Hi everyone - The University of Alabama Libraries is looking for a Web 
Development Librarian. If anyone is looking for an interesting position working 
on, and maintaining, some really cool tools and web applications along with the 
opportunity to contribute to important library open-source projects, then we 
are the place for you. Or your programmer librarian buddy.

Please see the full job description and application information below.



Web Development Librarian

The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a talented and energetic professional 
Web Development Librarian in the Web Technologies and Development unit. 
Reporting to the Manager of Web Technologies and Development, this position 
will be responsible for supporting the Libraries’ custom web applications, 
tools, and general web presence. The position will also engage in project work, 
and support new technology initiatives following our strategic plan.

Specifically, the position will support our custom PHP web apps, maintain and 
enhance our web site(s), and help maintain and extending our Bento-box search 
tool. The position will develop for open-source digital initiatives (such as 
EBSCO’s FOLIO library framework) and work with library departments to complete 
a variety of interesting projects.

The successful candidate will maintain a knowledge of current best practices in 
all areas of responsibility with special attention to security. S/he will 
strive to identify promising technologies that can positively impact UA Library 
services or generate a better UA Library user experience. The candidate should 
have an innovative and entrepreneurial attitude towards work and projects, and 
be a professional who desires to work in a creative, collaborative and 
respectful environment.

The Web Technologies and Applications department is responsible for the 
development of such nationally-recognized tools as our Bento search interface 
and our innovative applications of EBSCO’s EDS tool. The University Libraries 
emphasizes a culture of continuous learning, professional growth, and diversity 
through ongoing and regular training, and well-supported professional 


• MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited program, or equivalent.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with 
diverse constituencies; comfortable with ambiguity; and effective oral, written 
and interpersonal communication skills.
• Experience (1 year) developing for LAMP systems / familiarity with PHP and 
MySQL or other back-end development tools.
• Experience developing within a Wordpress environment.
• Familiarity with JavaScript and JavaScript libraries, AJAX, JSON, REST APIs.
• Familiarity with basic UX, iterative design, accessibility standards, and 
agile environments.
• Ability to set and follow through on both individual and team priorities and 
• Aptitude for learning new technologies and working in a dynamic environment.


• 2-3 years of programming and development experience in a web environment.
• Experience developing for, and supporting, common open-source library 
applications such as Omeka, ArchiveSpace, Dspace, etc.
• Experience with Java.
• Experience with professional workflows using IDEs, staging servers, Git, 
Grunt, and Bower.
• Familiarity with version control usage systems in a development environment.
• Familiarity with Node.js, Bootstrap, Angular.js, Roots.io<http://Roots.io>, 
React.js. etc.
• Familiarity with UX methodologies and processes.
• Experience with web security issues, HTTPS, and developing secure 
• Experience with communication, CSR, and project management tools such as 
Slack, KACE, and Asana/Trello

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, is ranked in the top 
50 public universities in the United States. UA has graduated 15 Rhodes 
Scholars, 15 Truman Scholars, has had 121 Fulbright Scholars, is one of the 
leading institutions for National Merit Scholars (150 in 2015), and has 5 
Pulitzer Prize winners among its ranks. Under the new leadership of President 
Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an 
aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education.
UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of 200,000, 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 

The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research 
Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked 
Information, 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 non-tenure track, renewable faculty appointment at the Assistant 
Professor rank. Salary is $52,000-$60,000 commensurate with qualifications and 
experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and 
tuition fee waiver.

Applications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. 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 

Position open until filled. Applications received by April 1, 2018 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 Dr. Millie Jackson, Senior 
Associate Dean, at mljack...@ua.edu<mailto:mljack...@ua.edu>.

Steven Turner, MLIS
Manager, Web Technologies and Development, Assistant Professor
University Libraries
The University of Alabama
416 Gorgas Library | Box 870266, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0266
office 205-348-1638
steven.j.tur...@ua.edu | http://www.lib.ua.edu/


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