University of Alabama at Birmingham — Engineering Liaison Librarian


The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Libraries seeks a creative, enthusiastic, and service-oriented professional for the position of Liaison to the School of Engineering. Reporting to the Head of the Mervyn H. Sterne Library Department of Research and Learning, the person in this position will provide research, instruction, collection development, and outreach services for assigned departments (Biomedical Engineering; Civil, Construction, & Environmental Engineering; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Materials Science & Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Safety Engineering & Management). As a member of the STEM team, the Engineering Librarian will collaborate with the Liaison to the Sciences and Mathematics to support interdisciplinary programs and initiatives.

This is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenured track faculty position. This position will be based in the Mervyn H. Sterne Library at UAB. Sterne Library supports teaching, learning, and research in the arts and humanities, business, education, engineering, natural sciences and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences.

Required duties include:

  • Serving as liaison to the UAB School of Engineering.
  • Engaging in outreach initiatives that promote library resources and services.
  • Cultivating relationships with faculty, staff, and students in assigned departments.
  • Providing specialized reference and research assistance to library patrons in engineering through multiple modes of delivery, including in-depth consultations.
  • Providing general reference and research assistance to library patrons in other subject areas through multiple modes of delivery, including chat.
  • Working with engineering instructors to develop instructional materials and library assignments and to integrate information literacy into the curriculum.
  • Conducting engineering course-related instruction sessions and workshops.
  • Developing reusable and one-time learning objects for engineering such as library guides, video recordings, and interactive tutorials.
  • Performing collection development of engineering resources.
  • Performing other duties and special projects as assigned, depending upon additional expertise, interests, and the needs of the libraries.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree, either awarded or completed by the start date, in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently as well as within a team environment and with diverse groups.
  • Strong commitment to cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
  • Potential to achieve the requirements for promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A degree, formal coursework, or demonstrated interest in engineering or science.
  • Master’s or other advanced degree.
  • 1-2 years of relevant library experience (may include coursework or library school experience).
  • Knowledge of reference, instruction, collection development, and outreach services in an academic library setting.
  • Knowledge of engineering or science resources, services, and trends.
  • Experience with citation management software such as EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero.
  • Familiarity with applying emerging technologies for information and instructional services, including LibGuides, Articulate, and video- or screen-capturing software.
  • Willingness to take risks and experiment with new methods.

Early career librarians and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Review of candidates will begin on March 20, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references, should be submitted to: 

UAB Libraries are committed to advancing equitable access to information, intellectual freedom, and the public good for the UAB community and the community at large. We recognize our social responsibility to advocate for marginalized voices and to inform and educate to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and mutual respect.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

About the University of Alabama at Birmingham Libraries

The UAB Libraries encompass Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, Mervyn H. Sterne Library, J. Ellis Sparks Medical Library, Reynolds Finley Historical Library, Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences and the UAB Archives. The UAB Libraries are dedicated to developing high-quality programming in Information Literacy, Emerging Technologies, Scholarly Communication, Digitization, and Digital Scholarship. To learn more about the UAB Libraries, visit

About the University of Alabama at Birmingham 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a world-class research university that was recently ranked first on the 2021 Forbes list of America’s Best Large Employers. The university has many nationally recognized academic programs, with 16 graduate and professional programs in Health Professions, Nursing, Medicine, Engineering, Education, Business and Public Health, and the College of Arts and Sciences ranked in the 2020 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings.

To learn more about the University of Alabama at Birmingham, visit 

About Birmingham, Alabama

Known as The Magic City, Birmingham, Alabama, boasts one of the lowest costs of living and highest amount of green space per capita of any comparably sized city. A city with a complex history, Birmingham aims to become the most robust and inclusive technology hub in the southeast. The City of Birmingham supports initiatives aimed at developing a model inclusive and resilient economy. The city’s Birmingham Promise program offers scholarships to help pay for college tuition and fees in Alabama public colleges for graduates of Birmingham Public Schools. For more information on living and working in Birmingham, Alabama, visit the Jefferson County website: