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Research & Instructional Services Librarian - Music, Fine Arts, and Performing Arts

University of Alabama Libraries
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Posted Date
Feb 28, 2023


Research & Instructional Services Librarian – Music, Fine Arts, and Performing Arts

The University of Alabama seeks a forward-thinking librarian with innovative ideas for learning-centered approaches to research and instructional services in fine arts, performing arts, and music. Reporting to the Head of Gorgas Information Services, this position works with campus faculty to develop instructional materials and library assignments and identify needs and opportunities for outreach in assigned academic departments in fine arts, performing arts, and music. The ideal candidate possesses a strong desire to teach and seeks out further knowledge in teaching and learning theories.

Candidates are members of a liaison team across the Libraries. Teaching, as part of liaison duties, will be evaluated annually by the Coordinator of Library Instruction. 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 provides oversight of the Music Library which contains over 50,000 scores, books, and journals, 50+ subject specific databases, audio/video equipment, and recording booths. This position plans and coordinates activities for individuals who are involved in creative programs and communities in music, fine, and performing arts, as well as participates in instruction for First-Year Writing. This position promotes collaboration and shared information experiences among graduate students, assists with development and implementation of assessment initiatives aimed at improving services and collections, and creates and utilizes a variety of technologies and media for the advancement of library goals and objectives. This position creates digital learning objects related to liaison areas and collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders to conceptualize, define, and deliver contemporary services in support of cutting-edge approaches in instruction and research.

The candidate will work in a collaborative 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. Candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems in an academic setting. This position may also provide outreach to non-academic units such as student housing to develop events and services that promote the University Libraries, supervise staff and students as required, and perform other duties/functions as requested. Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library environment continues to change. The University of Alabama Libraries is currently re-envisioning the liaison program with more emphasis on outreach and seeking opportunities to work with campus faculty and students.


  • Master's degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate degree in fine arts, performing arts, or music.
  • Ability to provide instruction, reference, and collection management for the School of Music, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Department of Theatre & Dance.
  • Teach students digital literacies effectively that include the use of technologies and apps.
  • Teach and promote streaming audio and video resources in liaison areas.
  • Manage and support sound studios.
  • 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 literacy instruction and information technologies.
  • Awareness of new and emerging technologies and how they can be utilized in an academic library.
  • Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects.
  • Understanding of ways to market and promote instruction, collections, and services to various groups.
  • 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.
  • Friendly, approachable, public service attitude.
  • 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.


  • Graduate degree in fine arts, performing arts, or music.
  • One to three years of experience in an academic library supporting music, fine arts, or performing arts.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages.
  • Experience developing LibGuides, tutorials, and learning objects. Functional knowledge of WordPress, CSS, HTML, and the Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.
  • Experience with Blackboard or another Learning Management System.

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 or Associate Professor rank. Salary range is $52,000-$65,000, 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 March 24, 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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