the leading institutions for National
Merit Scholars (150 in 2015), and has 5 Pulitzer Prize winners among its
ranks. Under the new leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a
strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and
expansion of graduate education. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a
metropolitan area of 200,000, 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.

The University of Alabama is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly
committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a
broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and
disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. The University
Libraries homepage may be accessed at

Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment
background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: This will be a non-tenure track 12-month renewable
appointment for up to three year cycles at the Assistant Professor rank
based on performance, funding, and the needs of the University Libraries.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent
benefits, including professional development support and tuition fee

To Apply:

Please apply online at A letter of application,
curriculum vita, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail
addresses of three professional references, including current supervisor,
should accompany the application.

Open until filled. Applications received by July 31, 2016 will receive
first consideration.



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