User Access Librarian

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Faculty rank of Instructor or Assistant

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Libraries seek an innovative, creative, and dynamic professional for the newly created position of User Access Librarian. This position will collaborate with Library faculty and staff to optimize User Access services and functions, including patron access, user experience, and physical library spaces. Reporting to the UAB Libraries’ Assistant Dean for Public Services, this is a full-time 12-month non-tenure track faculty position at the initial rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor.

Review of applications will begin in late-February 2024.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Assistant Dean for Public Services to expand and enhance user services and experiences through the User Access Department
  • Streamline and implement User Access policies, procedures, and workflows across the entire UAB Libraries organization
  • Develop training materials, tutorials, and guides to educate library staff and student workers on using Alma for various purposes, including new features.
  • Partner with the UAB Libraries’ Emerging Technology & System Development Department on matters related to fulfillment and patron records in the Ex Libris Alma Library Service Platform (LSP)
  • Participate in the planning, testing, and implementation of User Access related Alma enhancements, integrations, and updates
  • Assist with future patron-centered technological solutions in User Access such as self-checkout, space reservation systems, and loanable technology, in collaboration with other library departments
  • Perform general circulation services, including assistance with staffing the front-line patron service desks, as needed
  • Troubleshoot common User Access issues and respond to inquiries about public-facing library systems and interfaces relating to User Access
  • Engage in research, publication, and professional service as required of UAB Libraries’ faculty

Required Qualifications

  • American Library Association (ALA) accredited master’s degree or other advanced degree(s) appropriate to the position
  • Professional library experience, preferably in the public services area
  • Excellent customer service skills, including the ability to effectively interact with others in a diverse academic environment
  • Strong organizational skills with proven success in independently managing and prioritizing multiple projects and managing deadlines
  • Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional experience in the areas of library circulation, course reserves, or assessment
  • Experience using or supporting Alma or another Library Service Platform (LSP)
  • Experience using Springshare tools and products
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment and take initiative on independent projects

UAB Libraries are committed to advancing equitable access to information, intellectual freedom, and the public good for the UAB community and the community at large. We recognize our social responsibility to advocate for marginalized voices and to inform and educate to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and mutual respect.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

About UAB and Birmingham

UAB has been ranked as the top Young University in the United States for two consecutive years by Times Higher Education, and Forbes recently named UAB America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer, No. 4 in the nation among Best Employers for Diversity. UAB has been consistently recognized among a select few universities as a Diversity Champion by Insight into Diversity for the institution’s longstanding commitment to shared values that include diversity, inclusion and respect. UAB —among one of the most diverse campuses in the nation — is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts and creating an environment that can serve as a model for the kind of society we strive to build. UAB is the first university in the United States to adopt the Okanagan Charter and become an internationally recognized Health Promoting University.

Downtown Birmingham has enjoyed a revitalization in recent years, with the development of Railroad Park — an award-winning urban park — and its adjacent Regions Field, home to the minor league Birmingham Barons — an award-winning stadium. The park and stadium projects have kickstarted major growth in surrounding districts, including craft breweries, boutique shops, restaurants, loft and apartment buildings, innovative workspaces, and hotels.

There are a host of attractions only a short walk from UAB’s campus, the Birmingham Civil Rights District National Monument, composed of sites such as Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the Civil Rights Institute — a major destination for visitors from around the world. Birmingham’s cultural scene is thriving, with museums, numerous galleries, music and arts festivals, theaters and live music venues, a professional ballet company, a professional opera company, a School of Fine Arts, the Jazz Hall of Fame, and the recent restoration of the historic Lyric and Alabama theaters. Birmingham is in proximity to many state and national parks, lakes, urban greenspaces, and hiking and biking trails. The city has more green space per capita than any other major city in the United States.

To learn more about the University of Alabama at Birmingham click here. To learn more about the UAB Libraries click here.

Interested candidates should apply here: https://uab.peopleadmin.com/postings/20587

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