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Associate Dean for Research & User Services

Company: The University of Alabama Libraries
Location: Tuscaloosa
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Job Description:

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES Associate Dean for Research & User Services The University of Alabama seeks an experienced strategic thinker to join the University Libraries administrative team. The candidate will report to the Dean of University Libraries and will be a member of the University Libraries Executive Committee. The ideal candidate will be an innovative leader with a sense of evolving trends in research libraries, particularly in instruction, library liaison programs, access services, collections management and use, outreach efforts, and user services in general. Developing opportunities to create and promote student success and support faculty teaching and research are vital components of this position's leadership. The Associate Dean will work closely with librarians to facilitate a shared vision and commitment to the strategic plan for the University Libraries and the University of Alabama.-- The Associate Dean will lead and coordinate programmatic services for undergraduate and graduate education, instruction, and research support. This position will work collaboratively with librarians and stakeholders across the institution to address and support scholarly, research, and teaching needs. The Associate Dean has programmatic, strategic, budgetary, managerial, and operational responsibilities for Gorgas Information Services, Gorgas Access Services, the Annex, and Branch Library Services. The Associate Dean will lead and oversee the University Libraries Liaison program. The incumbent will lead a group of dedicated faculty and staff that provides excellent services and learning experiences, provides access to comprehensive scholarly information resources that support curricula and the research lifecycle, and provide training and technology to support innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors. The incumbent will enable a culture of assessment, continuous improvement, and accountability. The candidate will be open to diverse voices and perspectives in the University Libraries and on campus. The incumbent will evaluate and hire faculty and staff in the assigned areas.-- REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution. At least 5 years of significant management experience in an academic library or related academic setting. Demonstrated progression of increased responsibility and relevant professional work experience. Strong leadership skills, including the ability to lead collaborative organizational change and inspire innovation. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated engagement in areas associated with the job portfolio. Experience in personnel development and management. Experience with various levels of outreach for students and faculty. Demonstrated experience with strategic planning. Strong commitment to user experience and instruction. Understanding of teaching and learning practices in higher education. Experience with development and management of collections and resources. Experience with Integrated Library Systems modules. Experience with reporting tools and generation of high-level reports. Experience with Interlibrary Loan software such as RapidILL, ILLIAD, and Reprints Desk. Experience with assessment methods that demonstrate the value of libraries to the institutional mission, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement. Experience with the implementation of emerging trends in higher education. Experience applying different technologies to support teaching and learning. Evidence working collaboratively and creatively in a leadership role. Experience developing library policy, articulating vision, and providing leadership and direction toward achieving strategic goals. Strong comfort with creative ambiguity. Evidence of potential for research, peer-reviewed publication, and service to support faculty rank. Evidence of a record of service to the profession to represent the University Libraries at the national level. Commitment to fostering an inclusive, diverse work environment. Responsibilities change as the University Libraries continue to evolves -- PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Doctoral or additional advanced degree. Experience leading and developing complex collaborative projects. Experience working in a research library. 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 37,000 students, is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. 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. 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, the Digital Preservation Network, 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 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. Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation. SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month tenure track faculty appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank, depending on qualifications and experience. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver. 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 31, 2018 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 mljackson@ua.edu -- The Chronicle of Higher Education.Category: Education, Keywords: Dean

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