Assistant Professor, Assessment Officer - Libraries - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


United States
(0809343)

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Detailed Job Description

The University of Alabama Library seeks an astute individual who understands and can articulate user experience in a large academic research library. The Assessment Officer will provide leadership for assessment, measurement, planning and analysis throughout the University Libraries. The Assessment Officer will oversee and be responsible for collecting, documenting and analyzing data to measure success of the University Libraries. This will include qualitative as well as quantitative data. The incumbent will work with librarians across the University Libraries to create plans that are data driven and support objectives relating to the Libraries’ and users’ needs. The Assessment Officer will report to the Associate Dean for Research & Instruction and work closely with the Libraries Administration on library and campus assessment needs. The incumbent will be a member of the Library Executive Council.


Assessment Officer
University of Alabama Libraries

The University of Alabama Library seeks an astute individual who understands and can articulate user experience in a large academic research library. The Assessment Officer will provide leadership for assessment, measurement, planning and analysis throughout the University Libraries. The Assessment Officer will oversee and be responsible for collecting, documenting and analyzing data to measure success of the University Libraries. This will include qualitative as well as quantitative data. The incumbent will work with librarians across the University Libraries to create plans that are data driven and support objectives relating to the Libraries’ and users’ needs. The Assessment Officer will report to the Associate Dean for Research & Instruction and work closely with the Libraries Administration on library and campus assessment needs. The incumbent will be a member of the Library Executive Council.
Responsibilities: Working closely with Library personnel across departmental lines, this position will maintain and creatively enhance a user engagement and assessment program that informs decision-making, services and learning spaces.
Specific responsibilities include:

• Regularly engage and interact with all Library user communities through formal and informal channels to determine user needs and the Libraries’ effectiveness in meeting those needs.
• Review, develop, implement, maintain information systems to collect, store, process and disseminate data for internal decision-making and external reporting.
• Analyze and report quantitative or qualitative data gathered from various sources.
• Provide consultation, training, and documentation to support library faculty and staff as they gather, process, analyze, manage and report data.
• Prepare monthly assessment and statistics reports for the library administration.
• Manages data collection for annual reports including the University Libraries annual report, ARL statistics, SACSCOC reporting and other annual statistical reports.

Qualifications:

• Required: ALA accredited MLS or other appropriate graduate degree; knowledge of social, interactive networking, and web tools; strong commitment to outreach and the use of assessment tools. Effective communication and presentation skills. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Minimum of five years’ experience performing assessment related duties.
• Preferred: Academic library experience; ability to work independently and as a team member to assess and shift priorities in a demanding and rapidly changing environment. Experience with web applications and statistical packages such as SAS and SPSS.

Environment

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a community of nearly 100,000 residents. Tuscaloosa is about 59 miles southwest of Birmingham. The campus is noted for its historical architecture, long-standing traditions, and Natural History Museum. Current enrollment is approximately 36,000. The community and surrounding area offer a broad range of cultural and recreational activities. The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Digital Library Federation, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, SPARC, the Hathi Trust and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The Libraries’ homepage may be accessed at http://www.lib.ua.edu.

Salary/Benefits: 12-month tenure track appointment. Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver. Moving allowance available.

To apply: Apply at http://facultyjobs.ua.edu/with the names, addresses and email addresses of three references.

Open until filled. Applications received by February 28, 2015 are assured of receiving full consideration.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER



Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

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  • Student Centered Research University
  • Fostering a diverse student body & workforce
  • Libraries
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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Associate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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