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Associate Dean for Technology and Technical Services

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Libraries

Job Title: Associate Dean for Technology and Technical Services
Job Location: Birmingham , AL
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Library administration, librarian
Computer Science/Info Tech/Systems
Computer services, info technology
Deans, directors, registrar
Date Posted: 2018-05-10
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Associate Dean for Technology and Technical Services
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Libraries seeks a dynamic and innovative leader for the newly created position of Associate Dean for Technology and Technical Services.

The UAB Libraries organization was created in 2014 with the merger of the Universityís Mervyn H. Sterne Library and Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences under the leadership of an inaugural Dean of Libraries. As part of a collaborative and collegial leadership team, the Associate Dean will report directly to the Dean of Libraries and will have administrative responsibilities over the areas of library systems, technical services, and resource management as well as responsibility for the libraryís digital repository.

The Associate Dean will be a member of the library faculty and will participate in administrative and strategic planning for the UAB Libraries as part of the Deanís Administrative Cabinet.

The Associate Dean will provide leadership for the development and implementation of digital strategies and innovations that align with strategic goals of the Libraries and the University; will provide leadership in the ongoing implementation of the Alma/Primo/Rosetta systems within the Libraries; and will help create an innovative vision for the future of the UAB Libraries.

This individual will participate in a variety of departmental, campus, statewide, and national committees and professional organizations. The ideal candidate will have: a strong public service orientation; initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a rapidly changing environment; the ability to work both independently and in a team environment; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and a commitment to excellence in library services, teamwork, diversity, and inclusion.

A 12-month, non-tenure track faculty appointment with commensurate salary will be granted at a rank based upon the candidateís experience and background.

Position open until filled. Applications received by June 8, 2018 are assured of receiving full consideration. UAB is the premier comprehensive research university in Alabama and is a Carnegie designated RU/VH: Research University institution with a population of approximately 20,000 students. Known as the Magic City, Birmingham, Alabama is quickly gaining a reputation as the greatest hidden gem in the Southeast. It has an active cultural scene, with a symphony, two ballet companies, and three theater companies.

Birmingham is also becoming a southeastern hub for innovation in technology and healthcare through initiatives such as the Innovation Depot and the new Commercialization Accelerator at UAB.

The city hosts several successful technology startups, including the delivery company Shipt, recently acquired by Target. Birmingham is advantageously located within a four-hour drive of several major southeastern cities including Atlanta, Memphis, and Nashville, as well as the beaches of the Gulf Coast. For benefit information see

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.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Masterís Degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Demonstrated increasingly responsible professional experience in an academic/research or health sciences library, preferably in the public university sector
  • Experience with integrated library systems, Alma/Primo preferred
  • Personnel management and team building experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant administration and management experience
  • Experience working in both an academic and health sciences library
  • Knowledge of current issues, best practices, and trends in higher education and academic libraries, including library systems and technical services
  • Familiarity with library support for clinical education and practice
  • Experience developing strategic plans and assessing outcomes
  • Ability to initiate, manage, and complete user-focused technology projects
  • Experience working within a multi-institution university system and with state and regional library consortia
  • Demonstrated understanding of current metadata standards, schemas, controlled vocabularies, applications, and national cooperative programs
  • General knowledge of descriptive metadata creation and maintenance, authority control, and linked data principles and initiatives
  • Experience with digitization projects and the management of digital resources
  • A record of accomplishment in scholarly publishing, presentations, and professional service
  • Active professionally in library and related organizations

Information and Application Process Instructions

When inquiring or applying for this position, please also reference

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and at other institutions of higher education in the region on

To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Sharon Mahaffey as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on Thank you.

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