Online Instruction/Instructional Design Librarian

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Created: October 16, 2012


State University of New York at Oswego seeks a collaborative librarian/teacher/scholar to join Penfield Library as Online Instruction/Instructional Design Librarian. Working collaboratively with faculty librarians dedicated to student learning, the individual in this position will lead interdisciplinary initiatives to ensure a meaningful library presence in online courses, at an institution where this delivery option is expanding to include global programs.  He/she will be responsible for exploring the intersection of information literacy instruction, instructional design and learning technologies; and for providing leadership in effective teaching pedagogy.  This is a 12-month tenure track position reporting to the Coordinator of Library Instruction. 

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin January 10, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary:  Commensurate with rank and experience.

Date of Appointment:  July 1, 2013

Description of Responsibilities:   The responsibilities of this position include:
  • Identify the need for, and facilitate creation of, library initiatives to support online learning, including development of the Library's presence in the college's course management system.
  • Facilitate the continued development of librarians as instructional partners in the student learning process.  Develop expertise in online instruction and serve as a resource and workshop facilitator regarding pedagogy in face-to-face and online environments.  Develop and share best practices for innovative teaching techniques and teaching information literacy across multimedia platforms.  
  • Serve as a core member of the Instruction Team, sharing in information literacy instruction and continuing improvement for the library instruction program.
  • Oversee the creation and continued development of information literacy and critical thinking focused multimedia learning objects, including management of LibGuides resources.
  • Collaborate extensively with a variety of teaching partners, including subject librarians, the Distance Learning Librarian, the Learning Technologies Librarian and college instructional designers and teaching faculty.
  • Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, with responsibility for subject specialized collection development and instruction. 
  • Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and electronic reference, including some evening and weekend shifts.
Required qualifications:
  • A Master's degree in Librarianship/Information Sciences from an ALA accredited program, currently held or expected no later than May 2013.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use emerging library and teaching/learning technologies, and the ability to adapt quickly in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Academic background, coursework or relevant experience in instructional design; and/or comparable teaching experience in a face-to-face or online classroom setting.  
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of current educational pedagogy.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Experience working effectively with diverse populations.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Previous work experience in an academic library setting.
  • Master's degree in Instructional Design or Education, or comparable specialization.
  • Experience with online course management systems.
  • Experience with reference service and/or collection development.

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