Technology Development Librarian recruitment at The University of Alabama Libraries

Technology Development Librarian recruitment at The University of Alabama Libraries

Position: Innovative and Entrepreneurial Librarian

Reporting to: Director of Library Technology

Location: The University of Alabama Libraries


  • Technical Project Leadership: Provide leadership for technical projects within the unit.
  • Application Development: Plan and manage application development, including supervision and training of staff and student programmers.
  • Curriculum and Pedagogical Enhancement: Collaborate with University Libraries faculty on curriculum and pedagogical enhancements for Library Instruction and Data Services Programs.
  • Technology Training: Train librarians on new technologies.
  • Faculty Affairs: Actively participate in faculty affairs.
  • Business Needs Analysis: Analyze business needs with a people-centric approach and recommend commercial or open-source options.
  • Technology Trends: Stay updated on new technologies, especially those relevant to instruction.
  • Application Creation and Support: Create and support complex applications and customizations, along with maintaining internal documentation.
  • Best Practices: Maintain knowledge of best practices, especially in security and accessibility.
  • Identify Promising Technologies: Identify new technologies, tools, and APIs that can enhance services and curriculum.
  • Software Implementation: Implement, troubleshoot, and maintain proprietary and open-source software.
  • Project Management: Manage existing platforms, including EBSCO Discovery Service, SpringShare Suite, ILLiad, CONTENTdm, DSpace, ArchivesSpace, Omeka, and WordPress.
  • Integration: Ensure systems integration for tools requiring it.
  • FOLIO Project: Potentially engage in development work for the FOLIO Library Services Platform.
  • Change Management: Deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems in an academic setting.
  • Remote Work: Eligible for remote work.


  • 12-month clinical faculty appointment at Assistant Professor rank.
  • Salary: $80,000-$90,000 (commensurate with qualifications and experience).
  • Benefits: Professional development support, tuition fee waiver, matching retirement contributions.
Application Instructions:
  • Apply online at (Faculty Jobs, University Libraries).
  • Include application, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three references.
  • Application deadline: Open until filled; applications by October 16, 2023, receive full consideration.
  • Contact Michael Arthur, Senior Associate Dean, at for inquiries.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences or advanced graduate degree in a related field.
  • Experience in web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and content management systems (e.g., WordPress, Omeka).
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies and creative problem-solving.
  • Effective communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a software team environment.
  • Experience in managing employees or students.
  • Familiarity with web accessibility standards (WCAG, ADA/Section 508).
  • Experience in project management, programming languages (Java, PHP, Python, Ruby), RESTful APIs, and server-side languages (PHP, Java, Ruby, Python).
  • Support of open-source library applications (Omeka, ArchivesSpace, DSpace).
  • Familiarity with UX methodologies, Linux, Apache/Tomcat, Solr, MySQL/PostgreSQL, and PHP.

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