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Research and Instructional Services Librarian - Engineering

University of Alabama Libraries
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Posted Date
Dec 15, 2022

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Research and Instructional Services LibrarianEngineering

The University of Alabama seeks a forward-thinking librarian with innovative ideas for learning-centered approaches to research and instructional services in engineering and related STEM disciplines. Reporting to the Director of Branch Library & Research Data Services, this position works with campus faculty to develop instruction materials and library assignments and to identify needs and opportunities for outreach in assigned academic departments. The ideal candidate possesses a strong desire to teach and seeks out further knowledge in teaching and learning theories. Teaching, as part of liaison duties, will be reviewed by the Coordinator of Library Instruction and through peer feedback processes. This position will be responsible for developing a robust instruction and outreach program, both in-person and online, while also offering software application training and support related to areas of responsibility for the disciplines assigned. This position manages the 3D Studio, including instruction/demonstration for groups and classes, supervising student workers, and evaluation of current trends and campus needs related to 3D printing and augmented and virtual reality.

Research and Instructional Services librarians are members of a liaison team across the University Libraries. This position collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders to conceptualize, define, and deliver contemporary services in support of cutting-edge approaches in STEM instruction and research. This position will develop and engage in both course-integrated and standalone instructional support for information and data literacy, as well as data-intensive research tools and workflows under the umbrella of Research Data Services (RDS). This position plans and coordinates activities for individuals who are involved in creative programs and communities in the sciences and engineering, such as undergraduate research and Honors College, as well as participates in instruction for the First Year Writing program.

This position assists with development and implementation of assessment initiatives aimed at improving services and collections, and creating and utilizing a variety of technologies and media for the advancement of library goals and objectives. The successful candidate will collaborate on an ongoing basis to seek out sponsored funding in engineering and related STEM disciplines. The candidate will work in a team environment in the University Libraries and must have a willingness for 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 in an academic setting. Responsibilities of the position change as the University Libraries continue to evolve.

This is an excellent opportunity for early career librarians or recent graduates to gain valuable experience developing instruction and outreach programs to assigned academic departments while seeking further knowledge in teaching and learning theories.


· Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution.

· Knowledge of reference/instructional services in an academic library setting.

· Knowledge of trends and services in academic libraries to support undergraduate and graduate education.

· Knowledge of current and emerging trends in information and data literacy instruction.

· Knowledge of science and engineering resources and services, as well as current and emerging trends in science and engineering libraries.

· Familiarity with a variety of science and/or engineering software applications.

· Understanding of ways to market and promote instruction, collections and services to various groups.

· Friendly, approachable, public service attitude.

· Excellent communication 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.

· Awareness of new and emerging technologies and how they can be utilized in an academic library.

· Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects.

· 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.

· Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.


· Bachelors or graduate degree in science or engineering.

· One to three years of experience providing reference/instructional services in an academic library setting.

· Teaching experience.

· Experience with drafting grant applications and managing grant projects.

· Experience developing LibGuides, tutorials, and digital learning objects.

· Experience with Blackboard or another Learning Management System.

· Functional knowledge of science and engineering software applications is a plus.

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 38,320 students, with record breaking freshman classes for each of the past three years. UA has also increased graduate student enrollment by seven percent for Fall 2021. Ranked among the top 70 public universities in the nation by U.S. World and News Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 67th among public universities in 2020 rankings. UA made the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-nine UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollins Scholars, and 11 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide for enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 900 currently enrolled, the highest number in UA’s history. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. There are currently 36 faculty who have received NSF Career awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top performing young scientists. UA was also recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the fifth time in six years in 2021-2022. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of over 250,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several larger cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.

The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition of Networked Information, centerNET, LYRASIS, HathiTrust, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, LOCKSS, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository since 1860, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at

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

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month clinical faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. Salary range is $60,000-$80,000, 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 Click Search Positions, University Libraries in the drop down box. Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three references, including one current supervisor.

Position open until filled. Applications received by February 10, 2023 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 Michael Arthur, Senior Associate Dean at






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