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NDNP Project Manager

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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NDNP Project Manager

This is a two-year renewable grant-funded position for a general librarian.

The Digitizing Alabama Newspapers Project will digitize 100,000 pages of Alabama newspapers between the years 1909-1926 in accordance with National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) standards during the grant period. Digitized Alabama newspapers will be included in the Library of Congress Chronicling America database The NDNP Project Manager will manage daily operations and workflow, supervise several student workers, and coordinate the work of other staff contributing to the project. The incumbent will possess strong managerial skills, project management experience, supervisory experience, knowledge of and experience with technical and metadata standards and best practices for digitization and/or microfilm conversion projects, and excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. The incumbent will report to the Project Director. This is a good opportunity for an early career librarian or a recent graduate to gain expert knowledge of archival operations and practices in an R1 university Special Collections unit.  

Specific duties include:

70%     Manage day-to-day NDNP project operations and workflow, including maintaining regular contact with contracted vendors; supervising the technical inspection of microfilm per ISO specifications; supervising quality control checks on all digital assets created by vendors; supervising the shipment and tracking of microfilm and digital assets; overseeing microfilm evaluation and metadata collection; maintaining project records; compiling statistics; preparing reports; monitoring the budget; and assisting with the title selection process.

20%     Supervise several student workers; coordinating work of other staff contributing to the project.

10%     Create outreach initiatives and partnerships, including overseeing project publicity and developing public relations materials; assisting with the maintenance of the project website; coordinating communication with the project Advisory Board; promoting the project through presentations (local, state and online) and targeted outreach activities as assigned; and actively participating in the NDNP user community.

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program Demonstrated experience with digitization processes. Demonstrated project management and supervisory experience. Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards and experience applying them. Demonstrated understanding of microfilm to digital conversion processes. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year’s experience as a project manager or coordinator for an NDNP or other federal grant. Minimum of one year’s experience working in a library or archives setting. Experience with projects involving microfilm to digital conversion. Demonstrated knowledge of copyright and experience researching copyright. Experience creating digital exhibits. Experience conducting outreach and instruction to K-12 educators, a university community, or the general public. Knowledge of Alabama history and geography.

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 38,320 students, with record breaking freshman classes for each of the past three years.  UA has also increased graduate student enrollment by seven percent for Fall 2021. Ranked among the top 70 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 67th among public universities in the 2020 rankings. UA made the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-nine UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollings Scholars and 11 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 900currently enrolled, the highest number in UA’s history. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. There are currently 36 faculty who have received NSF Career awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top performing young scientists. UA was also recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the fifth time in six years in 2021-2022.  UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of over 250,000, 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, centerNet, LYRASIS, HathiTrust, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, LOCKSS, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network.  As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository since 1860, 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.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month non-tenure track faculty renewable contract appointment contingent upon grant funding at the assistant professor rank. Salary is $52,000-$57,000. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver.

TO APPLY: 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.

Applications received by October 8, 2022 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.

For questions regarding the search, contact Michael Arthur, Senior Associate Dean, at [email protected]

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