Web Services Librarian

Job Level
Mid-level position
Job Category
  • Systems / Operations
  • Information Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Web
  • Services / Service Management
Job Description Summary

Auburn University Libraries seeks an innovative, knowledgeable, and user-focused individual to serve as the Web Services Librarian, reporting to the Associate Dean for Public Services/Head of Research and Instruction Services in the University Libraries. This twelve-month tenure-track position requires professional and scholarly activity as well as service on library and university committees. The successful candidate will provide the leadership that will guide the planning, design and implementation of an improved Auburn University Libraries web presence that enhances the user experience and the Libraries’ role in supporting the research, instruction, extension and service programs of the University.


  • Planning and leading initiatives to improve Auburn University Libraries web presence and user experience;

  • Playing a leadership role in assessing and improving the Auburn University Libraries’ website with respect to online content organization, usability, accessibility, interconnectivity, search functionality, accuracy, and currency in adherence to the best technical and professional standards;

  • Collaborating with content creators in all Libraries departments and other stakeholders to facilitate the creation of cohesive and high quality scholarly online content, website, and search tools that contribute to student success and research productivity;

  • Participating in the planning, testing, deployment, and troubleshooting of web applications and platforms to best ensure a reliable and robust Auburn University Libraries web presence that enhances user experience and an improved resource discovery;

  • Overseeing and enforcing a consistent Auburn University Libraries online presence, identity, and branding in concert with Auburn University’s brand and design;

  • Leading, through focus groups and user surveys, the processes for usability testing, analysis and assessment of the Libraries website, search tools, and online content; 

  • Collaborating and working closely with Auburn University Libraries’ departments to incorporate the desired changes from usability testing; 

  • Serving as a primary point of contact for investigating and facilitating the resolution of web-based problems that are reported by library users;

  • Maintaining current knowledge of best practices, standards, and innovative technologies related to web services and facilitating, through training, their adoption and application; and 

  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Starting salary of $54,025 for a Librarian II/Assistant Professor. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience/qualifications. This is a twelve-month tenure-track position. Benefits include 20 days of vacation leave/12 days of sick leave per year; participation in State Teachers’ Retirement System (mandatory); additional voluntary retirement plans available; health/dental/life/disability insurance.

As a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Auburn University Libraries houses a collection of more than four million volumes and operates with a materials budget of over $8 million. The Libraries is currently developing a strategic plan in alignment with the Auburn University Strategic Plan which is available at: http://ocm.auburn.edu/strategic_plan/2019/ausp2019-2024.pdf.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact. Auburn’s mission to educate, discover and collaborate drives its expanding impact on the world.

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Masters of Library Science and/or Information Science from an ALA accredited program or equivalent at the time employment begins;

  • Experience with UX/usability testing methods in an academic library setting;

  • Broad knowledge of a wide range of information technology skills and abilities related to security, accessibility, user experience, and web development; 

  • A commitment to customer service excellence;

  • Strong and effective interpersonal and written communication skills;

  • Highly developed analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills;

  • Ability to work both independently and collegially and productively on teams; 

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity with an understanding of the contributions that a diverse workforce brings to the workplace;

  • Ability to adapt emerging technologies to enhance user services in a collaborative, busy, and evolving public services unit; and 

  • Potential to meet university promotion and tenure requirements for library faculty.

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working with multiple library-specific applications and content management systems; 

  • Demonstrated experience, through course-work, projects or job duties, designing and building production quality and standards-compliant websites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript;

  • Ability to analyze complex quantitative and qualitative data; and 

  • A familiarity with technological trends and best practices in higher education and the Library and Information Science profession.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application review process begins July 8, 2019 and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. A complete application must include a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names of three current, professional references (please include mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers). The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. For questions, contact the search committee chair, Nancy Noe at noenanc@auburn.edu.

Posting Detail Information
Open Date 06/07/2019
Close Date  
Open Until Filled Yes
References required for this position? Yes
If yes, minimum number requested 3