Instruction Librarian

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Created: May 6, 2016


The Instruction Librarian participates in the development, coordination and promotion of a comprehensive Library Instruction Program. The Instruction Librarian plans and delivers instructional services to a wide variety of library users and special programs, both in person and via electronic means.  This tenure-track position is based in the Research Services Unit of the WSU Libraries on the Pullman campus.

The WSU Libraries are a part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance ( and are deeply invested, along with our partner libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the activities of the shared Unified Resource Management and shared Discovery environment.  As an active partner in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the WSU Libraries both inform and reflect the guiding tenets of the alliance, which are:  work smart, design for engagement, and innovate to transform.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

As a member of the Library Instruction Team:

Participates in the design, delivery, and assessment of information literacy instruction

Teaches lower-level undergraduate instruction, and creates materials for use at all levels of instruction

Works with distance students and special constituencies campus-wide (e.g., English Composition)

Keeps current on relevant trends and developments, working with the Steering Committee and Team Leader to carry out policies and programs, and provide feedback, ideas, and suggestions

Participates in the development and delivery of credit-bearing information literacy courses, including Accessing Information for Research (UCOLL 300)

As a member of the Library Instruction Steering Committee:

Works closely with the Team Leader to set priorities for and assess the success of the team in consultation with the Head of Research Services and in concert with the mission and goals

Works with the Steering Committee to set library instruction policies, manage classroom scheduling and facilities maintenance, arrange training, develop procedures, and determine what data/statistics are needed for information literacy assessment

Assists with the construction and revision of the Library Instruction’s website and all other online instruction materials

Collaborates with library faculty to develop outreach programs to academic departments or other campus programs

Assists in the development and delivery of professional development activities for library and classroom faculty related to library instruction

As a member of the Reference Team:

Delivers comprehensive reference assistance to library users face-to-face and virtually and maintains a professional presence in all reference transactions

Keeps current on relevant trends and development

Works with the Steering Committee and Team Leaders to carry out policies and programs, and provide feedback, ideas, and suggestions

Scholarship, Service, and Professional Development:

Keeps abreast of trends and developments in the field of library instruction and related areas by reading professional literature.

Participates in professional associations, and attending workshops at the state, regional, and national levels.

Participates in scholarly research and publication.

Shares relevant information obtained from professional activities with library faculty and staff and uses knowledge gained to evaluate and improve library services.

Serves on Libraries working groups, committees, and task forces.

Serves on university-wide committees and task forces.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited Library and Information Studies program at date of hire; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in an academic library setting; coursework or experience with library instruction or teaching inside or outside the library setting; experience with online tutorials and instructional materials; coursework or experience in the humanities, social sciences and/or sciences; ability to develop outreach programs to academic communities; demonstrated ability to assess and improve services;  demonstrated commitment to and experience with diverse populations; documented achievement in research and creative work and professional service. 

To Apply (online application required):

Applications will be accepted through May 25, 2016.

WSU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer.

WSU Libraries: 

Contact: Bonny Boyan, WSU Libraries’ human resource coordinator,


Published: Friday, May 6, 2016 00:24 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC