Instructional Design Librarian or Specialist

Created: May 22, 2019


The UW-Madison Libraries are looking for an instructional design professional to develop expertise, services, and tools that position the Libraries as a leader in the development of innovative online learning resources and practices. This position reports to the Director of UW-Madison Libraries Teaching & Learning Programs. 

The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is long established as a preeminent public research university. The impact and achievements from the research, teaching and service conducted by its faculty, staff and students are far-reaching and global in scope. The University today is fully engaged in educational innovation.

The UW-Madison Libraries is one of the ten largest public university library systems in the United States. The libraries on the campus of UW-Madison reflect the breadth and comprehensiveness of the University's highly ranked schools, colleges, departments, centers, and institutes and are a highly-valued partner in teaching, research and learning at the university.

Principal duties:

45% Design and develop e-learning and outreach content in support of the Libraries programmatic needs

  • Design a variety of online and blended certifications, courses, programs, and/or educational initiatives
  • Lead evaluation of online instructional content via quality review and accessibility best practices
  • Advance and support the creation of high-quality instructional media, leveraging Libraries' production workflows, facilities, and campus services  

20% Provide expertise in instructional design and serve as a consultant, resource, and facilitator for best practices within the Libraries e-learning environment

  • Consult with Libraries staff on the effective pedagogical use of a wide variety of campus-supported learning technologies (e.g., Canvas, Kaltura, Articulate Storyline, etc.) 
  • Collaborate with the E-Learning Librarian in cultivating and maintaining cross-campus relationships to support the university and Libraries' strategic priorities 
  • Participate in departmental, library, and campus committees and activities to further the mission of the library

15% Develop resources, training opportunities, and other appropriate approaches to cultivate library staff's proficiencies for creating and packaging e-content relevant to academic and research programs across the university

  • Lead trainings related to instructional technology and design for library staff, and promote instructional technology design resources and services to faculty
  • Maintain and develop supportive resources aimed at Libraries' staff to cultivate skills and competencies in online learning environments

10% Collaborate with the Library Systems and Applications Services unit to implement strategies and tools for expanding the Libraries' e-learning capacity within the context of campus teaching and learning environments

  • Work collaboratively across campus libraries to develop digital solutions in support of research, teaching, and outreach efforts
  • Evaluate, test, and deploy innovative tools and platforms that deliver the Libraries instructional content to e-learners across the university's teaching and learning environments

10% Participate in professional organizations. Keep current with developments in instructional technologies, e-learning pedagogy, and librarianship

  • Maintain awareness of current trends in services and innovative technologies for online learners 
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities (e.g., conferences, short courses, etc.)
  • Continuous improvement in diversity and inclusion efforts


A Master's degree in Library Information Studies from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent required (for the Academic Librarian title series) OR a Bachelor's degree in a related field required (for the Adminstrative Program Specialist title series). 

Note: Both title series follow the same pay schedules/ranges.

Relevant experience:


  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant experience
  • Experience with technologies and tools that deliver e-learning content such as learning management systems, content authoring tools, etc.
  • Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills


  • Experience with developing, organizing, and repurposing of content for integration into a variety of certifications, courses, programs, and/or educational initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality work 
  • Ability to collaborate on complex projects with diverse teams and constituencies, including: faculty, academic staff, graduate teaching assistants, librarians, technologists, and designers
  • Experience with an array of web applications and professional web design skills (e.g., Articulate Storyline, Captivate, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Adobe creative suite, etc.)
  • Knowledge of learning theory and instructional design models
  • Ability to evaluate online learning resources via quality review and accessibility best practices 
  • Ability to balance priorities and manage deadlines


How to apply


Anne Murphy-Lom
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number

Instructional design


Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 23:15 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 23:15 UTC