Assessment Librarian

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
May 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assessment Librarian

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a collaborative, analytical, and detail-oriented individual to fulfill the role of Assessment Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Assessment & Government Information, the ideal candidate for this tenure-track position will have the ability to collaborate across all library departments to formulate, establish, and monitor a systematic and sustainable library assessment program. The librarian will oversee University Libraries learning assessments, including oversight of IRB applications, identifying/monitoring meaningful organizational performance indicators, establishing procedures for and monitoring all monthly/annual assessment reporting, basic systems administration, help desk support, as well as user training for all assessment management systems (e.g., LibPAS and LibInsight), and organizing/analyzing assessment data to produce custom reports that support strategic, evidence-based management practices within UA Libraries.

Internally, the Assessment Librarian’s skills in data analysis will be leveraged in support of those ongoing and special data-driven projects of the University Libraries administration. In addition, the librarian will be expected to utilize their knowledge of appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to design and administer user surveys for original data collection and analysis, as well as effectively gather, organize, and analyze secondary-source data from UA Libraries ILS, and other common sources of university and library assessment data. Candidate will work in a team environment in the University Libraries and must have a willingness for continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise through work related experiences and professional development opportunities. Candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems that are typical of an academic setting. This position may also supervise staff and students as required, and perform other duties/functions as needed.


  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution or Ph.D. in the social sciences.
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as their appropriate analytical counterparts. 
  • Proven ability utilizing software for data organization and analysis (e.g., Excel, Access, SPSS, and NVivo). 
  • Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects.
  • Demonstrated ability, interest, and willingness to assume additional and/or new responsibilities, along with the ability to set and model high performance standards.
  • Ability to conceptualize, articulate, and implement short and long range goals.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to solve problems, using sound judgment in decision-making according to an established timeframe.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, along with skills associated with listening, negotiating, compromising, and adapting.
  • Proven interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, students, and staff.
  • Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.
  • Ability to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion 
  • Commitment to conduct research and scholarship consistent with a tenure track faculty appointment; commitment to engage in continuing professional development.


  • Advanced degree in applied statistics, or a PhD in the social sciences with experience conducting statistical analyses. 
  • Prior experience with library assessment.

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 and is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. UA holds the designation of a Top Fulbright Producing institution with 163 Fulbright Scholars as well as a top institution for Goldwater Scholars over the past ten years. In addition, UA has produced 15 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Truman Scholars, and is one of the leading institutions for National Merit Scholars (150 in 2015). Seven Pulitzer Prize winners are among the faculty ranks. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and an expansion of graduate education. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a community of 95,000 residents in a metropolitan area of over 235,000. Tuscaloosa affords its residents 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.
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, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at
Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

12 month tenure track faculty appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, depending on qualifications. Salary range is $50,000-60,000 and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support, tuition fee waiver, and matching retirement contributions.

Applications are accepted online only at 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 June 5, 2017 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.
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